Through local, regional and national auditions Crane River Theater has cast professional artists from across the country, representing twenty-two states, to live and work for months at a time here in Central Nebraska. Based on the success of the last seven summers, board members will once again recruit actors, designers and directors at audition festivals in four major cities as well host our own local auditions in Kearney for the 2017 season. Audition sites include the Asolo Conservatory Auditions in Sarasota, Fla., on January 21-23, American College Theater Festival in Des Moines, Iowa, on January 24-26, United Professional Theater Auditions in Memphis, Tenn., on February 2-7, Midwest Theater Auditions in St. Louis, Mo., on February 16-19, and local auditions in Kearney on February 13 and 14. During these auditions, more than 5,000 regional professionals will be exposed to the idea of Central Nebraska as an area arts center.

Crane River Theater will soon announce the acting company members, designers/technicians, educational directors and stage managers for the 2017 season which includes Doubt: A Parable, The Little Mermaid and Hairspray. All company members will carry multiple responsibilities. Some will be actors in multiple shows and others will be an actor in one show and then participate in one of the following for their second responsibility: Scene and Costume Construction, House Management, Publicity, teaching Arts Education classes for youth.

Summer company members are expected to arrive on May 21 for a Company Welcoming. Rehearsals for all productions are scheduled to begin the following day on May 22. The season concludes with all company members participating in our annual Celebrate Broadway production on August 12 and 13. The final day of employment will be August 14.

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