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Stellaluna and Other Tales

Based upon the works by Janell Cannon
Book and lyrics by Alyn Cardarelli
Music by Steve Goers

Produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc. (www.playscripts.com)

Join Jannell Cannon’s adorable animal creations as they bring their simple “Hello, World!” wisdom to this charming musical adaptation of three of her beloved books. You’ll meet the very vivacious Verdi, an energetic young snake who doesn’t want to turn green and grow up. And the proud and clever Pinduli who turns a bad bullying situation around to teach her harassers a lesson. And of course Stellaluna, who makes the most of getting lost until she can discover who she really is. With magical music and delightful dancing, you’ll have a wonderful time at the watering hole with Stellaluna and her friends!

  • Run Dates Apr 21 - May 7, 2017
  • Appropriate Ages 4+
Katy Kepler

Katy Kepler

Katy Kepler (Stellaluna) is from Rochester, New York and has most recently appeared at the Rose as a Squirrelle in Elephant & Piggie's We Are In A Play. She has also played Dr. Exercise in the Rose’s touring production of The Super Adventures of Nutrition Woman and Dr. Exercise and was an ensemble member in A Palette of Possibility. Other favorite performance credits include Dracula (Geva Theatre Center/EMC), A Christmas Carol (Geva Theatre Center/EMC), Orestes 2.0 (Bread and Water Theatre), Crocodile Fear (College at Brockport; world premiere), The Turtle Play (College at Brockport; Workshop) and Lysistrata: A Woman's Translation (College at Brockport).

Colleen Kilcoyne

Colleen Kilcoyne

Colleen Kilcoyne (Pinduli) returns to The Rose mainstage after her performance in The Rose's production of "Shrek The Musical." She recently returned from an internship with the National Association of Play Therapy, India in Bangalore, India and is currently working as a Rose Theater Teaching Artist Fellow. She has recently appeared at The Rose in "Honk!," at Creighton University as Sally Bowles in "Cabaret" (TAG Award Nomination, OEA Nomination), Percy Talbott in "The Spitfire Grill," Carlotta in "Phantom," Leonata in "Much Ado About Nothing," and Penelope Pennywise in "Urinetown." She was also featured as a soloist for the Marvin Hamlisch Tribute with the Omaha Symphony, performing “At the Ballet” with Donna McKechnie and Jodie Benson.

Robby Stone

Robby Stone

Robby (Verdi) is excited to be back at The Rose Theater. He has been in "Shrek The Musical," "Prancer," "Honk," "A Christmas Story," "Jackie & Me," "The Cat in the Hat" and "Big Nate – The Musical." Robby has played Peter Cratchit, Topper, and Jake in "A Christmas Carol" at the Omaha Community Playhouse. He has also performed in musicals for St. Bernadette, Bellevue Little Theater, Ralston Community Theater, and Burke High school. At Burke High School, he was drama club president, assistant and student directed plays, and tried to involve himself in everything that had to do with the arts. He thanks his friends and especially his parents for being so supportive and helpful with achieving his dreams.

Tyrone Beasley

Tyrone Beasley

Tyrone Beasley (Lion, et al) is The Rose Theater's Artistic Associate – Director of Outbound Programing. No stranger to the stage Tyrone has worked with acclaimed directors: Peter Sellars (The Merchant of Venice, It is Now Our Time), Claude Purdy (Jitney), Charles Marowitz (Shakespeare), David Wheeler (The Trials of Ezra Pound) and Antonio Banderas (Crazy in Alabama), among others. Tyrone has performed in many theaters around the globe including The Goodman Theatre (Chicago), Victory Gardens Theatre (Chicago), Thalia Theater (Hamburg, Germany), MC93 Bobigny (Paris, France) and The Royal Shakespeare Company (London, England). He has worked in front of the camera and behind the scenes in post-production on film and television projects for Disney, Fox, Sony, VH1, TriStar Pictures and the BBC. An Omaha Benson High School graduate, Tyrone earned a BFA in studio arts from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He attended California State University, Long Beach for graduate study in theater arts, taught acting classes there as a teaching associate and was an ensemble member of California Repertory Company. Tyrone served as the Artistic Director at The John Beasley Theater (JBT) in Omaha for ten years, he managed and taught the theater’s workshop programs that were a part of JBT’s mission of community outreach and developing a local pool of trained actors. He also acted in and directed numerous plays at the JBT.

Caulene Hudson

Caulene Hudson

Caulene hails from Fruitland Park, Florida. She graduated in 2013 from Flagler College with a Bachelor’s in Communication (focus cinema and media studies) and Theatre Arts. Since graduation, she freelanced as a director, scenic artist and teaching artist in Pennsylvania and Alabama. Caulene arrived in Omaha in 2014 as a Teaching Artist Fellow with The Rose Theater, where she happily worked for the past two years. Currently, she is a part time teaching artist with The Rose and pursuing her Masters in Theatre Management at UNO. Some favorite theatrical projects include: "Prancer," "Sherlock Holmes and the First Baker Street Irregular" (Wiggins; world premiere at The Rose Theater), "Walk the Night: Visions of Shadows" (Lysandra; immersive theatre project presented by the Blue Barn Theatre), and "A Child’s Garden of Verses" (Actor 4/Musician; theatre for the very young presentation at the Rose Theater). Caulene debuted as a puppeteer in The Rose's world premiere of "Prancer," and is excited to continue her puppeteering work in "Stellaluna."

Ty Hebbert

Ty Hebbert

Ty Hebbert (Dog/Umbles/Pip) is from Gering, Nebraska, and recently graduated from the University of Wyoming with a degree in vocal performance. He was seen on The Rose mainstage this season in "Goodnight Moon." Past performances include Uncle Fester in "The Addams Family," Enjolras in "Les Misérables," Mitch Mahoney in "25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," and Le Fou in "Beauty and the Beast." Goodnight and joy be to you all!

Madison Marie Hoge

Madison Marie Hoge

Madison Marie Hoge grew up performing at the Rose and is delighted to be returning after ten years! She recently graduated from the University of Nebraska Kearney with a Bachelors of Music in Musical Theatre. Regional credits include: "She Loves Me" (ensemble), "Shrek" (Gingy), "Footloose" (Urleen), "Drinking Habits" (Sister Augusta) and many more. God bless and enjoy the show!

Michael Miller

Michael Miller

Michael Miller (Director) has been a member of The Rose staff since 2011, having previously worked for Macon State College, Mercer University, Omaha Children’s Museum, Omaha Performing Arts, El Museo Latino, and Omaha Boys and Girls Clubs. Michael is a Master Teacher with the Nebraska Arts Council’s Artists-in-Schools program with a focus on creative drama and design residencies. He has an undergraduate degree from Yale University and a Masters degree in Non-Profit Management from UNO. He directed "Mouse on the Move" for The Rose's Pre-K series this season. He has also directed Leo Lionni’s "Frederick" on the mainstage and has directed for the Teens ‘N’ Theater season, performed in Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, James and the Giant Peach, and the national tours of Frog and Toad, Richard Scarry’s BusyTown, and Treasure Island.

Cast and Credits

Cast
Stellaluna/Owl/Serval Cat/Fish/Golden Snake One- Katy Kepler
Pinduli/Mama Snake/Mama Bat – Colleen Kilcoyne
Verdi/Fennec Fox/Adder Snake/Flitter – Robby Stone
Bully Lion/Old Lion/Dozer/Owl – Tyrone Beasley
Zebra/Aggie/Fish/Golden Snake Two/Flap – Caulene Hudson
-Mama Hyena/Maribou Stork/Vulture/ Ribbons/Mama Bird – Madison Marie Hoge
Dog/Umbles/Pip – Ty Hebbert

Artistic/Production Credits
Director – Michael Miller
Scenic Designer – Kathy Voecks
Snake Puppet Designer – Trish Place
Bird & Bat Puppet Designer/Props Mistress – Devon Denn-Young
Lighting Designer – Laura Renae Hensley
Costume Designer – Sherri Geerdes
Hair & Makeup Designer – Erin Bragg
Production Director. – Erin Solemsaas
Technical Director – Gregory Rishoi
Production Stage Manager – Tyler Danhaus
Sound Engineer. – Craig Moxon
Scenic Charge – Lauren Crabtree
Master Carpenter – Jackson D. Curtright
Resident Stage Manager – @Ashleigh-Dawn Kriegh-Fleming
Scenic Apprentice – Megan Bolander
Lighting Apprentice – Rose Mormino
Stage Manager Apprentice – J.J. Jones
Stitchers – Sherri Geerdes, Erin Bragg, Audio Helkuik

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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.