Supported by The Hitchcock Foundation and developed under CRT’s Headwaters New Play Program.
The 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 actors, directors, playwrights, painters, designers, and stage managers mentor local kids (ages 10–18) through the process of creating a fully produced, original show. Participants are involved in every aspect of the play-making experience from the very beginning; they design and assist in building costumes, scenery, and puppets while rehearsing the play they ultimately perform in CRT’s state-of-the-art Ruth Humphreys Brown Theatre.
The KID Show’s success is built around an in-depth mentorship model. Each year, approximately 12-16 young people work alongside our team of highly skilled teaching artists and professional theatre makers. The professional artists inspire these youth and model healthy collaboration skills, strong work ethics, and innovative problem solving.
The goal 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 discussion
• Listening to others
• Collaborating with peers
• Innovative problem solving
• Advocating for themselves, while being compassionate towards others
• Discipline and hard work
In 2014, 2015, 2016 and again in 2017, The KID Show program was named a finalist for the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award for outstanding after-school and out-of-school programs that are transforming the lives of young people. This is a prestigious award supported by Michelle Obama and the President’s Committee.
In 2015, Animating Democracy, a program of the Americans for the Arts, has nationally recognized The KID Show program for fostering civic engagement and social change through the arts.
PARTICIPANT AND PARENT 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, Participant
“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, Participant
“I was really excited to be in my first show in 2007. Being able to work with such talented actors/actresses and directors gave me more confidence to not be nervous in front of people.” Matthew Fowler, Participant
“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, Participant
“I would never be the person I am today without The KID Show. I remember being a kid in Creede and wanting more than anything to be part of CRT. It was The KID Show that gave me that opportunity. The KID Show is about more than just letting kids act on stage – it’s about exploring the possibilities of who we can be. Through it I found that behind the scenes stimulated my brain more than the acting aspect, and for the first time I was able to be part of designing, building, and idea-mashing. It’s truly a collaborative experience with creative individuals. Because of The KID Show, I am a writer, a puppet maker, and filmmaker.” Allie Quiller, Participant
“Our district students receive an intimate look into the arts that few students in a rural area like ours ever do. Our partnership with the theater has opened doors for our students we could not imagine without this collaboration.” John Goss, Creede School, Principal
“Without Creede Repertory Theatre, these youth would have very limited access to arts and culture opportunities. The next closest arts center is about 200 miles away. This KID Show program provides a safe environment for youth to be creative and high-quality arts education that rivals the most esteemed urban organizations. Creede’s kids are empowered by the KID Show experience. It is where they learn to find and use their voices, grow their confidence and empathy, and discover that their hard work creates lasting and positive change in their lives and those around them.” Debbie Whitmore, Creede Arts Council, President
“If I had to use one word to describe my experience during The KID Show, I would use the word “inspirational” because the design team and the students in the show taught me something new every day. I would most definitely recommend this show to anyone who wants to have fun and feel the magic of putting on an amazing show!” Stella, Participant
“My daughters were part of The KID Show from its beginning. I cannot say enough about how it enriched Hanna and Hailey’s childhood.” Chere Waters, Parent
“Without The KID Show, I would not have been able to stand in front of a large group of people and just be silly!” Genevieve LaMee, Participant
KID Show PLAY SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
For The KID Show submission instructions please click HERE.
PAST KID Show PRODUCTIONS
2019 – Derring Do, written by Diana Grisanti, directed by Brittni Shambaugh Addison
2018 – Abandoned Way Out West, written and directed by Diana Burbano
2017 – I, (Mac)kers written and directed by Emily Van Fleet and Nathan Jones
2016 – Rodeo and Juliet written and directed by Emily Van Fleet and Nathan Jones
2015 – BONES! written by the ensemble and co-directed by Johamy Morales and Anna Paniccia
2014 – A Midsummer Night Trapeze by John DiAntonio and Caitlin Wise
2013 – Alice in the Bookstore Palace by John DiAntonio
2012 – Saving Red by John DiAntonio
2011 – BUGS
2010 – DRAGONS
2009 – The Story of Babar the Little Elephant by Jean de Brunhoff with music by Francis Poulenc
2008 – Scruff Turbo and the Children of the Future by Jeff Carey with music by Jessica Jackson
2007 – Lullaby Bay by Jeff Carey with music by Jessica Jackson
2006 – Emilia’s Tree by Jeff Carey
2005 – The Rainbow Goblins adapted from a story by Ul de Rico
2004 – The Minpins: A Roald Dahl Puppet Show
2003 – An Afternoon of Mime