Past Seasons

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 June 12-14 at 7pm, June 15 at 2pm

Presented at the Merryman Performing Arts Center

 Welcome to Almost, Maine, a town that’s so far north, it’s almost not in the United States – it’s almost in Canada.  And it almost doesn’t exist.  Because its residents never got around to getting organized.  So it’s just…Almost.

One cold, clear Friday night in the middle of winter, while the northern lights hover in the sky above, Almost’s residents find themselves falling in and out of love in the strangest ways.  Knees are bruised.  Hearts are broken.  Love is lost, found, and confounded.  And life for the people of Almost, Maine will never be the same.  This contagious romantic comedy will touch your heart with laughter and sincerity.



SHREK-The Musical was a  H U G E  success.
The 8 performances played to 13,076 patrons! logo_shrek

June 26-July 3 at 7pm

Presented at the Cope Amphitheater in Yanney Heritage Park

Join Shrek, our unlikely hero, and his loyal steed Donkey as they set off on a quest to rescue the beautiful (if slightly temperamental) Princess Fiona from her tower guarded by a fire breathing love-sick dragon.  Add the diminutive Lord Farquaad, a gang of fairytale misfits, and a cookie with an attitude, and you’ve got the must see musical comedy – Shrek the Musical! 

Based on the Oscar winning DreamWorks film that started it all, this show brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre to dazzling new life on the stage.  Featuring songs that will have you laughing out loud, dancing that will have you on your feet and scenery that creates a magical kingdom, this is one show that you do not want to miss.  The world of fairytales is turned upside down in this irresistible mix of adventure, comedy and romance that is fun for all ages. 


July 24-26 and July 29-August 2 at 7pm,

July 26 and August 3 at 2pm

Presented at the Merryman Performing Arts Center

One of the most explosive movie musicals in recent memory bursts onto the live stage with exhilarating results.  When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school.  What he isn’t prepared for are the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, determined to exercise control over the town’s youth.  When the reverend’s rebellious daughter sets her sights on Ren, her roughneck boyfriend tries to sabotage Ren’s reputation, with many of the locals eager to believe the worst about the new kid.

The heartfelt story that emerges is of a father longing for the son he lost and of a young man aching for the father who walked out on him.  To the rockin’ rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated top 40 score (the soundtrack album reached number one on the Billboard charts and has sold over 15 million copies!) and augmented with dynamic new songs for the stage musical, Footloose celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind. 





Spring Comedy 

Boeing Boeing

by Marc Camoletti
Crane River Theater is thrilled to partner with Kearney Community Theatre
to present this hilarious comedy

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April 4, 5, 6 at 7:30pm &
April 7 at 2pm

On Stage at the Kearney Community Theatre
83 Plaza Boulevard
Kearney, NE 68845


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

June 6, 7 & 8 at 7pm
June 9 at 2pm

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




by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty

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A fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza that lovingly brings together all your favorite Dr. Seuss characters.  

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

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!

Special Cruise Night Kick Off Performance July 18 at 8pm

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

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


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





by Lee Blessing

A compassionate story of two people whose love is able to transcend time and space.

June 21, 22 and 23 at 7pm
June 24 at 2pm
Kearney High Auditorium


A Year with Frog and Toad

Book and Lyrics by Willie Reale
Music by Robert Reale
Based on the books by Arnold Lobel

Arnold Lobel’s well loved characters jump from the page to the stage.
A family musical that follows the cheerful Frog and grumpy Toad through four fun-filled seasons.
July 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 at 7pm
Cope Amphitheater at Yanney Park
Into the Woods

Composer and Lyricist: Stephen Sondheim
Book: James Lapine

All your favorite fairy tale characters come together for an amazing journey.

July 26, 27 & 28 and August 2, 3 & 4 at 7pm
July 28 & 29 at 2pm
Merryman Performing Arts Center


 Crane River Theater Company 2011 Season


June 23 to 25 and June 30 to July 2, 2011 @ 7 pm

Music: Larry Grossman & Hal Hackady
Book: Warren Lockhart, Arthur Whitelaw & Michael Grace
Basis:  Charles M Schulz’s comic strip Peanuts 



July 21 to 23 and July 28 to 30, 2011 @ 7 pm


Composer: Alan Menken
Writer: Howard Ashman 




Our Premier Season included two exciting musicals,


You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown

Co-Sponsored by Kearney Park & Recreation

Ron & Carol Cope Amphitheater at Yanney Park

Performance Dates:
July 1st & 2nd at 7pm and July 3rd at 2pm
July 8th & 9th at 7pm and July 10th at 2pm






Co-Sponsored by Kearney Public Schools

Kearney High School Auditorium

Performance Dates:
July 22nd, 23rd, & 24th at 7pm
July 29th, 30th, & 31st at 7pm



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