Every year the theater provides a series of Explore Theater classes made possible by partnerships with Kearney Park and Recreation, Kearney Area Children’s Museum, Kearney Family YMCA and Holdrege YMCA of the Prairie. In just a few years, these classes have been able to reach more than one thousand kids ranging kindergarten through middle school providing them a hand-on theater experience. Imagination at Play, Magic of Theater, Clowning Around and Let’s Make a Musical are just a few of the classes offered. While the younger kids tackle the craft of theater through puppetry, fairy tales and storytelling, middle school students set out to present a performance equipped with music and choreography. Encouraging the creativity of youth is essential and Crane River Theater is proud to afford kids the opportunity to interact, create and have fun while exploring theater.