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Misunderstood: Heroes & Villains

Directed by
Katherine M. Carter

Bonus concert! Treat the heroes in your life to a lineup of diabolically delightful songs in a musical journey of good and evil: Misunderstood: Heroes & Villains! Rock out as your favorite hero or villain as you enjoy renditions of popular songs from Taylor Swift, David Bowie, Katy Perry, Billie Eilish, Justin Timberlake and MORE, performed by local artists on The Rose stage. Come dressed as your favorite hero or villain as we rock out, Rose-style.

As a token of our appreciation, The Rose is giving a free ticket to "Misunderstood: Heroes & Villains" to our “hometown heroes” - educators, school employees, medical professionals and first responders. See below for information!

  • Run Dates June 4-20, 2021
  • Appropriate Ages All Audiences
  • Duration 60 minutes

In recognition of our very own “hometown heroes!”

The Rose wants to say “thank you” to all the heroes in our community by giving a free ticket to Misunderstood: Heroes & Villains to educators, school employees, medical professionals and first responders.


  • One free ticket for Misunderstood is available for anyone working in a school, medical facility or as a first responder (police, firefighters, EMTs, etc.).
  • Free ticket cannot be exchanged for any other production.
  • Available by calling the Box Office or online with the promo code HEROES
  • The hometown hero will need to show an ID from their place of employment at The Rose’s Will Call table.
  • Hometown heroes may come in either a heroes or villains costume (if they choose) — hometown hero status does not preclude from being a villain for the day.

Show Program


  • Marcel Daly
  • Lauren Krupski
  • Trey Mendlik
  • Roni Shelley Perez
  • Audrey Saucier

Artistic/Production Credits

  • Director – Katherine M. Carter
  • Music Director – Jerry Brabec
  • Choreographer – Sue Gillespie Booton
  • Assistant Choreographer – Michael James
  • Resident Stage Manager – Lisa Krabbenhoft
  • Lighting Designer – Matt Benes
  • Sound Engineer & Projections Designer – Christy Hernandez
  • Costume, Hair & Makeup Designer – Zach Kloppenborg
  • Director of Production – Erin M. Solemsaas
  • Resident Costume Designer – Sherri Geerdes
  • Technical Director – Hunter Andrews
  • Props Mistress – Devon Denn-Young
  • Scenic Charge Artist – Savannah Savick
  • Master Carpenter – Jackson Curtright
  • Stitchers – Sherri Geerdes, Zach Kloppenborg, Audio Helkuik
  • Run Crew – Jesse Groff
Marcel Daly

Marcel Daly

Marcel Daly was born and raised in Bellevue, Nebraska. While attending University of Nebraska Omaha, he has performed around the area, and graduated with a degree in Vocal Performance in 2019. Some of Marcel's recent credits include: George Bailey in It's a Wonderful Life, Reuben in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (the New Theatre Dinner and Restaurant), and Prince Char in Ella Enchanted (Rose Theater). In the future, Marcel plans to pursue a career as a performer, composer, writer and lyricist.

Lauren Krupski

Lauren Krupski

Lauren is so excited to be back on stage at The Rose for show 21! Some notable roles at The Rose include Princess Fiona in Shrek the Musical, Lucinda in Ella Enchanted, The Cat in the Cat in the Hat, Miss Shields in A Christmas Story the Musical and Julia in The True Story of the Three Little Pigs. She has also been a part of three world premiere productions at The Rose: Prancer, Pete the Cat and Howie D: Back in the Day.

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. She has also performed twice with the Omaha Symphony as concert host with the program Link Up! She has also been seen with the Sarasota Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic, and the Lima Symphony in "Gold Rush" a family concert celebrating American Composers.

Trey Mendlik

Trey Mendlik

TREY MENDLIK is ecstatic to be making his debut with The Rose Theater! Growing up attending shows at The Rose and teaching musical theatre classes for Broadway at the Rose, it's truly a dream come true to be up on the main stage. Previously, Trey was seen as Peter Cratchit on the national tour of A CHRISTMAS CAROL. His favorite credits include Seymour in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS and Marcellus in THE MUSIC MAN (Post Playhouse). Other credits include OKLAHOMA (Black Hills Playhouse), SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (Circa ’21) SISTER ACT and MARY POPPINS (Post Playhouse). Upcoming, you can see Trey in DESCENDANTS at the Rose Theater and ROCK OF AGES at Paramount Theatre in Chicago, IL. Keep up with Trey by following his journey on Instagram: @trey.mendlik

Roni Shelley Perez

Roni Shelley Perez

Roni Shelley Perez is excited to be back at The Rose! She was recently seen as the role of Lucy in The Rose Theater’s world premiere of Howie D: Back in the Day starring Backstreet Boys’ Howard Dorough. Favorite credits include: Soonja Ma (Goeun u/s) in Off-Broadway’s Comfort Women: A New Musical and Veronica Sawyer in a regional premiere of Heathers: The Musical. Perez is proudly represented by Take 3 Talent. She sends all the love to family and friends! Mabuhay!

Audrey Saucier

Audrey Saucier

Audrey is excited to be making an appearance on The Rose stage as a part of the Misunderstood cast. She was last seen in Goosebumps: The Phantom of the Auditorium as Brooke in 2018. Audrey is now a senior at Burke, and has been doing shows at The Rose since her sixth grade year. She is so excited to have one of her first post-Covid theatre experiences be at the place where it all started for her.

Katherine M. Carter

Katherine M. Carter

Katherine M. Carter is a New York based director of theatre and opera, and the co-founding Artistic Director of the MITTEN Lab. Previous: Interlochen Arts Academy, Mad Cow Theatre, On Site Opera, Carnegie Mellon University, Santa Fe Opera, Parallel 45 Theatre, Canadian Opera Company, Houston Grand Opera. New School for Drama, Joe’s Pub, Westport Country Playhouse, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre, NYMF, 3LD, NYU, and Wolf Trap. Fellowships: New Georges, The Drama League, and Playwrights Horizons. 2019 Honored Finalist for Women in the Arts & Media Coalition with playwright Jacqueline Goldfinger. Upcoming: FAR FROM CANTERBURY (Barnstormer’s Theatre), THE DESCENDANTS (The Rose Theater) With great thanks to the incredible team at the Rose Theater for bringing us together for MISUNDERSTOOD!

Jerry Brabec

Jerry Brabec

Jerry Brabec, tenor, is an Ordained Deacon on the clergy staff at Omaha Saint Paul United Methodist Church where he serves as Minister of Worship. His responsibilities include the overseeing of liturgical preparation for the congregation of 400. 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 Theater for Performing Arts the past twelve seasons, “Misunderstood: Heros and Villains” marks his 46th show as a resident 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.

Hear the songs

Honor the heroes in your life to a lineup of diabolically delightful songs in a musical journey of good and evil: Misunderstood: Heroes & Villains at Omaha’s Rose Theater in June 2021. In this playlist, you can listen to a few of the songs that have inspired the concert (and maybe even some of the songs you will hear in the show!)

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.

Fewer audience members

Our auditorium seating will be limited in capacity. Families will be seated together with empty seats between family groups.

Directed Seating

In order to maintain social distance between groups, audiences will enter through the center aisle and be directed to specific seats on a first come, first served basis. Seating groups will be spaced at least six feet apart. Audience members will exit using the side aisles only.

Social Distancing

Families are asked to stay six feet from other family groupings. It may be necessary to form a line outside of the building to maintain this distance in line.

Masks Required

Per the City of Omaha mask mandate, a mask must be worn when inside the theater.

Touchless Ticketing

Tickets must be purchased in advance, either online or by phone. When you arrive at the theater, we will check your name off a list; no need to present a ticket.

Digital programs & online activities

Show programs will be available on The Rose website. There will be no lobby activities, but activities will be available online.

Concessions and Sales Items

For your family’s safety, concessions and sales items will not be sold during the 2020-21 season. No outside snack items allowed.

One-way entry and exit

Families are asked to enter The Rose using the doors on 20th Street and exit onto Farnam Street.

No Booster Loans

Booster seats will not be available for loan from The Rose. You are welcome to bring your own seat for your child to use.

Limited Access to Restrooms

Access to restrooms will be limited due to social distancing requirements.

Drinking Fountains

Drinking fountains will not be available.

Additional Time for Seating

We realize these precautions may mean that it will take additional time to be seated. We will be opening the auditorium doors 40 minutes before showtime.

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.