The KID Show

KID Show’s mission is to provoke and empower the creative minds of local youth while placing them in a professional environment and encouraging them to play.

Since 2003, as part of CRT’s annual summer season, a professional team of theatre artists mentor local students (ages 10+) through the process of creating a fully produced, all-original show.

KID Show’s success is built around an in-depth mentorship model. Each year, approximately 15-20 young people work alongside our team of highly skilled teaching artists and professional theatre makers to bring a brand-new production to life in just under three weeks. The professional artists inspire these youth and model healthy collaboration skills, strong work ethics, and innovative problem solving.

KID Show is free for students to participate and free for audiences to attend.

2023 KID Show

“You can not find this kind of program anywhere else. Seeing how much the KID Show impacted kids of all ages I decided to pursue Theatre Education at Ball State University. This program has given me the strength and knowledge to do that and the motivation. Without the KID Show I wouldn’t be the person I am today.”

— Libby McShane, KID Show Alum


Check back in the Spring for registration for our 2024 KID Show!

“As a twelve-year-old growing up in the tiny nest of Creede, CO, dreams and dreaming often felt impossible and impractical. With the KID Show, not only did I feel allowed to wonder, I felt compelled to do so.”

— Hanna Waters, KID Show Alum


The goal of KID Show is to equip students with the tools needed to become successful and whole-hearted artists, community members, and human beings. This curriculum fosters the following skill sets:

  • Critical decision-making
  • Collaboration
  • Empathetic listening
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Leadership skills
  • Discipline and hard work

“The KID Show gave me a way to explore myself and the world around me at the same time. I don’t know where I would be without the support of this amazing program. Certainly not about to launch into a career in Theatre.”

— Heather Brophy, KID Show Alum

Past Kid Show Productions

Ask a Kid book and lyrics by Steve Moulds, music by Andy Hudson, directed by Jenni Harbour

Music Box by Allison Quiller, directed by Renée Prince

The Tree Watcher directed and devised by Bethany Eilean Talley

Hansel or Gretel by John DiAntonio, directed by Brittni Shambaugh Addison and Lavour Addison

Derring-Do by Diana Grisanti, directed by Brittni Shambaugh Addison

Abandoned Way Out West, written and directed by Diana Burbano

I, (Mac)kers, written and directed by Emily Van Fleet and Nathan Jones

Rodeo and Juliet, written and directed by Emily Van Fleet and Nathan Jones

BONES!, written by the ensemble and co-directed by Johamy Morales and Anna Paniccia

Suspended by John DiAntonio and Caitlin Wise

Alice in the Bookstore Palace by John DiAntonio

Saving Red by John DiAntonio

BUGS, adapted from The Gentleman Bug by Julian Hector

DRAGONS, adapted from The Dragon on the Roof by Terry Jones

The Story of Babar the Little Elephant by Jean de Brunhoff with music by Francis Poulenc

Scruff Turbo and the Children of the Future by Jeff Carey with music by Jessica Jackson

Lullaby Bay by Jeff Carey with music by Jessica Jackson

Emilia’s Tree by Jeff Carey

The Rainbow Goblins,adapted from a story by Ul de Rico

The Minpins: A Roald Dahl Puppet Show

An Afternoon of Mime

My first year of The KID Show made me happy, and I wasn’t a very happy kid. I was just so enthusiastic about it. If I hadn’t done it, I don’t know where I would be now. It is a life changing thing.

—Luciana Branda, KID Show Alumni


For more information, please contact:
Jenni Harbour, Education Director  |  (719) 658 -2540, Ext 2012