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SHOW GUIDE: Dragons Love Tacos

Going to The Rose Guide Header SHOW GUIDE: "Dragons Love Tacos" at The Rose Theater


It’s almost time for our next production, Dragons Love Tacos,
a play based on the beloved Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin.

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

When Boy has grown frustrated and overwhelmed with his math homework, his mom leaves to pick up dinner and suggests that Boy takes a break from working on it. His day becomes grayer when he opens his door to play outside with his dog Leroy it begins to storm. Leroy tries to cheer up Boy by bringing him the remote to watch some TV. After skipping past obnoxious infomercials and mushy telenovelas, Boy and Leroy suddenly come across a sharp-suited spokesperson offering mind-blowing, earth shattering, titillating dragon secrets. When the Dragonology documentary comes to life in their house, Boy and Leroy find themselves in for more than they bargained for: they come face to face with a bunch of dragons, curious creatures that enjoy tacos, parties, and taco parties! But when Boy accidentally serves the one topping Dragons cannot stand, their Dragon Taco Party gets a little out of hand. Boy and Leroy will have their work cut out for them to return their house to the way his mother left it. Will he be able to complete this task by dinnertime? And will Boy solve his difficult math homework problem before bedtime?
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APR 26 – MAY 12 | 45 minutes without an intermission | Child-Friendly Carnivorous Creature Comedy for ALL AGES
Know Before You Go
Here are some things your family might like to “Know Before You Go”:
  • Dragons Love Tacos is based on a popular illustrated children’s book but there are some differences between the stage version and the book. Your family might enjoy discussing the differences and speculating why the playwright made certain changes in the adaptation.

  • There is quick and somewhat subtle joke referring to a time in the past when a dragon might have eaten a dog, which might upset very sensitive children.

  • The dragons in our story have a very dramatic response to food they don’t like and end up belching out very destructive fire that burns down the Boy’s house. It is all played in great silly fun—just as in the book—but some very young viewers might find the total destruction of the boy’s house to be a bit intense.
The Characters You Will Meet

    • BOY — A kid who is struggling with a very difficult math problem right before dinner and ends up discovering all about dragons and their love of tacos during a homework break.
    • LEROY, A DOG — Boy’s faithful, upbeat, and supportive canine companion who is ready for anything and tries to help Boy however he can
    • MOM — Boy’s busy but caring parent who tells Boy it might be a good idea to take a break from his math homework while she goes down the street to pick up dinner
    • MAN IN SUIT — The rather knowledgeable narrator of a 24 part documentary series about dragons that Boy and Leroy stumble across while flipping channels on the TV.
    • THE DRAGONS — large beasts who start in a documentary and end up in Boy’s House where they are united through their love for tacos and their intolerance of spicy salsa.
      • RED DRAGON — a cheerful and friendly dragon who makes herself at home
      • WHITE DRAGON — an rather energetic dragon
      • BLUE DRAGON — a somewhat overwhelmed and fearful dragon
      • YELLOW DRAGON — a silly and tricky dragon

    From Story to Stage

      • Ernie Nolan is a director and playwright dedicated to reimagining stories for young audiences. He is recognized widely for his talent and is the recipient of the Illinois Theatre Association’s 2014 Excellence in Theatre for Young Audiences Award.
      • Adam Rubin is the author of Dragons Love Tacos and the New York Times bestselling author of a half dozen children’s picture books.
      • Adam’s books are illustrated by his talented friend Daniel Salmieri.

      Theater Location
      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.

      Convenient Parking
      The closest and most convenient parking is available for $2 in the 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. A variety of parking lots are available around the theater, as well, ranging in cost from $2-$5.

      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!

      Wait, There’s More!

      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

      Weather Cancellations
      The Rose rarely cancels public performances. If severe weather requires a show to be cancelled, a notice will be placed on our website and on social media, and we will notify local media outlets. For weather-related inquiries, please contact the Box Office at (402) 345-4849. Should a show be cancelled, a recorded message will be left at this number.

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