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How To Build An Ark

By Ellen Struve
Inspired By The Life And Work Of Joel Sartore

National Geographic photographer and Nebraska resident Joel Sartore is on a mission. For years, he has created stunning photographs of animals. His unique artistic eye and sense of humor have been focused on endangered species as well as some more common creatures. The centerpiece of Joel’s work is his “Photo Ark” project, which is a groundbreaking effort to document species before they disappear.

In this all-original wild onstage adventure, a young girl named Vita sets off on a magical journey to find Joel Sartore through his photographs. She wants to ask him which species is the most interesting on earth. What she finds along the way through friendly encounters with bears, frogs and even sea turtles, is a much bigger truth about humanity’s role in solving seemingly intractable problems. Funny, heartwarming and visually rich, this play by Omaha playwright Ellen Struve is sure to inspire your entire family!

  • Run Dates Jan 22 - Feb 21, 2021
  • Appropriate Ages All Audiences
  • Duration 60 minutes
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Show dates and times

Friday, Jan. 22, 2021 at 7 pm
Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021 at 2 pm
Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021 at 5 pm
Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021 at 2 pm
Friday, Jan. 29, 2021 at 7 pm
Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021 at 2 pm
Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021 at 5 pm
Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021 at 2 pm
Friday, Feb. 5, 2021 at 7 pm
Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021 at 2 pm † ⁂
Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021 at 5 pm **
Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021 at 2 pm
Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021 at 5 pm
Friday, Feb. 12, 2021 at 7 pm
Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021 at 2 pm
Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021 at 5 pm
Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021 at 2 pm
Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021 at 5 pm
Friday, Feb. 19, 2021 at 7 pm
Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021 at 2 pm
Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021 at 5 pm
Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021 at 2 pm
Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021 at 5 pm

Members receive FOUR
free tickets to this show!

Additional tickets can be purchased by members for $12 each. (Regularly $20.)

Single Tickets are available for $20 each.
Single Tickets on Sale August 14, 2020.

All tickets purchased over the phone or online are subject to a $5 service fee per ticket. 

Reservations Required. CALL 402.345.4849 or click the “Purchase Tickets” button above.
(Members may now reserve their free member tickets online.)

 


Ticket Information

The Rose will incorporate touchless ticketing for this show. Please purchase tickets online or via phone prior to showtime for a no-contact experience.
Lobby doors will open 45 minutes prior to the show.
Ticketholders who have not checked in five minutes prior to the show may have their seats released or sold.

† ASL interpretation for the deaf and hard of hearing is provided
** Sensory-friendly show
⁂ Audio description services for the blind are provided

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Know Before You Go

Accessibility

Everyone deserves a chance to experience the magic of theater. Performances are open to children and family members of all abilities. Click here to learn more about accessibility at The Rose.

Social Stories

A social story is a tool that helps individuals better understand the world around them so they can plan for a positive experience, even if they are going into an place that is unknown to them. Social stories help individuals know what to expect and what to do in unfamiliar situations by walking them through the experience. They are often used by individuals on the autism spectrum, children with sensory needs or those with other special needs. They can be very helpful for very young children anticipating their first theatrical experience. The Rose’s social stories feature photos of all areas of the theater to help children of all abilities with a step-by-step explanation of what it is like to visit The Rose, as well as answering questions they may have. Click here to access The Rose’s show-specific social stories.


Theater Location

The Rose is located in downtown Omaha at 2001 Farnam Street on the southwest corner of 20th & Farnam Streets.

Directions

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.


Safety at The Rose

For generations, The Rose has been a trusted friend for children and families. We may be doing things a little differently this season, but our commitment to you is still the same.

Throughout this pandemic and in the days that follow, we promise that we will continue to be the place where families can be inspired by the magic of theater.

As our community begins to re-open, we re-commit to being a place where your family can enjoy the performing arts safely and securely.

From onstage performances to classroom experiences, we are dedicated to the health and well-being of every individual — young people, parents, grandparents, educators, artists and staff. This may mean that you encounter some changes during your Rose experience, and we ask for your cooperation and partnership with us to ensure the safety of everyone involved.

Here are just a few examples of our commitment to your safety:

Enhanced cleaning procedures

The auditorium and lobby will be thoroughly cleaned before and after each performance for your family’s safety.

Fewer audience members

Our auditorium seating will be limited in capacity. Families will be seated together with empty seats between family groups.

Directed Seating

In order to maintain social distance between groups, audiences will enter through the center aisle and be directed to specific seats on a first come, first served basis. Seating groups will be spaced at least six feet apart. Audience members will exit using the side aisles only.

Social Distancing

Families are asked to stay six feet from other family groupings. It may be necessary to form a line outside of the building to maintain this distance in line.

Masks Required

A mask should be worn by adults and children ages 5+ when in line or in the lobby area, or at any time when social distancing cannot be maintained. Masks may be removed when seated in the auditorium.

Touchless Ticketing

Tickets must be purchased in advance, either online or by phone. When you arrive at the theater, we will check your name off a list; no need to present a ticket.

Digital programs & online activities

Show programs will be available on The Rose website. There will be no lobby activities, but activities will be available online.

Concessions and Sales Items

For your family’s safety, concessions and sales items will not be sold during the 2020-21 season. No outside snack items allowed.

One-way entry and exit

Families are asked to enter The Rose using the doors on 20th Street and exit onto Farnam Street.

No Booster Loans

Booster seats will not be available for loan from The Rose. You are welcome to bring your own seat for your child to use.

Limited Access to Restrooms

Access to restrooms will be limited due to social distancing requirements.

Drinking Fountains

Drinking fountains will not be available.

Additional Time for Seating

We realize these precautions may mean that it will take additional time to be seated. We will be opening the auditorium doors 40 minutes before showtime.

Digital streaming of shows

During the 2020-21 season, if circumstances require The Rose to cancel a performance, we have made arrangements with a professional videographer to record a high-quality video of most member shows. This video, featuring engaging, high-definition images, dynamic film-quality editing of close-ups and wide angles, will be made available to members in the event that we cannot physically welcome you into our building.

In addition, we are also offering a digital-only ticket package, giving your family a front-row seat to The Rose — right from the comfort and safety of your living room! This option is perfect for families who want to maintain social distancing, who live outside the Omaha metro area or others who cannot physically attend shows at the theater.

While the world around us changes, you can be assured that The Rose remains committed to you and your family, and that we continue to be a place where you and your children can experience the joy and spectacle of the performing arts together.