The mission of the Westcliffe Center for the Performing Arts (WCPA) is to enhance the quality of life for people in the contiguous rural towns of Westcliffe and Silver Cliff, Custer County, and surrounding counties through regular cultural events and artistic performances, and to provide activities for children, youths, and families. WCPA serves as a home for the performing arts where none existed before. Our goals are to introduce local young people and adults to, and train them in, acting, directing, and production in music, dance, and drama. Youth Theater, Creativity Camps, and Summer internships are important elements of the WCPA program.

Due to continuing concern about the COVID-19 pandemic, and in an effort to keep our patrons and their families safe, the WCPA postponed our Creativity Camp and our Acting for Teens program, originally scheduled for June 29-July 10, 2020. We regret any inconvenience, and look forward to being able to offer summer programming again in 2021.

In lieu of in-person participation, however, we are offering a creative way
to bring theater to you, Creativity Camp at Home, courtesy of Holly Wenger!

Call for 2020 Summer Internships for College Students

The Westcliffe Center for the Performing Arts regularly provides summer internships for qualified drama students at its facility at the Jones Theater in Westcliffe, Colorado. Many former interns have said that it was the best summer experience they have ever had learning about the theater. Westcliffe is a picturesque small town in Southern Colorado at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

The interns participate in every facet of theater work. In addition, they work with local children for a two-week-long session of our summer Creativity Camp, now in its twenty-eight year. The Creativity Camps consist of theater training for children 7-12 in improvisation, theater games, story telling, makeup, and costume. At the end of the two-week session, the children present original skits, which they have developed with the help of the interns.

Interns also will be involved in one outdoor stage production of: Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and Jean Anouilh’s Antigone. They will have roles in acting or in technical production work such as lighting, set design, building and set decoration.

The internships are limited to three students and run nine weeks from May 10 through July 11. The theater provides excellent housing in its new building, Studio 2, which has a modern, furnished four-bedroom student apartment. We also pay a weekly living allowance. We do not reimburse travel expenses.

Applications must be received no later than March 14. Questions about applications for these internships should be made to Christiane Kimbell Relph, Executive Director, WCPA/Jones Theater by email or by mail to P.O. Box 790, Westcliffe, CO 81252. Applicants should include a photo, résumé with relevant theater experience, and audition DVD or video posted on YouTube. Faculty recommendations are appreciated.

Creativity Camp and Acting for Teens

Creativity Camp is a summer class for children ages 7 to 12. Creativity Camp classes, held in the WCPA/Jones Theater Studio 2, are taught by students from local colleges who are drama majors and summer interns. Creativity Camp is held in Studio 2, June 29-July 10, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Classes are open to youth from Westcliffe and those visiting grandparents for the summer. The goal of the program is to give these children and teens greater confidence in speaking and acting before an audience. At the end of the two-week session, the young performers present a program, often of plays they have written themselves, before their parents and friends.

Acting for Teens, a more in-depth class for students from 13 to 17, offers advanced instruction in acting and theater arts. It is held in Studio 2, July 6-10, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.


Enrollment starts in May for this year’s Creativity Camp and Acting for Teens. The cost for the 2-week Creativity Camp is $100 for the first child and $90 for a brother or sister from the same family. The fee for Acting for Teens classes is $60 per teen. As always, we have a limited number of $50.00 partial scholarships available for youth who need them and could profit from the program. We require a short letter about the child along with the reasons for your request.

The children should wear comfortable clothing and if they wish, they may bring a small snack. Since we do not allow eating in Studio 2 itself, these snacks and drinks should be left in the foyer and eaten outside. Children participating in Creativity Camp must be picked up promptly when their session is over, at 12:30 p.m.


Inquiries should be addressed to Jones Theater, P.O. Box 790, Westcliffe, CO. 81252. To reserve your child’s place in one of our two programs, please fill out the 2020 Youth Activities Registration Form and mail it with your check to the address provided on the form. Download the form using the down arrow in the bottom task bar. For additional information, please contact us by phone at 719.783.3004 or by email.

Youth Theater Productions

WCPA presents a Youth Theater Musical each year. Many Creativity Camp graduates audition and perform in this summer musical. Performances have included A Little Princess, A Secret Garden, Lady Pirates of the Caribbean, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and Alice in Wonderland, just to name a few of our more than fifteen yearly productions.

Don’t miss this year’s Youth Theater production, Robin Hood, by Tim Kelly. Come and enjoy the amazing talents of our local youngsters!

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, August 6-8, 7:00 p.m.
Sunday Matinee, August 9, 2:00 p.m.

Adults, $15; kids 12 and under, $5. Included in season ticket.