With mud season in full swing, it’s time to start looking to the summer season, when Telluride’s younger citizens get to enjoy all the wonderful extracurricular activities now being offered by local institutions. At the top of the list is the Sheridan Arts Foundation’s Young People’s Theater‘s Summer Spectacular.

Led by Jennifer Julia, artistic director extraordinaire of Young People’s Theater, this special program is designed for kids ages eight and nine as an inspiring and empowering foray into the world of performing arts. The non-competitive workshop challenges the imagination while focusing on teamwork, singing, dancing, creating characters, and just plain fun.

Summer Spectacular, which takes place July 23 – July 27, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., ends with a production of “The Adventures of Raggedy Ann & Andy.” The event takes place July 27, 1 p.m. Parents and the general public are encouraged to attend and applaud the efforts of the kids.

“Creating a musical play in five days with a fun gang of young actors is my idea of adventure!” Julia said. “I love to play and explore with my summer theater students. It’s such a collaborative and dynamic process. And we keep the cast size small so everyone’s role is full and fascinating.”

Class size is limited to 15 students. Tuition is $400.

The Sheridan Opera House has been home to the SAF Young People’s Theater since 1999, inspiring young thespians ages two –  18.

For more information or to enroll your kids before Spectacular Summer fills up, call Jen at 728-6363 ext. 2 or visit

For a preview of what’s in store for the kiddos, watch Clint Viebrock’s video:

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