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 six 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 2016 season. Audition sites included the American College Theater Festival in Minneapolis, Minn., on January 18-20, Asolo Conservatory Auditions in Sarasota, Fla., on January 23-25, local auditions in Kearney throughout the month of February, United Professional Theater Auditions in Memphis, Tenn., on February 5-9, and Midwest Theater Auditions in St. Louis, Mo., on February 18-21. Over 5,000 regional professionals were exposed to the idea of Central Nebraska as an area arts center.

Crane River Theater will soon announce the 12 acting company members, 4 designers/technicians, 2 educational directors and 2 stage managers for the 2016 season which includes Tuesdays with Morrie, The Wizard of Oz and Oklahoma. 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 22 for a Company Welcoming. Rehearsals for all productions are scheduled to begin the following day on May 23. The season concludes with all company members participating in our annual Celebrate Broadway production on August 14. The final day of employment will be August 15.

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