What would you do if you were a million miles from Earth and your rocket ship was hit by a meteor and suddenly split open, leaving you floating in space with only your communicator to link you to your six crew members? Don't know? Faced with this problem, Bradbury's people contemplate their fate and philosophize about life and its purpose. This play is not only a director's dream of possibilities but also a marvelous chance for actors to dig into their beings and face questions of profound magnitude.
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- Type of Show Full-length Play
- Product Code K20000
- Cast Size 7
- Min. Royalty Rate $110/perf
- Cost $11.95
- Approx. Run Time 50 min
- Target Audience High School | College and Adult
- Performing Group High School | College Theatre | Community Theatre
- ISBN(13) 9780871295712
- "This show adapted wonderfully to an online environment. It's also only about 35 minutes long, which most viewers seem to prefer, but it could easily be paired with something else for a longer evening. Post-show discussion was also lively."
- Review by Tara Enedy, Altoona Community Theatre, Altoona, Pa.
- "Actors loved this show. Lots of good, meaningful character stuff for them to dig into. Our audiences were also moved by the show. "Intense" was one parent review."
- Review by Eric Holsen, South St. Paul Public Schools, South St. Paul, Minn.
- "My cast, crew and I truly enjoyed this show. It has nuances in the script that can bring out the best in the actors and technical challenges for director and tech crew but if done right, creates a moving story that's quite different from most other plays just by its setting."
- Review by Michael Moore, Yantis High School, Yantis, Texas
- "Kaleidoscope allows the actors and audience members to evaluate their own mortality. Suspense, silence, and emotion all lead to a riveting conclusion for the members of Space Flight Apollo 99. My cast was challenged by the subject matter as well as staging. They had to be able to articulate a character without use of their bodies (as they were floating in space)."
- Review by Kristen Williams, Tunstall High School, Dry Fork, Va.
- "Excellent script! The teens find the material challenging and very emotional. I have never heard such silent listening from the audience. Bradbury's themes stand out as strongly today as when this was written."
- Review by Darlene Lentz, Sand/Storybook Theater Center, Deland, Fla.
Hints, Tips, and Tricks
- "We used painters coveralls for the astronaut suits - sewed NASA patches onto them. White gloves and painter's booties completed the look. When they put their "helmets" on it was just a matter of popping on the hoodie. The set was acting blocks. When the ship exploded, the actors moved the blocks to lights pre-placed on the stage (flat LED pars, and a party light for Applegate's kaleidoscope meteor swarm). Actors were each lit with their own light which went out when their character died. Some actors stood on the block, others in front of. When the character died, they sat on the block with back to the audience (in the "dim"). The most expensive part of all of this was obviously the lights, but those are going to be useful for many shows to come, so they were a good investment."
- Tip by Eric Holsen, South St. Paul Public Schools, South St. Paul, Minn.
- "I think the key to making this play work is the use of light and sound. Once the play is underway, it needs a nearly blacked out stage so lighting the actors is crucial. Sound needs layers of electronic noise, old radio broadcasts and music for certain scenes to reach full potential. "
- Tip by Michael Moore, Yantis High School, Yantis, Texas
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