A rose to ... Crane River Theater, which just completed its run of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” in the amphitheater at Yanney Heritage Park. The show’s target audience was children, and they made up about one-third of the audiences at most performances. That left room for adult theatergoers. “Charlie Brown’s” singing and dancing were superb, and watching the show was like a trip through time, recalling the feel and flavor for the “Snoopy” comics that were a part of the newspaper reading experience.
Speaking of newspapers, Crane River’s next show — July 25-Aug. 4 — will be “Newsies” at UNK’s Miriam Drake Theatre. See some of the cast for that show by clicking here.
The Merryman Performing Arts Center stage will be alive with “Celebrate Broadway” Aug. 10-11, followed on Sept. 19-22 by “Of Mice and Men” at Mountain Rose Ranch — right off Cottonmill Avenue west of Kearney.
Crane River wraps up its 2019 season with “Elf the Musical,” Dec. 19-22 at Merryman.
If you’re confused by the list of places where Crane River is staging its shows, don’t be. By moving shows around, audiences get a fresh feel, and the more unusual, the better. Seeing “Of Mice and Men” at Mountain Rose Ranch — where on most days folks are taking horse riding lessons — will be the most unusual theater venue of the season, and perhaps the most memorable.
Thanks for Crane River Theater for keeping things fresh. Kearney is fortunate for such cultural offerings.
A rose to ... change. Living in Kearney, we become accustomed to change. We accept it as part of the excitement of living in a progressive, forward-moving community.
But what happens when that change hits close to home? Residents of the Buffalo Ridge Estates — a quiet neighborhood with oversize yards and lightly traveled gravel streets in northeast Kearney — were taken aback earlier this year when they learned of a developer’s plans for a 159-lot subdivision next door called Arbor View.
Buffalo Ridge neighbors worried about the disruption about to befall their quiet corner of Kearney. They feared that all the traffic from 159 houses spilling onto Avenue N at the same time each morning and evening would be too much. Also, they worried that Buffalo Ridge’s streets would be ruined if they had to absorb extra traffic. Compounding those worries was this year’s unusually wet spring.
Multiple snow and rainstorms took a toll on the streets at Buffalo Ridge. When a maintainer got stuck up to its axles, it was almost time to press the panic button.
Yes, change is hard, but the neighbors and developer talked things through, with city officials acting as mediators. By the time the talking was finished, all sides were satisfied.
Yes, change is interesting and stimulating — until it occurs in your backyard and threatens to upset your peace and quiet.