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Classes for Children with Special Needs


CLASS LOCATIONS:

The Rose Theater
2001 Farnam Street
Omaha, NE 68102

Rose Studios for Youth Artists
12202 West Center Rd
Omaha, NE 68144

classes@rosetheater.org

Special Needs Classes & Shows

At The Rose, we believe theater is for everyone!  Theater has been shown to spark creativity, self confidence, social interaction and positive self-esteem in all children – including those with special needs. We encourage families of children with special needs to discover the many different opportunities we have available for them.

 

Classes

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Classes for children on the Autism Spectrum

At The Rose Theater, we believe everyone deserves a chance to step into the spotlight. While a standard Rose classroom experience can be rambunctious, noisy and not well-suited for all students, our classes for children with special needs give all children the opportunity to explore their creative side and take a journey of imagination in a safe, supportive environment.

Classes for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders are available on Saturdays and on select weekdays.

The Rose offers year-round classes for students on the Autism Spectrum. For more information about these classes, please email the Class Coordinator at classes@rosetheater.org. To better help us serve your child, please complete this questionnaire before enrolling in a class.

Classes for children who are deaf or hard of hearing

The Rose offers several classes that are ASL-intepreted for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Drama classes for children who are deaf or hard of hearing are generally offered in the spring (March-May) on Saturday mornings. Scholarships are available for students in need of financial assistance. For more information about these classes, please email the Class Coordinator at classes@rosetheater.org.

Classes for children with Down syndrome

Families with children who have Down syndrome are encouraged to contact the Class Coordinator at classes@rosetheater.org or (402) 502-4617 to determine the best class fit.

To better help us serve your child, please complete this questionnaire before enrolling in a class.

Autism-Friendly Performances

Select performances of Rose shows are designated as “autism-friendly,” which means special accommodations are made for families attending with a child who has autism spectrum disorder and other special needs. Accommodations will vary, but may include:

  A private room for congregating before the show

  A special reserved seating area

  A private post-show question and answer period

  A helpful social story to help prepare your child for their experience at The Rose

  Reduced ticket prices (available by phone only)

Call The Rose Box Office at (402) 345-4849 to reserve your tickets for an autism-friendly performance. 

  This year’s autism-friendly performances include:

  • Penguin Problems, Saturday, October @ 5 p.m.
  • It’s a Wonderful Life, Saturday, December 5 @ 5 p.m.
  • How to Build an Ark: Searching for Joel Sartore, Saturday, February 6 @ 5 p.m.
  • Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus: The Musical, Saturday, April 10 @ 5 p.m.
  • Disney’s Descendants, Date TBD

To reserve tickets for autism-friendly performances, please call the Box Office at 402.345.4849.