Established in 2015, the Scott D. & Rochelle Morris Matinee Fund supports the Merryman Performing Arts Center to annually present diverse local, regional, and nationally touring performances of theatre, music and dance for Kearney area K-12 students. In addition, these funds help support the opportunities for children and their parents and grandparents to attend family and youth-oriented performances by providing reduced price tickets.


Mariachi Zapata

Friday, November 17, 2023
Student Matinee - 10:00 AM & 1:10 PM

Mariachi Zapata an Omaha-based mariachi group, has been delighting audiences since 1989. The group features a wide range of traditional instrumentation and focuses on presenting high quality performances of this 500-year-old music tradition, while keeping Mexican and Chicano culture alive. In addition to their entertaining performances, the group is committed to educational outreach work and connecting with students using their original curriculum on instrumental instruction, music appreciation, and history. Mariachi Zapata has been nominated for four Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards, winning Best World Music in 2018.

Cat Kid Comic Club

Tuesday, February 13, 2024
School Matinee - 10:00 AM & 1:10 PM

Cat Kid and Molly Pollywog have started an epic club to teach 21 rambunctious baby frogs how to make their own comics! Their fishy father Flippy is overjoyed that his kids will learn to unleash their creativity, but when the frogs’ constant bickering and outrageous imaginations send their comics comically off the rails, Flippy flips out! Will the club survive? Will the frogs ever get along? And will creativity finally save the day? All will be answered in this madcap musical based on Dav Pilkey’s irreverently hilarious book series.


Erth's Dino Zoo Live

Wednesday, April 10, 2024
Public Performance 6:00 PM

Thursday, April 11, 2024
Student Matinee - 10:00 AM & 1:10 PM

65 million years in the making! Erth’s DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE guides your family on a breath-taking tour that begins in pre-historic Australia. You’ll observe, meet and interact with an eye-popping collection of amazing life-like dinosaurs and other creatures in a theatrical performance that thrills and entertains kids while stimulating their imaginations in ways that forever connect them to their world. Brought to life by a team of skilled puppeteers, DINOSAUR ZOO is so extraordinarily real you may want to run and hide-but don’t!

Jazzy Ash

Thursday, April 18, 2024
Student Matinee - 1:10 PM

Ashli St. Armant is a celebrated vocalist, writer, arts educator, and founder of Leaping Lizards Music, a music and theater education program for students, preschool through twelfth grade. 

Please consider helping sponsor a Student Matinee by calling the Merryman at 308-698-8297