Crane River Theater is established around the belief that lifting up the arts will only help in creating richer and more vibrant communities. Our mission is to serve the community of Kearney and surrounding areas as a professional theater 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.

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. 

This year’s event takes place on Thursday, December 3rd, 2020. We encourage you to support Crane River Theater and all of our amazing local nonprofits!

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Kearney’s Dancing With the Stars

Crane River Theater is excited to be a producing partner for Kearney’s Dancing with the Stars, presented by the Kearney Dawn Rotary and Kearney Noon Rotary clubs.

Kearney’s Dancing With the Stars is a night of exciting entertainment presented by the Kearney Rotary Clubs. The event features local celebrities and community members in an evening of dancing benefiting area nonprofits. This year’s event will feature six couples competing for Judges’ Choice (top dance score) and People’s Choice (top fundraising total). Proceeds will benefit youth-centered causes, including Compass, Make-A-Wish, and TeamMates, along with the Kearney Rotary Clubs. 

The event will take place on Saturday, March 27, 2021 at the Younes Conference Center in Kearney. Tickets will be on sale in early 2021.

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Family Arts Festival

In Spring 2021, 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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I Spy… Arts and Culture in Kearney!

Visit locations. Spy clues. Solve the phrase. Enter to win prizes.

Take a tour around Kearney, SPY clues, and solve the mystery phrase! Visit participating locations and spy the letter in their window (you will not have to go inside locations). Match the letter to the corresponding logo to solve the phrase. Fill out your game sheet and return it to the Kearney Visitors Bureau or submit online. Over 15 prizes up for grabs!

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december 2020

19dec2:00 pm4:00 pmA Christmas Story2:00 pm - 4:00 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

20dec7:00 pm9:00 pmA Christmas Story7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Merryman Performing Arts Center

21dec7:00 pm9:00 pmA Christmas Story7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Merryman Performing Arts Center

22dec7:00 pm9:00 pmA Christmas Story7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Merryman Performing Arts Center

february 2021

23feb7:00 pm8:30 pmPretty Fire7:00 pm - 8:30 pm The World Theatre

24feb7:00 pm8:30 pmPretty Fire7:00 pm - 8:30 pm The World Theatre

25feb7:00 pm8:30 pmPretty Fire7:00 pm - 8:30 pm The World Theatre

26feb7:00 pm8:30 pmPretty Fire7:00 pm - 8:30 pm The World Theatre

27feb7:00 pm8:30 pmPretty Fire7:00 pm - 8:30 pm The World Theatre

28feb2:00 pm3:30 pmPretty Fire2:00 pm - 3:30 pm The World Theatre

march 2021

08mar6:00 pm9:00 pmLocal Auditions6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Crane River Theater Office

09mar6:00 pm9:00 pmLocal Auditions6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Crane River Theater Office

april 2021

22apr7:00 pm9:00 pmThe All Night Strut7:00 pm - 9:00 pm The World Theatre

23apr7:00 pm9:00 pmThe All Night Strut7:00 pm - 9:00 pm The World Theatre

24apr2:00 pm4:00 pmThe All Night Strut2:00 pm - 4:00 pm The World Theatre

24apr7:00 pm9:00 pmThe All Night Strut7:00 pm - 9:00 pm The World Theatre

25apr2:00 pm4:00 pmThe All Night Strut2:00 pm - 4:00 pm The World Theatre

june 2021

03jun7:00 pm9:00 pmEvery Brilliant Thing7:00 pm - 9:00 pm The Village

04jun7:00 pm9:00 pmEvery Brilliant Thing7:00 pm - 9:00 pm The Village

05jun7:00 pm9:00 pmEvery Brilliant Thing7:00 pm - 9:00 pm The Village

06jun2:00 pm4:00 pmEvery Brilliant Thing2:00 pm - 4:00 pm The Village

18jun7:00 pm9:00 pmCinderella7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Cope Amphitheater at Yanney Park

19jun7:00 pm9:00 pmCinderella7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Cope Amphitheater at Yanney Park

20jun7:00 pm9:00 pmCinderella7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Cope Amphitheater at Yanney Park

22jun7:00 pm9:00 pmCinderella7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Cope Amphitheater at Yanney Park

23jun7:00 pm9:00 pmCinderella7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Cope Amphitheater at Yanney Park

24jun7:00 pm9:00 pmCinderella7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Cope Amphitheater at Yanney Park

25jun7:00 pm9:00 pmCinderella7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Cope Amphitheater at Yanney Park

26jun7:00 pm9:00 pmCinderella7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Cope Amphitheater at Yanney Park

27jun7:00 pm9:00 pmCinderella7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Cope Amphitheater at Yanney Park

29jun7:00 pm9:00 pmCinderella7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Cope Amphitheater at Yanney Park

30jun7:00 pm9:00 pmCinderella7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Cope Amphitheater at Yanney Park

july 2021

01jul7:00 pm9:00 pmCinderella7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Cope Amphitheater at Yanney Park

02jul7:00 pm9:00 pmCinderella7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Cope Amphitheater at Yanney Park

03jul7:00 pm9:00 pmCinderella7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Cope Amphitheater at Yanney Park

23jul7:00 pm9:00 pmMamma Mia!7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Merryman Performing Arts Center

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

25jul2:00 pm4:00 pmMamma Mia!2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Merryman Performing Arts Center

27jul7:00 pm9:00 pmMamma Mia!7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Merryman Performing Arts Center

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

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

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

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

august 2021

01aug2:00 pm4:00 pmMamma Mia!2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Merryman Performing Arts Center

03aug7:00 pm9:00 pmMamma Mia!7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Merryman Performing Arts Center

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

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

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

07aug2:00 pm4:00 pmMamma Mia!2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Merryman Performing Arts Center

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

08aug2:00 pm4:00 pmMamma Mia!2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Merryman Performing Arts Center

14aug7:00 pm9:00 pmCelebrate Broadway7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Merryman Performing Arts Center

15aug2:00 pm4:00 pmCelebrate Broadway2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Merryman Performing Arts Center

september 2021

09sep7:00 pm9:00 pmThe Miracle Worker7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Trails and Rails Museum

10sep7:00 pm9:00 pmThe Miracle Worker7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Trails and Rails Museum

11sep7:00 pm9:00 pmThe Miracle Worker7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Trails and Rails Museum

12sep2:00 pm4:00 pmThe Miracle Worker2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Trails and Rails Museum