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Shrek The Musical

Based on the DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture and the book by William Steig.
Book and Lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire. Music by Jeanine Tesori.
Originally produced on Broadway by DreamWorks Theatricals and Neal Street Productions.

Shrek The Musical TYA is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

Everyone’s favorite ornery ogre is coming to Omaha’s Rose Theater in his own merry musical! Join all of your favorite friends and fiends from the Oscar®-winning DreamWorks Animation film—from lovely damsel-not-so-distressed, Fiona; to the “noble steed,” Donkey; to the very short and villainous Lord Farquaad and a cast of classic (but cracked) storybook characters—as they challenge the surly Shrek to become an unlikely and reluctant hero. This fractured fairytale farce will leave you with a song in your heart and lots of giggles in your guts!

  • Run Dates Sept 30 - Oct 16, 2016
  • Appropriate Ages 5+
  • Duration 75 minutes
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Cast & Crew


Shrek – Robby Stone
Fiona – Lauren Krupski**
Donkey – Nik Whitcomb**
Dragon/Mama Bear/Duloc Performer – Sue Gillespie Booton
Lord Farquaad/Guard/Knight – Brian Guehring
Gingy/Wicked Witch/Bluebird Puppeteer – Colleen Kilcoyne**
Wolf/Thelonius/Duloc Performer/Knight/Bishop/Grumpy Dwarf – Jennifer Castello**
Pinocchio/Duloc Performer/Knight – Regina Palmer**
Pig #1/Duloc Performer (double-cast) – Wayne Hudson*/** & Mallory Vallier
Pig #2/Duloc Perfomer (double-cast)Francesca Kerhofs* & Belle Rangel
Pig #3/Duloc Performer (double-cast) – Payton Johnson* & Grant Mannschreck
Teen Fiona/Peter Pan/Duloc Performer (double-cast) – Kelly Kroeger* & Claire Booton*/**
Ugly Duckling/Duloc Performer/Knight (double-cast) – Ananya Amarnath & Austin Lempke*/**
Young Fiona/Baby Bear/Duloc Performer (double-cast) – Audrey Saucier* & Justine Hoye

*DRAMA and/or BROADWAY at The Rose student
** Rose Teens ‘N’ Theater Alum or Current Participant
Blue Cast Performs: 10/1 (2pm & 5pm), 10/2 (2pm), 10/8 (2pm), 10/9 (2pm), 10/14 (7pm), 10/15 (2pm)
Red Cast Performs: 9/30 (7pm), 10/7 (7pm), 10/8 (5pm), 10/9 (5pm), 10/15 (5pm), 10/16 (2pm & 5pm)



Director – Fran Sillau
Assistant Director – Joey Galda
Choreographer –  Sue Booton
Musical Director – Jerry Brabec
Scenic Designer – Christopher Rhoton
Lighting Designer – Craig Moxon
Sound Designer – Laura Hensley
Costume Designer – Sherri Geerdes
Director of Production – Erin Solemsaas
Technical Director – Greg Rishoi
Props Artisan – Liz Spray
Stage Manager – Ashleigh-Dawn Kriegh-Fleming
Scenic Charge Artist – Lauren Crabtree
Master Carpenter – Robert Ortiz, Jackson D. Curtright
Costume Shop Foreman/Hair & Makeup Designer – Erin Bragg
Lighting Apprentice – Rose Mormino
Stage Manager Apprentice – J.J. Jones
Scenic Apprentice – Megan Bolander
Load In Crew – Bart Vargas, Liz Noser, Sean Kimberly
Stitchers – Meghan Boucher, Caulene Hudson, Carol-Ann Skinner, Audio Helkuik, Rebecca Bragg, Erin Bragg, Sherri Geerdes
Run Crew – Avi Littky

Robby Stone

Robby Stone

Robby is excited to be back at The Rose Theater. He has been in "Honk," "A Christmas Story," "Jackie & Me," "The Cat in the Hat" and "Big Nate – The Musical." Robby has played Peter Cratchit, Topper, and Jake in "A Christmas Carol" at the Omaha Community Playhouse. He has also performed in musicals for St. Bernadette, Bellevue Little Theater, Ralston Community Theater, and Burke High school. At Burke High School, he was drama club president, assistant and student directed plays, and tried to involve himself in everything that had to do with the arts. He thanks his friends and especially his parents for being so supportive and helpful with achieving his dreams.

Lauren Krupski

Lauren Krupski

Lauren is so excited to be performing in "Shrek The Musical!" She has been seen onstage at The Rose in "The Reluctant Dragon," "A Christmas Story: The Musical" and in "The Cat in the Hat as Fish." Some past favorites at The Rose have been "A Year with Frog and Toad," "George and Martha: Tons of Fun," and "Click Clack Moo: Cows that Type." Outside of The Rose Lauren has been seen in "Tigers Be Still" at the Omaha Community Playhouse as part of the 21 and Over Series. Lauren has also performed with Nebraska Shakespeare on tour as Maria in "Twelfth Night" and Don John/Margaret in "Much Ado About Nothing." Lauren has also appeared On the Green with Nebraska Shakespeare in "Much Ado About Nothing" as Ursula.

Nik Whitcomb

Nik Whitcomb

Nik Whitcomb is excited to be back on The Rose Theater stage! Other Rose Theater credits include "Pete the Cat," "Honk," "A Christmas Story: The Musical," "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," "High School Musical 1 & 2," "Seussical: The Musical," and three years with the award-winning Pride Players improv troupe. Nik received a TAG nomination for his portrayal of Ronald McCowan in the Omaha Community Playhouse production of Hands on a Hardbody last season and has for the Riant Theatre Company sBroadway production-performed and stage managed Off in New York City. Nik holds a BA in theatre with an emphasis in acting and directingfrom Creighton University and is currently serving as the Rose Theater's first artistic fellow. Nik sends love to his mother for her undying support and is excited to perform for you today!

Sue Gillespie Booton

Sue Gillespie Booton

Sue has appeared on The Rose stage recently in "Pete the Cat" and "The Cat in the Hat." Her national tour credits include "Annie Get Your Gun," "Beehive," and "Grease." Her credits include "Rocky Horror" (Columbia), "Ring of Fire" (Ensemble) and "Always, Patsy Cline" (Louise,) for Artist Repertory Theater. She was an original cast member in Omaha's longest running musical, "Beehive" (Brenda Lee, Petula Clark, Janis Joplin), and appeared in shows on Royal Carribean, Carnival, Royal Viking and Europe's Sally Cruise Lines. Other Rose stage appearances include "Diary of a Worm, a Spider and a Fly" (Mrs. McBee), "Pinkalicious - The Musical" (Dr. Wink/Allison), "Velveteen Rabbit" (Ensemble), "Charlotte's Web" (Templeton/Narrator/Goose), "The Little Engine That Could" (Blue Dress Girl), "Cinderella" (Fairy Godmother), and "Miss Nelson is Missing" (Miss Nelson/Viola Swamp) Choreographic credits include "Mary Poppins," "A Christmas Story," "Tarzan," "Narnia," "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," "Madeline's Christmas," "High School Musical," "High School Musical II," "The Cat in the Hat" and "Annie - The Musical." She was a 2015 Theater Arts Guild Best Choreographer nominee for "Mary Poppins," recipient of the 2014 National Freddy G Award given to outstanding musical theater educators, 2014 Theater Arts Guild nominee for her choreography of "Tarzan," and awarded the 2014 Theater Arts Guild Education Award. She is The Rose Theater's Resident Choreographer and Director of BROADWAY at the Rose, as well as the Rose Brigade and Transcendtrix Performing Company.

Brian Guehring

Brian Guehring

Brian is the Education Director / Playwright in Residence for The Rose and has been a member of the resident acting company here since 1999. He was most recently seen in "Honk," "Mary Poppins," and as Will Scarlet, Prince John and Friar Tuck in "Robin Hood." Some of his favorite roles at The Rose include Toad in "A Year with Frog and Toad," Sharktooth in "How I Became a Pirate," the Mouse King in "The Nutcracker," and Stepsister in the ballet "Cinderella." As the Education Director, Brian teaches after school, Saturday morning, and summer acting classes here at The Rose and annually directs the award winning teen theater troupe Pride Players. He has also written over 25 scripts for the company including "Sherlock Holmes & the First Baker Street Irregular," "The Grocer’s Goblin and The Little Mermaid," "The Misfits," "Where the Red Fern Grows," "The Super Adventures of Nutrition Woman and Dr. Exercise," "Brave Little Tailor," and "The Bully Show." Brian's scripts have won several national and regional awards and have been produced by professional theater for young audiences and schools across the country.

Colleen Kilcoyne

Colleen Kilcoyne

Colleen Kilcoyne recently returned from an internship with the National Association of Play Therapy, India in Bangalore, India and is currently working as a Rose Theater Teaching Artist Fellow. She has recently appeared at The Rose in Honk!, at Creighton University as Sally Bowles in Cabaret (TAG Award Nomination, OEA Nomination), Percy Talbott in The Spitfire Grill,Carlotta in Phantom, Leonata in Much Ado About Nothing, and Penelope Pennywise in Urinetown. She was also featured as a soloist for the Marvin Hamlisch Tribute with the Omaha Symphony, performing “At the Ballet” with Donna McKechnie and Jodie Benson.

Jennifer Castello

Jennifer Castello

Jennifer is an actor, teacher, and writer who now calls Omaha her home. She earned her BFA at The Theatre School at DePaul University. While in Chicago, her scripts were performed at ATC, Chicago Dramatists, Wrights of Spring Festival, and Circus Theatricals. In 2007, she won the Zach Helm Playwriting Scholarship for her one-act, A Speech for Tobias Hawkins. She also holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Stonecoast, and is the author of a Young Adult book about growing up in Omaha, along with short stories about robots and spaceships and dragons. She also has worked as Omaha North’s drama teacher and now is a Teaching Artist with Nebraska Arts Council, Nebraska Writers Project, and The Rose. This last August, she was seen in the world premiere of My Broken Doll (Beate Stern) at the Circle Theater.

Regina Palmer

Regina Palmer

Local actress Regina Palmer is so excited to be performing in the Rose’s production of Shrek the Musical as one of her favorite characters, Pinocchio. This past year, you may have seen her on stage as Dotty Moffett in Caroline or Change at the OCP, a Wei Hung Lo girl/ice fairy/ church lady in Blue Barn’s production of Little Nelly’s Naughty Noel, and in Walk the Night: Where madness lies as The Fool. Other credits include the Siren in Sirens at the Omaha Community Playhouse, Actor 4 in We are proud to present a Presentation at SNAP! Theater and Brandi in The Curious Disappearance of Mulder the Cat at Firebelly Rep. When she isn’t performing, she’s massaging at local spas or attending school. Regina would like to thank the Rose Theater for allowing her to perform on their stage once again, the directing staff, and her boyfriend and mother for putting up with her schedule.

Fran Sillau

Fran Sillau

Fran Sillau is the accessibility coordinator at The Rose Theater in Omaha and the new artistic director of Circle Theatre. Over the past decade, Fran has served as a teacher, writer, director, actor and producer. With an extensive background in theatre for youth, Sillau has worked for both Lexington Children’s Theatre and Omaha Theater Company. His most notable professional accomplishments have been that of teacher and director. Sillau has been the recipient of an Access Grant from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and served as a teaching artist fellow for VSA, an affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Currently, he conducts arts education professional development for teachers. To date, he has conducted workshops in Iowa, Nebraska, Kentucky, North Dakota, Tennessee, New York State, Washington State, Connecticut and at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington D.C. Another focus of Sillau is in teaching workshops specifically for youth with physical and developmental disabilities. In this work, he uses theater as a tool to help every child, disabled or not, to see the good and power within themselves. He holds an MFA in Directing and Inclusion from Goddard College. His professional activities can be found at


BWW Review: SHREK THE MUSICAL is freakish fun – Broadway World, October 2, 2016

‘Shrek’ tells tale of acceptance, friendship – Omaha World-Herald, September 29, 2016

‘Shrek The Musical’ to open at The Rose Theater – Broadway World, September 26, 2016

The Rose Announces the Cast of ‘Shrek The Musical – Daily Nonpareil, September 15, 2016

Rose Announces ‘Shrek’ Cast – Broadway World, September 14, 2016


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  • Overture
  • Big Bright Beautiful World – Shrek
  • Story of My Life – Pinocchio, Wicked Witch, Peter Pan, Ugly Duckly, 3 Pigs, Mama Bear, Wolf, Guard
  • The Goodbye Song – Ensemble
  • What’s Up, Duloc – Duloc Performers
  • What’s Up, Duloc (Part 2) – Lord Farquaad & Ensemble
  • What’s Up, Duloc (Reprise) – Lord Farquaad & Ensemble
  • I Know It’s Today – Young Fiona, Teen Fiona & Adult Fiona
  • Travel Song – Donkey & Shrek
  • Forever – Dragon, Knights & Ensemble
  • This Is How A Dream Comes True – Fiona
  • Who I’d Be – Shrek & Fiona
  • Morning Person – Fiona
  • I Think I Got You Beat – Fiona & Shrek
  • Make a Move – Donkey & Ensemble
  • Morning Person (Reprise) – Fiona
  • Big Bright Beautiful World (Reprise #1) – Shrek
  • Freak Flag – Gingy, Wolf, Wicked Witch, Pinocchio, Ugly Duckling, 3 Pigs, Mama Bear, Baby Bear & Ensemble
  • Big Bright Beautiful World (Reprise #2) – Shrek
  • Finale – Fiona, Shrek, Donkey & Ensemble



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Know Before You Go

Show Guide

Click here to download the “Going to The Rose Guide,” a show guide will help your family prepare for the show. The show guide contains a story synopsis, character information and helpful information about the show’s content. In addition, it also offers show-related discussion ideas and more.



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 the show may be released or sold.


The Rose is surrounded by several metered parking spots, active from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The cost is $0.25 per hour or $10 per day. Metered parking is free on Sundays and holidays. Free parking is available in the Wells Fargo parking lot on the northwest corner of 20th and Farnam streets on weekends and after 5:30 p.m. on weeknights.


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.

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.

Sensory-Friendly Performance

The 5 pm performance on Saturday, October 8 is designated as “sensory-friendly,” which means special accommodations will be made for families attending with a child who has sensory issues. Accommodations will vary, but may include:

  • A private room for congregating before the show
  • A special reserved seating area
  • A private post-show question and answer period
  • Reduced ticket prices

A Rose staff member will indicate that a loud or scary moment is about to happen in the show by lifting up a glow stick. This allows children to prepare for a scene that may be overwhelming.

A helpful social story to help your child prepare for their experience at The Rose can be downloaded below. A hard copy of this document will also be available in the lobby on the day of the show.


Hands-On Exploration

Be sure to join us before each mainstage show for special activities designed to expand your theater experience. A variety of exciting and thought-provoking activities centered around the show theme will engage and entertain your family. Each show’s activity is different — you may find yourself trying your hand at different stage techniques, creating an awesome craft or sharing your thoughts and feelings with other audience members. All activities are offered free of charge. See the theater lobby for more information.

We understand that sometimes the worksheets get lost on the way home from the theater. If you misplaced your papers from your visit to The Rose, you can download new copies here:

Kids Program

Create Your Own Shrek Ears

Make Your Own Freak Flag




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Shrek The Musical to open at The Rose Theater

Shrek The Musical to open at The Rose Theater


Everyone's favorite ogre is back and bigger than ever in Shrek The Musical (TYA), the hilarious stage spectacle based on the Oscar-winning hit film by Dreamworks Animation. The 75-minute production opens at The Rose Theater on Sept. 30 and continues through Oct. 16. Part romance and part twisted fairy tale, Shrek The Musical is an irreverently fun show the entire family will enjoy and a message audiences of all ages will appreciate.