A kaleidoscope is defined as a cylinder with mirrors containing loose, colored objects such as beads or pebbles or bits of glass. As the viewer looks into one end, light entering the other end creates a colorful pattern, due to the reflection off the mirrors.
The word is derived from the ancient Greek words Kalos (meaning beautiful), Eidos (that which is seen, form or shape) and Skopeo (to look to, or to examine.) Thus, Kaleidoscope literally means "observation of beautiful forms."
There couldn't be a more perfect name for what we hope to achieve. The KidsAlive! Kaleidoscope brings together children of ALL abilities. Our experienced young performers (our mirrors) and children with special needs (our gems) pair up to create a music theater experience with beautiful patterns and shapes that we couldn't see without the collaboration of the two.