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Classes for Children with Special Needs


CLASS LOCATIONS:

The Rose Theater
2001 Farnam Street
Omaha, NE 68102

Rose West Studio
12100 West Center Road
Suite 505 & 506
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.

Year-Long Theater & Acting Class

Year-Long Theater & Acting Class

YEAR-LONG 2018-2019
Grades 7-12
A self-contained class for students with special needs
Class Code #9-ASD-610 (Fall); #910-ASD-713 (Winter/Spring)
Students will learn how to create strong characters through vocal and physical choices. Throughout the fall, winter, and spring, students will have the opportunity to explore different acting and theater topics. The focus this year will be on long-form improvisation. Returning and new students welcome!
INCLUSIVE CLASS FOR STUDENTS OF ALL ABILITIES

The Little Engine That Could

The Little Engine That Could

FALL 2018
Pre-K-K (Ages 4-6)
Inclusive Class for Students of All Abilities
Class Code #9-ASD-610
Chug chug chug, puff puff puff! Explore the classic story of “The Little Engine That Could” by becoming the characters in the story! Using acting tools, students will learn how to succed by working together and helping your friends. This class will also get a tour of the costumes, props and set of The Rose’s production of The Little Engine That Could. This class is for diverse learners who are excited to find out what’s on the other side of the mountain.

Judy Moody & the Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt

Judy Moody & the Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt

FALL 2018
Grades 1-3
Inclusive Class for Students of All Abilities
Class Code #9-ASD-611
ROOAR! Judy Moody is back and feistier than ever! What kind of shenanigans can she and her brother Stink cook up when they allow their imaginations run wild? Will they go on a treasure hunt? Meet pirates? Find doubloons?? You and other students help decide! This class is for diverse learners who are excited to create their own adventures and get a behind the scenes look at our very own mainstage production of Judy Moody and the Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt.

Goosebumps: The Phantom of the Theater

Goosebumps: The Phantom of the Theater

FALL 2018
Grades 4-7
Inclusive Class for Students of All Abilities
Class Code #9-ASD-612
Did you hear that? No… It must have been the wind. Or was it? You get to decide what horrors are lurking in the darkness of the theater in this spooky class! This class will also get a behind the scenes tour of the costumes, props, and set of our fall mainstage production of Goosebumps The Musical. Diverse learners will use their bodies, voices, and imaginations to create haunting tales that frighten friends and family just enough to give them goosebumps....

Thumbelina's Adventures

Thumbelina's Adventures

WINTER 2018
Grades Pre-K - K (Ages 4-6)
Inclusive Class for Students of All Abilities
Class Code #9-ASD-710
What does the world look like when you are the size of a thumb? Join us in our tiny but magnificent adventures with Thumbelina and learn what it’s like to be a good friend! This class will also get a behind the scenes tour of the costumes, puppets, props, and set of our First Stage production of Thumbelina. Meet toads and fish and bees that will help you through your journey, while playing fun games and acting out as your own tiny character!
** Class will be ASL-interpreted for students who are deaf or hard of hearing.

A Time Machine Drama: Movin' and Groovin'

A Time Machine Drama: Movin' and Groovin'

WINTER 2018
Grades 1-3
Inclusive Class for Students of All Abilities
Class Code #9-ASD-711
Let the sun shine in this Winter! A class for all diverse learners, students will use their bodies, voices, and imaginations to time travel to some groovy times in the past! What would happen if you suddenly found yourself in the middle of the 1970’s? Or the future! Students will explore storytelling and different elements of the theater, such as choreography and costume design!
** Class will be ASL-interpreted for students who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Avengers: A Superhero Adventure

Avengers: A Superhero Adventure

WINTER 2018
Grades 4-7
Inclusive Class for Students of All Abilities
Class Code #9-ASD-712
With great power comes great responsibility, do you have what it takes to work with other heroes and defeat Thanos and his army of villains? In this class, students establish characters and use their acting tools to devise their own, untold stories from the Marvel universe! This class will allow students to devise their own character interactions and create scenes for the final sharing.
** Class will be ASL-interpreted for students
who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Dragons Love Tacos: A Fiery Fiesta

Dragons Love Tacos: A Fiery Fiesta

SPRING 2018
Grades Pre-K - K (Ages 4-6)
Inclusive Class for Students of All Abilities
Class Code #9-ASD-810
Did you know that dragons love tacos? Help spice up this class by finding out how to throw a wild party with all dragons in attendance. But you don’t want to spice it up TOO much! During this class, students will create characters and experience active storytelling, and get the opportunity to see the different elements behind the scenes of The Rose’s production of Dragons Love Tacos.

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.

Thumbelina's Adventures

Thumbelina's Adventures

WINTER 2018
Grades Pre-K - K (Ages 4-6)
Inclusive Class for Students of All Abilities
Class Code #9-ASD-710
What does the world look like when you are the size of a thumb? Join us in our tiny but magnificent adventures with Thumbelina and learn what it’s like to be a good friend! This class will also get a behind the scenes tour of the costumes, puppets, props, and set of our First Stage production of Thumbelina. Meet toads and fish and bees that will help you through your journey, while playing fun games and acting out as your own tiny character!
** Class will be ASL-interpreted for students who are deaf or hard of hearing.

A Time Machine Drama: Movin' and Groovin'

A Time Machine Drama: Movin' and Groovin'

WINTER 2018
Grades 1-3
Inclusive Class for Students of All Abilities
Class Code #9-ASD-711
Let the sun shine in this Winter! A class for all diverse learners, students will use their bodies, voices, and imaginations to time travel to some groovy times in the past! What would happen if you suddenly found yourself in the middle of the 1970’s? Or the future! Students will explore storytelling and different elements of the theater, such as choreography and costume design!
** Class will be ASL-interpreted for students who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Avengers: A Superhero Adventure

Avengers: A Superhero Adventure

WINTER 2018
Grades 4-7
Inclusive Class for Students of All Abilities
Class Code #9-ASD-712
With great power comes great responsibility, do you have what it takes to work with other heroes and defeat Thanos and his army of villains? In this class, students establish characters and use their acting tools to devise their own, untold stories from the Marvel universe! This class will allow students to devise their own character interactions and create scenes for the final sharing.
** Class will be ASL-interpreted for students
who are deaf or hard of hearing.

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:

  • Judy Moody & Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt, Saturday, September 15 @ 5 p.m.
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favorites, Saturday, October 6 @ 5 p.m.
  • Goosebumps: Phantom of the Auditorium – The Musical, Saturday, November 3 @ 5 p.m.
  • Return to Niobrara, Saturday, December 15 @ 5 p.m.
  • The Doll Maker’s Gift, Saturday, March 2 @ 5 p.m.
  • Winnie the Pooh, Saturday, March 30 @ 5 p.m.
  • Dragons Love Tacos, Saturday, May 4 @ 5 p.m.

The Rose has presents two productions designed for first-time audiences as a part of our FIRST STAGES series: The Little Engine That Could and Thumbelina. These shows are presented in a sensory-friendly environment with minimal lighting changes, no full black-outs and gentle sounds. The shows are performed on our smaller Hitchcock Stage that allows for a more intimate setting and often features nontraditional seating. This environment gives students the opportunity for active engagement and interaction. Please call or stop by the Box Office for more information.

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