Crane River Theater is excited to offer arts education programs for youth of all ages in Central Nebraska.

Arts Education Opportunities for Preschool

Explore Theater

Interactive classes providing preschool children a hands-on theater experience through songs, games, and scenes.

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Page to Stage

Touring Nebraska libraries to share with kids the value of seeing books and characters come to life on stage.

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Arts Education Opportunities for Elementary

Explore Theater

Interactive classes providing a hands-on theater experience through songs and scenes.

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Page to Stage

Touring Nebraska libraries to share with kids the value of seeing books and characters come to life on stage.

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Game Day

A full day of fun activities for elementary students on days when there is no school.

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Arts Education Opportunities for Middle School

Explore Theater

Interactive classes providing a hands-on theater experience through songs and scenes.

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Arts in the Middle

Creating performance opportunities for middle school students.

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Building Character

A leadership workshop demonstrating leadership skills through acting and performance techniques.

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Arts Education Opportunities for High School

Backstage Workshop

Students get backstage look at a professional production and take part in theatrical workshops.

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The Actor’s Workshop

A masterclass for students to learn from professional artists and notable university professors.

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The Audition Workshop

An opportunity for upperclassmen to master their auditions and connect with Midwest universities.

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Every year, Crane River Theater provides a series of classes and workshops for preschool children. Our Explore Theater classes made possible by our partnerships with Kearney Park and Recreation and the Kearney Area Children’s Museum, have reached thousands of kids providing them a hands-on theater experience. Kids will tackle the craft of theater through puppetry, fairy tales and storytelling, and have the opportunity to interact, create and have fun while exploring theater. Crane River Theater also offers a series of library outreach programs called Page to Stage. Cast members from our summer productions travel to area libraries as part of their summer reading programs with the hopes to inspire imaginations and instill a love for the arts. Allowing children the opportunity to see characters jump from the page of their favorite storybook and the words come to life before their very own eyes is truly invaluable.

Every year, Crane River Theater provides a series of classes and workshops for elementary students. Our Explore Theater classes made possible by our partnerships with Kearney Park and Recreation and the Kearney Area Children’s Museum, have reached thousands of kids providing them a hands-on theater experience. Kids will tackle the craft of theater through puppetry, fairy tales and storytelling, and have the opportunity to interact, create and have fun while exploring theater. Crane River Theater also offers a series of library outreach programs called Page to Stage. Cast members from our summer productions travel to area libraries as part of their summer reading programs with the hopes to inspire imaginations and instill a love for the arts. Allowing children the opportunity to see characters jump from the page of their favorite storybook and the words come to life before their very own eyes is truly invaluable. For elementary schools, we also offer an exciting outreach workshop called Acting Out. Crane River instructors travel to area elementary schools to get kids excited about theater through games and team building activities.

Crane River Theater is excited to offer several programs for middle school students. Every year, Crane River Theater provides a series of Explore Theater classes made possible by our partnerships with Kearney Park and Recreation and the Kearney Area Children’s Museum. These classes provide a hands-on theater experience, as middle school students set out to present a performance equipped with music and choreography. Crane River Theater’s Arts in the Middle program is designed to provide new performance opportunities for middle schoolers through their current school curriculum. Students will have the chance to be a part of a full-scale production of a play or musical, as well as study the material throughout the course of their school year. Crane River Theater is also excited to offer our Building Character workshop. This interactive workshop is designed to teach middle school students leadership skills through acting and theater techniques. Students from across the state will have the chance to partake in these valuable sessions.

Igniting excitement in the arts helps to promote teamwork, creativity and leadership. In an effort to raise awareness and excitement toward theater among high school students, Crane River Theater instituted a one of a kind program in our area called the Backstage Workshop. This program allows students from across the state to receive a backstage look at a professional production and take part in a series of theatrical workshops. Regional artists and faculty from universities throughout the Midwest teach the specialized workshops. The Actor’s Workshop with Crane River Theater is an exciting masterclass opportunity, designed to provide select high school students from across the state with a chance to learn from professional artists and notable university professors. The masterclass includes interactive sessions in dance, acting, and musical theatre. The Audition Workshop is designed to help juniors and seniors master their audition as they prepare for their college career. Students will also have the chance to audition for several Midwest universities, and learn more about their theatre, music and dance programs.

Student Matinee Performances

Crane River Theater is excited to offer several student matinee performance opportunities for students in 2019.

Please call 308-627-5796 for more information.

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