Page to Stage Library Outreach Program

Crane River Theater is thrilled to offer our Page to Stage workshop for the tenth year to libraries across Nebraska for their Summer Reading Programs. Encouraging the creativity of our youth is essential. Page to Stage focuses on taking a well-known storybook and bringing it to life with the hopes to inspire imaginations and instill a love for the arts. Allowing children the opportunity to see characters jump from the page to the stage in this hour-long interactive performance is invaluable.  

Crane River Theater presents Page to Stage to thousands of youth each summer and is excited to reach out to even more communities in the years to come. We are proud to have been recognized by the Central Nebraska Literacy Council with a “Celebrate Literacy Award”, as well as a Governor’s Arts Award as “Emerging Leaders in the Arts”. Igniting excitement in the arts at such a young age will help to ensure a strong future for arts involvement in the entire community. 


For the past ten years, Crane River Theater has traveled to libraries across Nebraska with our “Page to Stage” program. This exciting program was recently recognized by the Central Nebraska Literacy Council with a “Celebrate Literacy Award” as well as a Governor’s Arts Award as “Emerging Leaders in the Arts”.

Encouraging the creativity of our youth is essential. Using nationally-acclaimed actors from Crane River Theater’s upcoming production of The SpongeBob Musical, we quite literally transform the page into a stage in an interactive and engaging hour-long performance. Join SpongeBob, Patrick, Sandy, Squidward, and all your favorite characters as they read, perform, and interact with students in this one-hour workshop. It’s time to dive into Bikini Bottom for an underwater adventure!

The fun does not stop there. Join Crane River Theater in late June as we return to the Cope Amphitheater in Yanney Heritage Park for our production of The SpongeBob Musical. Featuring a large stage and available seating for 2,000 people, this is the perfect location to bring the rich tradition of open-air, outdoor family theater to Central Nebraska.

2023 Events Schedule

Community Date Time Venue
Broken Bow Wednesday, June 7 10:00-11:00 am Broken Bow Public Library, 626 South D Street, Broken Bow, NE 68822
Arnold Wednesday, June 7 12:30-1:30 pm Arnold Community Center, 205 S Carroll St, Arnold, NE 69120
North Platte Wednesday, June 7 2:30-3:30 pm Cody Park Shelter, 1601 N Jeffers Street, North Platte, NE 69101
Lexington Thursday, June 8 10:30-11:30 am Middle School Auditorium, 1100 N Washington St, Lexington, NE 68850
Cozad Thursday, June 8 1:00-2:00 pm Downtown Cozad Green Space – Corner of F and 8th Street next to the 100th Meridian Museum
Gothenburg Thursday, June 8 2:30-3:30 pm Gothenburg Public Library, 1104 Lake Ave, Gothenburg, NE 69138
Geneva Friday, June 9 10:30-11:30 am Geneva Public Library, 1043 G Street, Geneva, NE 68361
Aurora Friday, June 9 1:30-2:30 pm Alice M. Farr Public Library, 1603 L St, Aurora, NE 68818
Grand Island Monday, June 12 10:30-11:30 am Grand Island Public Library, 211 North Washington St., Grand Island, NE 68801
Hastings Monday, June 12 1:30-2:30 pm Hastings Public Library, 517 W. 4th St. Hastings, NE 68901
Wood River  Tuesday, June 13 9:00-10:00 am Maltman Public Library, 910 Main St. Wood River, NE 68883
Schuyler Tuesday, June 13 1:00-2:00 pm Schuyler Public Library, 108 E 18th St, Schuyler, NE 68661
Minden Wednesday, June 14 10:00-11:00 am Chatauqua Park, 7th Street and Minden Avenue, Minden, NE 68959
Red Cloud Wednesday, June 14 1:00-2:00 pm Red Cloud Community Center, 3rd and Cedar
Kearney Friday, June 16 10:00-11:00 am Kearney Public Library, 2020 1st Avenue, Kearney, NE 68847

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