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.

Cindera Che
Dance Camp Director & Guest Teacher/Choreographer



Cindera Che began her career at the age of twelve, dancing in a weekly television variety show in her home town and country of Taipei, Taiwan. After moving to the United States, she continued her training and landed a fulfilling career as a dancer, performance coach, choreographer and actor. Cindera has been on the teaching staff at the Edge Performing Arts Center in Hollywood since 1992. Though she enjoys training aspiring dancers to become working professionals in the entertainment industry, Cindera finds her passion lies in helping people of all walks of life to develop body confidence and awareness. Since becoming a mother, Cindera further sees the need to encourage movement and physical expression in children. She started teaching youth classes and began working with dee-Lightful Productions as the Dance Camp Director in 2012. Besides teaching, Cindera does private wellness training and continues to perform in films and on television. Cindera is grateful to have the opportunity to work with the wonderful staff and campers at dee-Lightful Productions. 


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.
2014 Summer Camp Apprentices


Christine
Barocio
Mika
Barocio
Louis
Chavez

Chris
Clark
Chloe
Cohen
Nick
Freedson
Joey
Guthman
Marshall
Norman

Samuel
Petersen

Carly
Shiever

Nehi
Thompson



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