Kaleidoscope Youth Theater was imagined in the summer of 2000 by Stacy Hostetter after area community members expressed the need for quality after school educational programs regardless of school boundaries, with a focus on teaching theater, drama, musicality, and more to children of all ages.
After years working with drama programs in Bozeman schools, a parent on the board of the Sweet Pea Festival approached Hostetter to organize a group of students to perform at the festival. Thus, Kaleidoscpe Youth Theater was born.
For many years the group rehearsed and held classes in donated spaces such as churches and dance studios, and the nonprofit operations were run out of Hostetter's home. In the winter of 2011, the theater finally found its own permanent space to run its school-year classes, summer camps, and full-scale auditioned stage productions for students in kindergarten through high school.
Over the past 18 years, Kaleidoscope Youth Theater has served thousands of students and performed over 200 original shows with over 800 pieces of music written by Hostetter.