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Giraffes Can’t Dance: The Musical

Book & Lyrics by Gloria Bond ClunieMusic by Elton Bradman & Lila Oleszkiewicz
Based on the book by Giles Andraea & Guy Parker-Rees

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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Field Trip Info


Best for Grades:
  • Pre-K to 3rd 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:
  • Fri. April 8 at 10 am
  • Tues. April 12 at 10 am
  • Wed. April 13 at 10 am
  • Thurs. April 14 at 1 pm
  • Fri. April 15 at 10 am
  • Tues. April 19 at 10 am
  • Wed. April 20 at 10 am
  • Thurs. April 21 at 1 pm
  • Fri. April 22 at 10 am
  • Tues. April 26 at 10 am
  • Wed. April 27 at 10 am
  • Thurs. April 28 at 1 pm
  • Fri. April 29 at 10 am - SOLD OUT
Field Trip Pricing:
  • Teachers are FREE!
  • $5.00 Students
  • $3.00 Students on Free/Reduced Lunch Program
  • $5.00 Adult Chaperones
  • Note: Tax will be added to groups that do not have a tax exemption code on file

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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.

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.

Masking Policy

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Rose has been committed to creating a safe space for our students, audiences, families, staff and volunteers. As we move into the latest phase of COVID-19, we recognize the need to re-evaluate our policies and procedures.

With the recommendation of the CDC, and vaccinations not being available for our target and most vulnerable audience members, The Rose is REQUIRING masks to be worn at all times in our building. This includes audience members during mainstage performances.

Thank you for your support of The Rose! We appreciate your help in making The Rose a safe place for all.

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.