Houston Theatre Founded By Former American Idol Contestant Shuts Down

News   Houston Theatre Founded By Former American Idol Contestant Shuts Down The Kaleidoscope Theater, founded by Colton Berry, has shuttered due to financial difficulties.
Colton Berry in <i>Batboy </i>at the Kaleidoscope Theater
Colton Berry in Bat Boy at the Kaleidoscope Theater Nicole Norton Photography

After four years, The Kaleidoscope Theater, founded by Colton Berry—a contestant on the seventh season of the reality singing competition American Idol—has shut down due to financial difficulties.

Its 2016-17 season opened with the cult musical Bat Boy, but according to local newspaper the Chron, several showings were canceled, and Berry cited issues with debt. Though the theatre will close its doors, the creative team aims to continue producing art in the area.

A letter to fans and followers on its website follows.

Dear treasured fans, friends and supporters,

With heavy hearts, we must announce that The Kaleidoscope Theater has permanently closed its doors. After four years of incredible memories, both onstage and off, we have come to the extremely hard decision to dissolve our company. The past two seasons in our beautiful home at 705 Main left us very proud of our monumental achievements, however the financial difficulties of running a nonprofit company in a downtown venue have simply grown to an unmanageable weight.

We’d like to extend a heartfelt “thank you” to all of our treasured artists, patrons, fans and supporters. You have all truly touched our hearts in an unmeasurable way and we are forever grateful for your belief in our art.

As for the Creative Team, we believe our purpose as individuals and artists is to create great theatre. Though The Kaleidoscope is being laid to rest, our Team will carry on producing art in this wonderful city that we all love. Be on the look out for upcoming projects and exciting future endeavors.

If you have any questions or would like to reach out to us for any reason, please feel free to email us at TKT@TKThouston.com. This email account will remain active while we work through the dissolution process.

Thank you, again, for supporting us and all local art in this incredible city.

-The TKT Creative Team

Visit TKTHouston.com.

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