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Pride Players: A Rose Teens ‘N’ Theater Production

Pride Players is celebrating its 22nd year! Pride Players educates, entertains and inspires activism in our audiences of teens, parents, teachers and community members. The group uses improvisation to create songs, poetry, monologues, and skits that explore what it means to be a gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer or ally teen in Omaha. The group has been honored by many groups including The National Education Association, Heartland Pride, and American Alliance for Theater and Education.

Final Performance: Pride Players will host a digital watch party of their final performance online with a Q&A following.

Facts About Pride Players:
• We have produced 22 full productions (the twenty traditional years and two best of productions)
• We have had over 473 teens perform as Pride Players.
• Reached over 14,000 teens, parents, teachers, counselors, and community members
• Helped raise almost 40,000 for our community partners: GLSEN, Proud Horizons, and PFLAG Omaha
• Given over $17,000 in Tracy Iwersen Scholarships to graduating seniors
• Toured to the 2018 Midwest BLGT College Conference as a key note performance, Iowa State School
counselors Conference, the Iowa State Conference for LGBT safety in schools, the 2006 LGBT Task Force
Creating Change National Conference in Kansas City, a Nebraska student education conference, a national
theater education conference in Utah, and several local colleges, high schools, conferences, events, and
community meetings.
• Worked with gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer youth and student groups in Kentucky, California,
Wisconsin, Iowa, Boston, Kansas City, Lawrence, and Pittsburgh to collaborate with them to create new skits,
help them start their own troupes, or to perform some of our skits
• Pride Players has been honored by:
- The Rockefeller Foundation with a Performing and Community Transformation National Grant
- The National Education Association with a 2006 Human and Civil Rights Leadership Award
- American Alliance for Theater and Education as the keynote performance for 2012 conference
- Heartland Pride as Grand Marshalls of the 2011 Heartland Pride Parade.

  • Run Dates Digital Streaming Watch Party date/time tbd
  • Appropriate Ages 13+
  • Duration 60 minutes

Know Before You Go

 

PRIDE PLAYERS #22

Welcome to the 22nd year of Pride Players! We are so excited to be back, and we are happy to have you join us. This Pride Players is going to be different than any other, and we know you must have a lot of questions, so we are here to answer them for you!

What Is Hybrid?

Pride Players this year is planning on being hybrid. This means that when you join, you will get to decide if you want to attend rehearsals in person at The Rose Theater, or completely virtually over Zoom. The rehearsals will happen synchronously, with the Zoom projected into our in-person rehearsal room at the same time. This way, we can be working together, even in separate places!

What About The Final Performance?

Where we typically have a weekend of shows at The Rose with audiences in person, this year’s final performance will be recorded and presented online. We will record the sketches in person and over Zoom and then put them all together to create a full video performance. You will be able to share the performance link with family and friends for a live watch party of the show with a Q&A following!

What Are The Safety Measures In Person?

Everyone who comes into The Rose Theater must wear a mask and social distance – that also applies for our rehearsals. We will have marks 6 feet apart in our rehearsal room. Students should stay home and join rehearsals over Zoom if they believe they have been exposed to Covid-19; our teaching artists and directors will do the same.

Anyone who feels sick or has any Covid-19 symptoms should NOT come to rehearsal in-person and can still join over Zoom if they feel well enough. We will likely be taking temperatures at the door as well, and anyone who has a temperature of a fever will be sent home that day. 

When Will We Cancel?

For classes and rehearsals, we go by the Douglas County Health Department’s multi-factorial health dial, which you can find online. If the dial is in yellow or orange, we can proceed with in-person rehearsals and classes. If the dial hits red, we must move all programming online. That decision will be made on the Mondays of each week and you will receive an update once we know how we are going to proceed.

That All Being Said…

We cannot wait to begin this process and learn alongside you this year. If you have any other questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your directors!

With Pride,

Brian Guehring (he/him)     Jay Hayden (they/them)     Farrah Sklar (she/them)

briang@rosetheater.org     jayh@rosetheater.org     farrahs@rosetheater.org

INFORMATION MEETINGS

WHO:

  • Young people who are interested in Pride Players
  • Ages 13-18 (middle school and high schoolers who have not yet graduated)

WHAT:

  • Pride Players #22 information meetings where directors will explain the process for getting each show from concept to final production and interested students will experience a short rehearsal.
  • Pride Players educates, entertains and inspires activism in our audiences of teens, parents, teachers and community members. The group uses improvisation to create songs, poetry, monologues, and skits that explore what it means to be a gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer or ally teen in Omaha. The group has been honored by many groups including The National Education Association, Heartland Pride, and American Alliance for Theater and Education.

WHEN:

  • Information meetings: Wednesday Oct. 21 & Tuesday Oct. 27 2020 at 6:00PM (on Zoom)
  • Rehearsals are from November 3rd to the first week of February 
    • November-December: Tuesday & Wednesday from 6pm-8:30pm
    • January-February: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday from 6:15pm-8:30pm
      • Final performance watch party date/time tbd

WHERE:

If you for some reason cannot make one of the information meetings or you have questions, please email Brian Guehring or Jay Hayden.