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Performing Arts at Crane and Beyond
Shana '84 Arthurs

The Performing Arts department at Crane gives our students many opportunities to shine on the stage. Not only do we have a full-scale musical theater production for kindergarten, second grade, fourth grade, and Upper School students, our curriculum is designed to support public speaking, as well as singing.

The Performing Arts department at Crane gives our students many opportunities to shine on the stage. Not only do we have a full-scale musical theater production for kindergarten, second grade, fourth grade, and Upper School students, our curriculum is designed to support public speaking, as well as singing.The Guardian says, “Theatre, particularly theatre for children, fires the imagination, it gives our children the skills and the creativity necessary to face the world, to understand it and perhaps to change it, too.” I truly believe that theater – as a performer or an audience member – empowers our youth and prepares them for the future. That said, mark your calendars because we have many upcoming shows in our community!
 
Also, did you know that our high school theater programs are award-winning? The opportunity to see good theater abounds, and you might even catch a Crane alumnus on one of these stages. Kids love watching kids perform, so make time because the line-up this year is spectacular!
 
See you at the theater – at Crane and beyond!
 
 Shana Lynch Arthurs
Theater Teacher & Director
 

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