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.
2024 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
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Rehearsals are held Tuesday-Saturday starting on July 9th, 2024. Performances will be held on July 26th, 27th, and 28th.
“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
COLORADO ACADEMIC STANDARDS
Drama and Theatre Arts
Students are supported in developing these Colorado Drama and Theatre Arts Standards while participating in KID Show:
Drama and Theatre Arts Standard 1: Create
1.1 Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.
1.2 Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.
1.4 Refine artistic work towards completion.
Drama and Theatre Arts Standard 2: Perform
2.1 Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation.
2.2 Develop and refine artistic techniques, choices, and work for presentation.
2.3 Connect artistic work with audience, community, and ensemble.
2.4 Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work.
Colorado Academic Standards for Drama and Theatre Arts (https://www.cde.state.co.us/coarts/cas-dt-standards-p12-2022)
Social Emotional Curriculum
Students are supported in developing these Social & Emotional Learning competencies while participating in KID Show:
Self-Awareness: Integrating personal and social identities, Identifying one’s emotions, Linking feelings, values, and thoughts, Having a growth mindset, Developing interests and a sense of purpose.
Self-Management: Managing one’s emotions, Identifying and using stress management strategies, Exhibiting self-discipline and self-motivation, Setting personal and collective goals, Showing the courage to take initiative, Demonstrating personal and collective agency.
Social Awareness: Taking others’ perspectives, Recognizing strengths in others, Demonstrating empathy and compassion, Showing concern for the feelings of others, Understanding and expressing gratitude, Recognizing situational demands and opportunities.
Relationship Skills: Communicating effectively, Developing positive relationships, Practicing teamwork and collaborative problem-solving, Showing leadership in groups, Seeking or offering support and help when needed.
Responsible Decision-Making: Demonstrating curiosity and open-mindedness, Recognizing how critical thinking skills are useful both inside and outside of school.
Social & Emotional Learning Core Competencies taken from the CASEL framework (https://casel.org)
Colorado Essential Skills
Students are supported in developing these Colorado Essential Skills while participating in KID Show:
Creativity/Innovation: Engage in novel approaches, moves, directions, ideas, and/perspectives.
Self-Awareness: Assess personal strengths and limitations, with a well-grounded sense of confidence, optimism, and a ‘growth mindset’.
Adaptability/Flexibility: Look for and find value in different perspectives expressed by others.
Perseverance/Resilience: Focus on learning goals by employing motivation and familiar strategies for engagement and evaluate progress, making necessary changes to stay the course.
Collaboration/Teamwork: Follow a process identified by other to help generate ideas, negotiate roles and responsibilities, and respects consensus in decision making.
Civic Engagement: Participate in social or community activities.
Colorado Essential Skills (https://www.cde.state.co.us/standardsandinstruction/2018coloradoessentialskills)
“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
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