• Kaleidoscope is a cost-friendly schooltime matinee series for K-12 students in a six-county area. Kaleidoscope Matinees for Schools feature a combination of professional touring groups and student-produced plays from the Division of Communication and the Arts. Performances are held at the Bromeley Family Theater during school hours and are available to any schools or home-schooled student in the region. Teachers interested in having students attend kaleidoscope events can contact the arts programming assistant director Patty Colosimo at (814) 362-5155. The Kaleidoscope selection committee is composed of Pitt-Bradford Arts Council members, community members and university staff.

    Members of the Kaleidoscope Committee include: Mrs. Flora Cohen, Ms. Terri Leven, Ms. Jeanie Satterwhite, Mrs. Diane Schuler, Mr. Rich Johnson, Ms. Marie Troskosky, Ms. Patti Neidich

    Download the 2017-2018 Kaleidoscope Brochure

    Upcoming Performances:

    Waiting for LeftyThe Division of Communication and the Arts presents - Waiting for Lefty
    Written by Clifford Odette
    Directed by Dr. Kevin Ewert
    Wednesday November 15, 2017 11am
    Grades: High School
    Cost: $2/per student

    Can you get a living wage for a day’s work? A group of cab drivers meets in a dark and smoky room to ask. Their bosses have an answer. Their so-called union leaders seem to have the same answer as the bosses. Something just ain’t right about this. Something’s not right about everything. What are we gonna do? Clifford Odette’s classic piece of American agitprop was born out of the Great Depression, but its ability to speak truth to money and power remains part of its gritty charm even now. This is the piece that made a young Arthur Miller want to write plays that could shake people up. To attend these productions or for more information, please contact the Division of Communication and the Arts at 814.362.5027

    Pete the CatPete The Cat - December 8, 2017 10am & 12:30pm
    Grades: PreK-3rd
    $8 regular seating

    Based on the popular book series.  When Pete the Cat gets caught rocking out after bedtime, the cat catcher sends him to live with the Biddle family to learn his manners, and boy, are they square! But for the groovy blue cat, life is an adventure no matter where you wind up, so the minute Pete walks in the door, he gets the whole family rocking. That is, except for young Jimmy Biddle, the most organized second grader on planet Earth. The last thing he needs is some groovy cat in his life, changing his family and turning everything upside down. But when Jimmy draws a blank in art class during the last week of school, it turns out Pete is the perfect friend to help him out. Together, they set out on a mission to help Jimmy conquer second grade art, and, along the way, they both learn a little something new about inspiration.

    Study Guide and activities: http://www.theatreworksusa.org/show_detail.cfm?show=1604&selectedTab=2

    Curriculum Connections: Communication and Language Arts, Literature-Based, Music, Relationships & Family.

    Length of Performance: 55 minutes

    Creole for kidsCreole for Kids and the History of Zydeco - February 2, 2018 11am
    $8 regular seating 

    Since its inception in 2000, this groundbreaking and innovative, high-quality multicultural performing arts program has reached more than 500,000 K-12 and college students, parents and educators at schools, art centers and festivals around the globe. Creole for Kids and the History of Zydeco is centered on the history and evolution of this unique American roots music genre. Zydeco is the traditional music of the black and mixed race French-speaking Creoles of south Louisiana. Terrence Simien won a GRAMMY™ Award for his 2013 release of Dockside Sessions, and his extensive experience as a performer and expert knowledge of his Creole and zydeco history makes him a highly respected teaching artist. Through this performance, the audience will gain an understanding that the genre is critical to the music identity of Louisiana, the American South and our country.

    Study Guide: http://www.terrancesimien.com/ wpcontent/uploads/2013/05/study_guide_8_ pages_2014.pdf

    Curriculum Connections: Communication and Language Arts, Music, Social Studies

    Length of Performance: 50 minutes 

    The Lightning ThiefThe Lightning Thief - May 3, 2018 10am & 12:30pm
    Grades: 2-6
    $8 regular seating  

    Adapted from the book The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan: Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school, again. And that’s the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he’s angered a few of them. Zeus’s master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.

    Now Percy has 10 days to find and return Zeus’s stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But, to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief. He must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of a betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.

    Study Guide and Activities: http://www.theatreworksusa.org/show_detail.cfm?show=1580&selectedTab=2

    Curriculum Connections: Communication and Language Arts, Literature-Based, Music, Relationships and Family, Social Studies

    Length of Performance: 60 minutes