It’s almost time for our next production, Curious George and The Golden Meatball a musical based on everyone’s favorite little inquisitive monkey! 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
Curious George is an adorable little monkey who is very smart, very kind, and very curious. He lives with his best buddy and caregiver, The Man in the Yellow Hat. George is also about the best friend a person could have, always looking for ways to help out this friends and neighbors. After practicing to be a waiter to help out during Chef Pisghetti’s annual “All-You-Can-Eat” Meatball Day, George is crushed
when his chef pal decides to cancel the event. It turns out that an inventor named Phinneas T. Lightspeed has built the Meatball-O-Matic 9000, a machine that makes meatballs much faster than chef can. Chef Pisghetti is so upset about it that he decides to stop making his famous meatballs and cancel the annual celebration. He doesn’t even want to enter the world-famous “Golden Meatball” Contest in Rome, Italy, to which he’s been invited. Eager to cheer up his friend and inspire him to cook again, George decides to take Chef’s meatballs to Rome and enter them in the contest himself (in a way only a curious little monkey could imagine). ButRome is a big, beautiful city, and the contest competition is strong. Will George find his way through the streets of Italy to enter Chef’s famous meatballs in the contest? Will
all of George’s friends be able to find him in time to help him with his quest? And who will be the winner of The Golden Meatball?
The Characters You Will Meet
CURIOUS GEORGE—a kind and inquisitive monkey who is eager to help his friends and know more about the world around him. George can be a bit impulsive meaning he sometimes accidentally gets into a bit of mischief.
THE MAN IN THE YELLOW HAT—George’s best friend and caregiver. He encourages George and helps him to figure out how to do things. He’s always very supportive of his little primate pal and tries to let him work out solutions to his own challenges.
CHEF PISGHETTI—a generous and talented local restauranteur who hosts an annual “All You Can Eat” Meatball Day at his establishment.
NETTI PISGHETTI—the twin sister of Chef Pisghetti who works alongside him at his famous Italian eatery. They sometimes gets into minor sibling squabbles, but she is smart and supportive and helps Chef to figure things out.
PHINNEAS T. LIGHTSPEED—a fast-talking, charismatic inventor and salesperson who has created a machine called the Meatball-O-Matic 9000. It can make “Instant Meatballs” much faster than Chef can and Phinneas is very proud of it.
FRANKIE SIDECAR—the suave and showbiz-y host of The Golden Meatball Contest. He is the official contest judge and decides who makes the best meatballs in the world.
GEORGE’S FRIENDS & NEIGHBORS IN NEW YORK CITY
GEORGE’S NEW FRIENDS IN ROME—Artists, Tourists, Italian Food Vendors, Sophisticated Shoppers, and more!
Know Before You Go
Here are some things your family might like to “Know Before You Go”:
Curious George doesn’t speak in human words and instead communicates using a series of vocal “monkey chittering” sounds that the other characters seem to be able to understand. You may want to share this with your family so everyone will know what to expect.
Curious George makes some choices that make for an entertaining story and might be acceptable in the comical, whimsical world of a fictional monkey, but they would not be safe for a real person. For example, Curious George decides to help his friend by mailing himself to another country. If you
have an impressionable youngster, you might want to discuss some of George’s choices and the possible consequences.
When he arrives in Rome, George gets a bit lost (with his friends looking everywhere for him). George isn’t particularly fazed by this, but sensitive children may worry about him.
This script definitely leans into a few gentle and humorous cartoonish stereotypes about the way people from countries like Italy and Ireland speak and act. Most of this is “all in good fun,” but you might want to encourage your family to explore more about the cultures of these other places around the globe to develop a more accurate portrait.
From Story to Stage
Curious George began as a character in a series of children’s books written and illustrated by H.A. and Margaret Rey. They published seven books during H.A. Rey’s lifetime which are all still in print. The first was simple called Curious George and came out in 1941. The Reys produced many other illustrated children’s books but the Curious George series was the most popular.
Curious George has gone on to star in several different television shows and movies. The most recent—and possibly the one with which many contemporary audiences are familiar—is the PBS Kids television series that began in 2006.
The music created by John Kavanaugh and Jeremy Desmon was originally developed for a Universal Studios production called Curious George LIVE! Between them, they have created music for many different family-oriented entertainment projects, including
for characters such as the Disney Channel’s Sofia the First and Elmo from Sesame Street.
The Rose is located in downtown Omaha at 2001 Farnam Street on the southwest corner of 20th & Farnam Streets.
From west Omaha, take I-80 East to 1-480 North and exit onto 20th Street. The Rose is located on Farnam Street, approximately three blocks south of the 20th Street exit.
Parking is available for $2 in the parking garage at 19th & Harney, courtesy of the Omaha Douglas Public Building Commission (1910 Harney St., Omaha, NE 68102). Parking meters surrounding the theater are active from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday, with free parking available on Sundays and holidays.
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.
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.