The show must go on: Roanoke camp for kids with special needs will happen in person, online

Kaleidoscope Camp doesn’t turn anyone away

ROANOKE, Va. – Summer camps are a staple for kids, and while the pandemic has changed things this year, one local camp is making sure its campers still have the chance to shine.

Every year, the Roanoke Children’s Theatre puts on a weeklong camp for kids with special needs.

This year, COVID-19 isn’t stopping them. In fact, it’s giving parents and campers more options to participate.

Instead of filling the stage at Kaleidoscope Camp, campers will be ready to sing and perform from their living rooms.

Kari Sullivan is the director of Kaleidoscope Camp. She started the camp for kids with special needs six years ago after recognizing the need herself.

“Always teaching theatre arts and teaching theatre camps, I noticed a lack of children with exceptional needs. I got phone calls from people who said they were turned away,” Sullivan said.

Sullivan didn’t want the pandemic stop the show from going on.

“As soon as the schools were canceled, I contacted my friends at Roanoke Children’s Theatre and I said, ‘Kaleidoscope will still go on,‘” Sullivan said.

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