Season Tickets available on October 25.
General Public Tickets available on November 1.

Performance Dates

A Christmas Story

Crane River Theater is excited to present “A Christmas Story” this December at the Merryman Performing Arts Center.
For a variety of reasons, we have made the decision to move our production of “Miracle on 34th Street” to December of 2022 – so this means that Ralphie and his wish for a Red Ryder BB Gun will be with us this December 18th through the 22nd!
All current 2021 season ticket holders can reserve their seats to “A Christmas Story” beginning Monday, October 25th. General Public tickets go on sale November 1st.
Thank you for your patronage and support!
We cannot wait to share this holiday classic with you!

Merryman Performing Arts Center

225 West 22nd Street, Kearney, Nebraska

December 18-22 • 7 pm
December 18 & 19 • 2 pm

Adults $25, $30, $35
Students $15, $20, $25
Tickets are available online, or by calling 308-627-5796.

Season Tickets available October 25, 2021.
General Public Tickets available November 1, 2021.

Kick off your holiday season with the adaptation of the classic Christmas movie we all know and love! A Christmas Story follows nine-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher, and even Santa Claus himself at Higbee’s Department Store. The consistent response: “You’ll shoot your eye out!” All the elements from the beloved motion picture are here, including the family’s temperamental exploding furnace; clashing with the town bully Scut Farkas; the boys’ experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamppost; the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin; the old man winning a “fragile” leg lamp in a net stocking; the pink bunny pajamas from Aunt Clara; Ralphie’s fantasy scenarios and more. Retold with a touch of childhood fantasy, these Christmas stories remind us all why we love the holidays. Perfect for the whole family!

Thank you to our show sponsors!



Ralph (Narrator) – Kevin Butters
Mother – Stacey Wood
The Old Man – Bryce Jensen
Miss Shields – Kelle Hunt
Ralphie Parker – Braeden Wall
Randy – Jonas Brandt
Flick – Wyatt Rich / Oswald Ferebee
Schwartz – Liam Kvasnicka / Uriah Lacey
Esther Jane Alberry – Calla Ripp / Hannah Torres
Helen Weathers – Ava Benner / Ella Means
Scut Farkas – Fredrick Harbols
Ensemble – Evan Aguilar, Graham Shoemaker, Hana Butters, Emma Butters, Kaylee Wall

Director – Steve Barth
Scene Designer – Bob Heiden
Managing Director – Corey Urbanek

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