Explore Theater

Every year, Crane River Theater provides a series of Explore Theater classes made possible by partnerships with Kearney Park and Recreation and the Kearney Area Children’s Museum. In just a few years, these classes have been able to reach more than three thousand kids ranging kindergarten through middle school providing them a hands-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.

Registration information available in Spring 2019.

Theater is an opportunity to explore, create and have fun.  Kids of all ages can relate to the universal appeal of theater. It is for this reason that we bring to you a series of classes that explore the art of music, theater and performance. The intention is to have fun through imagination and play. The program will allow kids to challenge themselves while working with others, and turn the ordinary into the extraordinary.  All Classes are offered through Crane River Theater Company in association with the Kearney Area Children’s Museum.

Classes previously offered at the Children’s Museum include:

PIRATE FOR A DAY!
“Yo-Ho-Ho a Pirate’s Life for Me!” Take to the seas with a roving band of pirates as kids walk the plank, swab the decks, and search for hidden treasure in this interactive workshop for boys and girls. Treasure Chest Treat Box filled with goodies included.

SEUSS FOR A DAY!
“Today you are you!   That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!” A fantastical, magical, extravaganza awaits you as we jump into the world of Dr. Seuss! This workshop lovingly brings together your favorite Dr. Seuss characters through all your favorite stories and more! Seuss Hat and goodies included.

TROLL FOR A DAY!
Join Poppy and her friends as they set off on an adventure to save Troll Village from the Bergens. Their adventure is full of mishaps and challenges as they learn to tolerate each other and work together. Kids will explore their “TRUE COLORS” through interactive games all about friendship and teamwork! Special Troll Treat Bag included.

JUNGLE FOR A DAY!
Go on a safari filled with exotic animals! Kids will explore what it is like to be lions, tigers and bears (oh my!) in this exciting workshop. We will travel through the rainforest as we play fun games, sing animal songs and learn all about life in the jungle! Special Jungle Goodie Basket included.

PRINCESS FOR A DAY!
Learn what it takes to be royalty in this magical class that allows every girl the opportunity to step into the life of her favorite princess for a day! How does a princess walk and talk? There will even be special appearances from Snow White, Cinderella, Anna and Elsa themselves. Princess Tote Bag included.

Registration information available in Spring 2019.

Theater is an opportunity to explore, create and have fun.  Kids of all ages can relate to the universal appeal of theater.  It is for this reason that we bring to you a series of classes that explore the art of music, theater and performance.  The intention is to have fun through imagination and play.  The program will allow kids to challenge themselves while working with others, and turn the ordinary into the extraordinary.  All Classes are offered through Crane River Theater Company, and will be taught by theater professionals.  The final day of classes will include a performance for families and friends.  All classes are generously supported by First National Bank.

Previous classes offered with Explore Theater include:

ELEPHANTS AND PIGGIES
Let’s have a fun time with Gerald the Elephant and his friend, Piggie as they go on many adventures and learn new things! Kids will jump in to the characters, as they explore the world of friendship and fun. We will follow their silly stories and learn all about becoming best friends!

DINOS AND DRAGONS
Travel to when Dinosaurs roamed the land and when mythical Dragons lurked behind every corner! Use your imagination to create never-before-seen creatures and go on adventures through jungles, castles, and caves. The sky’s the limit, so flap those dragon wings and stomp those T-Rex feet and join us for stories, games and songs about Dinos and Dragons!

A BUG’S LIFE
Embark on an incredible journey with Flik, as the little ant searches for a brave band of warriors to help him battle the bullying grasshoppers! Kids will get a bug’s eye view as they create their own tiny tales. It’s a chance to learn all about insects in this interactive workshop, that’s brimming with bugs!

MAGIC TREE HOUSE
Join Jack and Annie on their incredible missions! Kids will travel through time with this brother-sister duo and tell new tales of fun and adventure. Imagination and creativity is endless, as we explore the Magic Tree House books and stories.

EVERYTHING IS AWESOME WITH LEGOS!
You know what we like about Emmet, the LEGO Guy? He’s a regular, ordinary guy in extra-ordinary situations, who always gives his ALL! Kids will use their imaginations and create their own LEGO World through stories, games, songs and of course LEGOS! It will be AWESOME!

A WORLD OF IMAGINATION
Come with me and you’ll be in a world of pure imagination as we bring magical moments to life! Kids will strengthen their acting skills through voice, body and imagination in creating characters and scenes from Matilda, James and the Giant Peach and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! Join us for a SWEET time!

WELCOME TO HOGWARTS
Welcome to the world of witches and wizards at Hogwarts! Young people will live like Harry, Ron and Hermione as they cast magical spells and bring their imagination to life! This interactive workshop will let young people become a part of the popular Harry Potter Books through stories, games and music.

BROADWAY BOUND
Give my regards to Broadway! This entertaining musical workshop will be full of musical numbers and scenes that focus on Broadway! Young people will exercise their musical talents as they recreate characters and songs from the Great White Way.

*A ten dollar supply fee will be due on the first day of class.
Please make checks payable to “Crane River Theater”.
All participants will receive a T-Shirt.

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