Crane River Theater is excited to offer arts education programs for youth of all ages in Central Nebraska.

Backstage Workshop

Backstage Workshop

High School students from across the state receive a backstage look at a professional production and take part in a series of theatrical workshops.

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Explore Theater

Explore Theater

Interactive classes for kids of all ages providing a hands-on theater experience.

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Page to Stage

Page to Stage

Touring Central Nebraska libraries to share with the kids the value of seeing books come to life on stage.

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Igniting excitement in the arts helps to promote teamwork, creativity and leadership. In an effort to raise awareness and excitement toward theater among high school students, Crane River Theater instituted a one of a kind program in our area called Backstage. This program allows students from across the state to receive a backstage look at a professional production and take part in a series of theatrical workshops. More than five hundred students and faculty from twenty-eight schools have participated in classes that range from Acting and Dance, to Video Production and Stage Combat. Technical theater classes are also available in the areas of Scene Painting Techniques, Playwriting and Costume Design. Regional artists and faculty from universities throughout the Midwest teach the specialized workshops. The chance for a promising student to closely work with and learn from a professional in their field is a unique opportunity that Crane River Theater is honored to provide year after year.

Every year the theater provides a series of Explore Theater classes made possible by partnerships with Kearney Park and Recreation, Alia Arram Children’s Museum, Kearney Family YMCA and Holdrege YMCA of the Prairie. In just a few years, these classes have been able to reach more than one thousand kids ranging kindergarten through middle school providing them a hand-on theater experience. Imagination at Play, Magic of Theater, Clowning Around and Let’s Make a Musical are just a few of the classes offered. While the younger kids tackle the craft of theater through puppetry, fairy tales and storytelling, middle school students set out to present a performance equipped with music and choreography. Encouraging the creativity of youth is essential and Crane River Theater is proud to afford kids the opportunity to interact, create and have fun while exploring theater.

Kids of all ages can relate to the universal appeal of theater. It is for this reason that Crane River Theater created a series of library outreach programs for youth called Page to Stage. Cast members from our summer productions travel to area libraries as part of their summer reading programs with the hopes to inspire imaginations and instill a love for the arts. Allowing children the opportunity to see characters jump from the page of their favorite storybook and the words come to life before their very own eyes is truly invaluable. Crane River Theater is thrilled to have already presented Page to Stage to twelve area libraries, and is excited to reach out to even communities throughout Central Nebraska.