Crane River Theater is established around the belief that lifting up the arts will only help in creating a richer and more vibrant community. Our 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. Crane River Theater is proud to collaborate with countless organizations in our area to host an array of special events each year, thereby exposing many new people to the joy of the arts.  Stay informed of all upcoming productions, programs and events by following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

2018 Sneak Peek

A celebratory evening to benefit Crane River Theater’s summer productions and arts education programs. One of our most popular nights of the year, hundreds of guests gather to receive a glimpse into what lies ahead for Central Nebraska’s professional theater company. Great food and outstanding entertainment comprise the evening. It also serves as a perfect platform to recognize an outstanding individual, business and organization with Crane River Theater’s Taking Flight Awards.    

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Family Arts Festival

On March 10th, 2018, Crane River Theater, in partnership with the Kearney Cultural Partners, will host Family Arts Festival at the Museum of Nebraska Art (MONA), the World Theatre and Yanda’s Music. This free series of entertaining workshops will include hands-on activities taught by professional arts educators that will expose kids of all ages to a variety of visual arts, music, theater and dance. By pooling the talent and resources of the Kearney Cultural Partners, it increases the opportunities for everyone and ensures that kids will walk away with a wide array of artistic experiences. It is a perfect opportunity to explore, create and have fun.

Kearney Cultural Partners is a recently formed coalition of fourteen non-profit organizations dedicated to educating and promoting arts and culture in our area. Members include Crane River Theater, Nebraska Firefighters Museum, Kearney Public Library, Merryman Performing Arts Center, Museum of Nebraska Art, Kearney Community Theatre, Kearney Concert Association, The Archway, Kearney Symphony Orchestra, World Theatre, Trails and Rails Museum, Kearney Area Children’s Museum, The Frank House and the Kearney Area Arts Council.

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Storybook Walk

Join your favorite characters on the adventure of a lifetime! Crane River Theater is excited to join the Kearney Area Children’s Museum for the annual Storybook Walk! They will have a variety of ocean themed activities, crafts, and reading stations for you to enjoy at your leisure. You will also get a chance to mingle with characters from Crane River Theater’s production of Madagascar!

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HalloweenFest

Halloween Fest, presented in collaboration with The Archway, features fun activities for kids age preschool through 5th grade. In October 2018, kids can enjoy Halloween-themed festivities, including a Haunted Mystery Maze, Spooky Obstacle Course, Cookie Decorating Laboratory and Festive Face Painting. More information about Halloween Fest in 2018 still to come!

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Give Where You Live

Give Where You Live is a special fundraising event that will unite donors from all over to support nonprofits in the Kearney area and improve our quality of life. It is a community effort led by the Kearney Area Community Foundation that allows organizations like Crane River Theater to continually grow and find new donors. 

In 2017, Crane River Theater raised more than $20,000 from donors from across the country. It was a perfect springboard into the new year as we have many new exciting productions and arts education programs on the horizon.

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january 2018

23janalldayAmerican College Theater Auditions in Des Moines(All Day)

29jan3:30 pm5:30 pmLocal Auditions for Kearney High School3:30 pm - 5:30 pm Kearney High School

29jan7:00 pm10:00 pmLocal Auditions for University & Community7:00 pm - 10:00 pm UNK Fine Arts Recital Hall

30jan3:30 pm5:00 pmLocal Auditions for Kearney Catholic High School3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Kearney Catholic High School

february 2018

02feballdayUnited Professional Theater Auditions(All Day)

12feb3:30 pm5:00 pmLocal Auditions for Horizon Middle School3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Horizon Middle School

13feb3:30 pm5:00 pmLocal Auditions for Sunrise Middle School3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Sunrise Middle School

23feballdayMidwest Theater Auditions(All Day)

march 2018

08maralldaySoutheastern Theatre Conference(All Day)

11mar3:00 pm5:00 pmThe Secret Garden3:00 pm - 5:00 pm UNK Fine Arts Recital Hall

12mar7:30 pm9:30 pmThe Secret Garden7:30 pm - 9:30 pm UNK Fine Arts Recital Hall

june 2018

07jun7:00 pm9:00 pmThe Boys Next Door7:00 pm - 9:00 pm UNK Miriam Drake Theatre

08jun7:00 pm9:00 pmThe Boys Next Door7:00 pm - 9:00 pm UNK Miriam Drake Theatre

09jun7:00 pm9:00 pmThe Boys Next Door7:00 pm - 9:00 pm UNK Miriam Drake Theatre

10jun2:00 pm4:00 pmThe Boys Next Door2:00 pm - 4:00 pm UNK Miriam Drake Theatre

22jun7:00 pm9:00 pmMadagascar7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Cope Amphitheater at Yanney Park

23jun7:00 pm9:00 pmMadagascar7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Cope Amphitheater at Yanney Park

24jun7:00 pm9:00 pmMadagascar7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Cope Amphitheater at Yanney Park

25jun7:00 pm9:00 pmMadagascar7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Cope Amphitheater at Yanney Park

26jun7:00 pm9:00 pmMadagascar7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Cope Amphitheater at Yanney Park

27jun7:00 pm9:00 pmMadagascar7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Cope Amphitheater at Yanney Park

28jun7:00 pm9:00 pmMadagascar7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Cope Amphitheater at Yanney Park

29jun7:00 pm9:00 pmMadagascar7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Cope Amphitheater at Yanney Park

30jun7:00 pm9:00 pmMadagascar7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Cope Amphitheater at Yanney Park

july 2018

01jul7:00 pm9:00 pmMadagascar7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Cope Amphitheater at Yanney Park

02jul7:00 pm9:00 pmMadagascar7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Cope Amphitheater at Yanney Park

03jul7:00 pm9:00 pmMadagascar7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Cope Amphitheater at Yanney Park

27jul7:00 pm9:00 pmAnnie7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Merryman Performing Arts Center

28jul2:00 pm4:00 pmAnnie2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Merryman Performing Arts Center

28jul7:00 pm9:00 pmAnnie7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Merryman Performing Arts Center

31jul7:00 pm9:00 pmAnnie7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Merryman Performing Arts Center

august 2018

01aug7:00 pm9:00 pmAnnie7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Merryman Performing Arts Center

02aug7:00 pm9:00 pmAnnie7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Merryman Performing Arts Center

03aug4:00 pm10:00 pmBackstage Workshop4:00 pm - 10:00 pm Merryman Performing Arts Center

03aug7:00 pm9:00 pmAnnie7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Merryman Performing Arts Center

04aug8:30 am4:00 pmBackstage Workshop8:30 am - 4:00 pm

04aug7:00 pm9:00 pmAnnie7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Merryman Performing Arts Center

05aug2:00 pm4:00 pmAnnie2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Merryman Performing Arts Center

11aug7:00 pm9:00 pmCelebrate Broadway7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Merryman Performing Arts Center

12aug2:00 pm4:00 pmCelebrate Broadway2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Merryman Performing Arts Center

september 2018

06sep7:00 pm9:00 pmThe Last Five Years7:00 pm - 9:00 pm The World Theatre

07sep7:00 pm9:00 pmThe Last Five Years7:00 pm - 9:00 pm The World Theatre

08sep7:00 pm9:00 pmThe Last Five Years7:00 pm - 9:00 pm The World Theatre

09sep2:00 pm4:00 pmThe Last Five Years2:00 pm - 4:00 pm The World Theatre

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