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The Rose Theater
2001 Farnam Street
Omaha, NE 68102
(402) 345-4849



Step into the spotlight at The Rose

The Rose encourages actors of all races, ages, types and skill sets to audition for its mainstage shows. Adult and youth artists have a great time working together to produce shows at The Rose.

At the same time, being a part of a mainstage show is a big commitment, not only for the performer but for their family. Rehearsals are as frequent as six days per week and often run late into the evening. The result is a high-quality performance and memories that will last long after the spotlight has dimmed. Auditions are held on a regular basis throughout the season. For more information on mainstage auditions, please contact Interested in joining our audition email list? Fill out the form below!

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Audition Announcements

The Rose To Host Auditions On Wednesday, December 11thand Thursday, December12th2019 For Its 2020 Productions of “The Sound of Music” and “Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed”

The Rose Theater will host an audition for youth roles in its 2020 production of “The Sound Of Music” on Wednesday, December 11th, 2019

Auditions for adult roles in both “The Sound of Music” and “Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed” will be held on Thursday, December 12th, 2019.

Actors between the ages 8-18 years old should sign up for an audition time for December 11that the following website:

Actors over 18 years of age should sign up for an audition time on December 12th at the following website:

The audition will consist of a vocal audition of at least 16 bars of a musical theater song. There will also be a dance audition conducted at this time.

Callbacks will also be December 18th for all roles in “The Sound Of Music”. Callbacks for “Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed” will be scheduled at a later time.

Actors of all types are welcome to audition and must come to The Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam Street. Minority actors are wanted for lead roles. We are specifically interested in a multi-racial cast representing many ethnicities, cultures, and lived experiences. We particularly encourage black actors, indigenous actors, and actors of color, actors with disabilities, and actors of all gender expressions to submit. Gender noted below is character’s gender identity.

All performers are encouraged to audition and will be given full consideration. Contact us to discuss any and all accessibility by emailing  We will provide reasonable accommodations to individuals who request in advance. We kindly ask that accommodation requests be placed by December 4, 2019. Accommodation requests may include: ASL Interpretation, Large Print Materials, Physical Access, and Social Narratives.

The Rose Theatre does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, or any other legally protected characteristics.

“The Sound Of Music” actors must be available for weeknight and weekend rehearsals between April 28-June 4, 2020 as well as weekend performances between June 5-June 21, 2020, with one weekday performance on June 10, 2020.

“Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed” actors must be available for weekday rehearsals March 2-March 27, 2020 and weekday as well as weekend performances March 27-April 11, 2020.

This is a paid position for adult actors. Actors of all types are highly encouraged to audition and casting decisions will be made on a basis that is inclusive of disability, race, age, color, national origin, and gender identity.

Email with any questions.

About “The Sound of Music”

The world’s most beloved musical bursts onto The Rose stage, alive with The Sound of Music! 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! When Maria is dispatched from the convent to serve as governess to the seven children of the Von Trapp family, her arrival is met with resistance. But, Maria’s soaring spirit and love for music is a winning combination that helps the family unite as they face the threat of a Nazi-occupied Austria.



Maria- age 18-30s; chest mix with strong head voice

The Mother Abbess- age 30s-70s; mezzo or soprano

Sister Berthe

Sister Margaretta

Sister Sophia

Captain Georg von Trapp- 30s-50s; baritone


Frau Schmidt

Elsa Schraeder


Max Detweiler

Herr Zeller

Baron Elberfeld

Admiral von Schreiber

Youth Artist Roles

Liesl- age 16; chest mix with a head voice (low G-F#)

Friedrich- age 14

Louisa- age 13

Kurt- age 10

Brigitta- age 9

Marta- age 7

Gretl- the youngest

Rolf Gruber- age 17; lyric baritone

About “Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed”

Based on the hilarious Mo Willems book of the same name, this rockin’ musical tells the tale of Wilbur and his community of tunneling creatures. When a hat mysteriously falls into the tunnel, Wilbur discovers he is not like the other naked mole rats because he prefers to…not be naked. This heartwarming story is an empowering homage to the power of being different, wrapped within a rock and roll concert.


Wilbur J. Mole rat, Jr

Grande Mole Rat, H&M Singer

Venti Mole Rat, H&M Singer

Tall Mole Rat, H&M Singer

Grand-Pah Mole Rat, Stark Naked, Naked Mole Rat 4, H&M Singer, Announcer

Weather Mole, Naked Mole Rat 5, H&M Singer, Potential Customer, Secret Service

The Rose Theater actively recruits and seeks performers of color for all casting, recognizing the value and importance of reflecting the diversity of our audience on stage as much as possible. As one of the largest children’s theater companies in the United States, The Rose is committed to enriching the lives of children and families through live theater and arts education.

To ask any questions regarding auditions, email Please allow 24 hours for a response.


Preparing for an Audition

Every audition is different. Please read the audition announcement for specific information regarding:

  • Show title, director, available roles and contact information
  • The age range of actors we are looking for
  • Audition requirements
  • Audition, rehearsal and performance dates

Wear comfortable clothes that allow you to move freely. If applicable, we will indicate the need for specific dance wear in the audition announcement. If you have known rehearsal conflicts, please bring conflicting dates and times with you to auditions. Offers may be withdrawn for students who have more conflicts than those listed at the time of audition. Actors under age 18 must have an adult wait with them during the audition process. The Rose Theater is unable to provide supervision. Arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the audition to complete paperwork. Auditions may last several hours, so be prepared to wait. Auditions are designed to closely approximate rehearsal conditions, therefore, parents are not allowed to view their student artist’s auditions. Bring a headshot and resume, if available. If the audition is for a musical:

  • Come prepared to sing 16-24 measures from a song that highlights your voice. The song does not need to be from the musical you are auditioning for.
  • A pianist will be available. Bring sheet music.
  • You may sing a capella (without accompaniment) but this highly discouraged, as it does not allow us to make an accurate judgment on how well you follow live accompaniment.

Download Youth Audition Tips Here

A note about younger children: The minimum age to audition for a show at The Rose is age 8. We are sometimes asked about children under 8 years old who want to audition. We are thrilled that your child has shown an interest in performing, but due to rigorous rehearsal and performance schedules, we ask that young children wait until they are older to audition for our mainstage shows. We encourage younger children to participate in one of our production camps, which have more opportunities for budding young artists and child-friendly rehearsal and performance times.

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The Audition

Depending on what the audition announcement asks you to prepare, we will likely ask for one or more of the following:

  • Read directly from the show’s script
  • Perform a monologue
  • Perform a song
  • Be taught a dance combination as part of a group

In the audition room, actors will perform for the show’s director and, if applicable, an accompanist and music director. Some actors will be released without being asked to stay and dance (if the show is a musical). This does not mean they will not be cast. Nerves are a natural part of performing. We encourage student actors to accept that. We want young artists to learn from every experience at The Rose, including auditions. We always give students the chance to try again if they “mess up,” easing the pressure and stress.

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After Auditioning

Callbacks are follow-up auditions that help directors make final casting decisions. If you or your child is called back, a member of the production team will call or email with an invitation prior to the scheduled callback date, which is listed on the audition announcement. Getting a callback does not mean that you have been cast in the show. Not everyone will be called back. You will usually know within a few days if you have been called back for a particular show. If a student actor is not called back, it is appropriate to discuss with your student the fact that they will likely not be asked to participate in the show. We do not always call or write to let you know that actors have not been cast. It generally takes us two weeks to complete casting decisions but may take longer. If you are not cast in a production, you may still have had a very successful audition — we might have been looking for a different kind of performer for a particular role. Often times, great actors are not cast because they are just not what a director envisioned for a specific role. We encourage you to keep trying!

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Youth Audition Opportunities

Teens ‘N’ Theater

Teens who have not yet graduated from high school are welcome to audition for roles in Teens ‘N’ Theater shows. Audition dates and times are subject to change. While changes are rare, we encourage you to check the website regularly. For more information about Teens ‘N’ Theater auditions, please contact Stephanie Jacobson at (402) 502-4647.

The Rose Brigade

The Rose Brigade is an elite group of musical theater performers, who perform pre-shows before select mainstage productions and, in some cases, participate in local and regional competitions. Auditions for The Rose Brigade are open to singers and dancers ages 8 to 18. All students accepted to The Rose Brigade must enroll in required classes and attend all rehearsals. All members are responsible for student fees and potential travel fees. For more information on The Rose Brigade, click here or contact the Class Coordinator at (402) 502-4617.

The Dance Lab at The Rose (TDL)

The Dance Lab at The Rose dancers are selected by audition to represent The Rose in local and regional dance competitions and to perform within the community. Some competition pieces are even set by national choreographers. Auditions for are open to dancers between the ages of 5 and 18. Please note that all members are financially responsible for costumes, competition fees and potential travel fees. For more information, click here. In addition to weekly TDL rehearsals, members are required to take a number of designated ballet, jazz and tap classes per week. For more information, contact Sue Gillespie Booton at (402) 502-4633.

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