Through local, regional and national auditions, Crane River Theater has cast professional artists from across the country, representing thirty states, to live and work for months at a time here in Central Nebraska. Based on the success of the last nine summers, board members will once again recruit actors, designers and directors at audition festivals in five major cities as well host our own local auditions in Kearney for the 2019 season. Audition sites include the Asolo Conservatory Auditions in Sarasota, Fla., on January 19-20, American College Theater Festival in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on January 21-23, Local Auditions in Kearney in January and February, United Professional Theater Auditions in Memphis, Tenn., on February 8-11Midwest Theater Auditions in St. Louis, Mo., in February, and the Southeastern Theatre Conference February 28-March 2. 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 to audition for our 2019 summer season, which includes Is He Dead?, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Newsies, and Celebrate Broadway, along with our spring 2019 production of Million Dollar Quartet, and fall production of Of Mice and Men. Please visit one of the following links for more information about how to audition and interview.

If you are unable to attend one of our auditions, we are happy to accept video submissions. Please send two contrasting musical selections, or a musical selection and a monologue (no more than 2 minutes in length total), along with your resume and headshot to

Many 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.


Contracted summer company members are expected to arrive in Kearney by May 19. The final day of employment will be August 12. All summer company members are invited to a Company Welcoming on May 19. Rehearsal and performances dates are as follows:

  • Is He Dead?: Rehearsals begin May 20. Performances are June 6-9.
  • You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown: Rehearsals begin May 20. Performances are June 21-July 3.
  • Newsies: Rehearsals begin June 3. Performances are July 26-August 4.
  • Celebrate Broadway: Rehearsals begin July 29. Performances are August 10-11.

Our fall production of Of Mice and Men, will begin rehearsals in September 2019. Performances are September 2019.

Our Spring 2019 production of Million Dollar Quartet will begin rehearsals in mid-March 2019. Performances are March 28-31.

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