Performance Dates

Letters From Home

Yanney Park
2020 11th Street, Kearney

Fall 2020

Crane River Theater values the health and safety of our patrons, volunteers, and artists. As a result, we have implemented several precautions for all events and performances. For more information on these measures, please see the COVID-19 section below, or call 308.627.5796 with any questions.

Out of respect for our veterans and first responders, we highly recommend masks or face coverings at these events.

Audiences everywhere are falling in love with Dan Beckmann and Erinn Dearth. They will dazzle you with tap dancing, engage you with song, charm you with charisma, and touch your hearts with the true meaning of patriotism. Since 2010, Letters From Home has performed in more than 40 states, and in 2019 performed for the 75th Anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, France. The show brings back the style of the USO from WWII to Vietnam with incredible high-energy performances that honor veterans, active military heroes and their families by Reviving Patriotism and Uniting The Nation through music. Together, bombshell Erinn Dearth and self-proclaimed “tall-guy” Dan Beckmann take audiences on a trip down memory lane with 1940s-1960s music, singing, tap dancing, comedy, audience interaction and a variety of other surprises along the way.

Schedule of Events

The health and safety of our patrons are of the utmost importance to Crane River Theater. All events will have health and safety protocols in place to allow for social distancing and other measures.


Monday, September 14, 2020 | 10am – 12:30pm

Crane River Theater is thrilled to offer schools the opportunity to attend an inspiring and special student matinee performance of Letters from Home: Reviving Patriotism. We are encouraging History, Political Science, Social Studies, English, Speech, or Theatre classes to attend this special student matinee performance of the show. Following the show, we will provide lunch and discuss the themes of the play with the actors.


9:30am Schools arrive and check in at Patriot Park
10:00a Performance of Letters from Home
11:30a Lunch and Talkback

Interested in bringing your students? Call us at (308)627-5796 or email us at to inquire!

COVID-19 Protocols

Crane River Theater is working closely with Two Rivers Public Health Department, the City of Kearney, and Kearney Park and Recreation to make sure these events are safe for all participants. As such, we have put in place several health measures for this weekend of events.

– We encourage you to practice social distancing at all times. To assist with this, we will have the following:

  • Markings on sidewalks (for any admission/concession/waiting lines)
  • Seating sections marked on the hillside for Letters From Home performance
  • Seats blocked off in the bleachers for Letters From Home performance
  • Additional signage as a reminder at all events
  • Staggered entrance to various events (including Honoring Heroes, Scavenger Hunt, Storybook Walk, etc.)
  • Contactless ticketing
  • Contactless concessions

– We will have hand sanitizer available at each event and performance. We encourage you to use it as needed.

– All of our volunteers will be wearing masks, and will wear gloves if they will be exchanging anything with patrons.

– All surfaces and tables will be routinely disinfected before, during, and after each event or performance.

– Masks for audience members are highly encouraged and recommended, out of respect for our veterans and first responders in attendance. Masks will be available at events upon request.

We thank you for your cooperation with all of these protocols. Enjoy the show!

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to bring to watch the show?

  • Please bring lawn chairs or blankets for your seating. There will be bleacher seating at the very front, but there will be limited seats available. All seating is General Admission, and will be first-come, first-serve. We will have a section reserved for our Season Ticket Holders as well.
  • Masks are highly encouraged for all patrons.
  • We also encourage you to bring hand sanitizer of your own, though we will have some on hand at the event.

Is there an admission charge?
Letters From Home performances will require a ticket ($20). We encourage those tickets to be purchased in advance at, as we have limited seating available.
All accompanying events are free of charge.

When should I arrive?
Admission Gates for Letters From Home performances will open at 6:00 pm. We encourage you to arrive early, if possible, in order to avoid having a large group of people waiting right before showtime.
The show will begin at 7:00 pm and runs for approximately an hour and 30 minutes.
On Friday, Sept. 11th, and Saturday, Sept. 12, we will pause all admission lines during the Presentation of Colors and National Anthem from approximately 6:30-6:45 pm.
All other events beyond the performances are open to come and go as you please during their scheduled times.

How do I pick up my ticket?
Admission will be broken into 3 lines – one for purchasing tickets, and two for Will Call.
If you have purchased tickets in advance, please use a Will Call line. At the admission table, give your name to the volunteer, and they will check you in. If you have purchased a concession package, you will be directed to the concession stand. If you did not purchase a concession package, you’ll be directed to an usher on the hillside.

How do I pick up my concession package?
Once you check in at Will Call, you will be given vouchers to claim your concession packages. Take your vouchers to the concession stand and exchange them for your concession packages. This pickup will be contactless.

Will there be restrooms available?
We will have portable toilets on hand for this production. A volunteer can direct you to them. The park bathrooms in the ERC building across the bridge will also be open, and we encourage you to practice social distancing if you use them.

Where should I park?
Parking will be available in the north lot by the Peterson Senior Center, the south lot by the playground/water pad, and along the east side of Yanney Boulevard. Please continue to practice social distancing when you are in the parking lots and on the sidewalks.



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