SHOW GUIDE: The True Story of The Three Little Pigs
January 26, 2017
WELCOME TO THE ROSE!
It’s almost time for our next production, THE TRUE STORY OF THE THREE LITTLE
PIGS, a play with music based on the book by Robert Kauzlaric. 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
Think you know the story of the mean ol’ Big Bad Wolf and the poor persecuted Three Little Pigs? This preposterous parody set in porker-centric Piggsylvania may muddle your memory! Join intrepid go-getter journalist Lillian McGill LIVE! in the ready-for-reality-TV courtroom
for the trial of the century to determine if the wolf we all know as Big Bad is truly guilty of the crimes of which he has been accused. Will a wolf be able to get a fair trial in The “Honorable” Judge Prudence’s courtroom of chaos and corruption? You’ll get to be the jury and decide the fate of the furry accused!
Best for ages 6+ | 60 minutes long without an intermission
The Characters You Will Meet
LILLIAN MAGILL, the intrepid journalist –A fast-talking, tough sow in a hog’s world seeker of truth and justice, inquisitive reporter of a pig.
THE HONORABLE PRUDENCE, the presiding
pig – A thoroughly biased, hard-as-nails cog in the wheel of what-passes-for-justice in Piggsylvania.
ALEXANDER T. WOLF, the defendant – a soulful wolf with a rumpled suit and a toothy grin. A charmer but still a carnivore to the core.
JULIA, the prosecuting attorney – a dramatic, over-the-top lawyer pig who will do anything, anything, to win the
A PARADE OF PIGS FROM PIGGSYLVANIA – a variety of porcine witnesses related to the case.
Know Before You Go
Here are some things your family might like to
“Know Before You Go”:
●The True Story of The Three Little Pigs is a satire and offers a humorous look at a corrupt judicial system. It’s a broad comedy but it also has some themes about lying and twisting the truth. It might raise some questions about corruption and fairness in the real world that your young person might want to discuss.
●This musical is an adaptation of a well-known book by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith. The story is based on the familiar story of “The Three Little Pigs,” but turns the pig community into the morally questionable villain. It might offer an opportunity to discuss
with your family how there may be more than one side to a story.
●The play contains some grisly carnivore humor about animals eating other animals.
●At the conclusion of the musical, the audience is asked to participate as jurors to decide for themselves whether or not Alexander T. Wolf is “guilty” of the crimes of which he is accused. Some younger children may want to be prepared for the fact that their
“side” may or may not win.
●If you are a big fan of The Beatles, pay special attention during the performance — there are references to their music sprinkled throughout the script and some of the costumes are even inspired by 1960s era clothing!
From Story to Stage
●This musical is based on the well-known children’s book The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!, first published in 1989. It was created by the popular children’s book author/illustrator team of Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith. Their other books include The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, Math Curse, and Science Verse.
●The book was adapted by Chicago-based playwright Robert Kauzlaric. Mr. Kauzlaric has also adapted Mo Willems’ Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed and Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater for the stage.
●The music was composed by Paul Gilvary and William Rush. Mr. Gilvary is a musician and music teacher in Chicago and Mr. Rush is a self-described “Rhythmic Sculptor” who studies music and the mystic arts!
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
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 the story.
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