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 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
- Empathetic listening
- Creativity and innovation
- Leadership skills
- Discipline and hard work
“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
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
A Midsummer Night Trapeze 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