It’s almost time for our premium production,Disney’s Descendants, a wickedly spectacular musical based on
the popular film! 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
Based on the popular Disney Channel Original Movies, Disney’s Descendants: The Musical is a brand-new musical comedy featuring beloved characters and hit songs from the films!
It is present-day, and in the kingdom of Auradon, all of Disney’s beloved heroes and royalty are living happily ever after, safe from the terrifying villains and troublesome sidekicks they have banished to the magic-free Isle of the Lost. That is until Ben, the benevolent teenage
son of Belle and King Adam (The Beast), offers a chance of redemption for the troublemaking offspring of the evilest villains. Mal, Evie, Jay and Carlos – the children of Maleficent, the Evil Queen, Cruella De Vil, and Jafar – are welcomed to Auradon Prep to attend school with the children of their parents’ sworn enemies. Now entering a completely foreign world and way of life, the four Villain Kids have a difficult choice to make: should they follow in their parents’ wicked footsteps or learn to be good?
At its core, Descendants is a musical about empathy, tolerance, and acceptance. We hope this show can be a reminder that no matter where we come from, we are better together.
SEPT 10 – OCT 10 2021 | 2 hours + intermission | ALL AUDIENCES
UPDATE TO THE
ROSE THEATER’S MASK POLICY:
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Rose has been committed to creating a safe space for our students, audiences, families, staff, and volunteers. As we move into the latest phase of COVID-19, we recognize the need to re-evaluate our policies and procedures.
With the recommendation of the CDC, and vaccinations not being available for our target and most vulnerable audience members, The Rose is REQUIRING
masks to be worn at all times in our building. This includes audience members during mainstage performances. We appreciate your help in making The Rose a safe place
Coming to Opening Night? Dress in your best Descendants attire and walk the red carpet in front of The Rose as we celebrate opening night!
ATTENTION: Please note this show uses strobe lights/effects!
The Characters You’ll Meet
MAL—Our hero and Maleficent’s daughter. Sarcastic, passionate about justice, has a heart of gold.
EVIE—The evil queen Grimhilde’s daughter. Brilliant, but superficial and
JAY—Jafar’s son. Outwardly arrogant, inwardly strategic, and collaborative.
CARLOS—Cruella De Vil’s son. Despite a fear of dogs and just about everything else, he has the capacity to be brave and kind.
MALEFICENT—the infamous evil fairy. A profoundly selfish absentee parent with an unquenchable thirst for vengeance.
GRIMHILDE—Snow White’s stepmother. An aging beauty queen, still desperate to be the fairest of them all.
JAFAR—Aladdin’s nemesis. A slimy, washed-up crime lord desperate for a way back to the top.
CRUELLA DE VIL—A dalmatian-loving
dog-snatcher. An obsessive, eccentric, and overbearing helicopter mom.
BEN—Son of the Beast and Belle, an optimistic kid who bears the weight of soon becoming the King of Auradon.
KING BEAST—Ben’s father and the King of Auradon. He knows what it feels like to be marginalized from the life he lived before meeting Belle.
QUEEN BELLE—Ben’s mother and Queen of Auradon. She is warm but cautious and doesn’t understand Ben’s generation.
FAIRY GODMOTHER—Headmistress of Auradon Prep. Busy and bubbly, she’ll do anything to keep the school afloat.
JANE—Fairy Godmother’s daughter. Shy but hungry for attention, she’s looking for her moment to shine.
CHAD—Cinderella and Prince Charming’s son- arrogant and spoiled.
AUDREY—Sleeping Beauty’s daughter. The malicious queen bee of Auradon Prep, she has her eye on the throne.
DOUG—Dopey’s son. Nerdy and sweet, he does all the work that his fellow students don’t want to do.
ROYAL PAGE—Auradonian messenger. Extremely nervous.
GUARD—Museum employee. Less than vigilant.
MAURICE—Chemistry teacher and Belle’s father. Kooky and stuck in his ways.
COACH—Tourney coach. Resigned to the team’s mediocrity until meeting a surprise star player.
SNOW WHITE—Red carpet reporter. The voice of the masses.
ENSEMBLE—townspeople, students at Auradon Prep, inhabitants of the Isle
Know Before You Go
Here are some things your family might like to “Know Before You Go”:
There are a couple of times throughout the show where there are some magical fight moments that could be scary for younger or more sensitive audience members.
There are some characters that do things that could be considered objectionable, so you may want to be prepared to discuss what is appropriate with your child. The “EvilS” are, well, evil, and they do some evil things as they are learning to be good in a world that expects them to be evil like their parents. Mal, Evie, Jay, and Carlos steal from other students, say some mean things to the people around them, vandalize property, and just generally get up to no good.
Descendants deals with a lot with the topic of family strife, living up to parent’s expectations, and the kids not feeling loved/valued by their parents.
You may want to be prepared to discuss some topics that mirror real-world issues that the show brings to light with your children, such as themes of discrimination and segregation between the Evils and the Auradonians. Additionally, the characters explore emotional themes such as fitting in at school, bullying and finding love
From Story to Stage
Nick Blaemire (Book, Lyrics) wrote the score for Glory Days. He has also written the book, music, and lyrics for four more shows including A Little More Alive, Soon, Fallout, and Space Dogs. He has won awards for his acting as Mendel in the National Tour of Falsettos and a Drama Desk Award for his performance of Jonathan in Tick, Tick…Boom!
Madeline Smith adapted Descendants, Frozen Jr, and Frozen KIDS for Music Theatre International while playing on several Broadway shows on the piano/keyboard.
Matthew Tishler did the orchestrations and produced the music for Descendants and has a specialty in family entertainment for film and television. Over the past 8 years, his songs have been featured in hit TV shows, movies, and on dozens of #1 albums around the world.
Based on the Disney Channel Original Movie series of the same name, Descendants aired in 2015 with direction and choreography by Kenny Ortega.
All of the characters are related through family lineage to previous fairy tales and Disney movie characters, with the kids of the villains and heroes from the previous Disney movies.
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.
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.
Join Corduroy on his delightfully destructive chase through every section of the department store in search of his
missing button. Will the night watchman find him and return him to his shelf before he can find this important button? Will Lisa ever convince her mother to let her give the bear a home? The tender, enduring story about true friendship stirs up the stage with a bustling rumpus of action! Don’t miss it!
RUN DATES: OCT 29 – NOV 14, 2021 A Delightfully Destructive Chase for ALL AUDIENCES
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.
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 Classes
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 art classes for every interest and experience level.
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Renew Your Membership! 2021-22 Rose memberships are now on sale. Rose members receive 4 free tickets to each of our regular season shows. For information, click here or visit The Rose Box Office. (And remember! Rose memberships make great gifts for families of all ages!)
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 art classes for every interest and experience level.
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Please visit our website to read the director’s notes, view production photos, read our blog, and more. 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 are also available online at www.rosetheater.org.