The Academy of Children’s Theatre, quality children’s theatre, by kids, for kids, embarks upon its 17th season providing children in the Kearney area educational opportunities in performance skills and technical theatre. Workshops are offered throughout the year to K-12 students!

by Todd Wallinger

in association with Pioneer Drama Service


Auditions for our Spring Show with the Academy of Children’s Theatre will be held
MONDAY & TUESDAY, January 15 & 16 at 4:30.

Friday & Saturday, MARCH 9 & 10 at 7 PM
Sunday, March 11 at 2 PM

All 3rd-8th graders in Kearney and the surrounding communities are invited to audition. Please bring a POEM OF YOUR CHOICE to read at your audition. It does not need to be memorized. Parents, please accompany your children to the auditions.

Our spring show (play) is:
by Todd Wallinger

Directed by Brette Ensz & Judy Rozema

During the day, A Likely Story may look like any other used bookstore. But at night, it’s a place where magic happens. That’s when the characters inside the books come alive. Six of those characters — Dorothy Gale, Robin Hood, Pollyanna, Sherlock Holmes, Heidi, and Tom Sawyer — long to help Margie, the scatterbrained owner, save her struggling store. But they’re not allowed to leave the building or be seen by human eyes. So when a pair of smugglers comes looking for a stolen necklace hidden inside one of the books, the characters are torn. Should they warn Margie and risk disappearing forever? Or can they find a way to defeat the crooks without being seen? Featuring additional appearances by such beloved literary characters as the Queen of Hearts, Long John Silver, and Doctor Dolittle, this charming comedy celebrates the joy of reading in a fresh, fun-filled way!


There is NO COST for this production if your child is chosen for the cast. There are major roles for both boys and girls, as well as a few roles with no speaking lines. The cast will be around 30-35 children.

Rehearsals will be held Tuesdays & Thursdays beginning January 23 from 4:30 to 6:30 PM.

Questions? Call the KCT Box Office at 308.234.1529 from 10-2 M-F.

Children’s Theatre

 Watch for announcements of  our summer workshops!

All classes and rehearsals will be held at Kearney Community Theatre, 83 Plaza Blvd, Kearney, NE. For more information call the Box Office at 308.234.1529. Class size will be limited.