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Merryman Performing Arts Center

Merryman Performing Arts Center

Contact Info:

Executive Director
225 W. 22nd St.
Kearney, NE 68845
denise.christensen [at]
The Merryman stage is a venue for more than 130 events each year. More than 62,000 people enter the beautiful Ron & Carol Cope Foyer to enjoy a Merryman season show, school music program, Kearney area concert, dance recital, choral program, wedding or church service in the Morris Family Theatre.

The Robert M. Merryman Performing Arts Center is unique. It is the only community performing arts center to be located in an active elementary school. The original building was built in 1926 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The Ron and Carol Cope Grand Lobby, the Reception Hall and the Scott D. Morris Family Theatre echo the architectural design.

Our purpose is to offer quality dance, music, and theatre performances, as well as educational events and workshops that will culturally reward audiences and participants.

Our goal is to become an engine of creativity for area youth and a place of enjoyment and “affirmation” for the community.

An endowment has been created for the Merryman Performing Arts Center to foster continuing support for this beautiful performing arts venue. Please consider how you may make a lasting contribution for generations to come.

  • Make an annual tax-deductible contribution to the Merryman Endowment
  • Include the Merryman in your Estate plan
  • Honor a friend, family member, or special person with a named seat in the auditorium
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