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Judy Moody & Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt

Adapted for the stage by Allison Gregory
Based on the book series by Megan McDonald

Based on the books: “Judy Moody” and “Judy Moody & Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt” written by Megan McDonald and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds. Published by Candlewick Press, Inc.
This play was co-commissioned by First Stage, Adventure Theatre MTC, Bay Area Children’s Theatre, The Rose Theater, Oregon Children’s Theatre, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte and Orlando Repertory Theatre.

School is starting again and all of Judy Moody's friends will have thrilling tales of their summer vacations to depict in their “Me Collage.” But Judy hopes an exciting end-of-summer family vacation adventure on Ocracoke Island—a mysterious place packed with legends of pirates and treasure hunts!—will make her the envy of her whole class. Based on two favorite tales from the beloved book series by Megan McDonald, this rollicking tale finds Judy and Stink in a race for their lives (or at least their pride) to win the Pirate Challenge and give Judy more than a boring T-shirt to represent her amazing summer vacation. You absolutely CANNOT MISS this brand new stage adaptation!

  • Run Dates Sept 7-23, 2018
  • Appropriate Ages All Ages
  • Duration 65 minutes

Show Program

Cast & Credits


  • Judy Moody – Kendra Ball
  • Stink – Robby Stone
  • Mom/Cap’n Mom – Mareshah Smith
  • Dad/Pegleg Dad – Karl Houser
  • Tall Boy/Rocky – Al Kroeten
  • Student/Smart Girl – Hayley Greenstreet
  • Mr. Todd/Scurvy Sam/Crab’s Claw Server/Tour Guide – Zach Kloppenborg
  • Student/Treasure Hunter/Parrot Voice/Park Ranger/Docent – Jessica Burrill-Logue

Production & Design Team

  • Director – Kevin Ehrhart
  • Assistant Director – Katie Otten
  • Stage Manager – Lisa Krabbenhoft
  • Scenic Designer – Matthew D. Hamel
  • Lighting & Sound Designer – Craig S. Moxon
  • Costume Designer – Sherri Geerdes
  • Hair & Makeup Designer – Erin Bragg
  • Director of Production – Erin Solemsaas
  • Technical Director – Greg Rishoi
  • Props Master – Devon Denn-Young
  • Scenic Charge Artist – Savannah Savick
  • Master Carpenter – Jackson Curtright
  • Sound Apprentice – Christy Hernandez
  • Stage Management Apprentice/Run Crew – Kali Coates
  • Lighting Apprentice – Elton Bradley
  • Stitchers – Sherri Geerdes, Erin Bragg, Audio Helkiuk, Jill Maenner
Kendra Ball

Kendra Ball

Kendra Ball is a Teaching Artist here at The Rose. Last season she appeared as Felicite Rose and the Dormouse in Wonderland: Alice's Rock & Roll Adventure and Kowalski in Madagascar on The Rose stage. Kendra received her B.F.A. in Theatre for Youth from Samford University, and she has previously worked with Lexington Children’s Theatre, the Virginia Samford Theatre, and Center Stage School of Dance as a performer, teaching artist, director, and choreographer. Kendra is also a playwright, and her work has been produced at Samford University, IMAGINE!, and here at The Rose! Some of her favorite performance credits include Peter Pan (Peter Pan), Puck (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Grace Poole (Jane Eyre: A Musical Drama), Norman Weasel (The Wind in the Willows), and a one-woman show entitled The Amish Project. As she likes to say: May we always strive to push ourselves to the limits of creativity and test the boundaries of our imaginations!

Robby Stone

Robby Stone

Robby is happy to be at The Rose again in this show. He has also been seen in Shrek The Musical as Shrek, Big Nate as Nate Wright, Jackie and Me as Joey Stoshack, Cat in the Hat as The Boy, Peter and the Starcatcher as Mack, and more. He wants to thank his friends for supporting him, the artists he has a chance to work with, and his parents who have shown him nothing but love and support.

Mareshah Smith

Mareshah Smith

Mareshah is making her Rose Theater debut in Judy Moody as the role of Mom/Cap'n Mom. She recently made her Omaha Community Playhouse debut in Mamma Mia (ensemble). Other roles consist of but not limited to Kitty Hawk in Sympathy Jones, Aunt March in Little Women, and the ensemble in Little Shop of Horror, In her spare time she enjoys drawing, mosaics, and playing the flute. Mareshah is looking forward to many more opportunities to perform in the community and would like to thank her Family for always being supportive.

Karl Houser

Karl Houser

Actor, Comedian and Man-about-town Karl Houser is thrilled to be returning to The Rose mainstage. Karl, a high school graduate, studied the theater arts under the tutelage of Jeffrey Nienhueser. Karl brings a treasure trove of experience to the table having played the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz, Pontifer in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Prince John in Robin Hood. A soon to be alumni of The Backline improv theater, Karl performs regularly in the Omaha improv scene. Karl can be caught sporadically standing up comedy and is available for birthdays (as a guest only please) When Karl isn’t on stage he spends his time hosting and writing a variety of podcasts, including Omaha’s own Early Afternoon Tonight, where Karl has interviewed Omaha politicians, musicians, artists, business owners, and people of all walks of life. Karl spends his few remaining hours with his supportive and beautiful wife, Jessica, and his supportive and beautiful dog, Toblerone. In Judy Moody, Karl’s boisterous comedy brings life to every character, whether it be Dad or Pegleg Dad!

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 in 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 Phinneas in CURIOUS GEORGE AND THE GOLDEN MEATBALL, King Julien in MADAGASCAR: A MUSICAL ADVENTURE, and in PETER PAN and HAROLD AND THE PURPLE CRAYON.

Hayley Greenstreet

Hayley Greenstreet

Hayley Greenstreet comes from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She earned her BA in Theatre from Wake Forest University in 2015, and has since worked as an Education Intern at Lexington Children's Theater in Kentucky and, after working as a Teaching Artist Fellow, is returning for her second year as a Rose Teaching Artist Contract! She has multiple interests within the theater realm including education, performance, directing, and props mastering. She has most recently performed in The Rose's productions of The Meaning of Maggie and Babe The Sheep Pig. She hopes to continue her work with Theater for Young Audiences by attending grad school in the upcoming years (though she is not sure where yet)! She is so very happy to be working at The Rose Theater where she and the rest of the wonderful education staff continue to engage, inspire, and empower students every day. Thank you for joining us for Judy Moody and Stink!

Zach Kloppenborg

Zach Kloppenborg

Zach Kloppenborg is a director and costume designer. He is a proud collaborator with The Colonel Mustard Amateur Attic Theatre Company in Lincoln, for whom he has directed and designed five world premiere productions, including Jurassic Park: The Musical: 3D, and this summer’s The Brothers Karamazov (Unabridged). Favorite past on-stage credits include Lancelot/French Taunter/Tim the Enchanter (“Spamalot”), Annas (“Jesus Christ Superstar”), Sam Byck (“Assassins”), Gordon (“Dead Man’s Cell Phone”), and George Frideric Handel (“Coram Boy”). When his apartment isn’t buried in an avalanche of fabrics, Zach enjoys accidentally killing houseplants with his favorite wife, Mariel, and their spoiled-rotten cockapoo, Ozzy.

Jessica Burrill-Logue

Jessica Burrill-Logue

Jessica Burrill-Logue (various roles) is thrilled and honored to be back on the beautiful Rose main stage kicking off a fabulous new season. After making her debut here as Bunny’s friendly sidekick, Mouse, in Goodnight Moon, she is excited to be on another amazing adventure! Her recent credits include Bird/Fox/Musician- Kerfuffle's The Caterpillar's Footprint, Netti Pisghetti -Curious George and the Golden Meatball, Blynken - Wynken, Blynken, and Nod; Sheep/Dog/Duck - Babe The Sheep Pig; Widow Douglas/Mary Jane - Huck Finn; and Mouse/Dog/Baby Bear - Good Night Moon. Jessica has been the voice for commercials and videos in the metro when not behind the camera herself, and has worked on shows for CBS and the Discovery Channel. She is originally from Maine but is celebrating her 5th year living in Nebraska by learning more about her new state through local Nebraska fiber farmers and artists. Jessica is professional fiber artist and educator in the Omaha area, and when not on stage she enjoys spending time with her two amazing artistic daughters Jules and Jocey, her fuzzy little farm of adorable dwarf angora bunnies, and knitting or weaving in her vintage 1969 Yellowstone camper. She would like to thank her family and friends for always supporting her crazy dreams, allowing her to dance among the stars, being okay with never growing up and helping forever find joy in the journey.

Kevin Ehrhart

Kevin Ehrhart

Kevin Ehrhart has been a member of the Omaha Theater Company staff since 1989 as a Director/Actor/Instructor and Chief Technology Officer. While at the Theater, he has directed main stage, studio theater and national touring productions. His directing credits include Charlotte’s Web, Treasure Island, Old Yeller, The Giver, A Year in The Life of Frog and Toad and Pinkalicious. Recently, Kevin directed – Sherlock Holmes and First Baker Street Irregular and Cat in the Hat. Kevin’s acting credits include George Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life, Cat in the Hat in Seussical and George in George and Martha. As an instructor, Kevin teaches Acting Technique classes for BROADWAY at the Rose and DRAMA at the Rose classes on Saturday mornings.

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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.


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.

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Always Be Opening: How Co-Commissions Shape New Work for Kids

When Allison Gregory’s play Judy Moody and Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt premiered at Oregon Children’s Theatre this past October, it came with some unexpected challenges, as all world premieres do. But unlike most playwrights unleashing a new play on the world, Gregory knew going in that she’d have at least six more chances to open it.

Based on the book series by Megan McDonald, Judy Moody is a co-commission between seven theatres for young audiences (TYAs): Oregon Children’s Theatre in Portland, Ore.; Bay Area Children’s Theatre in Oakland, Calif.; Orlando Repertory Theatre; First Stage Children’s Theater in Milwaukee; Adventure Theatre MTC in Glen Echo, Md., the Rose Theater in Omaha, Neb., and Children’s Theatre of Charlotte. All of the theatres contributed financially and artistically to the development of the play, and each theatre is giving the play its own production over the next year (Bay Area Children’s Theatre’s is currently running through May 27th).