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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

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Show dates and times

Friday, March 24 - 7 pm
Saturday, March 25 - 2 pm
Saturday, March 25 - 5 pm
Sunday, March 26 - 2 pm
Friday, March 31 - 7 pm
Saturday, April 1 - 2 pm* ⁂
Saturday, April 1 - 5 pm**
Sunday, April 2 - 2 pm
Friday, April 7 - 7 pm
Saturday, April 8 - 2 pm
Saturday, April 8 - 5 pm
Sunday, April 9 - 2 pm

* Interpretation for the deaf and hard of hearing is provided
** “Autism-friendly” show
⁂ Audio description services for the blind are provided

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Field Trip Info


Best for Grades:
  • Preschool - 2nd Grade
  • Exploring the Power of Imagination
  • Creatively Solving Problems
  • Finding Your Way Back Home
State Requirements:
  • Retelling information from narrative text
  • Making connections between characters or events in narrative and informational text, to own life or other cultures
  • Describing how people’s actions affect others
Field trip dates and times:
  • Fri. March 24th at  1 pm
  • Tues. March 28th at 10 am
  • Wed. March 29th at 10 am
  • Fri. March 31st at 10 am
  • Tues. April 4th at 10 am
  • Wed. April 5th at 10 am
  • Thurs. April 6th at 1 pm
  • Fri. April 7th at 10 am
Field trip pricing:
  • Teachers are FREE!
  • $4.50 Students
  • $3.25 Students on Reduced Lunch Program
  • $2.25 Students on Free Lunch Program
  • $4.50 Adult Chaperones
  • Note: Tax will be added for out-of-state groups
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The Rose is surrounded by several metered parking spots, active from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The cost is $0.25 per hour or $10 per day. Metered parking is free on Sundays and holidays. Free parking is available in the Wells Fargo parking lot on the northwest corner of 20th and Farnam streets on weekends and after 5:30 p.m. on weeknights.Parking is also available on weekends for $2 in the parking garage at 19th & Harney, courtesy of the Omaha Douglas County Public Building Commission.


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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.

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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.