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 7-19.
What is Kidsworks?
Beginning October 2016, DTW began a new children's theatre education program entitled KIDSWORKS. The program is designed for youth aged 7-19 yrs who will audition to become part of the KIDSWORKS company. The children receive acting, singing and dance training in order to present productions at the conclusion of the session. The style is always musical theatre; however the music and material cover many genres. DTW will has multiple credentialed theatre instructors, costumers and supervisory staff who are all pre-screened to work with Children. The KIDSWORKS program has 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 performed at GOOD COMPANY PLAYERS JUNIOR COMPANY. They were learning fundamentals 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 ground 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." Our program focuses on all forms of theatrical production, teaching children camaraderie, leaderships skill, and produces lasting bonds between campers. DTW instructors are trained in helping children overcome shyness and assist them with any learning obstacles, bringing out the best in the student. We at DTW wish all provide have a life-changing experience through use of the arts and are happy to provide this unique opportunity.
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, royalties, 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.
We are accepting Indiviual Sponsorships and Corporate Sponsorships for KIDSWORKS. Please contact Ron@dtworks.org or call
(760)980-1455 for more information.
About Desert Theatreworks
Desert Theatreworks (DTW) is a theatre company serving the Coachella Valley. Our aim is to provide quality theatre participation for the entire community. This coming season, Desert Theatreworks will again produce eight plays and musicals throughout the year at the Indio Performing Arts Center.
The mission of Kidsworks is to inspire a love of the performing arts for the youth of the Coachella Valley and to enrich, educate and develop transferable skills in our young performers. We strive to create extraordinary live theatre and interactive educational experiences within a professional theatre environment, that stimulates participants to become exemplary aspiring artists and future patrons of the arts. Our programs will help young people set and achieve high artistic and personal goals while building family relationships and working as a team to realize their full potential. We are invested in the future of our arts community and therefore offer many programs at little to no cost, in order to empower more families to get involved in arts-based programs that may not be offered in mainstream education.
DTW’s Kidsworks presents
Build A Show Theatre Workshop
A virtual youth theatre production
April 10-May 22, 2021
Saturday afternoons 1-3pm
Two groups: age 7-11 & 12-18
Free (limited space available)
We are delighted to announce Desert Theatreworks’ KIDSWORKS Virtual Productions for spring 2021. COVID-19 has created new and exciting educational opportunities of experimentation and flexibility. With that in mind, we have designed a unique online experience for students (age 7-18) to perform in a streaming performance with an emphasis on character development and some aspects of stagecraft, taught by our professional team of theatre educators.
Connection and belonging have been our most urgent focus since the pandemic hit. We want to provide our students with a learning community of belonging where they can continue to develop in the art form they love and remind them that no one is alone. Participants will receive a show-kit package of materials, including script and art supplies to create their own costumes and backdrops.
Productions (to be announced) will be streamed 1-2 weeks after classes are completed.
Registration begins March 12, 2021 at 5pm.
Acceptance is on a first-come basis.
Registration opens March 1
KidsWorks is made up of performers aged 6 to 19. 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.
Desert Theatreworks' KidsWorks Programs are more than a training ground for the arts; it is a safe and nurturing environment where community is emphasized, friendship valued, and personal growth celebrated. We see it as the ideal place for children to learn about the arts and develop creative skills.
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.
To our customers regarding COVID 19 and summer camp:
Dear Valued Kidsworks Families and Community,
We at Desert Theatreworks believe that it is more important that the community be a healthy and vibrant one, strong and able to enjoy the arts to the fullest. That is why we have made the decision to not hold our Summer Kidsworks Program this summer. Our Kidsworks Summer Program is one of the best parts of the year for DTW and we will miss all our kids and their families this summer. When we feel it is completely safe for us to come back together, we will be adding more Kidsworks classes and workshops throughout the year. This will allow our students to have the opportunity to be involved throughout the year and not wait till summer 2021. We are excited to announce that we will be able to offer financial assistance throughout the fall and spring programs like we offer for our summer program. More information on classes and workshops will be announced in the months to come. Stay tuned and more importantly stay safe. We look forward to seeing you soon!
In the meantime, there are lots of different opportunities your students can be taking advantage of while at home. Here are a few links to fun activities that will encourage them and stay engaged in their love for the arts.
Director of Kidsworks