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


KID Show Registration is full!

Please email Education Director, Jenni Harbour, at to be put on the waitlist!

“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


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 (

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 (


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 (

“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


CRT believes that every student deserves equitable access to theatre education and performance opportunities. Theatre education provides development of essential skills such as collaboration, problem-solving and creativity. Consider supporting our dynamic education programs today!

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