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Ella Enchanted

By Karen Zacarías. Music By Deborah Wicks La Puma Adapted From The Book By Gail Carson Levine

Ella enjoys an enchanted but complicated life in the kingdom of Frell. When her well-meaning—but self-centered—fairy godmother, Lucinda, bestows a “gift” of obedience on Ella, she fails to consider the complicated consequences. Ella’s mother warns her to never tell others of her "gift,” but when her mother is gone, her often absent father, Sir Peter, remarries. Soon Ella finds herself shipped off to finishing school and at the mercy of self-serving stepsisters who sniff-out her secret. Will Ella’s true talent for learning languages—and a developing friendship with Prince Charmont—allow her to curtail the curse of her unwanted gift and live a life not controlled by others? This brand-new musical adaptation of a modern fairytale favorite offers a tried-and-true kind of storytelling with a tart, and thought-provoking, twist!

  • Run Dates Oct 25 - Nov 10, 2019
  • Appropriate Ages All Ages
  • Duration 75 minutes

Cast & Production

Cast

Ella – Aguel Lual
Mother/Dame Olga/Menagerie Creature/Giant Bride – Joey Hartshorn
Lucinda/Bird/Mistress Manners – Lauren Krupski
Sir Peter/Menagerie Creature/Ogre 1/Giant Groom/Squire – LaDareon “LD” Copeland
Hattie/Servant 1/Menagerie Creature/Ogre 2/Giant – Shannon Duke
Olive/Servant 3/Menagerie Creature/Ogre 3/Giant – Carina DuMarce
Prince Charmont/Servant 2 – Marcel Daly

Artistic/Production

Director/Co-Choreographer – Nik Whitcomb
Assistant Director – Amanda Harris
Music Director – Jerry Brabec
Co-Choreographer – Sue Gillespie Booton
Scenic Designer – Kathy Voecks
Costume/Makeup Designer – Zach Kloppenborg
Lighting Designer – Craig S. Moxon
Sound Designer/Engineer – Christy Hernandez
Production Stage Manager – Meghan Boucher
Director of Production – Erin M. Solemsaas
Technical Director – Hunter Andrews
Props Mistress – Devon Denn-Young
Resident Stage Manager – Lisa Krabbenhoft
Costume Director – Sherri Geerdes
Scenic Charge Artist – Savannah Savick
Master Carpenter – Jackson Curtright
Stage Management Apprentice – Kira Sheffer
Scenic Apprentice – Megan Bolander
Lighting Apprentice – Bailee Boisclair
Run Crew – Jessica Burrill-Logue & Alphonse Kroeten
Stitchers – Sherri Geerdes, Zach Kloppenborg, Jill Maenner, & Audio Helkuik

Aguel Lual

Aguel Lual

Ella -
Aguel Lual is a recent graduate of the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film at UNL and could not be more excited to be making her Rose debut! Some of her favorite credits are Kate "Monster in Avenue Q" (Nebraska Repertory Theatre) Maurice in "Lord of The Flies" (Nebraska Rep) and Emmie Thibodeaux in "Caroline, Or Change" (Omaha Community Playhouse.) She also loves sharing theatre with young audiences and has worked as a Teaching Artist with Flatwater Shakespeare’s Little But Fierce program.

Marcel Daly

Marcel Daly

Prince Charmont/Servant -
Marcel Daly is excited to be returning to The Rose Theater in "Ella Enchanted". Born and raised in Bellevue, Nebraska, he has loved performing since elementary school. As an alumni from Bellevue West High School, he was selected to represent Nebraska at the Jimmy Awards as a national nominee in New York City. Since then he has performed around the Omaha area, and graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a degree in Vocal Performance. Marcel's credits include: Benny in "In the Heights" (SNAP! Productions) Davy in "Newsies" (Rose Theater), Prince Eric in "The Little Mermaid" (Rose Theater), and Archibald Craven in "Secret Garden" (UNO Theatre Production). Marcel was last seen in "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" as Reuben at the New Theatre Dinner and Restaurant in Kansas. In the future, Marcel plans to pursue a career as an actor, composer, writer and lyricist.
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Lauren Krupski

Lauren Krupski

Lucinda/Bird/Mistress Manners -
Lauren was last seen on stage at The Rose in "The Cat in the Hat” as the Cat. Some other notable roles at the Rose include Princess Fiona in "Shrek the Musical," Miss Shields in "A Christmas Story," Penny in "Honk!," and Julia in "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs." She also was a part of two world premiere productions at The Rose: "Prancer" and "Pete the Cat." Lauren has also performed many times with the Omaha Symphony in their family and educational shows. She has been seen in their educational program Mission Imagination for two years, performing in The Misadventures of Melvin the Explorer and The Symphonic School Bus. Most recently she performed with the Omaha Symphony as concert host with the program Link Up! She has also been seen with the Sarasota Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic, and soon to be seen with the Lima Symphony and San Diego Symphony in "Gold Rush," a family concert celebrating American Composers.

Joey Hartshorn

Joey Hartshorn

Mother/Dame Olga/Menagerie Creature/Giant Bride -
Joey Hartshorn is making her Rose Theater debut in "Ella Enchanted". Brand spanking new to the area, she is excited and honored to be part of the Omaha theatre scene. She was recently seen in OCP’s "Ragtime" (Emma Goldman), she received the Barbara Ford Award for the 2018-2019 Season at OCP for her role as Marge in "Bridges of Madison County". Some favorite past roles include, Penelope Pennywise ("Urinetown"), Nellie Lovett ("Sweeny Todd"), Margaret White ("Carrie the Musical"), Vivian Bearing ("Wit"), Becca ("Rabbit Hole") God of Carnage ("Annette"), Sheila ("Boys Next Door") Pirates of Penzance ("Ruth") and some favorite directing credits include Greenday’s "American Idiot", "Dogfight", "Spring Awakening", "Heathers", "Closetland", "Beauty and the Beast" and "Next to Normal".
Joey is currently a Music Director and Creative Arts Director at First Lutheran Church in South Sioux City, a vocal artist with Resonance and a teaching artist with OCP.
She is grateful to her family and friends for their love and support and would like to thank all those involved in "Ella Enchanted" for making this a rewarding experience.

LaDareon

LaDareon "LD" Copeland

Sir Peter/Menagerie Creature/Ogre/Giant Groom/Squire -
LaDareon Copeland (LD) is one of the Teaching Artist Fellows and is so excited to be making his Rose debut in "Ella Enchanted". This Georgia peach graduated from Young Harris College in 2016. While there, he performed in multiple productions such as "Rent" (Tom Collins), "The Producers" (Carmen Ghia), and "Fences" (Jim Bono) where his school had the first fully African American cast production and was nominated for an Irene Ryan scholarship. He also was blessed to make his directorial debut at his college with "Songs for a New World". After graduation, LD worked for multiple children’s theaters such as First Stage Children’s Theater, Missoula Children’s Theatre, CLIMB Theatre in Minnesota, and Bay Area Children’s Theater where he originated the role of Ramone in "Peg + Cat Live". When he is not performing on The Rose stage, he also performs as Rustina Roze promoting equality, body positivity and love. He is so thankful for this opportunity to work with such an amazing cast. He would like to thank Matt and Nik for believing in him for this production and his cast and crew for being such a supportive team.

Shannon Duke

Shannon Duke

Hattie/Servant/Menagerie Creature/Ogre/Giant -
Shannon grew up and trained in Southern California. After graduating from school she joined The Young Americans to train and travel all over the world. After participating as a guest artist and educator in the US, UK, and Japan, she then took off to finish her education. As of this May, she graduated from Midland University with a Bachelors Degree in Arts Management. During her time there, she had the opportunity to play some noteworthy roles. Some of which included Mrs. Peacock ("Clue on Stage"), Queen Aggravain ("Once Upon a Mattress"), Mrs. Meers ("Thoroughly Modern Millie"), and Aldonza ("The Man of LaMancha"). She joined The Rose last season for her debut as The Manager in "Elf the Musical", and has since become a guest educator for Musical Theater Classes. She sincerely hopes you enjoy today’s production, and thanks you for your support.

Carine DuMarce

Carine DuMarce

Olive/Servant/Menagerie Creature/Ogre/Giant -
Carina hails from the lovely land of South Dakota but studied Theater Arts at Minnesota State University Moorhead, in Moorhead MN. While living in the Fargo/Moorhead area, Carina worked as a freelance theater artist directing, choreographing, prop designing, stage managing, teaching, and acting. In Fall of 2018, Carina made their way to The Rose Theater to start as a Teaching Artist Fellow.
Some of their favorite projects include "Winnie the Pooh" (as Winnie the Pooh), "Darkness Like A Dream" (as Hermia), "The Jungle Book" (as Baloo), "Eurydice" (Director), "Cinderella: If the Shoe Fits" (Director/Choreographer), "A Year with Frog and Toad" (Stage Manager) and Disney’s "The Little Mermaid" (Stage Manager/Prop Designer).
To every one in the cast and creative team, thank you. What a magical show we’ve created.
To every young human in the audience, do not be afraid to use your voice to stand up for what is right. “The power of language is vital you see, real understanding unites you and me. Words are like magic, comic or tragic. I want to know what you say.”

Sue Gillespie Booton

Sue Gillespie Booton

Co-Choreographer -
Sue Gillespie Booton's national tour credits include "Annie Get Your Gun", "Beehive", and "Grease". Most recent credits include "Elf" (Sam/Mrs. Santa), World Premiere of "The Dollmaker's Gift", (Pola/Rebecca), "Rocky Horror" (Columbia), "Ring of Fire" (Ensemble) and "Always, Patsy Cline" (Louise). She was an original cast member in Omaha’s longest running musical, "Beehive" (Brenda Lee, Petula Clark, Janis Joplin), and appeared in shows on Royal Carribean, Carnival, Royal Viking and Europe’s Sally Cruise Lines. Other Rose stage appearances include "Madagascar" (Gloria), "Cinderella" (Fairy Godmother) and "Cat in the Hat", (Thing #1). Choreographic credits include "Elf The Musical", "Matilda", Disney’s "Newsies", "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever", "Madagascar", "Mary Poppins", "A Christmas Story", "Tarzan", "Narnia", "Peter Pan", "HONK!" and "Annie - The Musical". She won the 2019 Omaha Entertainment Award for "Outstanding Choreography" for "Newsies" and is the 2020 nominee for both "Elf" and "Matilda". She was inducted into the Nebraska Music Hall of Fame summer, 2019 and is the 2014 recipient of the National Freddy G Award given to outstanding musical theater educators as well as the 2014 Theater Arts Guild Education Award winner. Sue is The Rose Theater’s Resident Choreographer and Director of BROADWAY at The Rose, which includes The Rose Brigade and Dance Lab at The Rose. She is thankful to return to Omaha and continue her professional career at The Rose Theater near friends and family.

Jerry Brabec

Jerry Brabec

Music Director -
Jerry Brabec, tenor, is an Ordained Deacon on the clergy staff at Omaha St. Paul United Methodist Church where he serves as Minister of Worship. His responsibilities include the overseeing of liturgical preparation for the congregation of 500. He also serves as choral director for Temple Israel’s Kol Rina. Awarded the Master of Music degree from the University of Nebraska, he studied choral conducting with Dr. Cina Crisara and Dr. Z. Randall Stroope. As a chorister of the acclaimed Robert Shaw Festival Chorus at Carnegie Hall, he sang for five years under the baton of the late Robert Shaw, was twice selected one of six participants in the Alice Parker Melodius Accord Fellowship Program and frequently continues his conducting studies with Ms. Parker during January in New York. At the Rose for the past eleven seasons, “Ella Enchanted” marks his 39th show as a visiting music director/vocal coach. He also serves as music director for the nationally acclaimed Rose Brigade, one of the award winning offerings of the Broadway at The Rose program. Formerly, Jerry taught at the high school level for Council Bluffs Community Schools, served as associate artistic director of the Omaha Clarion Chorale, and as artistic director for the Kanesville Chorus and Renaissance Faire of the Midlands.

Nik Whitcomb

Nik Whitcomb

Director/Co-Choreographer -
Nik Whitcomb is a theatre artist, casting director, and Rose Kid currently based in Chicago, IL where he is a Casting Associate with Paskal Rudnicke Casting and serves as the Associate Producer/Director of Casting at Haven Chicago. Nik is thrilled to be back at The Rose Theater where he learned everything about anything. You may remember Nik from his onstage performances in "A Christmas Story", "Pete the Cat", "Honk!", "Shrek the Musical", and many others. He has also been seen at the Blue Barn ("Little Nelly's Naughty Noel"), performed at the Great Plains Theatre Conference, and earned a number of awards (TAG, OEA, Elaine Jabenis Cameo Award) for his performance as the Dryer/Bus in "Caroline, or Change" at the Omaha Community Playhouse. Nik was also a Rose Theater high school intern, college intern, the inaugural Artistic Fellow, a member of the front of house team, membership department, and a contract teaching artist for a number of years. Since leaving Omaha, Nik has had the pleasure of working with artists across the Midwest both on and off the stage. He has spent time in major regional theatres like the Guthrie (Minneapolis), Ordway (St. Paul), and Goodman Theatre in Chicago. Nik also did a short stint in New York where he made his Off Broadway debut. Most recently Nik has been involved in the development of a new musical in Chicago by Davyd Reddyk and Ethan Krupp called "Hildegard: An Unfinished Revolution" and has directed for Collaboraction Theatre, The Theatre School at DePaul, assistant directed "Nina Simone: Four Women" with Kenneth L. Roberson at Northlight Theatre in Skokie, IL, and devised a musical experiment entitled "To The Sea" with The Stillwell Institute for Contemporary Black Art. Omaha directing credits include "Smart People" and "The Divine Order of Becoming" (Assistant Director) with the Performing Arts Collective at the Union for Contemporary Art, "Seussical the Musical" at Omaha North High School, assistant director for "Ivy & Bean" and "Plastic Drastic" on The Rose mainstage, and co-director for "The Young Playwrights Festival" and "Pride Players" in the Teens 'n' Theater series. Nik is honored to be back home at his artistic home and to be working with this remarkable team on telling this story. He would like to thank his mother for her undying support and you for sharing in this moment with us. Nikwhitcomb.com.

Show Program

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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.

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.