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The Doll Maker’s Gift

Book by EllaRose Chary and Fran Sillau
Music by Brian Feinstein. Lyrics by Sammy Buck
Based on The Doll Maker’s Gift by Sashi Fridman
Produced in Partnership With Deborah Denenberg

Nora is an imaginative little girl whose Russian Jewish community faces the Pogroms of the 1900s, a time of ethnic cleansing of Jews in Russia. After their cousins' village is attacked, Nora's family is forced to flee to America. They discover at the last moment that they don't have enough funds to pay for everyone's passage. Young Nora will have to stay behind, with the threat of attacks ever increasing. She is left with a family friend, a kind doll maker who offers to care for her until they can earn enough money to pay for her journey to America. Nora and the devoted doll maker show that all obstacles can be overcome with the help of good friends and community.

Featuring beautiful original music and an essential story drawn right from history, The Dollmaker’s Gift is an uplifting exploration of what makes humanity great.

  • Run Dates Feb 22 - Mar 10, 2019
  • Appropriate Ages 8+
  • Duration 75 minutes
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Show dates and times

Friday, Feb. 22 at 7 pm
Saturday, Feb. 23 at 2 pm
Saturday, Feb. 23 at 5 pm
Sunday, Feb. 24 at 2 pm
Friday, Mar. 1 at 7 pm
Saturday, Mar. 2 at 2 pm* ⁂
Saturday, Mar. 2 at 5 pm**
Sunday, Mar. 3 at 2 pm
Friday, Mar. 8 at 7 pm
Saturday, Mar. 9 at 2 pm
Saturday, Mar. 9 at 5 pm
Sunday, Mar. 10 at 2 pm

Members receive FOUR
free tickets to this show!

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

Non-Member Tickets available after August 1 for $20 each.

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


Ticket Information

Show tickets are available at Will Call, if not picked up earlier.
Lobby doors will open 45 minutes prior to the show.
Tickets that have not been claimed five minutes prior to the show may be 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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Field Trip Info


Best for Grades:
  • 4th to 10th Grade
State Requirements:
  • Retelling information from narrative text
  • Making connections between characters or events in narrative and informational text, to own life or other cultures
  • Describing how people’s actions affect others
Field trip dates and times:
  • Friday, Feb. 22 at 1 pm
  • Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 10 am
  • Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 10 am
  • Thursday, Feb 28 at 1 pm
  • Friday, Mar. 1 at 10 am
  • Tuesday, Mar. 5 at 10 am
  • Wednesday, Mar. 6 at 10 am
  • Thursday, Mar. 7 at 1 pm
  • Friday, Mar. 8 at 10 am
Field Trip Pricing:
  • Teachers are FREE!
  • $5.00 Students
  • $3.75 Students on Reduced Lunch Program
  • $2.75 Students on Free Lunch Program
  • $5.00 Adult Chaperones
  • Note: Tax will be added for out-of-state groups
Click here for online study guide

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Know Before You Go

Join Our Post-Performance Q&A Session!

A few minutes after the performance, our actors will conduct a Question & Answer session from the stage. It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the scenery, costumes, special effects, and other aspects of the production. The actors may even have a question or two for you about the story.

Meet the Cast & Get an Autograph!

Some performers will be available after the show to say hello, pose in pictures, and sign their autographs for you. You can meet them on the mezzanine level right outside the entrance to our balcony level seats.


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.


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

Parking is available for $2 in the parking 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.