2013 Season



Last Train to Nibroc

by Arlene Hutton

Playwright Arlene Hutton has crafted a beautiful love story that is sure to touch the hearts of audience members as it follows the journey of a young couple in the 1940’s.  A funny, touching portrait of two people searching for happiness, Last Train to Nibroc played to critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Off-Broadway.  The humor is endearing and the characters sincere because the emotional struggles ring true.   

June 6, 7 & 8 at 7pm
June 9 at 2pm 

Merryman Performing Arts Center
225 West 22nd Street, Kearney, Nebraska 68845

BuyTix04_small w-Crane Logo





by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty

Seussical Logo-300

A fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza that lovingly brings together all your favorite Dr. Seuss characters.  Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie and a little boy with a big imagination come to life with many others on the stage at Yanney Park.  Tony Award winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, have created a colorful world that transports us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos. 


The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing Whos.  He faces a double challenge–not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left to his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping, and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family, and community are challenged and emerge triumphant.

June 27, 28, 29, 30 and July 1, 2 and 3 at 7pm

Cope Amphitheater in Yanney Park
2020 West 11th Street, Kearney, Nebraska 68845

Free Admission





by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey

One of the most popular musicals of all time, Grease had its Broadway premiere in 1972 and has triumphed throughout the world.  In 1979 Grease took over the record as the longest-running show in the history of Broadway and the hit film starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John proved to be the highest-grossing movie musical ever. 


Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, have created a classic rock musical that follows the rebellious, thrill-loving T-Birds and Pink Ladies of Rydell High.  When Danny Zuko, a popular tough guy, and Sandy Dumbrowski, the sweet girl next door, go back to school after a summer fling, Sandy finds that Danny is a different boy than the one she knew over the summer.   Fun, friendship and humor abound in this nostalgic trip to the 1950’s, complete with greasers, slumber parties, sock hops and drive-in movies.  Summer Nights, Greased Lighting, You’re The One That I Want, Hopelessly Devoted, and many other numbers come alive in this rollicking musical.  So throw your mittens around your kittens and away we go!

Special Cruise Night Kick Off Performance July 18 at 8pm

July 19, 25-27, and August 1-3 at 7pm 
July 20 and 28 at 2pm

Merryman Performing Arts Center
225 West 22nd Street, Kearney, Nebraska 68845

BuyTix04_small w-Crane Logo

Special Performance on August 11 at the Tassel Performing Arts Center in Holdrege, Nebraska