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Ages 7-11

Morning Session starting June 18 for 6 weeks

Cost: $600.00 (tuition waived by Elite Academic)

KidsWorks rehearses during the day. The performance commitment is substantial: the Pre-Show goes on four or more times a week, Thursdays thru Sundays. The total time commitment can run 12 weeks.

Ages 11-19

Afternoon Session starting June 18 for 6 weeks

Cost: $600.00 (tuition waived by Elite Academic)


Questions About KidsWorks?

Desert Theatreworks (DTW), Coachella Valley's inclusive 501(c)3 non-profit theatre, seeks donations and sponsors for KIDSWORKS, a tuition-free education program for ages 8-16.  

What is Kidsworks?
Beginning October 2016, DTW will begin a new childrens theatre education program entitled KIDSWORKS.  The program is designed for youth aged 8-16 yrs who will audition to become part of the KIDSWORKS company.  Every Saturday, the children will receive acting, singing and dance training in order to present two mini-musical revues.  These revues will be presented for DTW's main audience as a preshow for the corresponding production.  The preshow includes: skits, songs and lots of danceing.   The style is always musical theatre; however the music and material cover many genres.  DTW will have 3 theatre instructors, costumers and superiviory staff who are all pre-screened to work with Children.  The KIDSWORKS program will have multiple auditions throughout the year to accept new members, giving more opportunity to all in the Valley.  

Why Kidsworks?  "Growing up in Fresno, CA.  I was always jealous of the other kids who performanced at GOOD COMPANY PLAYERS JUNIOR COMPANY.  They were learning fundelmentals of theatre performance and getting a big chance to perform in front of large audiences." says Artistic Director Lance Phillips-Martinez.  "I set up Kidsworks to be a training groud for younger performers who have the talent and drive, but could not afford the high tuition prices currently offered by other local theatres and dance studios.  Kidsworks should be a jump start to any student who wants to be in the performing arts."

How does my donation help?
Your donation will help DTW make the program tuition free!  There are many expenses to cover for this program, including:  instructors, costuming, musicians, royalies, and rehearsal space.  These expenses are continuous as long as the program is running.  Your donation is not only needed for the program, but sincerely appreciated.

Corporate/Individual Sponorships
We are accepting Indiviual Sponsorships and Corporate Sponsorships for KIDSWORKS.  Please contact or call (760)980-1455 for more information.  

About Desert Theatreworks
Now in it's fourth season, Desert Theatreworks (DTW) is a theatre company serving the Coachella Valley. Our aim is to provide quality theatre participation for the entire community. This 2015-16 Season, Desert Theatreworks will again produce nine plays and musicals throught the year at the Arthur Newman Theatre.

Mission Statement
Desert Theatreworks was organized for the benefit of members of the community to provide education, entertainment and exposure to cultural experiences. The objective for the theatre company is to become a resource for both the residents and visitors to the Coachella Valley to enrich the cultural depth and education of the community at large. Desert Theatreworks will strive to present imaginative, innovative, and entertaining plays and musicals for the entire community. An effort will also be made to bring to life works that are rarely produced.

Summer Camp 2018

KidsWorks usually number 18-30 young people, aged 8 to 18 years. Desert Theatreworks looks for a balance of ages, sizes, genders and ethnicities, as well as talent. Formal voice and dance training is not a pre-requisite for acceptance into KidsWorks. Other attributes sought in KidsWorks members: potential, motivation, maturity, courtesy and commitment. 

Who Can Participate

Summer Theatre Program Dates

Instruction Dates:

June 18, 2018 to July 23, 2018. 


9:00AM to 12:00PM - Ages 7-11
1:00PM to 4:00PM - Ages 11-19

Performance Dates

Aladdin Jr.
July 24th - 5pm & 7:30pm
July 25th - 5pm & 7:30pm
Legally Blonde Jr.
July 27th - 7pm
July 28th - 3pm & 5pm
July 29th - 3pm



Desert Theatreworks KidsWorks performs a 15 to 20-minute Pre-Show before most DTW productions at the Indio Performing Arts Center. The Pre-Show features this gifted group of young performers in a wide variety of musical genres in their own mini-revue.