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.

The String Beans

Friday, September 14   7:00PM

From pop and country to rap and rock & roll. The String Beans perform a wide variety of original, family-friendly songs about all the things kids love: animals, cartoons, food, science, sports, and lots more!


The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Tuesday, October 16   6:30pm

This show uses amazing puppetry and innovative black light to create an unforgettable experience for all. The performance is designed to enhance young audience members’ classroom learning, expand cultural awareness, and inspire children through the arts. It’s a seamless entry into the world of theatre and music while engaging childrens’ love for reading.

My Antonia

Monday, February 11   7:00pm

My Antonia, Willa Cather’s seminal novel of immigration on the prairie, is celebrating 100 years since its publication. It tells the story of Antonia Shimerda, a Bohemian immigrant in Nebraska. This tour will feature educational resources designed by the Cather Foundation. Area high schools will be invited to the student matinee at 1:00pm.





Thursday, April 25   7pm  KC

Friday, April 26   7pm  SMS

Saturday, April 27   2pm HMS

                                5pm KC

Sunday, April 28   2pm SMS

                                 5pm HMS

Student casts from Kearney Catholic, Horizon Middle School, and Sunrise Middle School under the direction of Crane River Theater Company will present Seussical, a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza! The show lovingly brings to life all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the elephant and The Cat in the Hat.

     Merryman       Performing Arts Center
225 W. 22nd St.
Kearney, NE 68845

       Monday - Friday         9am - 5pm
And special appointment



Merryman Performing Arts Center

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The Merryman is equipped with a hearing loop and is wheelchair accessible

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