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 June 25-30 at the Kearney Concert Hall and Theatre for our production of Beauty and the Beast. Tickets available at!

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
Finch Memorial Library Wednesday, June 5 12:30-1:30pm Arnold School Auditorium, 405 N Haskell St, Arnold
Lexington Public Library Thursday, June 6 10:00-11:00am Lexington Middle School Auditiorium, 1100 N Washington St, Lexington
Wilson Public Library, Cozad Thursday, June 6 1:00-2:00pm Veterans Park, 9th & F Street, Cozad
Gothenburg Public Library Thursday, June 6 2:30-3:30pm Gothenburg Public Library, 1104 Lake Ave, Gothenburg
Seward Memorial Library Friday, June 7 10:00-11:00am Seward Memorial Library, 233 S. 5th St., Seward
Geneva Public Library Friday, June 7 1:00-2:00pm Geneva Public Library, 1043 G Street, Geneva
Fullerton Public Library Friday, June 7 3:30-4:30pm Fullerton Community Churhc, 305 Germand St., Fullerton
Grand Island Public Library Monday, June 10 10:30-11:30am Grand Island Public Library, 1124 W 2nd St., Grand Island
Central City Public Library Monday, June 10 1:00-2:00pm Central City High School Performing Arts Center, 1510 28th St., Central City
Alice M. Farr Public Library, Aurora Monday, June 10 2:30-3:30pm Alice M. Farr Public Library, 1603 L St., Aurora
Keene Memorial Library, Fremont Tuesday, June 11 10:00-11:00am Fremont City Auditorium, 925 N. Broad St, Fremont
Schuyler Public Library Tuesday, June 11 1:00-2:00pm Schuyler Public Library, 108 E. 18th St., Schuyler
Jensen Memorial Library, Minden Wednesday, June 12 10:00-11:00am Minden Opera House, 322 E. 5th Street, Minden
Holdrege Area Public Library Wednesday, June 12 1:00-2:00pm Holdrege Area Public Library, 604 East Avenue, Holdrege
Axtell Public Library Wednesday, June 12 2:30-3:30pm Axtell Community Hall, 419 Main St, Axtell
Kearney Public Library Friday, June 14 10:00-11:00am Kearney Public Library, 2020 1st Avenue, Kearney

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