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The Rose Theater
2001 Farnam Street
Omaha, NE 68102
(402) 345-4849



Step into the spotlight at The Rose

The Rose encourages actors of all races, ages, types and skill sets to audition for its mainstage shows. Adult and youth artists have a great time working together to produce shows at The Rose.

At the same time, being a part of a mainstage show is a big commitment, not only for the performer but for their family. Rehearsals are as frequent as six days per week and often run late into the evening. The result is a high-quality performance and memories that will last long after the spotlight has dimmed.

Auditions are held on a regular basis throughout the season. For more information on mainstage auditions, please contact

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Audition Announcements

The Rose Theater actively recruits and seeks performers of color for all casting, recognizing the value and importance of reflecting the diversity of our audience on stage as much as possible. As one of the largest children’s theater companies in the United States, The Rose is committed to enriching the lives of children and families through live theater and arts education.

The Rose To Host Auditions On September 17 and September 18, 2017
For Its Production of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical

The Rose Theater will host an audition for adult roles in its 2017 production, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical on Sunday, September 17th at 6pm with callbacks on Tuesday, September 19 at 6pm. Adults should sign up for an audition time slot at: .

Auditions will be held for youth actors on Monday, September 18 at 5pm with callbacks on Tuesday, September 19 at 6pm. Youth actors should be at least eight years of age. Youth actors should sign up for an audition time slot at: .

Actors of all types are welcome to audition and must come to The Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam Street. Auditionees should prepare a short song selection of at least 16 bars and be prepared to dance.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical actors must be available for weeknight and weekend rehearsals and performances between October 30th-December 23, 2017.  This is a paid position for adult actors.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical will be directed by guest artist Anthony Clark-Kazcmarck.

Actors of all types are highly encouraged to audition and casting decisions will be made on a basis that is inclusive of disability, race, age, color, national origin, and gender identity.

Email with any questions.

Adults: 5 W, 2 M
Kids: 5 G, 7 B

The Herdmans: 

  • Ralph –– 6th grade – is the oldest brother. He lets Imogene do most of the talking for him, but he’s the muscle of the group.
  • Imogene –– 5th grade – is the outspoken, tough leader of the Herdman kids. She’s the kids’ substitute mom. Imogene smokes cigars and will stand up to anyone, but she’s a big mush inside.
  • Leroy –– 4th grade – is the mouthy, hot-tempered one. He’s a daredevil. Leroy will jump off roofs and swing from high limbs on trees. He’s probably the leanest of the group.
  • Claude –– 3rd grade – is the collector– frogs, salamanders, birds’ eggs, etc. He brings his cat to show and tell. He’s probably got a slingshot hanging out of his
  • back pocket and other found items stuffed in his front pockets.
  • Ollie –– 2nd grade – has a tough exterior, but he is the sweetest, most sincere brother. Ollie has a special old stuffed animal that he keeps in the garage.
  • Gladys –– 1st grade – is the littlest and wildest of the bunch. She gets all the hand–me- downs from the rest of the kids. She’s probably in too big shoes and some girly thing she has concocted from found items–like a pink slip over torn tights or striped socks.

The Bradleys: 

  • Grace –– 30 or 40ish –– is an Erma Bombeck-type mom, generally seeing the humor in most situations. She doesn’t really fit in with the too-judgmental Church Ladies but she works with them.
  • Bob –– 40ish –– is the dad with the twinkle in his eye. He “goes along” with Grace’s schemes and supports her. He’s more involved with his family then the standard 60’s dad.
  • Beth –– 5th grade – is a good student and good kid, but not too good. She’s kind to people and has lots of friends, but is at that age in life where her parents can embarrass her to death.
  • Charlie –– 4th grade –– is the all-American little brother. He belongs to cub scouts, plays little league and is a bit like Theodore Cleaver in Leave it to Beaver.

The Townspeople:

  • Helen Armstrong –– 40 to 50ish – is the Sargent of the community. She runs everything. She especially thinks she runs the church and the town. Nobody can say no to Helen.
  • Reverend Hopkins –– 30’s to 50ish –– is the slightly frazzled peacekeeper of the church. He tries to please everyone, which isn’t always possible. He has a good heart.

Church Ladies: 

  • Luanne Wendleken –– late 30’s into 40’s –– is the uptight Junior League type. She says her criticism with a smile. Her purse and shoes match her outfits.
  • Betty Brown –– late 30’s into 40’s. Betty is a tell-it-like-it-is gal.
  • Connie St. Clair –– late 30’s into 40’s –– is the sweetest of the church ladies. She genuinely cares.


  • Alice Wendleken –– 5th grade – is a know-it-all. She thinks she’s perfect and dresses very girly in matching everything. She is just like her mother, Luanne.
  • Elmer Hopkins –– 4th grade–– is the preacher’s kid, which means he needs to behave and be nice.
  • Teddy Shoemaker –– 3rd grade –– is a wimpy kid with glasses who asks too many questions.
  • Ivy Reed –– 5th grade –– is the nice smart kid, who switches allegiances between Alice and Beth.

Other kids: 

Various kids may be cast to play angels and shepherds in the pageant and as other kids in the lunchroom, etc.

To ask any questions regarding auditions, email Please allow 24 hours for a response.



Preparing for an Audition

Every audition is different. Please read the audition announcement for specific information regarding:

  • Show title, director, available roles and contact information
  • The age range of actors we are looking for
  • Audition requirements
  • Audition, rehearsal and performance dates

Wear comfortable clothes that allow you to move freely. If applicable, we will indicate the need for specific dance wear in the audition announcement.

If you have known rehearsal conflicts, please bring conflicting dates and times with you to auditions. Offers may be withdrawn for students who have more conflicts than those listed at the time of audition.

Actors under age 18 must have an adult wait with them during the audition process. The Rose Theater is unable to provide supervision.

Arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the audition to complete paperwork. Auditions may last several hours, so be prepared to wait. Auditions are designed to closely approximate rehearsal conditions, therefore, parents are not allowed to view their student artist’s auditions.

Bring a headshot and resume, if available.

If the audition is for a musical:

  • Come prepared to sing 16-24 measures from a song that highlights your voice. The song does not need to be from the musical you are auditioning for.
  • A pianist will be available. Bring sheet music.
  • You may sing a capella (without accompaniment) but this highly discouraged, as it does not allow us to make an accurate judgment on how well you follow live accompaniment.

Download Youth Audition Tips Here

A note about younger children: The minimum age to audition for a show at The Rose is age 8. We are sometimes asked about children under 8 years old who want to audition. We are thrilled that your child has shown an interest in performing, but due to rigorous rehearsal and performance schedules, we ask that young children wait until they are older to audition for our mainstage shows. We encourage younger children to participate in one of our production camps, which have more opportunities for budding young artists and child-friendly rehearsal and performance times.

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The Audition

Depending on what the audition announcement asks you to prepare, we will likely ask for one or more of the following:

  • Read directly from the show’s script
  • Perform a monologue
  • Perform a song
  • Be taught a dance combination as part of a group

In the audition room, actors will perform for the show’s director and, if applicable, an accompanist and music director.

Some actors will be released without being asked to stay and dance (if the show is a musical). This does not mean they will not be cast.

Nerves are a natural part of performing. We encourage student actors to accept that. We want young artists to learn from every experience at The Rose, including auditions. We always give students the chance to try again if they “mess up,” easing the pressure and stress.

Download Youth Audition Tips Here

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After Auditioning

Callbacks are follow-up auditions that help directors make final casting decisions. If you or your child is called back, a member of the production team will call or email with an invitation prior to the scheduled callback date, which is listed on the audition announcement. Getting a callback does not mean that you have been cast in the show.

Not everyone will be called back. You will usually know within a few days if you have been called back for a particular show. If a student actor is not called back, it is appropriate to discuss with your student the fact that they will likely not be asked to participate in the show. We do not always call or write to let you know that actors have not been cast.

If an actor is called back, it may take us up to two weeks to complete casting decisions. This is the timeframe within which you will know a final answer about casting.

If you indicate on your audition form that you would like audition feedback, kindly give us up to three weeks to respond before asking for that feedback.

If you are not cast in a production, you may still have had a very successful audition — we might have been looking for a different kind of performer for a particular role. Often times, great actors are not cast because they are just not what a director envisioned for a specific role. We encourage you to keep trying!

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Youth Audition Opportunities

Teens ‘N’ Theater

Teens who have not yet graduated from high school are welcome to audition for roles in Teens ‘N’ Theater shows. Audition dates and times are subject to change. While changes are rare, we encourage you to check the website regularly. For more information about Teens ‘N’ Theater auditions, please contact Stephanie Jacobson at (402) 502-4647.

The Rose Brigade

The Rose Brigade is an elite group of musical theater performers, who perform pre-shows before select mainstage productions and, in some cases, participate in local and regional competitions.

Auditions for The Rose Brigade are open to singers and dancers ages 8 to 18. All students accepted to The Rose Brigade must enroll in required classes and attend all rehearsals. All members are responsible for student fees and potential travel fees.

For more information on The Rose Brigade, click here or contact the Class Coordinator at (402) 502-4617.

The Dance Lab at The Rose (TDL)

The Dance Lab at The Rose dancers are selected by audition to represent The Rose in local and regional dance competitions and to perform within the community. Some competition pieces are even set by national choreographers.

Auditions for are open to dancers between the ages of 5 and 18. Please note that all members are financially responsible for costumes, competition fees and potential travel fees. For more information, click here.

In addition to weekly TDL rehearsals, members are required to take a number of designated ballet, jazz and tap classes per week.

For more information, contact Sue Gillespie Booton at (402) 502-4633.

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