DAC Applause!














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The DAC Applause performing arts program provides a unique opportunity for children and youth to unleash their creativity and bring their imagination to life through movement, speech, storytelling and character development.

For more information about classes and performances, contact Theresa Carson, Artistic Director at theresa@durangoarts.org or (970) 259-2606, Ext 17.

Summer Acting Camp Performances!

July 7-8, 1pm
$8 DAC Members (all ages) / $10 General (all ages)

Theatre fun for the whole family — especially kids!
Each performance includes 2 shows with special pre-show performances by Wee Glee, ages 4-6.

Dystopia, The Hungry Maze Game of Divergent Death

by Don Zolidis
Performed by ages 11-15

Trapped against their will in a dystopian future, a group of teens must battle against emotionally sensitive guards, limited budgets and the trigger-happy Gamemaster to be proclaimed the winner. When the odds are this absurdly bleak, it seems certain that only the main character will make it out alive — but first the contestants must decide who the main character is. A great spoof on reality TV and popular young adult fiction.

Big Bad

by Alec Strum
Performed by ages 7-10

The most notorious criminal in the fairy-tale world, the Big Bad Wolf, is being slapped with a class-action lawsuit by  countless quirky characters.  Now, the two greatest legal minds in the Enchanted Forest — the Evil Stepmother and the Fairy Godmother – will clash in a trial that will be remembered forever after.  As Little Red Riding Hood, her Grandmother, the Three Little Pigs and the Shepherd in charge of the Boy Who Cried Wolf testify, the Wolf seems deserving of all that’s coming.  Was the Wolf born a criminal, or made one?  What will the verdict be?  Only the jury (you – the audience!) can decide.

Summer Scholarship Application 

The Durango Arts Center provides need-based scholarships to students of our year-round after school and summer camp arts education programs thanks to generous individuals and support from the Coca-Cola Durango-Farmington-Gallup, Boone Fund, Community Foundation Serving Southwest ColoradoDurango Education FoundationDurango Friends of the ArtsDurango & Silverton Narrow Gauge RailroadIntelligent Investment Management, Pediatric Parners of the Southwest and the Martin Family Fund.

Easily apply for a scholarship online by clicking below, or download and return the scholarship form to Theresa Carson, Artistic Director by email: theresa@durangoarts.org or deliver to DAC at 802 E 2nd Avenue, Durango.

Download the Scholarship Form
Apply Online for Scholarship Aid

Upcoming Productions by DAC Applause:

Past Productions by DAC Applause:

  • The Grunch: Creativity Festivity (2017)
  • Elf The Musical, Jr. (2016)
  • Scruff Turbo and the Children of the Future (2016)
  • Monty Python’s Spamalot Young@part (2016)
  • Wind in the Willows (2016)
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox (2016)
  • Schoolhouse Rock Live, Jr. (2016)
  • The Music Man (2015)
  • Once on this Island, Jr. (2015)
  • 101 Dalmations, Jr. (2015)
  • Xanadu, Jr. (2015)


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Lil’ Thespians

Ages 4-6
Session 1: July 10 – 14; 9-11:45am (MON-FRI) – 1 spot left!
Session 2: August 7 – 11; 9-11:45am (MON-FRI) – 2 spots left!
$122 DAC Members / $136 Non-Members

This acting camp will offer children an amazing opportunity to unleash their creativity and bring their imagination to life through creative movement, speech, storytelling and character development. Theatre games provide experience in collaboration, confidence, and focus. Please provide water and healthy snack every day.


Musical Theatre: Wee Glee

Ages 4-6
July 10–August 5, 12-12:45pm (TUES & THURS)
Performances: Friday – Saturday, August 4 & 5 at 1pm, Friday, August 5 at 7pm
$76 DAC Members / $85 Non-Members

A musical theatre camp, students will play fun musical games and sing and dance to various contemporary and musical theatre songs. The Wee Glee camp will perform as a “pre-show” for the performance of our other musical theatre camps.


Musical Theatre: Bugsy Malone, JR. – 1 spot left!

Book by Alan Parker, Music and Lyrics by Paul Williams
Ages 11-15

July 10–August 5, 9am-12pm (MON-THURS) Performances: Friday & Saturday, August 4-5 at 1pm and Friday, August 4 at 7pm

$355 DAC Members / $395 Non-Members

Based on the hit film and featuring a catchy, swinging score by the composer of The Muppet Movie, Bugsy Malone JR. is good, clean, comedic fun! Two gangs in a fictitious city populated only by children are in a rivalry of Capone-ian standards. Dandy Dan’s gang has gotten the upper hand since acquiring the “splurge” gun. Bugsy Malone, a one-time boxer, is thrust into the limelight when he becomes the last chance Fat Sam’s gang has of surviving. All Bugsy really wants to do is spend time with his new love…but that just isn’t in the cards for our hero. You will get messy…you may get REALLY messy!


Musical Theatre: The Pinocchio Show

Book by Patrick Rainville Dorn, Music and Lyrics by Bill Francoeur
Ages 7-10
July 10-August 5, 12:30-3:30pm (MON-THURS)
Performances: Friday & Saturday, August 4-5 at 1pm, Friday, August 4 at 7pm
$355 DAC Members / $395 Non-Member

When Carla wants to run away from home, she tries to get a job with the mysterious Professor Pinecone and his traveling magical marionette puppet show.  She quickly discovers, however, that the position comes with all kinds of strings attached.  Once she feels the magical jolt in Professor Pinecone’s handshake, she begins the audition of her life.  In this musical play-within-a-play, Carla becomes Pinocchio and improvises her way through the story, meeting a cricket with an attitude, the devious fox and cat, and the sassy Blues Fairy.  With fun dialogue, a variety of modern music and a surprise ending, audiences of all ages will enjoy this new twist on an old favorite.