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.

Season 2020 Launch Party!

Join us as we kick off our 2020 Season! Taking place at The World Theatre, this evening will feature a sneak peek into the season ahead, a look back at shows of the past, along with complimentary hors d’oeuvres. It is a night you don’t want to miss! We’ll also be honoring an outstanding individual, business, and organization with our annual Taking Flight Awards. If you’ve ever attended a Crane River production, come share your memories and find out what’s in store for the year to come!

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Family Arts Festival

On Saturday, February 29, 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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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 2019, Crane River Theater raised more than $24,000 from donors from across the country. It was a perfect springboard into our 2020 season, as we have many new exciting productions and arts education programs on the horizon.

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march 2020

05mar7:00 pmSongs from the Movies7:00 pm The World Theatre

06mar7:00 pmSongs from the Movies7:00 pm The World Theatre

07mar7:00 pmSongs from the Movies7:00 pm The World Theatre

08mar2:00 pmSongs from the Movies2:00 pm The World Theatre

june 2020

04jun7:00 pmGod of Carnage7:00 pm The World Theatre

05jun7:00 pmGod of Carnage7:00 pm The World Theatre

06jun7:00 pmGod of Carnage7:00 pm The World Theatre

07jun2:00 pmGod of Carnage2:00 pm The World Theatre

19jun7:00 pmCinderella7:00 pm Yanney Heritage Park

20jun7:00 pmCinderella7:00 pm Yanney Heritage Park

21jun7:00 pmCinderella7:00 pm Yanney Heritage Park

23jun7:00 pmCinderella7:00 pm Yanney Heritage Park

24jun7:00 pmCinderella7:00 pm Yanney Heritage Park

25jun7:00 pmCinderella7:00 pm Yanney Heritage Park

26jun7:00 pmCinderella7:00 pm Yanney Heritage Park

27jun7:00 pmCinderella7:00 pm Yanney Heritage Park

28jun7:00 pmCinderella7:00 pm Yanney Heritage Park

30jun7:00 pmCinderella7:00 pm Yanney Heritage Park

july 2020

01jul7:00 pmCinderella7:00 pm Yanney Heritage Park

02jul7:00 pmCinderella7:00 pm Yanney Heritage Park

03jul7:00 pmCinderella7:00 pm Yanney Heritage Park

24jul7:00 pm9:00 pmMama Mia!7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Merryman Performing Arts Center

25jul7:00 pm9:00 pmMama Mia!7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Merryman Performing Arts Center

26jul2:00 pm4:00 pmMama Mia!2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Merryman Performing Arts Center

28jul7:00 pm9:00 pmMama Mia!7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Merryman Performing Arts Center

29jul7:00 pm9:00 pmMama Mia!7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Merryman Performing Arts Center

30jul7:00 pm9:00 pmMama Mia!7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Merryman Performing Arts Center

31jul7:00 pm9:00 pmMama Mia!7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Merryman Performing Arts Center

august 2020

01aug7:00 pm9:00 pmMama Mia!7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Merryman Performing Arts Center

02aug2:00 pm4:00 pmMama Mia!2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Merryman Performing Arts Center

04aug7:00 pm9:00 pmMama Mia!7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Merryman Performing Arts Center

05aug7:00 pm9:00 pmMama Mia!7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Merryman Performing Arts Center

06aug7:00 pm9:00 pmMama Mia!7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Merryman Performing Arts Center

07aug7:00 pm9:00 pmMama Mia!7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Merryman Performing Arts Center

08aug7:00 pm9:00 pmMama Mia!7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Merryman Performing Arts Center

09aug2:00 pm4:00 pmMama Mia!2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Merryman Performing Arts Center

15aug7:00 pm9:00 pmCelebrate Broadway7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Merryman Performing Arts Center

16aug2:00 pm4:00 pmCelebrate Broadway2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Merryman Performing Arts Center

september 2020

11sep7:00 pm9:00 pmLetters from Home: Reviving Patriotism7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Patriot Park

12sep7:00 pm9:00 pmLetters from Home: Reviving Patriotism7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Patriot Park

13sep7:00 pm9:00 pmLetters from Home: Reviving Patriotism7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Patriot Park

december 2020

17dec7:00 pm9:00 pmA Christmas Story7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Merryman Performing Arts Center

18dec7:00 pm9:00 pmA Christmas Story7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Merryman Performing Arts Center

19dec7:00 pm9:00 pmA Christmas Story7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Merryman Performing Arts Center

20dec2:00 pm4:00 pmA Christmas Story2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Merryman Performing Arts Center