Desert Theatreworks is delighted to announce: Kidsworks’ virtual productions for spring 2021. COVID19, while creating many hurdles in life, has also created new and exciting educational opportunities of experimentation and flexibility. “Build a Show Workshop” is 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. 

Kidsworks “Build a Show Workshop” Spring 2021 session is a tuition-free program taught online via zoom.  All applicants must complete registration application by March 29, 2021. COMPLETING APPLICATION DOES NOT GUARANTEED ACCEPTANCE. Enrollment will be based on availability, as space is limited. No exceptions will be made to switch participants to a different age group.  The age the Student will be at the start of session (April 10, 2021) will determine the group assigned. Students are required to attend every session, or they will be dropped. 

If accepted, applicants will be notified of enrollment no later than Wednesday March 31, 2021. 

Session A (age 7-11) 
The Rainbow Fish: A Large Cast Undersea Adventure 
Adapted by Austin Zumbro 

Play Description 
The Rainbow Fish, the international bestseller and award-winning children’s book, is now a play with a wonderful message of friendship and belonging.  This large-cast play features a variety of exciting sea-creature characters.  The most beautiful fish in the ocean does not want to share their shining scales.  As a result, all the other fish in the sea ignore the Rainbow fish. With bubbly, energetic dialogue full of fun, fishy wordplay, this non-musical version invites wonderful creativity and flexibility, framed in a universal message of love, sharing, and kindness that is so much more than just a simple children’s story. 

Session A Instruction Schedule 
Saturday 4/10 1-3 PM 
Saturday 4/17 1-3 PM 
Saturday 4/24 1-3 PM 
Saturday 5/1 1-3 PM 
Saturday 5/15 1-3 PM 
Saturday 5/22 1-4:30 PM (recording day) 
Streaming performance dates TBA. 

Session B (age 12-18) 
Gossip by Brian Hampton 

Play Description 
Gossip is the story of a group of high school theatre students who befriend a charming, yet sinister new student named “Gossip”.  She immediately makes herself right at home as she secretly manipulates and twists the truth to get what she wants. But, as her new friends begin to figure it all out, they turn on her as ruthlessly as “Gossip” goes after them, leading to a surprisingly twisted ending. This virtual presentation of the best-selling one-act by award-winning playwright Brian Hampton personifies teenage rumors and bullying.  With teens communicating only through video conferencing, this cautionary tale about the impact of gossip is a fun and powerful experience for actors and audience alike.   
Session B Instruction Schedule 
Saturday 4/10 1-4 PM 
Saturday 4/17 1-4 PM 
Saturday 4/24 1-4 PM 
Saturday 5/1 1-4 PM 
Saturday 5/15 1-4 PM 
Saturday 5/22 1-5:30 PM (recording day) 
Streaming performance dates TBA. 

More Program Information 

Kidsworks’ virtual “Build a Show Workshop” has been developed to allow our mission to continue to serve our community’s children in a safe way that encourages their own flair for creativity. Connection has 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 grow in the art form they love and remind them that no one is alone. 

If selected, Participants will pick up a Show-Kit package (script, costume, backdrop materials, etc.) through a curbside drive up at the Indio Performing Arts Center, free of charge. 

Productions will be streamed 1-2 weeks after classes are completed. 

Please email questions to 

Applications Are Now Closed

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