Page to Stage Library Outreach Program

Crane River Theater is thrilled to offer our Page to Stage workshop for the twelfth 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 hope of inspiring imaginations and instilling 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 eleven years, Crane River Theater has traveled to libraries across Nebraska with our “Page to Stage” program. Using nationally-acclaimed actors from Crane River Theater’s upcoming production of Beauty and the Beast, we quite literally transform the page into a stage in an interactive and engaging hour-long performance. Join Belle, the Beast, Lumiere, Cogsworth, and all your favorite characters as they read, perform, and interact with students in this one-hour workshop. Join us for this tale as old as time!

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 Beauty and the Beast. 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.

2024 Events Schedule

Community Date Time Venue
Broken Bow Public Library Wednesday, June 5 10:00-11:00am Broken Bow Public Library, 626 South D Street, Broken Bow
Lexington Public Library Thursday, June 6 10:00-11:00am Venue TBA
Wilson Public Library, Cozad Thursday, June 6 1:00-2:00pm Venue TBA
Central City Public Library Friday, June 7 12:30-1:30pm Venue TBA
Alice M. Farr Public Library, Aurora Friday, June 7 2:30-3:30pm Alice M. Farr Public Library, 1603 L St, Aurora
Grand Island Public Library Monday, June 10 10:30-11:30am Grand Island Public Library, 211 North Washington St., Grand Island,
Jensen Memorial Library, Minden Wednesday, June 12 10:00-11:00am Minden Opera House, 322 E. 5th Street, Minden
Holdrege Public Library Wednesday, June 12 1:00-2:00pm Holdrege Public Library, 604 East Avenue, Holdrege
Kearney Public Library Friday, June 14 10:00-11:00am Kearney Public Library, 2020 1st Avenue, Kearney
More libraries to be announced!

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