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

The health and safety of your children are of the utmost importance to Crane River Theater.

We will be taking appropriate precautions in classes to ensure a safe and fun environment. Let’s keep creating!

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

Creativity on Camera

NEW Online program where we bring engaging and educational Explore Theater classes into your living room!

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Explore Theater

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

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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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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 taught by theater professionals.

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Student Matinees

An opportunity for students to attend our production of Letters From Home and speak with the actors following the show.

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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 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 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 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. Our Student Matinees bring high school students to our fall production and gives them the opportunity to speak with the actors and directors of the show about the relevant themes and topics.