Kid Lightning: Exploring Fame, Artistry, and Innovation



In the pulsating heart of Boise, Idaho, lies a cultural gem that dares to redefine the boundaries of performing arts. LED, known for its multidisciplinary approach to storytelling, has once again captivated audiences with its latest production, “Kid Lightning.” As I delved into the genesis of this electrifying spectacle, Lauren Edson, LED founder and Artistic Director, illuminated the artistic vision and creative journey behind the scenes.

“The genesis of Kid Lightning came from our curiosity about the dynamics between the individual and the collective,” Lauren explains. “What does each require, and what can one lose when falling too far into the psychological wrestling ring of either? A ‘game show’ seemed like the perfect playground to explore this theme.”

Drawing inspiration from the cultural phenomena of game and variety shows, “Kid Lightning” offers a riveting exploration of fame and self-obsession in the age of social media. “It’s ultimately a story of the often-catastrophic events that can occur when fear and self-obsession are prime motivators, and the grace found beyond that wreckage,” Lauren articulates.

As managing director, Mallory Walker navigates the logistical aspects of running the production while supporting the artistic vision of the team. “My primary goal is making sure this work is seen by as many audience members as possible,” she asserts. “LED is a small and nimble team where everyone steps in to make the magic happen.”

Central to LED’s approach is the integration of various artistic elements, from choreography and music to film. “We choose to use varied mediums to provide many different points of entry for everyone who experiences these works,” Lauren emphasizes. “Creating original work with varied mediums is inherently a challenging proposition.”

LED – Kid Lightning dress rehearsal at the Morrison Center for the Performing Arts on November 18, 2022 in Boise, Idaho. (Otto Kitsinger for LED)

“Kid Lightning” pushes the boundaries of storytelling by incorporating gibberish as a narrative device, highlighting the physicality of the performance. “It felt like we had unlocked something super special,” Lauren reflects. “It underlined that we are united around the common language of movement.”

Amidst the dazzling lights and virtuosic movement, “Kid Lightning” invites audiences to delve deeper into themes of fame, celebrity culture, and the human experience. “What I hope the audience takes away from Kid Lightning is that feeling you get when your worldview shifts and you discover a new lens to look through as you experience your life,” Lauren shares passionately.

LED – Kid Lightning dress rehearsal at the Morrison Center for the Performing Arts on November 18, 2022 in Boise, Idaho. (Otto Kitsinger for LED)

Beyond the stage, LED serves as a cultural and creative hub in the local community, offering open movement classes and providing a space for artists of all disciplines to thrive. “LED has created a vehicle for artists, performers, musicians, and filmmakers to connect with the Boise community,” Lauren affirms.

Looking ahead, “Kid Lightning” heralds a new chapter in LED’s legacy of innovation and creativity. “It is a wholly original creation,” Lauren declares. “Every aspect of the creation is crafted from scratch, with a team of exceptional artists.”

In the landscape of performing arts, “Kid Lightning” stands as a testament to the transformative power of storytelling and the boundless possibilities of artistic expression. As the lights dim and the curtain rises, audiences embark on a journey unlike any other—a journey that ignites the imagination and sparks the soul.

In the words of Lauren Edson, “Great art does that, and this work is truly superb.”