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.

10th Birthday Bash!

Let’s Party! It’s the 10th Anniversary of Crane River Theater and you’re invited! Join us for a celebratory event to launch our 10th season of productions. This evening will feature a sneak peek into the season ahead, a look back at shows of the past, hors d’ouvres, cake, and a complimentary champagne toast. 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 March 9, 2019, 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 for an afternoon of fun! Crane River Theater is excited to join the Kearney Area Children’s Museum for the annual Storybook Walk! They will have a variety of 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 You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown!

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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 2018, Crane River Theater raised more than $21,000 from donors from across the country. It was a perfect springboard into our 10th anniversary season in 2019, as we have many new exciting productions and arts education programs on the horizon.

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december 2018

15dec7:00 pm9:00 pmLet it Snow7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Merryman Performing Arts Center

16dec3:00 pm5:00 pmLet it Snow3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Merryman Performing Arts Center

march 2019

28mar7:00 pm9:00 pmMillion Dollar Quartet7:00 pm - 9:00 pm The World Theatre

29mar7:00 pm9:00 pmMillion Dollar Quartet7:00 pm - 9:00 pm The World Theatre

30mar2:00 pm4:00 pmMillion Dollar Quartet2:00 pm - 4:00 pm The World Theatre

30mar7:00 pm9:00 pmMillion Dollar Quartet7:00 pm - 9:00 pm The World Theatre

31mar2:00 pm4:00 pmMillion Dollar Quartet2:00 pm - 4:00 pm The World Theatre

june 2019

06jun7:00 pm9:00 pmPicasso at the Lapin Agile7:00 pm - 9:00 pm UNK Miriam Drake Theatre

07jun7:00 pm9:00 pmPicasso at the Lapin Agile7:00 pm - 9:00 pm UNK Miriam Drake Theatre

08jun2:00 pm4:00 pmPicasso at the Lapin Agile2:00 pm - 4:00 pm UNK Miriam Drake Theatre

08jun7:00 pm9:00 pmPicasso at the Lapin Agile7:00 pm - 9:00 pm UNK Miriam Drake Theatre

09jun2:00 pm4:00 pmPicasso at the Lapin Agile2:00 pm - 4:00 pm UNK Miriam Drake Theatre

21jun7:00 pm9:00 pmYou're A Good Man, Charlie Brown7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Cope Amphitheater at Yanney Park

22jun7:00 pm9:00 pmYou're A Good Man, Charlie Brown7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Cope Amphitheater at Yanney Park

23jun7:00 pm9:00 pmYou're A Good Man, Charlie Brown7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Cope Amphitheater at Yanney Park

24jun7:00 pm9:00 pmYou're A Good Man, Charlie Brown7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Cope Amphitheater at Yanney Park

25jun7:00 pm9:00 pmYou're A Good Man, Charlie Brown7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Cope Amphitheater at Yanney Park

26jun7:00 pm9:00 pmYou're A Good Man, Charlie Brown7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Cope Amphitheater at Yanney Park

27jun7:00 pm9:00 pmYou're A Good Man, Charlie Brown7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Cope Amphitheater at Yanney Park

28jun7:00 pm9:00 pmYou're A Good Man, Charlie Brown7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Cope Amphitheater at Yanney Park

29jun7:00 pm9:00 pmYou're A Good Man, Charlie Brown7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Cope Amphitheater at Yanney Park

30jun7:00 pm9:00 pmYou're A Good Man, Charlie Brown7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Cope Amphitheater at Yanney Park

july 2019

01jul7:00 pm9:00 pmYou're A Good Man, Charlie Brown7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Cope Amphitheater at Yanney Park

02jul7:00 pm9:00 pmYou're A Good Man, Charlie Brown7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Cope Amphitheater at Yanney Park

03jul7:00 pm9:00 pmYou're A Good Man, Charlie Brown7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Cope Amphitheater at Yanney Park

25jul7:00 pm9:00 pmNewsies7:00 pm - 9:00 pm UNK Miriam Drake Theatre

26jul7:00 pm9:00 pmNewsies7:00 pm - 9:00 pm UNK Miriam Drake Theatre

27jul2:00 pm4:00 pmNewsies2:00 pm - 4:00 pm UNK Miriam Drake Theatre

27jul7:00 pm9:00 pmNewsies7:00 pm - 9:00 pm UNK Miriam Drake Theatre

28jul2:00 pm4:00 pmNewsies2:00 pm - 4:00 pm UNK Miriam Drake Theatre

30jul7:00 pm9:00 pmNewsies7:00 pm - 9:00 pm UNK Miriam Drake Theatre

31jul7:00 pm9:00 pmNewsies7:00 pm - 9:00 pm UNK Miriam Drake Theatre

august 2019

01aug7:00 pm9:00 pmNewsies7:00 pm - 9:00 pm UNK Miriam Drake Theatre

02aug7:00 pm9:00 pmNewsies7:00 pm - 9:00 pm UNK Miriam Drake Theatre

03aug7:00 pm9:00 pmNewsies7:00 pm - 9:00 pm UNK Miriam Drake Theatre

04aug2:00 pm4:00 pmNewsies2:00 pm - 4:00 pm UNK Miriam Drake Theatre

10aug7:00 pm9:00 pmCelebrate Broadway7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Merryman Performing Arts Center

11aug2:00 pm4:00 pmCelebrate Broadway2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Merryman Performing Arts Center

september 2019

19sep7:00 pm9:00 pmOf Mice and Men7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Mountain Rose Ranch

20sep7:00 pm9:00 pmOf Mice and Men7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Mountain Rose Ranch

21sep7:00 pm9:00 pmOf Mice and Men7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Mountain Rose Ranch

22sep2:00 pm4:00 pmOf Mice and Men2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Mountain Rose Ranch

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