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. 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.

2020 SUMMER UPDATE:

Unfortunately, our Performance Arts Academy and Children’s Museum Classes have been canceled this summer. Fortunately, we are still moving forward with some of our KPR explore theater classes at the end of June! Please rest assured that the health and safety of your children are of the utmost important to Crane River Theater. We will be taking appropriate precautions in classes to ensure a safe and fun environment.

Check out our NEW series of ONLINE theater classes as well! This June, Creativity on Camera gives you the opportunity to participate in the fun of our Theater Classes from your own home! Connect, create, and stay safe!

Registration available soon (tentative registration date June 15)  at the Kearney Park and Recreation office, online at www.kprregister.org, or by calling 308.237.4644.

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 The Arram Family Foundation and First National Bank. 

FROZEN: INTO THE UNKNOWN

Venture with Elsa and Anna and discover the unknown world beyond Arendelle. Our team of enthusiastic Educators will lead you through enchanted and exciting theatre activities to help you unlock and develop your adventurousness and confidence. Sing and dance to your favorite Frozen 2 songs and get ready to “SHOW YOURSELF” at a performance at the end of the week.

Kindergarten – 2nd Grade

July 13 – July 17

9am-12am

$30*

WELCOME TO HOGWARTS

Bubble Bubble Toil and Trouble! You have finally received your Hogwarts letter of acceptance. After the sorting ceremony, you will learn about the mysteries of magical spells, mythical beasts, and mystic potions. Through activities and scene work you will recreate your favorite scenes from the Harry Potter Series, all while developing our own magical abilities.

3rd Grade – 5th Grad

July 20th – July 24th

9am-12pm

$35*

THE GREATEST SHOWMAN

Join P.T. Barnum and his exotic performers and put on “THE GRETEST SHOW” during this weeklong camp. Highlight your talents and unique skills and become fearless on the stage. Our educators will stimulate your creativity through exciting theatre activities and assist you while you create an unforgettable show. Enrich your imagination and put on a performance that will dazzle the world.

6th Grade – 8th Grade

July 27th – July 31st

1pm-4pm

$40*

 

*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.

POSTPONED UNTIL SUMMER 2021

Performing Arts Academy: WILLY WONKA Kids!

Registration available mid April online at www.unk.edu/pawsuniversity/ or by emailing paws@unk.edu. Registration closes May 6th!

Through this four-week class on the UNK campus, you will learn about the art of performance from university professors and other experts working in the field of theater and dance. During the month, you will employ everything you have learned 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 Grade – 6th Grade

June 1st – June 26th

9am-11:30am

$240 for all four weeks

($180 if qualified for free/reduced lunch)

Performance of WILLY WONKA Kids! | June 26th @ 10:30am in the Miriam Drake Theatre

Free Admission

POSTPONED TO SUMMER 2021!

Registration available NOW at the Kearney Area Children’s Museum, online at kearneychildrensmuseum.org or by calling 308.698.2228.

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. All Classes are offered through Crane River Theater Company in association with the Kearney Area Children’s Museum.

PAW PATROL FOR A DAY!

“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 6th | 9am-12pm

$20

TROLL FOR A DAY!

Join Poppy and Branch as they set out to discover and learn about all of the six 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 teach us how our differences make us stronger. Special Troll Goodie Bag included.

Ages 4, 5 and 6

July 7th | 9am-12pm

$20

SUPERHERO FOR A DAY!

What does it take to be SUPER? Undertake exciting tasks and join our mission to save the city from evil. In this thrilling one-day class, you will learn all the skills it takes to be a superhero! Develop your powers through our interactive games and activities. After taking this class, you will be ready to defend justice and fight for what’s right. Super Goodie Bag included.

Ages 4, 5 and 6

July 8th | 9am-12pm

$20

PRINCESS FOR A DAY!

Spend the day with your favorite princesses and learn just 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 along side Snow White, Cinderella, Anna and Elsa, and our other favorite princesses. Magical Princess Goodie Bag included.

Ages 4, 5 and 6

July 9th | 9am-12pm

$20

PRINCESS FOR A DAY!

Spend the day with your favorite princesses and learn just 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 along side Snow White, Cinderella, Anna and Elsa, and our other favorite princesses. Magical Princess Goodie Bag included.

Ages 4, 5 and 6

July 10th | 9am-12pm

$20