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. These creative drama classes have reached thousands of young students ranging from Pre-K through middle school, providing them a hands-on theater and performance experience. While younger students 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 young artists the opportunity to collaborate, create, and explore theater!

Browse our Explore Theater classes below or on our 2021 Explore Theater Brochure!

Explore Theater with Crane River Theater and Kearney Area Children’s Museum

Registration is available on April 5 at the Kearney Area Children’s Museum, online at kearneychildrensmuseum.org, or by calling 308.698.2228.

*Crane River Theater and Kearney Area Children’s Museum are committed to keeping young artists, their families, and teaching staff safe at Explore Theater camps. Safety protocols will be put in place to maintain a healthy and enjoyable learning experience for all.

“PAW Patrol is on a roll!” Learn what it takes to be apart of this team of mighty pups. Marshall, Rubble, Chase, Rocky, Zuma, and Skye will lead our team in a fun and exciting day of PAW Patrol activities. Discover the benefits of teamwork and problem solving to become an official member of the PAW Patrol during this one-day journey! PAW Patrol goodie bag included.

Ages 4, 5, and 6 | July 5th | 9am-12pm | $20


Join Poppy and Branch as they set out to discover and learn about the troll tribes scattered throughout the world. With teamwork, song, and dance you will learn about the music that makes us all unique, just like our favorite troll friends. This interactive workshop, filled with troll-tastic games and activities, will show us how our differences make us stronger. Special Troll goodie bag included.

Ages 4, 5, and 6 | July 6th | 9am-12pm | $20


Follow Princess Peach, Bowser, and, of course, Mario, in traveling across the Mushroom Kingdom. Step inside the screen and create your own Mario Bros. character, race through Bowser’s Castle, and discover what it truly means to “power up” in this one-day class that is sure to amaze. Buckle up, it’s “Niiiiiintendo! Wahoo!” Super Mario goodie bag included.

Ages 4, 5, and 6 | July 7th | 9am-12pm | $20


Spend the day with your favorite princesses and learn what it takes to be royalty. How does a princess walk and talk? By the end of the day, you will be able to rule your own kingdom alongside Belle, Cinderella, Anna, and Elsa, and our other favorite princesses. Magical Princess goodie bag included.

 Ages 4, 5, and 6 | July 8th | 9am-12pm | $20


Spend the day with your favorite princesses and learn what it takes to be royalty. How does a princess walk and talk? By the end of the day, you will be able to rule your own kingdom alongside Belle, Cinderella, Anna and Elsa, and our other favorite princesses. Magical Princess goodie bag included.

 Ages 4, 5, and 6 | July 9th | 9am-12pm | $20

Explore Theater with Crane River Theater and Kearney Park and Recreation

Registration is available on April 26, 2021, at the Kearney Park and Recreation office, online at kprregister.org, or by calling 308.237.4644.

*Crane River Theater and Kearney Parks and Recreation are committed to keeping young artists, their families, and teaching staff safe at Explore Theater camps. Safety protocols will be put in place to maintain a healthy and enjoyable learning experience for all.

*A $10 supply fee will be due on the first day of class. Please make checks payable to “Crane River Theater.”

**All participants will receive a Crane River Theater T-Shirt.


Put on your goggles and blue overalls and join us for a week of minion fun! Get creative and learn how to speak in ‘Minionese’ with all your other minion friends. Our enthusiastic teachers will guide you through exciting and fun activities every minion would love to play. By the end of the week get ready to perform your best minion skits for your family to watch. Let’s go BANANAS!

Kindergarten – 2nd Grade | July 12 – July 16 | 10:00 am-12:00 pm | $30*


Welcome to the world of witches and wizards! Your Hogwarts letter of acceptance has arrived. After the sorting ceremony, you will learn about the mysteries of magical spells, mythical beasts, and mystic potions. Follow peculiar Hogwarts professors as they lead you through fantastic activities to defend against the dark arts and develop your own magical abilities.

3rd Grade – 5th Grade | June 21 – June 25 | 10:00 am-12:00 pm | $35*


Tony Stark is uniting the world’s mightiest heroes, and you are invited to join the team! Create your own superhero, train with expert warriors, and take off on a journey through the Marvel multiverse through secret missions and exciting activities. Whether you relate with the Hulk, Ant-Man, or Black Widow, you, too, can discover the power within you to avenge the city.

3rd Grade – 5th Grade | June 28 – July 2 | 10:00 am-12:00 pm | $35*


Lights. Camera. Tik-Tok. Whether you are an expert viewer or the CEO of Tik-Tok, you will talk and bop your way to the top in this class filled with so much hype. Create your own trends, master transitions, and gain a fresh POV as you bring clips to life through interactive storytelling. Are you ready to record?

6th Grade – 8th Grade | July 19 – July 23 | 9:00 am-12:00 pm | $40*


Give my regards to Broadway! Crane River Theater cast members will team up with participants for a final performance in this one-of-a-kind class as they dive into the songs and scenes of Broadway’s biggest musicals. Take the stage as your favorite characters from Dear Evan Hansen, Hamilton, and Wicked!

6th Grade – 8th Grade | July 26 – July 30 | 9:00 am-12:00 pm | $40*

Performing Arts Academy: WILLY WONKA Kids!

SOLD OUT! Join the waiting list by emailing paws@unk.edu or calling 308-865-8643

More Information about PAWS University can be found at www.unk.edu/pawsuniversity.

*Crane River Theater and PAWS University are committed to keeping young artists, their families, and teaching staff safe at Explore Theater camps. Safety protocols will be put in place to maintain a healthy and enjoyable learning experience for all.

Through this four-week class on the UNK campus, you will learn about the art of performance from university professors and other theater and dance professionals. During the month, you will employ everything you learn and take on your own role in a production of Roald Dahl’s “WILLY WONKA Kids!” in the Miriam Drake Theatre. During this exciting process, we will learn choreography, make our own props, memorize dialogue, practice good singing techniques, and learn how to work as a team!

4th – 6th Grade

June 7 – July 2, 2021 | Monday – Friday | 9:00 am – 11:30 am

$240 per student for all four weeks ($160 if qualified for free/reduced lunch)


Performance of WILLY WONKA Kids!

Friday, July 2, 2021 | 10:30 am

Miriam Drake Theatre

Free Admission

                 

2021 Teaching Artists

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Crane River Theater’s Arts Education Programs are generously supported by the Arram Family Foundation and the Peter Kiewit Foundation.