Classes & Shows for Children with Exceptionalities
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 exceptionalities to discover the many different opportunities we have available for them.
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 exceptionalities 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Classes for children with Down syndrome
Families with children who have Down syndrome are encouraged to contact the Class Coordinator at email@example.com or (402) 502-4617 to determine the best class fit.
Select performances of Rose shows are designated as “sensory-friendly,” which means special accommodations are made for families attending with a child who has autism spectrum disorder and/or other sensory-friendly 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.