The Rose - Performing Art for Children and Families

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through live theater and arts education.


Dec. 6-29

Journey through a magical wardrobe into another world!  Four children are whisked away from a troubled time in England to fulfill their destinies in the enchanted land of Narnia.  This musical version of C.S. Lewis’ classic children’s novel explores the epic battle between good and evil with memorable characters, spectacular settings and daring adventures.

Themes:  Fulfilling Destiny, Courage, Sacrifice

Musical Fantasy • Best for ages 6-13 • 2 hours with intermission

  • Based on “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” by C.S. Lewis
    Book by Jules Tasca
    Music by Thomas Tierney
    Lyrics by Ted Drachman

    Artistic Credits
    Director: Jesse Jou
    Musical Director: Jerry Brabec
    Choreographer: Sue Gillespie Booton
    Fight Choreographer: Vincent Carlson-Brown
    Scenic Designer: Edward Matthew Walter
    Lighting Designer: Kyle L Toth
    Costume Designer: Sherri Geerdes
    Stage Manager: Angel Emerson
    Assistant Stage Managers: Alyssa Bryan, Megan Nitschke

    Aslan/Kirke/Christmas: Walter Shatley
    White Witch/MacReady: Kirstin Kluver
    Mr. Beaver: Patrick Wolfe
    Mrs. Beaver: Louisa Foster
    Dwarf: Nicklaus Knipe
    Fenris Ulf: Patrick Kilcoyne
    Tumnus: Wai Yim
    White Stag/Wolf: Scott Gaines
    Reindeer 1/Cruelie: Jesse Wohlman
    Reindeer 2/Second Cruelie: Michael Wilhelm
    Bull/Standard Bearer: Roderick Tilmon
    Glimfeather the Eagle/Standard Bearer: Samantha Shatley
    Leopard/Standard Bearer: Shannon Lampkin
    Peter Pevensie: Kevin Mikuls
    Susan Pevensie: Laura Davis
    Edmund Pevensie: Max Hauze
    Lucy Pevensie: Emma Dougherty
    Dryad 1/Statue 1: Emma-Kate Brown
    Dryad 2/Statue 2: Audrey McMullen
    Dryad 3/Statue/Cruelie Hag: Niara Willams
    Dryad 4/Statue/Second Cruelie Hag: Aidan Hay
    Fox/Statue 3: Ashley Fitl
    Squirrel/Statue 4: Austin Lempke
    Rabbit/Statue 5: Kelly Kroeger
    Dog/Standard Bearer: Jimmy Nguyen

    Production Credits
    Production Manager: Jennifer Collins Hard
    Technical Director: Grant Hilgenkamp
    Lighting and Audio Director: Kyle L. Toth
    Properties Master: Liz Spray
    Scenic Charge Artist: Lauren Crabtree
    Master Carpenter: Michael Fortkamp
    Make Up Designer: Erin Bragg
    Costume Shop Forman: Callyann Casteel
    Dance Captain: Nicole Korpela
    Fight Captain: Walter Shatley
    Sound Board Operator: Kat Harper
    Fly Rail Operator: Shawn Carter
    Spot Light Operators: Kingsley Kadey, Alex Bechdolt
    SFX Operator: John Horton
    Education Representative: Nicole Korpela
    Technical Interns: Alyssa Bryan, Kat Harper, Julia Lisowski


  • From the Director
    On one level, Narnia is a simple fairy tale, but like so many ‘simple’ fairy tales, it has some serious things to say about how we live in the world. The story tackles some pretty big questions about ethics, faith, the nature of violence, and ultimately, grace. To me, it is a story of four children who have been uprooted from their home during a time of war. They are dealing with extremely stressful circumstances. Being just children, they are handling the situation in a way that emotionally resonates with everyone. On top of that, they are pulled into a magical world ruled by a tyrant and they discover it is their destiny to
    topple this tyrant. It is really going from the frying pan into the fire for them. There is a heart of seriousness to the story that I want to honor. It is a show for children, but it is a show that tells children how to grow up. For children so small, they have to grow up quite a lot in the play. The journey teaches these children the strength, courage, and resiliency to become good, noble adults, especially when things are very hard.

    Show Director Jesse Jou

  • Narnia coming to life at Rose Theater – Omaha World Herald, Dec. 5, 2013

    Narnia opens doors at The Rose Theater – Daily Nonpareil, Dec. 5, 2013

  • This show will be interpreted for the hearing impaired on Saturday, Dec. 21st at 2 pm.

    Going to The Rose Guide
    It’s almost time for our next production, Narnia, a musical version of the first beloved novel in The Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis! We’ve assembled some special information to help you and your family to get ready for the upcoming for 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
    Narnia is based on the first novel in The Chronicles of Narnia series of children’s books by C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. In this story four siblings find
    themselves living in a new house after leaving London during World War II. In this house, they discover that an old wardrobe in their new home is actually a portal into the mystical land of Narnia! The evil White Witch has ruled for one hundred years of winter, turning animals and people into stone when they upset her! The four children discover that they are a part of an old prophecy to save Narnia, and they must engage in a gigantic battle for the future of Narnia. With the help of Aslan, the lion, will the siblings be able to conquer the White Witch and restore peace and happiness to the strange and wonderful land of Narnia?

    The Characters You Will Meet
    •  White WitchThe evil queen of Narnia. Because of her unfair leadership, Narnia is a
    cold land of winter and despair.
    •  Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie – Four siblings who discover the land of Narnia by walking through an old wardrobe.
    •  Mr. Tumnus – The first character Lucy meets in Narnia. Mr. Tumnus is a faun,
    half-goat and half-human. He truly cares about his friends and risks his safety to
    protect Lucy!
    •  Mr. & Mrs. Beaver – This comedic duo is married and helps the four siblings find
    Aslan, the lion. Like Mr. Tumnus, their priority is justice regardless of the White
    Witch’s scary powers!
    •  Aslan – A majestic and brave lion who is leading the fight to save Narnia from the
    White Witch.
      Dwarf and Fenris Ulf – Assistants to the White Witch who are expected to carry out
    her evil plans.
     The Cruelies – Various other loyal subjects of the White Witch.
    •  Father Christmas – The familiar jolly, red-suited, bewhiskered character also
    known as Santa Claus! He brings a little holiday joy to the frozen world of Narnia.
    •  Aslan’s Followers – Other citizens of Narnia who join Aslan to fight the White
    Witch and her subjects.

    Be Aware
    Here are few things your family might like to “Know Before You Go”:
      In the second act, the White Witch captures Aslan. She cuts his hair off and actually kills him on stage. This scene might be a bit scary or upsetting for some younger audience members unfamiliar with the story.
      The younger boy, Edmund, can be quite rude to his elders and especially his siblings! You may want to discuss with your family why Edmund acts the way he does and the consequences of his actions.
      Aslan states, “…even one who is not truly wicked can follow wickedness to get what he wants”. This show deals with the mature theme of how our ambitions can cause us to make bad decisions. You may want to discuss priorities with your family and think about how our choices affect others.
      The end of the play involves a rather epic battle of good versus evil. The staging of the violent confrontation may be too intense for some younger audience members.
      The works of C.S. Lewis, such as The Chronicles of Narnia, typically involve allegorical references to religion and morality. Families may want to have a conversation about the characters, the story, and the moral issues that are a part of these stories.

    From Page to Stage
      The author of the book, C.S. Lewis, once stated, “You are never too old to set another goal or dream another dream.” He wrote hundreds of books that have sold millions of copies and have beentranslated in over 30 languages.
      In his essay “It All Began with a Picture”, C.S. Lewis reveals that his 7-book series, “all began with a picture of a Faun carrying an umbrella and parcels in a snowy wood. This picture had been in my mind since I was about sixteen. Then one day, when I was about forty, I said to myself: ‘Let’s try to make a story about it.’”
      The playwright who adapted the book into a play, Jules Tasca, originally performed with a Commedia dell’Arte group in Italy. Commedia dell’arte is a type of theater that includes stock comical characters and lots of improvisation.

    Topics for Dinnertime Discussion
    One of the best ways to enjoy a play is to talk about the story and the characters with family and friends who saw the show. Here are some topics you can discuss before and after you visit The Rose Theater to see the production.

    Before the Show
      At the beginning of the story, the four Pevensie children are placed in a new home with the Professor and Mrs. Macready where they discover the exciting land of Narnia.
    At times, they may miss London and feel homesick. What are some ways you handle feeling homesick when you are far from home?
      This show portrays some great examples of strong friendships. Mr. Tumnus, Mr. Beaver, Mrs. Beaver, and others put themselves at great risk to help the four children they have befriended. What makes a good friend? What are some things you have done to help your
    good friends?
      In the story, the Pevensie children face some very “grown-up” challenges. Mr. Beaver tells the siblings, “You can’t be children forever.” As you have grown older, what are some new responsibilities you have had to face? What new things have you learned in the last year?

    After the Show
      The younger “Son-of-Adam,” Edmund, eagerly accepts Turkish Delight from the White Witch. She ends up taking advantage of Edmund and he ends up in a dangerous situation. What would you have done in Edmund’s situation? What are some ways we can be
    careful around people we do not know well?
    Peter doubts that he will be able to lift the heavy sword. However with some encouragement from the people around him, he proves able to successfully lift the sword
    above his head. Have you ever faced a task that you were worried you could not accomplish? How did you family and friends support you? Why is it important to have
    support when you are trying to meet a challenge? What are some ways we can show support for others?
      The White Witch rules over her kingdom by causing the people of Narnia to fear her power. She causes it to always be winter (and never Christmas!) in Narnia. However Aslan’s leadership helps to end the streak of winter and introduces spring with hope and kindness. What are some qualities of a good leader? How can we be good leaders in our homes or our schools?

    Awesome Aftershow Activities
    After your family enjoys the performance, you might want to try these fun and educational activities at home to extend the experience! Try these:
    1)  Walk into a Winter (& Spring & Summer & Autumn) Wonderland! – In the story of Narnia, seasons are very significant. What colors or emotions do you associate
    with each season? Using your favorite art supplies, create pictures of the four seasons (or even of Narnia’s). Make a gallery of your artwork and imagine yourself stepping into each of your drawings to act out a story there.
    2)  Try a Tantalizing Turkish Treat! – Edmund loves a sweet treat called Turkish Delight so much it gets him into trouble! You can try making this tasty treat yourself (with a grownup, of course). There are many recipes on the internet—from the very simple to the more complicated. Check your favorite recipe web site to find one you like and share your culinary creation with your family and friends!
    3)  It’s Father Christmas! – Place an empty box on the ground and use your imagination to decide what Father Christmas has brought for you! Then pantomime the use of your gift. You could swing your sword around like Peter or shoot an arrow like Susan!
    4)  Wander through a Wardrobe! – The Rose is celebrating the wonder of the holiday season be asking young artists to share their own imaginative “Wander Through the Wardrobe” visions. Theatergoers will a special worksheet created by artist Paula Wallace. (You can also download it on our web site.) Use this page to create YOUR wardrobe world!

    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 actors 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
    many performances 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 Classes 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.

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2013-14 Performances

Friday, Dec. 67 pm
Saturday, Dec. 72 pm
Sunday, Dec. 82 pm
Friday, Dec. 137 pm
Saturday, Dec. 142 pm
Sunday, Dec. 152 pm
Friday, Dec. 207 pm
Saturday, Dec. 212 pm
Sunday, Dec. 222 pm
Thursday, Dec. 267 pm
Friday, Dec. 277 pm
Saturday, Dec. 282 pm
Sunday, Dec. 292 pm

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