Capturing the Art & Spirit of Musical Theater                            
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The Stars Who Make It Happen


Dolores Aguanno
Founder & Artistic Director

Dolores is responsible for the day-to-day operations of our organization.  She facilitates all workshops and summer camps, and is the producer/director of each production.  Dolores began teaching acting for children and teens over 20 years ago at the Lee Strasberg Theater in New York.  She has worked in the nonprofit arena for over six years teaching a life skills program through creative writing and improvisation in high schools and middle schools throughout LA County, as well as in LA Probation Camps.  Dolores has been directing musical theater productions with the Culver City Department of Parks and Recreation since September, 1999.  It is her passion to help youth discover their innate creativity and provide such a joyous opportunity for their self-expression.  It has been her dream to establish this organization to ensure the continuation of her work, keeping tuition at a reasonable cost and to be able to provide scholarships for kids in need.  Dolores has just completed her Ph.D. in Mythological Studies & Psychology at the Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara.

Allegra Williams
Assistant Director & Choreographer



Allegra Williams is a graduate of California State University, Chico with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Musical Theatre. Having been raised by Dolores herself, Allegra has had the privilege of participating in countless productions since the birth of dee-Lightful in 1999. Beginning as a camper at age nine, she realized her true passion for performance and has grown to contribute as a counselor and now Choreographer and Assistant Director. Although she dedicates a great deal of time and energy to the growth of the campers, outside of dee-Lightful, Allegra attends acting classes and works at a chiropractic office expanding her business with Nu Skin Enterprises. She helps others improve their lifestyle through nutrition, weight management and aging. She holds a true passion for helping others around her and believes that through the art of theatre, the participants gain a true understanding of what it means to be accepted in a family-like community where they can express themselves in a safe and supportive atmosphere, and gain the confidence to carry with them. Not only is Allegra grateful to have such a safe place to spread her knowledge with the students, but she also feels fortunate to learn so much from them in return! 


Zoe Petersen
Camp Manager & Vocal Director




Zoe Petersen is 19 years old and is a sophomore at the University of Redlands School of Music, where she is majoring in Vocal Music Education. Zoe has spent her past 10 summers with dee-Lightful, and has been a staff member for the last 6.  Currently, she is dee-Lightful's Camp Manager and Vocal Director.  Aside from dee-Lightful Productions, Zoe is thrilled to have the opportunity to conduct and teach at the South Bay Children's Choir, based at El Camino College in Torrance.  After singing with the choir for 9 years, she spent 2 years as an Assistant Director, and this year she is an Associate Conductor, responsible for the Choristers level, ages 10-11.  In the summer of 2013, she traveled to England with the choir for the International Children's Choir Festival, and had the honor of conducting in the Canterbury Cathedral.  In addition to dee-Lightful and the South Bay Children's Choir, the University of Redlands has also provided Zoe with many teaching opportunities.  In January 2013, she assisted in starting up the University of Redlands Youth Choir, for children in the greater Redlands community, and she will continue conducting for them as a Choral Scholar this year.  She is also a member of Sweet Charity, the women's a cappella group on campus, and will be their Assistant Director this spring.  Zoe cannot describe how much joy she gets from teaching music to children and watching them grow as performers and as people.  

Summer Camp Apprentices

Apprentices, aka our "Camp Counselors," are an integral part of our organization.  They are accomplished in their own right as performing artists and have an extensive background working with children.  They serve as role models for our young artists and support them in the day-to-day camp and workshop activities.  Many of our multi-talented apprentices come from the Culver City High School Academy of Visual and Performing Arts (AVPA), an accredited afterschool intensive arts program.
2013 Summer Camp Apprentices


Brandon
Blum
Chloe
Cohen
Christine
Barocio

Chris
Clark
Jeremy
Blum

Maya
Sherer

Mika
Barocio

Madelyn
Ross

Nick
Freedson

Samuel
Petersen

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