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SHOW GUIDE: Goodnight Moon

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It’s almost time for our next production, GOODNIGHT MOON, a musical based on the beloved book by Margaret Wise Brown. We’ve assembled some special information to help you and your family to get ready for the upcoming 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!


SEPT. 2-18, 2016

Book, Music and Lyrics by Chad Henry. Adapted from Goodnight Moon. Created and illustrated by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd. ©HarperCollins Publishers

The Story You Will See


It is 7 o’clock and time to go to sleep in The Great Green Room, but restless Bunny is wide-awake. The Old Lady, in her gentle and kind manner, whispers “Hush” and tells Bunny it is time for bed, but Bunny is kept awake by all of the many interesting and stimulating objects in his room and his best buddy (and equally awake companion), Mouse. In this musical adaptation of the
classic bedtime story, Goodnight, Moon, the many objects and characters of the story jump out of the book, right in front of your eyes, as bunny’s bedroom comes to life to keep him awake. The cat with a fiddle, a red balloon, the telephone, clocks, dancing bears, socks, kittens, mittens, and a cow jumping over the moon are just a few of the many things to see in this show. Has bedtime ever been so entertaining…or made going to sleep so difficult?

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Best for ages 5+ | 60 minutes long without an intermission

The Characters You Will Meet

BUNNY – A restless rabbit at bedtime with a big imagination and a roomful of distractions keeping him wide awake
THE OLD LADY – A kind caretaker doing her best to tuck Bunny in his bed and get him to go to sleep

MOUSE – Bunny’s best friend who is not a very calming influence when bedtime arrives.

PLUS…the Balloon, the Telephone, the Cat, the Dog, the Dish & the Spoon, the Cow That Jumped Over The Moon, the Bears, Larry the Tooth Fairy and many more friends who aren’t at all sleepy!

Know Before You Go

Here are some things your family might like to
“Know Before You Go”:

  • This musical version of the story of Goodnight Moon differs from the quiet and calming nature of the original illustrated book. Instead of being about going to sleep, this story is about the many things that keep us awake.
  • The various objects and characters of The Great Green Room are brought to life in many ways on the stage. The actors on stage play animals, objects and humans, sometimes using their whole bodies and sometimes using puppets or just their voices. You’ll want to be sure to pay attention so you can use your imagination while the story is being told.
  • Bunny is not the most obedient child when its time to go to
    bed and does not make a very good “Bedtime Role Model.” You may want to take advantage of his onstage antics to discuss expectations about how one should and shouldn’t behave at bedtime!
  • The story of The Tooth Fairy is a part of the play, so if this character is not a part of your family’s childhood traditions, you may wish to discuss what this character is all about.

From Story to Stage

  • Playwright Chad Henry has been writing since the late 1960s and has many works including, Little Lulu, The Magic Mrs. Piggle Wiggle, Nancy and Plum, Doctor Dolittle in the Moon, Jack and the Beanstalk, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty and many more.
  • Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd sells around 800,000 copies annually and has been translated into over twelve different languages!

  • Margaret Wise Brown authored well over one hundred books and her legacy continues to live on by re-prints and new illustrations of her work releasing


A note about parking:

City of Omaha Parking meters are now active from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Metered parking spots will still be free on Sundays and holidays.

Free parking is available in the Wells Fargo parking lot on the northwest corner of 20th & Farnam Streets on weekends and after 5:30 pm on weeknights.

Parking is also now available for $2 in the parking garage at 19th & Harney, courtesy of the Omaha Douglas Public Building Commission.

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 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.
Take Home a Souvenir!
The Rose Guild presents a souvenir stand before and after each performance 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 Class 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.
Wait, There’s More!

Please visit our website to read director’s notes and view production photos.

Box Office Assistance

The Rose Box Office is open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4:30 pm at (402) 345-4849. Information and ticketing is also available online at


The Rose Theater
2001 Farnam Street
Omaha, Nebraska 68102




The Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam Street, Omaha, NE 68102, United States

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