KNUFFLE BUNNY, TARZAN and More Set for The Rose Theater's 2013-14 Season
The Rose Theater, one of the country's largest theaters specializing in professional productions for young audiences, will present nine shows for the 2013-14 season. Included are two world premieres, Leo Lionni's Frederick, a musical based on the popular 1968 children's book, and The Grocer's Goblin & The Little Mermaid adapted from two Hans Christen Andersen tales by Rose Playwright-in-Residence Brian Guehring and Rose Director of Youth Productions Stephanie Jacobson.
The Rose's seven regular season shows are $18 per ticket or free with membership. The two premium event shows, Narnia and Tarzan, are $25 main floor, $20 balcony. Rose members receive a $7 per ticket discount off the price of premium event shows. The lobby opens 45 minutes prior to each performance. Seating begins 30 minutes before curtain.
Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical
TODAY, September 6-22, 2013
The season kicks off with a tale understood by parents and kids alike, Knuffle Bunny:
A Cautionary Musical, featuring script and lyrics by Mo Willems, based on his book with music by Michael Silversher. Best for ages three to eight, this musical comedy addresses the themes of family, communication and responsibility. Director Susann Suprenant returns to The Rose following her Omaha Area Entertainment Award-winning directorial debut of James and the Giant Peach during the 2011-12 season. Knuffle Bunny is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International.
In the story, Dad is left in charge for the first time and toddler Trixie must find a way to communicate. When Knuffle Bunny gets lost, both Dad and daughter come close to "losing it," too! This hilarious musical version of the beloved Caldecott Honor book (by the author of Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus) will get your family giggling.
Knuffle Bunny will be presented on Fridays at 7 pm, Saturdays at 2 and 5 pm, and Sundays at 2 pm. Interpretation for the hearing impaired will be offered at the 2 pm show on Saturday, Sept. 14th.
October 11-27, 2013
This legendary tale of Robin Hood bursts into fresh and fiery new life in this unique, fast-paced adaptation by Greg Banks. Brave and bold, Robin Hood cleverly evades the relentless Sheriff of Nottingham in this dramatic adventure which highlights helping others, justice, fairness and right versus wrong. Audience members ages five to 11 will be especially enchanted as a band of merry men (and women) bring familiar characters to life in surprising new ways. Don't blink or you'll miss something as Rose Artistic Director Matt Gutschick, directs this fast-paced, interactive show! This show is produced by permission of Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis and by special arrangement with Plays for Young Audiences, a partnership of Seattle Children's Theatre and Children's Theatre Company of Minneapolis.
Robin Hood will be presented Fridays at 7 pm, Saturdays at 2 and 5 pm, and Sundays at 2 pm. On Saturday, Oct. 19th, the 2 pm show will be interpreted for the hearing impaired and the 5 pm show will be autism friendly.
November 8-24, 2013
This show brings to life the popular comic strip and books by Lincoln Peirce, Big Nate. Could the kid with the highest detention record at P.S. 38 be "Destined to be Great"? Nate Wright, the clever and creative hero insists he's just unlucky and still has a shot at redemption. Will his band "Enslave the Mollusk" triumph in the upcoming Battle of the Bands? Will he win the girl of his dreams? Big Nate aims to find out!
Big Nate is directed by Justin Perez, a New York based director, choreographer and actor who has worked with the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Lyric Opera of Boston, and Parallel 45. Perez is a proud member of the ensemble Dance Company Dance Cartel whose inventive and heartfelt staging sensibility will bring this hit comedy to the stage with all of its humor and emotional truth intact.
Children ages six to 13 will love this 60-minute musical adventure with themes of friendship, overcoming obstacles and using your wits. Big Nate features a witty book, lyrics and music by Jason Loewith and Chris Youstra.
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