Crane River Theater Company‘s Mission is to serve the community of Kearney and surrounding areas as a professional theater production company providing a home for the presentation, education and promotion of the arts. While other artistic venues provide a home for volunteer artists and for professional touring productions, our goal is to merge the two philosophies. Crane River Theater Company provides the unique quality of using professionals from across the country and mixing them with local artists to create innovative productions. There are few opportunities for resident performers to work alongside professionals, and we hope to afford them that opportunity. We hope to build on the momentum that the community has already shown toward the arts thus allowing Central Nebraska to become a destination for theater, music and dance.
It is only with the generous support of Central Nebraska that we have been able to make this dream a reality. Each and every donation to Crane River Theater Company, regardless of size, is welcomed and appreciated.
Crane River Theater’s own Steve Barth and Brian Botsford, founding board members, were honored by the Nebraska Arts Council, Nebraska Cultural Endowment, Nebraskans for the Arts and Governor Dave Heineman as recipients of the 2014 Governor’s Arts Award as Emerging Leaders in Nebraska. Creating a theater company from the ground up is an immense project, and truly a labor of love. We are so proud that the efforts put forth by Steve and Brian, and so many others, have been recognized on such a grand scale. “We know that this company couldn’t exist without the support of so many people. We really are accepting this award on behalf of everyone’s work, not just as individuals.” said Botsford.
2014 marked the 40th Anniversary of the Nebraska Arts Council. Ten awards were given to individuals and organizations who have made significant contributions to shaping the artistic landscape of our state. Brian and Steve, on behalf of Crane River Theater, received one of only two awards given to organizations outside of Lincoln and Omaha. We are so proud to know that Crane River Theater is truly having a state-wide impact.
The ceremony was held on March 25th at the LaVista Conference Center and award winners recieved an original watercolor painting by Nebraska artist, Ben Darling of Sidney. The paintings received by Brian and Steve will be on display at Crane River Theater’s upcoming Overture Dinner on April 8th.
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