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Our Purpose

Since 1992 we have been building a reputation of respect and community pride in Kearney, Holt and their surrounding areas. We are fast becoming a lively source of fun and entertainment for our local area.

As many as 300 volunteers each season work to produce a year-round schedule of plays and special events. Comedies, dramas, full-scale musicals, old favorites.....you name it .... KHCT tries to offer something for every theatrical taste, while providing exciting creative opportunities for local non-professonal actors, technicians and others who love the theater .Many of our productions and activities are aimed at young people in our community, encouraging them to develop the skills and enthusiasm that will make them our next generation of thespians. KHCT operates entirely on ticket revenues and private donations.

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Where are we?

KHCT has a new home located at The Boardwalk at 108 West Washington in Kearney Missouri. Our June musicals are held at the Kearney High School Auditorium which is located at 715 E. 19th Street. Kearney, Missouri,  

From Kansas City and points south take Interstate 35 north to Hwy 92. Kearney is located approximately 25 minutes north of downtown Kansas City, Missouri. From the freeway, take Mo Hwy 92 east about 3/4 mile to Mo Hwy 33. To get to the Kearney High School, turn south (right) on Mo Hwy 33. Proceed approximately 1 mile to 19th street. Turn east (left) on E. 19th street. Kearney High School is on the south (right) side of the road about 1/4 mile east of Mo Hwy 33.

From St. Joseph Missouri or Des Moines, Iowa and points north, travel south on Mo Interstates 29 or 35 respectively then east on Mo Hwy 92 until you reach the corner of Hwy 92 and 33. Then refer to the above directions to get to the Kearney High School.!

You'll find abundant free parking.

For more information, or to receive a free newsletter, (via snail-mail) write:

Kearney/Holt Community Theatre
PO Box 151
Kearney, MO 64060

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(816) 628-6626
Hwys 92 and 33
Kearney, MO. 64060
(816) 264-2702
Hwy 33
Holt, MO 64048
(816) 628-4808
655 W. Hwy 92
Kearney, MO 64060
Tickets may also be purchased at the door, or by mail from:

Kearney/Holt Community Theatre
PO Box 151
Kearney, MO 64060

Tickets go to the outlets approximately 3 weeks before opening; they may be purchased or reserved by the general public.

Sorry, but the ticket outlets are unable to take ticket reservations over the telephone.

The doors open 1 hour before curtain time, and will hold reserved tickets until 15 minutes before the show, when they are subject to sale on a first-come, first-served basis.

We do not currently sell season tickets.

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Our History

On September 9, 1992, seventeen people attended KHCT's first organization meeting. Two very important decisions were made at that first meeting. First, to adopt the name of The Kearney/Holt Community Theatre. The second was to begin work on our premier production, "THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER".

With the financial support of the Kearney Fine Arts Council and several local merchants and businesses, we got our start. The first season's efforts were coordinated by Jim Leuschke with the help and cooperation of a group of very talented and motivated volunteers. The group operated without a formal charter or governing body, but the general consensus was that we would eventually want to form a non-profit corporation. In July of 1993 a board was formed and B.J. Gray was elected President. This Board developed Bylaws and we were incorporated in April of 1994. Other milestones in the early years of the organization include: Creating the KHCT NEWS (a quarterly newsletter) to keep the membership informed of the organizations progress; Joining The American Association of Community Theatre ( AACT ); Being granted Non-Profit, Tax Exempt status by the I.R.S. and being declared exempt from sales taxes by the State of Missouri.

As a result of the efforts of many dedicated individuals, a great deal has been accomplished in KHCT's short history. Today, the Kearney/Holt Community Theatre is incorporated under the laws of the state of Missouri as a Non-Profit Corporation. We are recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)3, Public benefit, charitable group. This designation allows individuals, as well as businesses, to make tax deductible donations and gifts to help support the organization. KHCT is dedicated to providing our local community with social, cultural, and educational enrichment through the promotion of theatrical arts. Although not directly associated with the Kearney School District, our efforts certainly compliment the educational process in our community. We are constantly learning as well as teaching. Good community theater is intended to provide all of us an opportunity to learn and to grow. We hope to help participants build self-esteem and confidence, and meet new friends. A good, wholesome, family-oriented organization like KHCT does not happen by mistake. It takes planning, commitment and hard work. It takes all of us working together. Hundreds of people have worked hard to help create this organization. Collectively, they have done a tremendous job! We can be very proud of their efforts.

KHCT did not stop once it got on it's feet; the organization continued to grow as a community entity:

During it's fifth season KHCT received plaques from Kearney Chamber of Commerce, The Kearney High School and The American Association of Community Theatres in recognition of their efforts, community involvement and continued support. On September 9, 1997, we celebrated our five year anniversary. Just when we thought it couldn't get any better........ the Mayors of both Kearney and Holt presented KHCT with a combined Proclamation declaring September 9, 1997 as Kearney/Holt Community Theatre Day. Another highlight of this season was breaking new ground by stepping outside the traditional theater and started producing diner theatre for the local community.

In it's sixth year the organization expanded it's honors off stage, receiving two parade awards: third place in the annual Kearney Jesse James Days parade and first place in the annual HOLT Cannonball parade. While KHCT's focus remains on theatrical entertainment, it continues to make itself a presence in the community with such events as Breakfast with Santa and theatrical workshops.

Congratulations KHCT! You have a lot to be proud of.

Like most successful organizations it has taken countless hours of hard work by numerous people. It began with the seemingly innocent question: "Does Kearney have a community theater group?". The answer has come from an entire community; "NOW IT DOES !"

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Updated February 25, 2001