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Giraffes Can’t Dance

Based on the bestselling book by Giles Andreae & Guy Parker-Rees
Script And Lyrics By Gloria Bond Clunie
Music By Elton Bradman & Lila Oleszkiewicz

Gerald the giraffe has a problem. All the other animals seem to know how to dance.
The warthogs can waltz, the rhinos can rock ‘n’ roll, even the chimps can do the
cha-cha! Gerald, with his long neck and skinny legs, thinks he cannot dance. That is,
until he discovers that “sometimes when you’re different, you just need a different song.”

Based on the bestselling picture book, this brand new musical with original songs will transport you and your family to Africa where you will meet a cast of characters guaranteed to make you laugh and think. Most of all, Gerald’s story will remind you that we all can dance when we find music that we love.

  • Run Dates April 8 - May 1, 2022
  • Appropriate Ages All Audiences
  • Duration 60 minutes
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Show dates and times

Friday, Apr. 8, 2022 at 7 pm
Saturday, Apr. 9, 2022 at 2 pm
Saturday, Apr. 9, 2022 at 5 pm
Sunday, Apr. 10, 2022 at 2 pm
Friday, Apr. 15, 2022 at 7 pm
Saturday, Apr. 16, 2022 at 2 pm
Saturday, Apr. 16, 2022 at 5 pm
Friday, Apr. 22, 2022 at 7 pm
Saturday, Apr. 23, 2022 at 2 pm † ⁂
Saturday, Apr. 23, 2022 at 5 pm **
Sunday, Apr. 24, 2022 at 2 pm
Friday, Apr. 29, 2022 at 7 pm
Saturday, Apr. 30, 2022 at 2 pm
Saturday, Apr. 30, 2022 at 5 pm
Sunday, May 1, 2022 at 2 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 2, 2021.

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

Lobby doors will open 30 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


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

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.