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Goosebumps: Phantom of the Auditorium: The Musical

Adapted for the stage with Book and Lyrics by John Maclay
Music, Lyrics, Orchestrations and Arrangements by Danny Abosch

Originally Commissioned by Oregon Children’s Theatre,
Stan Foote, Artistic Director,
and First Stage, Jeff Frank, Artistic Director
Book, Lyrics, Songs, All Arrangements & All Orchestrations ©2016. 2017. Scholastic Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved
™ & © Scholastic Inc. SCHOLASTIC, GOOSEBUMPS and associated logos are trademarks and/or registered marks of Scholastic Inc.
“Goosebumps” and “Goosebumps Horrorland” series of books created and written by Robert L. Stine

We know Rose Kids who love musical theater to death...but would you really DIE to be on stage? Best friends Brooke and Zeke could not be more excited to tackle the next big Drama Club production—this year they just know they are going to be the leads. But what’s up with that spooky script the theater director has chosen—never performed because of mysterious mayhem plaguing rehearsals? And what about that creepy trap door that leads to tunnels below the stage? And what about the strange voices that echo in the theater? With such super-scary goings-on, will the show go on? Join the fright-filled fun—just in time for Halloween!—as the cast of “The Phantom of the Auditorium” tries to survive until Opening Night in this terrifying tale of musical mayhem from the mind of R.L. Stine. We’ve heard of “Stage Fright!” but—SERIOUSLY, guys—this is ridiculous!

  • Run Dates Oct 26 - Nov 11, 2018
  • Appropriate Ages All Ages
  • Duration 75 minutes
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Show dates and times

Friday, Oct. 26 at 7 pm
Saturday, Oct. 27 at 2 pm
Saturday, Oct. 27 at 5 pm
Sunday, Oct. 28 at 2 pm
Friday, Nov. 2 at 7 pm
Saturday, Nov. 3 at 2 pm* ⁂
Saturday, Nov. 3 at 5 pm**
Sunday, Nov. 4 at 2 pm
Friday, Nov. 9 at 7 pm
Saturday, Nov. 10 at 2 pm
Saturday, Nov. 10 at 5 pm
Sunday, Nov. 11 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:
  • 2nd - 6th 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, Oct. 26 at 1 pm
  • Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 10 am
  • Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 10 am
  • Thursday, Nov. 1 at 1 pm
  • Friday, Nov. 2 at 10 am
  • Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 10 am
  • Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 10 am
  • Thursday, Nov. 8 at 1 pm
  • Friday, Nov. 9 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
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About the Author and Adaptor

R.L. Stine, Author

R.L. Stine is one of the best-selling children’s authors in history. In July 1992, Scholastic introduced his Goosebumps series with “Welcome to Dead House.” Nearly twenty-five years later, Goosebumps is now one of the best-selling children’s series of all time — with more than 350 million English language books in print, plus an additional 50+ million international copies in print in 32 languages. The Goosebumps series made R.L. Stine a worldwide publishing celebrity (and Jeopardy answer). His other popular children’s book series include Fear Street, (recently revived with all new books), Mostly Ghostly, The Nightmare Room, and Rotten School. Other titles include: “It’s the First Day of School Forever,” “A Midsummer Night’s Scream,” “Young Scrooge,” and his first picture book, with Marc Brown — “The Little Shop of Monsters.” Stine and Brown’s second picture book, “Mary McScary,” was published in September 2017.

The Goosebumps TV show was the number-one schildren’s show in America for three years. The episodes can still be seen on Netflix. More recently, R.L.’s anthology TV series, R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour, won the Emmy Award three years in a row as Best Children’s Show. Goosebumps, a feature film starring Jack Black, based on the book series by R.L. Stine, was released in theaters on October 16, 2015, and opened at #1 at the box office.

R.L. Stine lives in New York City with his wife, Jane, an editor and publisher. You can connect with him on Twitter @RL_Stine. Also Facebook: For more information, visit and


Danny Abosch, Composer

Danny Abosch is a composer/lyricist whose musicals include Goosebumps The Musical (World Premiere at First Stage and Oregon Children’s Theatre), Fancy Nancy The Musical (Off-Broadway 2012-2014, National Tour 2013-2015, Cast Recording available on Ghostlight Records), Placebo (winner of the 2012 PMTP Development Award, fully produced at the Pasadena Playhouse directed by Ryan Scott Oliver, additional workshops at the University of Michigan, Oklahoma City University, Emerson College, and Pace University), Off The Wall (First Prize winner of NMI’s 2014 Search for New Musicals, 2015 workshop and concert in Los Angeles), and Miles & Me (2014 workshop at the Musical Theatre Factory in NYC). Originally from Deerfield, IL, Danny is a graduate of the University of Michigan (B.M. in Music Education), and of NYU’s M.F.A. Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. Danny studied musical theatre writing as one of twelve participants in the Johnny Mercer Songwriter’s Project at Northwestern University, where he worked closely with Broadway composers Lin-Manuel Miranda and Craig Carnelia. Three of Danny’s songs have been chosen by William Finn for his concert series “Songs By Ridiculously Talented Composers and Lyricists You Probably Don’t Know, But Should.” Danny was a founding member of the Musical Theatre Factory where he also served as its first Managing Director and co-created the acclaimed New Orchestrations series. Danny’s music has been featured on the TV shows “Dance Mom” and “Last Call With Carson Daly,” as well as in the films “Waiting in the Wings” and “Missed Connections.” Danny lives in New York City and is currently working on an exciting new musical adaptation, to be announced soon.


John Maclay, Playwright

John Maclay is a playwright who specializes in adaptations for Theatre for Young Audiences. His plays and musicals include Goosebumps: Phantom of the Auditorium (with Danny Abosch), Geronimo Stilton: Mouse in Space, Just a Little Critter Musical (with Brett Ryback), Nancy Drew and her Biggest Case Ever (with Jeff Frank), Anatole (with Lee Becker and James Valcq) and a new version of Robin Hood (with Joe Foust).

In addition to a busy schedule as a playwright and adapter of literature for the stage, Mr. Maclay proudly serves as Associate Director and Director of the Young Company at First Stage in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, one of America’s largest and most respected theatres for young audiences. Mr. Maclay has been working with First Stage in one form or another since 2000 and has directed or appeared in more than 25 First Stage productions (from classics to world premieres) as well as having produced more than 50 productions for the First Stage high school programs.

Mr. Maclay’s work as an actor or director has also been seen at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Milwaukee Shakespeare Company, Defiant Theatre, Bunny Gumbo, Bialystock and Bloom, Skylight Opera Theatre and more. When not doing all of that, he is busy teaching theatre at Carthage College in Kenosha, WI.

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.