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Classes for Children with Special Needs


CLASS LOCATIONS:

The Rose Theater
2001 Farnam Street
Omaha, NE 68102

Rose West Studio
12100 West Center Road
Suite 505 & 506
Omaha, NE 68144

classes@rosetheater.org

Special Needs Classes & Shows

At The Rose, we believe theater is for everyone!  Theater has been shown to spark creativity, self confidence, social interaction and positive self-esteem in all children – including those with special needs. We encourage families of children with special needs to discover the many different opportunities we have available for them.

 

Classes

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Classes for children on the Autism Spectrum

At The Rose Theater, we believe everyone deserves a chance to step into the spotlight. While a standard Rose classroom experience can be rambunctious, noisy and not well-suited for all students, our classes for children with special needs give all children the opportunity to explore their creative side and take a journey of imagination in a safe, supportive environment.

Classes for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders are available on Saturdays and on select weekdays.

The Rose offers year-round classes for students on the Autism Spectrum. For more information about these classes, please email the Class Coordinator at classes@rosetheater.org.

To better help us serve your child, please complete this questionnaire before enrolling in a class.

Barnyard Tales: Babe the Sheep Pig (Ages 4-6)

Barnyard Tales: Babe the Sheep Pig (Ages 4-6)

FALL 2017
Oink! Oink! Don’t miss out on any of this farm fun! Actors will create their own farm animal characters and create their own farm environment. Students will have the chance to herd sheep, make friends with the farm animals, and get along with the ducks just like Babe! We will take a look at what it means to be a friend. We will explore how to be a storyteller of barnyard tales, and we will even get a behind
the scenes peek at The Rose’s mainstage production of Babe the Sheep Pig.
INCLUSIVE CLASS FOR STUDENTS OF ALL ABILITIES

Lemony Snicket & Other Creepy Tales (Grades 6-12)

Lemony Snicket & Other Creepy Tales (Grades 6-12)

FALL 2017
We are sorry to say this drama class will be extremely unpleasant. We will act out the unhappy story of three very unlucky children whose lives are filled with misery and woe. In this class, students will also explore other well-known horror stories and folktales by using their bodies, voices and imaginations. Utilizing these actor tools, students will then create spooky characters and scenes of their very own. It is our sad duty to teach this class, but there is nothing stopping you from taking another class with a happier subject.
SELF-CONTAINED CLASS FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

Alice in Wonderland: Down the Rabbit Hole (Grades K-2)

Alice in Wonderland: Down the Rabbit Hole (Grades K-2)

WINTER 2018
Don’t be late for your chance to join Alice, the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit and other colorful characters as we journey to Wonderland! A class for all diverse theater makers, we will use our bodies, voices and imaginations to tell our story of Alice in Wonderland. We will explore different forms of storytelling and different elements of a theatrical production such as prop and costume design.
INCLUSIVE CLASS FOR STUDENTS OF ALL ABILITIES
** Class will be ASL-interpreted for students who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Alice in Wonderland: We're All Mad Here (Grades 3-5)

Alice in Wonderland: We're All Mad Here (Grades 3-5)

WINTER 2018
Don’t be late for your chance to join Alice, the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit and other colorful characters as we journey to Wonderland! A class for all diverse theater makers, we will use our bodies, voices and imaginations to tell our story of Alice in Wonderland. We will explore different forms of storytelling and different elements of a theatrical production such as prop and costume design.
INCLUSIVE CLASS FOR STUDENTS OF ALL ABILITIES
** Class will be ASL-interpreted for students who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Classes for children who are deaf or hard of hearing

The Rose offers several classes that are ASL-intepreted for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Drama classes for children who are deaf or hard of hearing are generally offered in the spring (March-May) on Saturday mornings.

Scholarships are available for students in need of financial assistance. For more information about these classes, please email the Class Coordinator at classes@rosetheater.org.

Classes for children with Down syndrome

Families with children who have Down syndrome are encouraged to contact the Class Coordinator at classes@rosetheater.org or (402) 502-4617 to determine the best class fit.

To better help us serve your child, please complete this questionnaire before enrolling in a class.

Autism-Friendly Performances

Select performances of Rose shows are designated as “autism-friendly,” which means special accommodations are made for families attending with a child who has autism spectrum disorder and other special needs. Accommodations will vary, but may include:

  A private room for congregating before the show

  A special reserved seating area

  A private post-show question and answer period

  A helpful social story to help prepare your child for their experience at The Rose

  Reduced ticket prices (available by phone only)

Call The Rose Box Office at (402) 345-4849 to reserve your tickets for an autism-friendly performance. 

 

This year’s autism-friendly performances include:

  • Babe The Sheep Pig, Saturday, September 16 @ 5 p.m.
  • Madagascar: A Musical Adventure, Saturday, October 14 @ 5 p.m.
  • Van Gogh & Me, Saturday, November 11 @ 5 p.m.
  • The Meaning of Maggie, Saturday, February 3 @ 5 p.m.
  • Seedfolks, Saturday, March 3 @ 5 p.m.
  • Wonderland: Alice’s Rock & Roll Adventure, Saturday, March 31 @ 5 p.m.
  • Curious George & the Golden Meatball, Saturday, April 28 @ 5 p.m.

The Rose has presents two productions designed for first-time audiences as a part of our FIRST STAGES series: Point A to Point B and Wynken, Blynken & Nod. These shows are presented in a sensory-friendly environment with minimal lighting changes, no full black-outs and gentle sounds. The shows are performed on our smaller Hitchcock Stage that allows for a more intimate setting and often features nontraditional seating. This environment gives students the opportunity for active engagement and interaction. Please call or stop by the Box Office for more information.

To reserve tickets for autism-friendly performances, please call the Box Office at 402.345.4849.