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Show Guide: The Sound of Music

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It’s almost time for our next production, The Sound of Music, the beloved musical based on the life of Maria von Trapp. With songs such as “Edelweiss” and “Do-Re-Mi,” this final collaboration of Rodgers and Hammerstein was destined to win the hearts of audiences worldwide — and we are certain it will be one of your “favorite things” as well!

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

Enter the world of 1938 Austria: World War I has ended, but Europe is now facing threats of a devastating new war. Maria, a nun in training, has been transferred to be a governess for Captain von Trapp and his seven children. Maria brings a new love of music and fun into the children’s strict lives. However problems arise, with growing tension between Maria, the Captain and his fiancée the Baroness, along with the growing political tensions of the Nazi party. Will Maria find her path in this world? Will the children and their strict father learn to accept and love Maria? And most importantly of all, will they manage to stay safe?
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June 3 – 19, 2022 |  2.5 Hours + Intermission
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Know Before You Go

Here are some things your family might like to “Know Before You Go”:
  • The show has an extended run time of 2.5 hours.
  • The Sound of Music takes place during World War II, and includes depictions of Nazi soldiers. These characters carry guns, and one character points a gun at another.
  • The last act of this play includes running away from Nazis and avoiding death. This may be scary for children, especially those who don’t understand or have very limited knowledge of WWII.
  • There is some strong language in the play, including references to members of the Jewish community and those who did not support Hitler. You may want to explain to your child why we don’t use these words today.
  • Fog, haze and flashing lights are used in the production.

The Characters You Will Meet

  • Maria – our main character, Struggling with finding her place in the world watch as she takes a job working with 7 children under the strict eye of Captain von Trapp during the Nazi regime
  • Mother Abbess and the Sisters – Cloistered nuns (meaning they do not go outside the walls of their nunnery) devoted to prayer, singing, and helping Maria find her place in the world amidst a Nazi regime
  • Captain von Trapp – A retired Navy Captain who struggles to raise his troublemaking children after the loss of his wife while also fighting the Nazi regime of Germany as a citizen of Austria
  • Liesl von Trapp and Rolf Gruber – the oldest von Trapp child, Liesl is 16 and has a crush on Rolf, a poor telegram boy who joins the Nazis.
  • Birgitta & Friedrich von Trapp – the next two children of the von Trapp family, they are trouble makers and often rally the other children to help them pull pranks
  • Kurt and Louisa von Trapp – another set of troublemakers from the von Trapp family, as the middle children they want to get their father’s attention any way they can.
  • Marta and Gretl von Trapp- as the youngest of the Von Trapps they are the most accepting of Maria and love to play and sing.
  • Frau Schmidt – Max, the brother-in-law of Captain von Trapp always has a new scheme to cook up, Frau the housemaid makes sure everything is running in perfect order and finally, The Baroness, will she marry the Baron? Or will something come in her way?
  • Max Detweiler and Baroness Elsa Schraeder – Max, the brother-in-law of Captain von Trapp always has a new scheme to cook up. The Baroness is romantically interested in the Captain. Will she marry the Captain? Or does the future hold a different plan?

From Story to Stage

  • Richard Rodgers (composer) and Oscar Hammerstein II (playwright) (both pictured above) wrote a number of musicals together in the early to mid 20th century, including popular hits like Cinderella, The King And I, and Guys and Dolls. (Side note: Audiences can enjoy Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella in the 2022-23 Rose season!)
  • The Sound Of Music is best known for its 1965 movie adaptation with Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer.
  • The von Trapps were a real family that toured America in the ’40s and ’50s sharing their musical abilities with the country. The story is based on the true life of Maria von Trapp before and right after her meeting with the von Trapp family, as written in her memoir.
  • This musical shows the effects of Nazi Germany, including the political tensions between Austria and Germany.
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.
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!

Renew your Rose Membership!
2022-23 Rose memberships are now on sale! Renew your Rose membership today to reserve your spot for next season’s shows, including The SpongeBob Musical, Popularity Coach, The Lightning Thief, Havana Hop, The Stinky Cheese Man & Other Fairly Stupid Tales, and Last Stop on Market Street. PLUS…members get discounted tickets to premium event shows: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella and Disney’s Beauty & The Beast.

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

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