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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 Jason Lythgoe, Applause Program Director at or (970) 259-2606, Ext 32.

Summer Scholarship Application Deadline: Thursday, June 1, 2017

The Durango Arts Center education programs provide need-based scholarships to students thanks to generous individuals and support from the Ballantine Family Fund, Boone Fund, Community Foundation Serving Southwest ColoradoDurango Education FoundationDurango Friends of the ArtsDurango & Silverton Narrow Gauge RailroadIntelligent Investment Management and Martin Family Fund.

Easily apply for a scholarship online by clicking below, or download and return the scholarship form to Jason Lythgoe by email: or delivering to DAC at 802 E 2nd Avenue, Durango.

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“The DAC Applause! theatre program for kids has had a profound influence on the youth of our community.” — Proud parent

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)
Session 2: August 7 – 11; 9-11:45am (MON-FRI)
$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.


VAM Camp

Ages 7 – 9
June 12 – 23, 9-11:45am (MON-FRI)
$225 DAC Members / $250 Non-Members

Campers will creatively explore the theatrical elements of Voice, Acting, and Movement. The camp will culminate in a short performance piece on the last day of class. Please provide water and healthy snack every day.

Instructor: Joy Kilpatrick


Let’s Put on a Play: Dystopia, The Hungry Maze Game of Divergent Death

by Don Zolidis
Ages 11-15

*June 12 – July 8, 9am-12pm (MON-THURS)
Performances: Friday & Saturday, July 7-8 at 1pm

*There will be NO CLASS on Tuesday, July 4

$355 DAC Members / $395 Non-Members

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.


Let’s Put on a Play: Big Bad

by Alec Strum
Ages 7-10

*June 12–July 8, 12:30-3:30pm (MON-THURS)
Performances: Friday & Saturday, July 7-8 at 1pm 

*There will be NO CLASS on Tuesday, July 4

$355 DAC Members / $395 Non-Members

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 can decide.


Musical Theatre: Bugsy Malone, JR.

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.