40 Years and 400,000+ Students!

Now in its 40th season, The Young Audience Outreach Tour’s mission is to bring high quality musical theatre to rural and historically under-resourced communities. This program annually produces an original children’s show for students in grades K-6 that tours throughout the Southwest, and has served 400,000+ young people.

40 Years and 400,000+ Students!

2023 Young Audience Outreach Tour


Book and Lyrics by Diana Grisanti
Music by Emiliano Messiez
Directed by Matt Zambrano
Choregraphed by Bethany Eilean Talley


The City Dog and the Prairie Dog is a bilingual musical for grades K-6, exploring themes of community and belonging. Expect to dance, laugh, and sing along, with lots of audience participation! 

The Young Audience Outreach Tour is always:

  • Geared for students in grades K-6!
  • In alignment with National Core Arts Standards!
  • A musical that empowers and motivates action!
  • Full of audience participation!

Productions last approximately 50 minutes and can be performed in a multi-purpose room, a theatre, or gym. The actors will interact directly with the students throughout the show. It is a highly energetic hour of learning and entertainment.

This is the second year in a row we have invited CRT into our school. Our students LOVE their entertaining, engaging and fun musicals. As educators, we appreciate the messages they include (family, conflict resolution, kindness, etc)

Britni Westbrook, Principal, Broadway Elementary, Grand Junction, CO


Literacy Matters

Before our show arrives at your school, teachers will have access to our study guide to help introduce students to the themes of the production. After our audience interactive performance, every student receives a free childrens’ book. These books reinforce the themes of the study guide and the performance while making reading exciting!

Keeping You in Mind

The true cost of our show is $800 per performance. However, CRT is committed to ensuring that the Young Audience Outreach Tour remains accessible for all communities. To inquire about booking the show or ask about financial assistance, please contact Education Director Jenni Harbour at or 719-658-2540 Ext. 2012.

The students were positively engaged with the performance. They were laughing, responded to the actors and left wanting to read books. What teachers could ask for anything more?

— Cynthia Bills, Teacher, High Rolls, NM


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