The Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts is a lively place in the summers, with four major musicals running in repertory, Legally Blond, West Side Story, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Little Shop of Horrors, and a teen educational show — Pinkalicious the Musical — plus concerts, art shows, over 50 out-of-town artists, designers and performers rehearsing and performing — dancing, singing, acting — six day a week for three months straight.

And right in the middle of it all is the Whatchamawhozits Children’s Theatre Summer Camp. This super fun and wildly popular summer camp is in its eighth summer at the Center for the Arts.

The camp works with 7 to 12 year olds (special requests for 6 or 13 year olds are allowed pending approval), teaching them all the aspects of the craft, and is taught by the professional performers that come in for Thingamajig’s main stage shows. From singing to costumes design, from dancing to character development and storytelling, from painting with lights to aerial silks… theatre is the place where all the art forms come together and create collaborative masterpieces. Theatre also teaches students the valuable life skills of teamwork, collaboration, public speaking, articulation, critical thinking, self-confidence, physical fitness and above all empathy.

This summer (2018) the three week camp runs from July 2 to July 19, Monday through Thursday from 9am to 3pm with a public performance of ANNIE Kids on July 20 and 21 at 2pm and July 22 at 6pm.

Students can either sign up for the first week of camp which focuses on acting lessons, theatre games that develop tools of the trade and lessons in all the other fun aspects of theatre — like how to make gnarly scars in make-up class — or sign up for both of the last two weeks to rehearse and perform in the show. Or students can sign up for all three weeks.

The final two weeks focus on all the aspects of putting a show on its feet with a performance of a ANNIE Kids at the end of camp on July 20, 21 and 22.

Camper’s registration includes an invitation to see the main stage production of Thoroughly Modern Millie, on Sunday July 15 at 2pm, which features all their camp counselors.

First week cost is $150… total cost for 2nd and 3rd weeks together is $300. All Three Weeks: early registration cost is $350; late registration cost is $400. Early bird registration is available until June 1 which gets you the great deal of a three-week camp costing only $30 per day. (You can’t find a more economical, educational and fun program for your children in the summer!)

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE. Your child will not be considered registered until payment has been made.

For additional questions on the best summer activity in Southwest Colorado, please contact Laura Moore at or by calling 731-7469.

IN ORDER TO REGISTER: Email with the following information:

EMAIL SUBJECT: Child’s Name Registration.

EMAIL BODY: Child’s Name, Age, Parents Name, Email, Phone Number, Medical Conditions, Choice of 1st week, 2nd and 3rd week, or ALL Weeks.

PAYMENT: Mail a check to Thingamajig Theatre Company 2313 Eagle Drive, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 with your child’s name in the MEMO.

“THANK YOU for your awesome work with the kids during the Improv class. It was great fun to watch their growth.”

“Many thanks for your invaluable instruction & encouragement to all the kids in the Whatchamawhozits program. [My son] had a blast and it was a fun program to watch on Saturday.”

For more opportunities, contact Executive Director Laura Moore: or call 970-731-7469.