It’s almost time for our next production, PRANCER, a world premiere play that has been adapted from the beloved 1989 film. The production at The Rose will be the first time this play has been performed.
We’ve assembled some special information to help you and your family to get ready for the upcoming performance. Before you go to the show, you might want to take a few moments to review this “Know Before You Go” Guide so everyone will know what to expect from the performance!
The Story You Will See
Christmas, Jessica’s favorite time of year, is approaching fast, but this Christmas will be a much simpler and sadder occasion for her family; the Riggs’ have just experienced the loss of a wife and mother. Aunt Sarah comes to spend time with Jessica and her brother, Steve, as their father, John, who is already struggling to find the money to take care of his family, tries to pull things back together. But Jessica isn’t always the
best at following rules and staying out of trouble. One late afternoon, Jessica convinces her friend Carol to go sledding on the McFarland property where the not-very-nice Mrs. McFarland lives. After nearly getting caught, Carol leaves and Jessica finds an injured reindeer in the woods. Jessica goes home to seek help, but by then, Mrs. McFarland has already gone to Jessica’s dad and they are waiting for her. Jessica is sent to her room, where she starts to realize: that reindeer might be Santa’s reindeer, Prancer, lost and hurt! When Jessica finds the reindeer seeking shelter in the Riggs family’s shed that night, she hatches a plan to get “Prancer” back to Santa in time for Christmas Eve. But it will take a lot of work and help from some very reluctant and skeptical friends and neighbors to pull off her plan. And in the meantime, Jessica finds out her father is planning to send her to live with Aunt Sarah. Will Jessica’s family make it through this difficult
first Christmas without her mom? And will Jessica be able to save Prancer and get him safely back to Santa…if this mysterious reindeer is actually the REAL Prancer?
Best for ages 7+ | 2 hours long with an intermission
The Characters You Will Meet
JESSICA RIGGS –A high-spirited, miracle-believing, nine-year-old girl who encounters a reindeer in the woods.
JOHN RIGGS – Jessica’s father, a bit of a gruff man, who has just lost his wife and has a challenging time with his daughter’s headstrong mischievous ways.
STEVE RIGGS – Jessica’s big brother, who loves Jessica but sometimes finds her to be a handful and wishes she wasn’t always getting into trouble
SARAH – John’s sister. In her early 40s, she spends time with John and his kids to provide a softer counterbalance to John’s gruffness.
CAROL WEATHERBY – 10 years old, Jessica’s best friend from school who, unlike Jessica, stays on the safer side and sometimes doesn’t know what to do with
Jessica. MRS. MCFARLAND – In her 50s, she is the richest woman in town but not the nicest, mostly keeping to herself and not wanting anyone coming near her property
Various Citizens of Three Oaks, including Dr. Benton (the town veterinarian), Miss Fairburn (Jessica’s Teacher), Pastor Williams, Officer Dora Bendetti, Herb Drier (local butcher and owner of the Christmas tree lot), Tom Stewart (who plays Santa at the mall), and Jessica’s classmates.
Know Before You Go
Here are some things your family might like to
“Know Before You Go”:
●Jessica’s belief in Santa Claus is challenged by several characters in this play. You might be prepared to
answer questions from your young viewer about believing in Santa Claus.
● The reindeer in this production is portrayed using a somewhat abstract puppet manipulated by a trio of
puppeteers. It challenges audiences to use their imagination to bring the reindeer to life
in the story.
● On a couple of occasions during the play, characters get frustrated and use some angry “adult words.” You
might want to be aware that one character utters the word “damn.”
● In the story, Jessica has just lost her mother, and there is a lot of sadness that her family members feel as they
deal with this loss over the course of the story.
● You might want to be aware that in this play, there are a couple of instances in which characters get physically
hurt, and one character threatens violence against the deer.
A note about parking:
City of Omaha Parking meters are now active from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Metered parking spots will still be free on Sundays and holidays.
Free parking is available in the Wells Fargo parking lot on the northwest corner of 20th & Farnam Streets on weekends and after 5:30 pm on weeknights.
Parking is also now available for $2 in the parking garage at 19th & Harney, courtesy of the Omaha Douglas Public Building Commission.
While at The Rose
Have a Refreshment! Cookies, soft drinks and water will be available at intermission. All items cost $1 and the proceeds go to support educational programs at The Rose.
Join Our Post-Performance Q&A Session! A few minutes after the performance, our actors will conduct a Question & Answer session from the stage. It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the scenery, costumes, special effects, and other aspects of the production. The actors may even have a question or two for you about
Meet the Cast & Get an Autograph! Some performers will be available after the show to say hello, pose in pictures, and sign their autographs for you. You can meet them on the mezzanine level right outside the entrance to our balcony level seats.Take Home a Souvenir! The Rose Guild presents a souvenir stand before and after each performance offering a variety of fun and inexpensive show-related mementos. The proceeds help to support the great
education programs at The Rose Theater!
Grab a Theater Class Brochure! If you like what you saw on the stage and think you’d like to be a part of it, try taking a theater class here at The Rose Theater. We offer a wide range of arts classes for every interest and experience level. Please visit our website to read director’s notes and view production photos. Box Office Assistance The Rose Box Office is open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4:30 pm at (402) 345-4849. Information and ticketing is also available online at www.rosetheater.org.
The Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam Street, Omaha, NE 68102, United States