Lake Dillon Theatre Company begins youth summer workshops |

Lake Dillon Theatre Company begins youth summer workshops

AJ Rainold as Frog and Molly Hyland as Princess in Lake Dillon Theatre’s Youth performance of “The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales" in May. The LDTC's 2016 Summer Youth Theatre Workshops begin on Monday, June 13.
Courtesy Lake Dillon Theatre Company |

Summer Youth Workshops

Session 1 (June 13 – July 1): Annie Kids, Annie Jr and Playmakers

Session 2 (July 11 – July 29): Disney’s Winnie the Pooh Kids, The Wizard of Oz and Playmakers.

Session 3 (Aug.1–5): Playmakers, Acting Out and Broadway Rocks.

All youth theatre workshops take place in the Outlets at Silverthorne Monday through Friday ending with performances on the main stage at the Lake Dillon Theatre Company on the last Saturday.

The Lake Dillon Theatre Company (LDTC) 2016 Summer Youth Theatre Workshops begin on Monday, June 13. The workshops are a series of one-, two- and three-week intensive programs designed to provide participants with a fun theatrical experience. Each session ends with a youth performance, allowing the young actors to show off their new skills to family and friends.

The first session includes two productions of “Annie” for two different age groups. Annie Kids is a two-week program, running from June 13-24, available for children in first through fourth grade. Annie Jr. is a three-week program, running from June 13 to July 1, available for children in fifth grade through ninth grade.

“Both the Annie Kids and Annie Jr. scripts are adaptations for young performers, so they really set the children up to be their best selves on stage,” said director of education Tim O’Donnell in a statement.

The second session includes a production of Disney’s “Winnie the Pooh Kids” and “The Wizard of Oz.” Winnie the Pooh Kids is a two-week program, running from July 11-22, available for children in first through fourth grade. The Wizard of Oz is a three-week program, running from July 11-29.

Disney’s “Winnie the Pooh” is based on the 2011 Disney movie that includes new songs and stories for these classic characters. This adaptation brings new music, written by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, the composers of “Frozen” as well as the classic songs including “The Tiger Song.”

“The Wizard of Oz” is a newer adaptation of the 1939 movie.

“This production will feel classic in every sense,” said O’Donnell. “From costumes to scenery, it will truly be the movie brought to life.”

Young actor Mikaela Clark, aged 12, participating in both “Annie Jr.” and “The Wizard of Oz,” is excited about bringing these show to life.

“Annie is a show I have watched since I was a little girl, and I really love the story line and songs,” she said in a statement. “‘The Wizard of Oz’ is one of the most classic musicals ever, and it has been done in so many different ways that I can’t wait to put my mark on it. The show is full of great music and has a beautiful story and moral.”

One-week programs are also available for younger performers to learn new theater skills and put on a performance for their friends and family. These sessions are aimed at developing skills in musical theater, story telling, character development and choreography.

“We have a program to suit all ages and abilities,” said O’Donnell. “Whether this is your first or tenth time on the stage, there is a program available to develop new skills, put on a performance and have a great time.”


This year the youth actors will perform on the main stage at the Lake Dillon Theatre Company. The summer musical “Cabaret” will be running on the main stage at the same time, so the LDTC production staff will be changing out the set ready for the children to take the stage.

“We are retrofitting the show sets on top of the main stage production of ‘Cabaret,’” said O’Donnell. “We are also bringing in a professional costume designer to work on these shows. It really ups the technical factors that we can offer; the shows will have fully produced elements to really give the kids a full show experience.”

Costume designer, Paula Peasly-Ninestein, is coming to Summit County for the summer to create the costumes for the children’s performances. Paula was the costume coordinator at North Shore Music Theatre from 2008–15, where she costumed more than 50 musicals.

“I hope with both productions this year to just have fun, explore the characters with the children through the costumes and help them learn how all the parts, pieces and jobs in theater are important and vital to successful production,” Ninestein said in a statement.

The LDTC’s Summer Youth Workshops run from June 12 to Aug. 5 for youth ages first grade through ninth grade. The LDTC is offering scholarships to students for these programs. For more information, please contact director of education Tim D. O’Donnell by calling (970) 513-1151 Ext. 106 or email

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