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Spotlight on JCC Kaleidoscope: A Theatre is a Theatre is a Theatre, April, 2012
Acclaimed for its extensive arts exploration, multicultural environment and commitment to community service, Kaleidoscope offers campers in grades K-8 the opportunity to engage in art, drama, dance, music, science and technology—-with a healthy dose of swimming, sports and the great outdoors—-in 2-, 4- and 8-week sessions.
The Kaleidoscope team—administration, specialists and counselors—play an integral role in creating a fun and nurturing experience for campers. Professional artists, performers and specialists work with counselors and campers to provide high quality group instruction. Excellent staff-to-camper ratios support individual growth and safety. We have full time on-site nursing support, and Red Cross-certified lifeguards and swimming instructors staff the JCC pools.
Throughout the summer, campers and counselors share stories, songs, scenes, music and dance at our frequent “noon-time performances.” Each 4-week session includes a full-scale musical integrating acting, singing, dance and costume and set design. Professional directors, choreographers and musicians guide campers and CITs in high-quality performances. Offstage, campers have opportunities to interact with and learn from visiting performers.
Betty Lehrman, Kaleidoscope's Director, has been involved in education, camping and the arts for over 25 years. A founding member of CBACT, she has directed arts camps and theater programs, produced concert series and festivals, and worked for many years as a professional storyteller. Betty has taught drama, storytelling and music to students from kindergarten through graduate school. Betty currently works as the Drama Director at the Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School in Franklin.