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Dragons Love Tacos

Written by Ernie Nolan.

Based on the Book By Adam Rubin and Illustrated By Daniel Salmieri.
Published by Penguin Group.

Discover the dietary delights and dilemmas of DRAGONS in this fun-filled farce! In this hilarious adaptation of Adam Rubin’s giggle-generating book, we meet Boy—and his faithful fido, Leroy--as they wrestle with a particularly stubborn homework problem. When Mom suggests that they take a break while she runs out to pick up dinner, a sharp-suited spokesperson on the TV suddenly draws Boy and Leroy into a documentary about dragons and their favorite food: TACOS! Before long, they are swept up into the "Dos & Don’ts" of serving tasty treats to big beasts. Fortified with his new dragon knowledge, will Boy make a homework breakthrough? Come join the culinary quest and find out!

  • Run Dates Apr 26 - May 12, 2019
  • Appropriate Ages All Ages
  • Duration 45 minutes

Show Program

Cast

Boy – Dana Pittman
Leroy, A Dog – Krysta Stock
Man in Suit – Al Kroeten
Dragon – Nadia Ra’Shaun Williams
Dragon – Alisha Davis
Dragon – Karl Houser
Dragon – Matthew Kischer
Mom Voice – Francesca Hogan

Artistic/Production Credits

Director – Denise Chapman
Movement Coordinator – Ashley Laverty
Scenic Designer – Jeff Stander
Costume Designer – Sherri Geerdes
Hair & Makeup Designer – Erin Bragg
Lighting Designer – Craig S. Moxon
Sound Designer – Christy Hernandez
Production Stage Manager – Kali Coates
Director of Production – Erin M. Solemsaas
Technical Director – Greg Rishoi
Props Mistress – Devon Denn-Young
Resident Stage Manager – Lisa Krabbenhoft
Scenic Charge Artist – Savannah Savick
Master Carpenter – Jackson Curtright
Associate Lighting Designer – Elton Wayne Bradley
Scenic Apprentice – Austin Watson
Run Crew – Jesse Groff
Stitchers – Sherri Geerdes, Erin Bragg, Audio Helkiuk, Jill Maenner

Dana Pittman

Dana Pittman

Dana Pittman is originality from Flint, MI and is a graduate of The University of Michigan. She is currently a Teaching Artist Fellow at The Rose theater. Her acting credits at The Rose include playing Sammy/Ensemble in the touring production of The Adventures of Silver Cash: Money Detective, and Grandpa Mole/ Toadette/ Ensemble in Thumbelina. She is excited to play Boy in this fun-filled farce!

Krysta Stock

Krysta Stock

Krysta Stock is 33 years old, married to the brilliant, supportive, and good looking Michael David, has a brand new son named Kaden, and is thrilled to be performing as Leroy the Dog. Krysta earned a BFA in Musical Theater from the University of Central Florida in 2007, and has performed for children all over the world. She toured the U.S. for two years as part of a Christian Drama Company, she was a performer at Disney World, was part of the Madagascar crew performing in shows for the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. Krysta especially loved being a motivational speaker for the NED Show, that took her all over the United States, and England and Australia. Then she dropped it all, went back to school, got another degree in Ministerial Leadership from Southeastern University and partners with her husband as a children's pastor at Dream City Church Omaha. Theater will always and forever have a huge part of her heart, and she is so honored to be performing at the Rose this season. Special thanks must go out to her Mother, Father in Law, and several church friends who selflessly watched her son during the rehearsal period. It takes a village!

Al Kroeten

Al Kroeten

Alphonse Kroeten made his acting debut in 2002 as “Ren” in FOOTLOOSE THE MUSICAL. Since then, he has performed on over one hundred stages across the United States and Europe, including Disney’s Animal Kingdom, New York City’s David Geffen Hall, and Norte Dame de Paris. After attending Midland Lutheran College and attaining his B.A. in Music, under direct tutelage of nationally recognized composers/directors Dr. Eric Richards and Jim Elsberry, Alphonse began touring nationally, with Omaha Theater Company, in THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD (2010), THREE MERSER MEYER CLASSICS (2011), and DIARY OF A WORM, A SPIDER, AND A FLY (2014). Alphonse is thrilled to be returning to The Rose Theater main stage after appearing as Emile in GOOSEBUMPS THE MUSICAL: THE PHANTOM OF THE AUDITORIUM, Tall Boy in JUDY MOODY & STINK: THE MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD TREASURE HUNT, Phinneas in CURIOUS GEORGE AND THE GOLDEN MEATBALL, King Julien in MADAGASCAR: A MUSICAL ADVENTURE, as well as PETER PAN and HAROLD AND THE PURPLE CRAYON.

Nadia Ra'Shaun Williams

Nadia Ra'Shaun Williams

Nadia is thrilled to be making her Rose MainStage debut, a full circle moment (she took her first acting class here!) An Omaha based Equity Membership Candidate, she spent the past year studying musical theatre and dance at Millikin University. For the past three summers she has been on tour as a performance intern with Broadway Dreams; studying under Quentin Earl Darrington, Christopher J. Hanke, and Diana DeGarmo, as well as choreographers Maxx Reed, Otis Sallid, and Victor Jackson. Dionne, Hair (Nebraska Repertory Theatre); Vivica Stanton, The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin (The Union); Owl, The Owl & The Bull, and Simone, Misreadings (Millikin) “A ton of energy, and a whole lot of light!) @nadiarashaun nadiarashaun.com

Alisha Davis

Alisha Davis

Alisha Davis is from Omaha, NE; a graduate of Central High School, and UNO. She made her debut in 2018 as Granddaughter in Centering The Margins - Branch & Bone, directed by Denise Chapman at the Union for Contemporary Art. Alisha is an accomplished Photography Artist, Yoga Instructor, and wellness advocate through her businesses Davie Grams, LLC and Davie’s Dojo.

Matthew Kischer

Matthew Kischer

Matthew Kischer is an actor, writer, technician, and director. His last production he acted in was at The Bellevue Little Theatre in “Cheaper by the Dozen”. Major acting credits include “Always…Patsy Cline” at the Performing Arts Repertory Theatre, “Spring Awakening” at the University of Nebraska Omaha and “Sherlock Holmes and the 1stBaker Street Irregular” at the Rose Main Stage Theatre. He has directed multiple personal projects including a full production of 1010 Club a one-act play he wrote, as well as The Water That Flows and Drowns a two-act play he wrote. He was a Young Dramatist for the GPTC of 2016, and had a ten-minute play of his produced at The Rose Theatre as a part of the Young Playwright’s festival. Also at the Rose, he was a Rose High School Theatre Intern his senior year of High School which further expanded his love for theatre. He has done multiple technical positions for productions around Omaha, and he is an extra for the Local 42 a company that does load-ins, and load-outs for touring shows that come into Omaha. He has studied one year at the University of Nebraska where he was pursuing a degree in Theatre with a concentration in Acting and Directing, but he is leaving Omaha in the fall to pursue musical theatre at the performing arts 2-year conservatory program at Stephens College in Columbia Missouri. He is very grateful to be working with this amazing group of artists in Dragons Love Tacos as one of his last productions in Omaha, and thanks Denise Chapman for this amazing opportunity.

Karl Houser

Karl Houser

A veteran of nameless characters, (Dad- Judy Moody, Old Woman- Madagascar) Karl Houser (Dragon) is thrilled to be back again at The Rose. A trained alumni of the Backline Theatre for Improv, and currently studying with Big Canvas, Karl can be seen anywhere the Omaha art scene will allow him. You can find his recent work with Vanity Project on facebook @VanityProjectImprov. Online you can find Karl on Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram and Tiktok @VeryGreatKarl. In person you can see Karl performing most weekends at The Backline with house teams Bounce House, Interrogated and with Vanity Project. Karl would like to thank his lovely wife Jessica for everything and anything forever.

Denise Chapman

Denise Chapman

Denise Chapman is beaming with joy about making her directorial debut here at The Rose. She graduated from Creighton University with a BA in theatre. She went on to receive her MFA from the Theatre Conservatory at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. After graduation she performed with Qwest Educational Programs touring elementary and middle schools in the greater Chicago land area and worked as a Solo performing artist. She returned to Omaha in 2006 and worked with Blue Barn’s Witching Hour for three years as Co-Artistic director/ensemble member and at the Omaha Community Playhouse as the director of education and outreach. She is an alumni of the fellowship program at the Union for Contemporary Art and was an Artist in Residence at the Carver Bank project. Currently she is the Producing Artistic Director of Performing Arts at The Union for Contemporary Art and an adjunct professor at Metro Community College and the University of Nebraska Omaha. Past Directing Credits include "The Divine Order of Becoming", "Bourbon at the Border", "Center the Margins", "The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin" and "More Than Neighbors". (The Union) "The Crowd You’re in", "Neighborhood Tapestries", "Voices from the Center"- Great Plains Theatre Festival (GPTC), "Withlove Felicia", "Love is not Abuse" – Malcom X Center, "House
of Blue Leaves", "Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf" (Circle Theatre),"The Good Doctor" (Creighton University) "Sand Mountain" and "Brighton Beach Memoirs" (Midland Lutheran University) "Sweet", "Tell Martha Not to Moan", "Marvelous Country", "Turpentine Jake" (Readings for GPTC) "The Nightshade Tapes", "Hello Madness", "If", and "Hysterical Blindness 3" (Blue Barn’s Witching Hour) Acting credits include: Mildred D Brown
– "Northside Carnation", Sophie - "Flying West", Ester - "Intimate Apparel" Omaha Community Playhouse, Loretta - "Breathe" - GPTC, Ensemble - "Down and out in Heaven and Hell" – Blue Barn’s Witching Hour.

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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

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).

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