It’s almost time for our next production, Peter Pan, the classic musical based on the play
by Sir James M. Barrie, adapted by Jerome Robbins with music by Betty Comden, Adolph Green, and Jule Styne.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!
The Story You Will See
Peter Pan is a big Broadway musical adaptation of the classic tale of Peter Pan, a boy who can fly and will never grow up. When Peter meets Wendy and her brothers, Michael and John, in their nursery, he tells them of Neverland, a place where kids never grow up, and can do whatever they please. Disenchanted with their parents and life in London, they agree to fly away with Peter and his feisty fairy companion, Tinkerbell, to a far-away fantasyland and a series of thrilling adventures. Along the way, they meet Peter’s gang of Lost Boys and encounter a mean band of pirates led by the nefarious Captain Hook, who seeks revenge on Peter Pan for giving him his infamous hook! Can the Darling children escape the pirates and eventually return to Mr. and Mrs. Darling at home in London? Or will they stay forever young and find a new home in Neverland?
June 2-18 | Best for ages 4+ | 2 hours long + intermission
The Characters You Will Meet
●PETER PAN — A mischievous young boy who can fly and never grows up. Peter Pan spends his eternal days in Neverland as the leader of the Lost Boys.
●WENDY, MICHAEL, and JOHN DARLING—the three
Darling children who meet Peter Pan in their nursery decide to fly away with him to Neverland. They find themselves in the middle of dangerous and exciting adventures and Wendy ends up acting as a parent to Peter’s gang of “Lost Boys.” ●MR.& MRS. DARLING—the parents of the Darling children who are somewhat perplexed by the evidence of Peter Pan’s visits to their London home
●TINKERBELL—Peter Pan’s best friend and sassy companion. Tinkerbell is a fairy and has possesses the incredible power to produce fairy dust which allows one to fly. ●THE LOST BOYS—A gang of other children in Neverland who follow Peter Pan and share his desire to never grow up. However, at times they do wish for someone to take care of them, which is not Peter’s strong suit ●CAPTAIN HOOK—Leader of a gang of pirates. he is Peter Pan’s arch nemesis. Captain Hook seeks revenge, as Peter cut off his hand long ago.
●MR. SMEE—Captain Hook’s sidekick and right-hand helper●PIRATES!—Captain Hook’s cruel but not always competent crew of cutthroat sailors
●TIGER LILY—a native and animal warrior of Neverland who sometimes partners with Peter Pan to get the better of the dastardly Captain Hook and his pirates.
Know Before You Go
Here are some things your family might like to
“Know Before You Go”:
●This Broadway musical version of Peter Pan was first produced in 1954 and is based on the original play by J.M. Barrie from 1904. It differs greatly from the Walt Disney animated musical film version from 1953, including having a completely different set of songs. ●Captain Hook is a sometimes silly and sometimes scary villain who wants to kill Peter Pan for cutting his hand off and feeding it to a crocodile. Most children will likely find his antics amusing, but he does have a very cruel streak that may upset some young theatergoers.
●Peter is the leader of a group of “Lost Boys” who have fallen out of their baby carriages and never been claimed again by their families. Some children who are very sensitive about getting lost my find this upsetting.
●The Lost Boys are also a mischievous and misbehaving lot without adequate parental supervision. Your family may feel these characters do not always exhibit the best behavior examples, which you may want to discuss.
●The Darling children run away from home with Peter Pan because sometimes they do not get along with their father. You may want to have a
conversation about this and the potential consequences of running away.●The Lost Boys decide to treat Wendy as a mother figure, as they do not have any parents of their own. Wendy, who exhibits a bit of a crush on Peter, agrees as long as Peter will agree to be “The Father.” This is all done as a group of kids “playing house,” but you may want to be prepared for some questions about it all from young children.
●In this production, Tiger Lily is depicted as the leader of a group of cat-like female warriors known as “The Pounce” who live in Neverland.
● As is the tradition with this version of Peter Pan, Tinkerbell will not be portrayed by an actor, but is represented through the use of special lighting and sound effects.
●Haze is used during one point in the production. Please see the Box Office for information on when this will occur if this is an effect that is bothersome to anyone in your family.
From Story to Stage
●Jerome Robbins was a five-time Tony Award and two-time Academy Award winner as a director and choreographer. He was also the recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors in 1981. He is known for his work on many well-known Broadway musicals such as On the Town, The King and I, West Side Story and Fiddler on the Roof.
●Sir James M. Barrie was a Scottish novelist and playwright, best known as the creator of Peter Pan. He later adapted his play into a book, called Peter and Wendy. The character of Peter Pan has proved very popular and has been the subject of numerous stage and screen adaptations.
●Betty Comden and Adolph Green were a very successful writing team that provided lyrics, libretti, and screenplays to some of the most beloved and successful Hollywood musicals and Broadway shows of the mid-20th century. Some of their shows include Singin’ in the Rain, The Band Wagon, Wonderful Town, and The Will Rogers Follies.
●Morris (Moose) Charlap was a Jewish-American Broadway composer, known later for his work on musicals such as Whoop-Up, The Conquering Hero, and Kelly.His biggest hit show was Peter Pan.
A note about parking:
Parking is available for $2 in the parking garage at 19th & Harney, courtesy of the Omaha Douglas Public Building Commission.
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 through the run of Peter Pan. PLEASE NOTE: Following this production, however, this parking lot will no longer be available for public use.
While at The Rose
Have a Refreshment! Cookies, soft drinks and water will be available at intermission. All items cost $1 and the proceeds go to support educational programs 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. 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 www.rosetheater.org.
The Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam Street, Omaha, NE 68102, United States