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Harold and the Purple Crayon

Book by Don Darryl Rivera, Music by Auston James Lyrics by Rob Burgess
Based on the books by Crockett Johnson

All Rights Reserved by The Estate of Ruth Krauss
Stewart J. Edelstein, Executor

Harold and his colorful crayon have been enchanting readers for half a century and now his precocious purple pictures are coming to life on the stage. In this gently inspirational musical version of Crockett Johnson’s beloved tribute to the powers of young creativity, Harold’s charming scribbles take him on adventures on the earth and into the heavens. Along the journey, he draws the true blue conclusion of so many other wanderers: maybe no place is better than being in your own room with your imagination.

  • Run Dates Mar 24 - Apr 9, 2017
  • Appropriate Ages 4+
  • Duration 60 minutes

Cast and Credits

Cast

Harold………………………………………………………………..Dan Chevalier

Storytellers ………………………………………………………….Ashley Laverty, Rachel Aalund Griggs, Alphonse Kroeten

Artistic/Production Credits

Director………………………………………………………………Matthew Gutschick

Music Director……………………………………………………..Jerry Brabec

Choreographer…………………………………………………….Sue Gillespie Booton

Scenic Designer…………………………………………………..Brad Carlson

Projection Designer………………………………………………Brittany Merenda

Lighting Designer…………………………………………………Craig S. Moxon

Sound Designer…………………………………………………..Laura Renae Hensley

Costume Designer……………………………………………….Sherri Geerdes

Hair & Makeup Designer……………………………………….Erin Bragg

Production Director………………………………………………Erin Solemsaas

Technical Director…………………………………………………Greg Rishoi

Production Stage Manager……………………………………Ashleigh-Dawn Kriegh-Fleming

Costume Director…………………………………………………Sherri Geerdes

Props Mistress…………………………………………………….Devon Denn-Young

Scenic Charge…………………………………………………….Lauren Crabtree

Master Carpenter…………………………………………………Jackson Curtright

Scenic Apprentice………………………………………………..Megan Bolander

Lighting Apprentice………………………………………………Rose Mormino

Stage Manager Apprentice…………………………………….J.J. Jones, Tyler Danhaus

Stitchers……………………………………………………………..Sherri Geerdes, Erin Bragg, Audio Helkuik

Dan Chevalier

Dan Chevalier

Dan Chevalier is thrilled to be back at The Rose after previously appearing in The True Story of the Three Little Pigs as Alex T. Wolf and in Honk! as Ugly. Over the past decade, Dan has appeared on stage at many theaters in the Omaha area, including the Omaha Community Playhouse, Bellevue Little Theatre, Chanticleer Theatre, and Shelterbelt Theatre. Some favorite roles include Snail in A Year with Frog and Toad, Bud in Gutenberg! The Musical!, and Leaf Coneybear in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Dan is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

Ashley Laverty

Ashley Laverty

Ashley Laverty was most recently seen as Lillian McGill in The Rose's production of The True Story of the Three Little Pigs. Ashley is a full time Teaching Artist at the Rose Theater and originally hails from Massachusetts! She holds an M.F.A in Theatre for Youth from Arizona State University and a B.A. in Theatre Arts with a concentration in Musical Theatre from Point Park University's Conservatory of Performing Arts. Ashley is a theatre maker, playwright, director and actor. She has performed nationally for young audiences with the National Theatre for Children, VEE Corporation, Roxy Regional Theatre, Vital Theatre Company, and Storyland, a family amusement park. For more information: www.ashleylaverty.com.

Alphonse Kroeten

Alphonse Kroeten

Alphonse Kroeten returns to The Rose after playing Papa Bear in The Berenstein Bears Save Christmas and the Guard in The Wizard of Oz. He also played the Monkey in The Little Engine That Could Rose touring show. We are pleased to have him back on stage at The Rose!

Rachel Aalund Griggs

Rachel Aalund Griggs

Rachel L. Aalund Griggs is a Lyric Soprano originally from Beulah, ND. She moved to Omaha after finishing her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Midland University (then Midland Lutheran College).

Currently, Rachel is working with the community as Omaha Conservatory of Music’s Community Engagement Coordinator. She also serves as a Voice Artist-Faculty and Brass, Wind, Guitar and Voice Department Head for OCM. Rachel is a member of National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and also teaches private lessons at Cornerstone Christian School.

She has performed with a number of groups in the area including The Rangbrook Ensemble, Mastersingers, Masterworks, Class Act Productions, Fremont Festival Choir and Opera Omaha Chorus. Rachel is an engaging instructor, conductor, private lesson teacher and administrator.

Matthew Gutschick

Matthew Gutschick

Matthew’s recent directing credits at The Rose include this season's world premiere production of Prancer; Disney's The Little Mermaid; A Christmas Story; Disney's Mary Poppins; Robin Hood; and Ramona Quimby.  Other directing credits include Cyrano with Parallel 45, The Sparrow, Twelfth Night and Anon(ymous) at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, Wuthering Heights at the Mint Theatre in New York, and Whacked Fairy Tales at Twin City Stage.  His plays have been workshopped/produced by Wordsmyth Theatre Company, Horse Trade Theater Group (NYC), Reverie Productions (NYC), Tri Sate Actors’ Theatre, and Magic Chicago.  Matthew’s work for MagicMouth Theatre won a New Horizons Playwriting Award and the company premiered a new magic-theatre piece, A Christmas Carol In Prose with Parallel 45 in Traverse City, MI.  He is the former artistic director of the Children’s Theatre of Winston-Salem and completed a fellowship with the Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis under the mentorship of Peter Brosius.  Matthew assisted Peter Brosius on productions of 500 Hats of Bartholemew Cubbins and A Christmas Story.  He is a former Managing Director of the Yale Cabaret where he produced over 14 world premieres.  Matthew is also the recipient of a Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Fellowship in Entrepreneurship, a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, and a graduate of the School at Steppenwolf.  He holds a BA in Theater from Wake Forest University and received an MFA in Theater Management from the Yale School of Drama.  He is in his fifth season as artistic director of The Rose.

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Tickets

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Parking

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Accessibility

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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.