Through local, regional and national auditions, Crane River Theater has cast professional artists from across the country, representing twenty-nine states, to live and work for months at a time here in Central Nebraska. Based on the success of the last seven summers, board members will once again recruit actors, designers and directors at audition festivals in four major cities as well host our own local auditions in Kearney for the 2017 season. Audition sites include the Asolo Conservatory Auditions in Sarasota, Fla., on January 21-23, American College Theater Festival in Des Moines, Iowa, on January 24-26, United Professional Theater Auditions in Memphis, Tenn., on February 2-7, Local Auditions in Kearney on February 8, 13 and 14, and in Grand Island on February 15, and Midwest Theater Auditions in St. Louis, Mo., on February 16-19. During these auditions, more than 5,000 regional professionals will be exposed to the idea of Central Nebraska as an area arts center.

Crane River Theater welcomes actors, designers, technicians and educational directors of all ages (eighth grade and above) to audition for our 2017 summer season, which includes Doubt, The Little Mermaid, Hairspray, and Celebrate Broadway. Please visit one of the following links for more information about how to audition and interview.

All contracted company members will carry multiple responsibilities. Some will be actors in multiple shows and others will be an actor in one show and participate in one of the following: Scene and Costume Construction, House Management, Publicity, or teaching Arts Education classes for youth.

Non-contracted company members will be cast on a per-show basis, and carry no additional behind-the-scenes responsibilities.

All company members are invited to a Company Welcoming on May 21. Rehearsal and performances dates are as follows:

  • Doubt: Rehearsals begin May 22. Performances are June 8-11.
  • The Little Mermaid: Rehearsals begin May 22. Performances are June 22-July 3.
  • Hairspray: Rehearsals begin June 5. Performances are July 27-August 6.
  • Celebrate Broadway: Rehearsals begin June 5. Performances are August 13-14.

Contracted summer company members are expected to arrive in Kearney by May 21. The final day of employment will be August 14.

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