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, Kaleidoscope 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. Unfortunately, due to rising rental prices, the theater had to move out of its venue in March, 2019 finding itself homeless once again until a new location can be found. As such, at this time, only limited classes, performances and summer camps are being held contingent on space availability and funding.
Over the past 20 years, Kaleidoscope Youth Theater has served thousands of students and performed over 250 original shows with over 900 pieces of music written by Hostetter.