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Swings are part of the team!



WHO? 9th graders through students entering college (Fall 2024) who love all areas of musical theater.

WHAT? Volunteer with Des Moines Performing Arts as Swings/Camp Counselors for 2024 summer musical theater camps for grades 3-8.

  • As a swing--prepare different parts in a musical and perform them should an actor miss a rehearsal or performance or if a group of young performers needs support. Learn from our professional instructors! 
  • As a camp counselor--For musical theater camp, lead and guide younger musical theater students as they put on an entire musical in one week, plus assist with makeup, workshops, rehearsals, and final performance.

WHEN?  Musical Theater Camp runs for six week-long sessions at the Temple for the Performing Arts, downtown Des Moines. Daily hours Monday - Thursday are 8:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. and Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. Apply for one week, two weeks, or all six!

WHY? Keep doing what you love and share your passion with others. Hours for volunteer programs such as Silver Cord are available.


Volunteer today!

Click here to apply for summer 2024!

Note: A simple background check is required for all DMPA volunteers. Parental consent forms will be sent to all who are accepted to be swings.





The musical theater camp season runs weekly sessions from mid-June through the end of July at the Temple for the Performing Arts, 1011 Locust St, Des Moines. Please indicate the weeks you could be available on the application. Volunteer hours are 8:15 AM - 4:15 PM Monday through Thursday; 8:15 AM - 6:30 PM Friday.

  1. June 17-21
  2. June 24-28
  3. July 8-12
  4. July 15-19
  5. July 22-26
  6. July 29-August 2

If selected to serve as a swing/camp counselor you will be required to attend a training/rehearsal on either Wednesday, June 12, 2024, and/or Thursday, June 13, 2024, from 9 AM to 5 PM. If you are unable to attend the training, please make note on the application form. 




Complete the Online Application Form. 

  • All applicants: once your application is accepted, you and your parent/guardian will be emailed forms that give your consent for a background check.  All volunteers at DMPA are now required to have a background check for the safety of all.
  • If your are a returning swing, please indicate on the application form. You will need to submit your contact information; the dates you are available; and the name, email, and phone number for a parent.
  • If you are a first-time swing applicant, have the following materials ready when you begin filling out the application form:

1. PERSONAL INFORMATION: Your contact information; the dates you are available; and the name, email, and phone number for a parent.

2. STATEMENT OF INTEREST: 50-150 words
Why are you interested in working as a swing/camp counselor this summer? What do you bring to the position?

Provide a short list of your performance experience from high school. possibly middle school, and with DMPA camps. Also, please list any experience working with children.

4. OPTIONAL: VIDEO AUDITION of 30 seconds or less
Submit a short video of you singing a song from a musical, "Happy Birthday" or any short, appropriate song. Upload the video to YouTube and include the link on your application. Keep the video simple. A recording from your phone is fine, no editing needed. With or without accompaniment is also fine. The biggest thing is we want to hear your voice to see how you bring a song to life, especially if you would like to be assigned swing parts from the show.

5. REFERENCE: Contact information
Provide the name, email and phone number of an adult who can speak to your theater and/or leadership skills. A reference could be a current or past teacher, current or past employer, supervisor, adult co-worker, clergy, etc. References may not be family members or minors. Please alert your reference to let them know that they may be contacted.

Screening of applications will begin as applications are submitted. The summer camp coordinator may contact applicants via email or phone to schedule a follow-up interview if needed.