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.

The KID Show


book and lyrics by Steve Moulds

music by Andy Hudson
directed by Jenni Harbour

When You Need Help, Go To The Experts.
A group of friends forms an advice column for the students at their school, and it’s a runaway success. But when the questions coming in start getting weird, the kids investigate. Is someone pranking them – or are these bizarro messages surprisingly sincere? A new sci-fi musical about friendship, empathy, and what it means to be human.

Do you have a student 10 years or older?

Registration for the 2023 KID Show is currently full. To be put on the waitlist, please email

Rehearsals and performances take place July 11 – 30, 2023.


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

Participant Responses

“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. As a founding member, I completed seven years of shows, builds, and hard work with the unbelievable artisans and craftspeople that contributed their own talents and passions to the project. Ultimately, this led me to a successful undergraduate career at Colorado College and a year living in the heart of Florence, Italy. Without the KID Show, I would not have dreamed so openly and worked so hard to continue facilitating the same sort of experience in my now adult pursuits.”
—Hanna Waters, KID Show Alumni

“Before the KID Show, I was stumbling blindly through the confusing years of puberty, trying to find myself. This program sparked something inside of me that I was previously unaware of. I had always been curious, wanting to explore; but what? The KID Show gave me an outlet for my curiosity. 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 Alumni

Past Kid Show Productions

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:
Brittni Shambaugh Addison, Education Director  |  (719) 658 -2540, Ext 2011