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.

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.

More Information

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.

More Information

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.

More Information

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!

More Information

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

october 2021

21oct7:00 pm9:00 pmThe Woman in Black7:00 pm - 9:00 pm The World Theatre

22oct7:00 pm9:00 pmThe Woman in Black7:00 pm - 9:00 pm The World Theatre

22oct10:00 pm12:00 amThe Woman in Black10:00 pm - 12:00 am The World Theatre

23oct7:00 pm9:00 pmThe Woman in Black7:00 pm - 9:00 pm The World Theatre

24oct7:00 pm9:00 pmThe Woman in Black7:00 pm - 9:00 pm The World Theatre

december 2021

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

18dec7:00 pm9:00 pmMiracle on 34th Street The Musical7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Merryman Performing Arts Center

19dec2:00 pm2:00 pmMiracle on 34th Street The Musical2:00 pm - 2:00 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