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.

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 by 5 pm Tuesday, August 31 or submit it online at visitkearney.org/i-spy by midnight on August 31.

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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, October 30, 2021 at the Younes Conference Center in Kearney. Tickets will be on sale in 2021.

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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. 

We want to thank all of our donors who supported us during Give Where You Live 2020! With your help, we raised more than $26,000 for CRT’s productions and programs.

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Family Arts Festival

Crane River Theater, in partnership with the Kearney Cultural Partners, will host Family Arts Festival in 2022. 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 twenty 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, UNK Theatre and Dance, Trails and Rails Museum/Buffalo County Historical Society, Classic Car Collection, Kearney Area Children’s Museum, G.W. Frank Museum, Audubon’s Rowe Sanctuary, Kearney Area Arts Council, Kearney YMCA, Prairie Art Brothers, and Downtown Kearney.

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june 2022

02jun7:00 pm9:00 pmGod of Carnage7:00 pm - 9:00 pm The World Theatre

03jun7:00 pm9:00 pmGod of Carnage7:00 pm - 9:00 pm The World Theatre

04jun7:00 pm9:00 pmGod of Carnage7:00 pm - 9:00 pm The World Theatre

05jun2:00 pm4:00 pmGod of Carnage2:00 pm - 4:00 pm The World Theatre

16jun7:00 pm9:00 pmHigh School Musical7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Yanney Heritage Park

17jun7:00 pm9:00 pmHigh School Musical7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Yanney Heritage Park

18jun7:00 pm9:00 pmHigh School Musical7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Yanney Heritage Park

20jun7:00 pm9:00 pmHigh School Musical7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Yanney Heritage Park

21jun7:00 pm9:00 pmHigh School Musical7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Yanney Heritage Park

22jun7:00 pm9:00 pmHigh School Musical7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Yanney Heritage Park

23jun7:00 pm9:00 pmHigh School Musical7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Yanney Heritage Park

24jun7:00 pm9:00 pmHigh School Musical7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Yanney Heritage Park

25jun7:00 pm9:00 pmHigh School Musical7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Yanney Heritage Park

27jun7:00 pm9:00 pmHigh School Musical7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Yanney Heritage Park

28jun7:00 pm9:00 pmHigh School Musical7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Yanney Heritage Park

29jun7:00 pm9:00 pmHigh School Musical7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Yanney Heritage Park

30jun7:00 pm9:00 pmHigh School Musical7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Yanney Heritage Park

july 2022

01jul7:00 pm9:00 pmHigh School Musical7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Yanney Heritage Park

02jul7:00 pm9:00 pmHigh School Musical7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Yanney Heritage Park

26jul7:00 pm9:00 pmSister Act7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Merryman Performing Arts Center

27jul7:00 pm9:00 pmSister Act7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Merryman Performing Arts Center

28jul7:00 pm9:00 pmSister Act7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Merryman Performing Arts Center

29jul7:00 pm9:00 pmSister Act7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Merryman Performing Arts Center

30jul7:00 pm9:00 pmSister Act7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Merryman Performing Arts Center

31jul2:00 pm4:00 pmSister Act2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Merryman Performing Arts Center

august 2022

02aug7:00 pm9:00 pmSister Act7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Merryman Performing Arts Center

03aug7:00 pm9:00 pmSister Act7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Merryman Performing Arts Center

04aug7:00 pm9:00 pmSister Act7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Merryman Performing Arts Center

05aug7:00 pm9:00 pmSister Act7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Merryman Performing Arts Center

06aug7:00 pm9:00 pmSister Act7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Merryman Performing Arts Center

07aug2:00 pm4:00 pmSister Act2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Merryman Performing Arts Center

13aug7:00 pm9:00 pmCelebrate Broadway7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Merryman Performing Arts Center

14aug2:00 pm4:00 pmCelebrate Broadway2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Merryman Performing Arts Center

september 2022

22sep7:00 pm9:00 pmCurious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time7:00 pm - 9:00 pm The World Theatre

23sep7:00 pm9:00 pmCurious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time7:00 pm - 9:00 pm The World Theatre

24sep7:00 pm9:00 pmCurious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time7:00 pm - 9:00 pm The World Theatre

25sep2:00 pm4:00 pmCurious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time2:00 pm - 4:00 pm The World Theatre

december 2022

17dec2:00 pm4:00 pmMiracle on 34th Street The Musical2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Merryman Performing Arts Center

17dec7:00 pm9:00 pmMiracle on 34th Street The Musical7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Merryman Performing Arts Center

18dec2:00 pm4:00 pmMiracle on 34th Street The Musical2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Merryman Performing Arts Center

19dec7:00 pm9:00 pmMiracle on 34th Street The Musical7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Merryman Performing Arts Center

20dec7:00 pm9:00 pmMiracle on 34th Street The Musical7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Merryman Performing Arts Center

21dec7:00 pm9:00 pmMiracle on 34th Street The Musical7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Merryman Performing Arts Center

22dec7:00 pm9:00 pmMiracle on 34th Street The Musical7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Merryman Performing Arts Center