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Merryman Performing Arts Center

The Merryman Performing Arts Center was a dream for many in the Kearney community. This dream began to take shape in 2005 when construction began – transforming the Central Elementary School auditorium into a community performing arts center.

The Merryman Performing Arts Center is unique in that it is the only community performing arts center located in an active elementary school. This partnership consisted of 14,000 SF renovation of Central Elementary school as well as a 19,000 SF addition. The renovation was devoted to three main areas – stage and auditorium, a commons and reception area and dressing rooms. The 760-seat auditorium features balcony and main level seating, new rigging, lighting, flooring, sound booth and significant acoustic treatment. Additional Merryman elements include a new front entrance, grand lobby, reception Hall, dressing rooms, HVAC upgrades and handicap accessible improvements while the school benefited from a new kitchen, gymnasium/multipurpose room and classrooms. This welcome addition to the Kearney community not only serves as a performing arts stage but also hosts more than 130 events each year including school music programs, Kearney area concerts, dance recitals, church services and weddings.

Project Details

End Use:
Kearney, Nebraska
19,000 SF New; 14,000 SF Renovation
K-12 Schools
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