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The Meaning of Maggie

Adapted by Victoria Stewart
Based On The Book By Megan Jean Sovern
Published by Chronicle Books

As befits a future President of the United States of America, Maggie Mayfield has decided to write a memoir of the past year of her life. And what a banner year it’s been! During this period she has been Student of the Month on a regular basis, an official shareholder of Coca-Cola stock, and the defending Science Fair champion. Most importantly, though, this is the year Maggie has to pull up her bootstraps (the family motto) and finally learn why her cool-dude dad is in a wheelchair, no matter how scary that is. Full of instantaneously relatable characters, The Meaning of Maggie is a story about how growing up is an adventure that lets us strengthen the best parts of ourselves and reaffirms the importance of family.

  • Run Dates Jan 26 - Feb 11, 2018
  • Appropriate Ages 8+
  • Duration 75 minutes

Show Program

Cast & Credits

Cast

  • Maggie – Mallory Vallier
  • Mom – Kim Clark-Kaczmarek
  • Dad – Ken Palmer
  • Layla – Hayley Greenstreet
  • Tiffany – Kendra Gliem
  • Clyde – Kyle Summers
  • Grandma/Margo – Haley Haas

 

Artistic/Production Credits

  • Director – Matthew Gutschick
  • Playwright – Victoria Stewart
  • Costume Designer – Sherri Geerdes
  • Scenic Designer – Bridgette Dreher
  • Lighting/Sound Designer – Craig S. Moxon
  • Hair & Makeup Designer – Erin Bragg
  • Production Stage Manager – Lisa Krabbenhoft
  • Production Director – Erin Solemsaas
  • Technical Director – Greg Rishoi
  • Props Mistress – Devon Denn-Young
  • Scenic Charge – Lauren Crabtree
  • Master Carpenter – Jackson Curtright
  • Light Apprentice – Matthew Benes
  • Run crew/Scenic Apprentice – Saylor Novonglosky
  • Asst. Sound Designer/Sound Apprentice – Christy Hernandez
  • Stitchers – Sherri Geerdes, Erin Bragg, Audio Helkiuk
Mallory Vallier

Mallory Vallier

Mallory Vallier is proud to return to The Rose stage in The Meaning of Maggie. She was last seen playing a pig in the title role of Babe, The Sheep Pig. Mallory’s recent stage credits include Sherrie in Rock of Ages at the Omaha Community Playhouse (Bill Bailey Debut Award), Heather McNamara in Heathers at the Bluebarn Theater (TAG Award - Best Ensemble), and playing the Angel in the staged reading of Angels in America at the Omaha Community Playhouse. She is also a founding member of The Three Ladies, producing musical theatre cabarets in Omaha. Outside of performing, Mallory has her degree in Vocal Music Education and is a substitute teacher for various school districts in the Omaha area. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and son, and eating all the sushi and bagels. Enjoy the show!

Kim Clark-Kaczmarek

Kim Clark-Kaczmarek

Kim Clark-Kaczmarek possesses a B.A. in theatre from Nebraska Wesleyan University and a Master’s in Theatre from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. She is happy to back at the Rose after playing several roles in Babe the Sheep Pig. Other Rose credits include: Prancer, Jackie and Me, A Little House Christmas and National Tours of Richard Scarcy's Busytown and Treasure Island. Kim is very involved, both on and off stage, in the Omaha theatre community including working with the Living Picture Project, Nebraska Shakespeare, Omaha Community Playhouse, Great Plains Theatre Conference, and Nebraska Repertory Theatre. She is a teaching artist for SNJ Studios, The Arts In Motion, Why ARTS and is on the artist roster for the Nebraska Arts Council Artists in Schools program. She and her husband, Anthony, are proud parents of little Stella.

Ken Palmer

Ken Palmer

Ken gives thanks to Megan, Matt, Victoria and The Rose Theater for bringing this brave new story to life. Born in Pittsburgh, and now at home in Los Angeles, Ken has been a Member of The Actors’ Gang Theater Company since 1996. Plays include: Salome, Progressive Chain Bowling, Kick-Ass Militia, Celebrity, Foursome, and The Exonerated, where he was a member of the original cast which tours the nation to help expose the failure of the death penalty.

Films include “A Little Princess,” “Trip/Fall,” and “Artificial Intelligence”. He’s also toured L.A. schools, shelters, and youth detention centers with Project A.B.L.E. Ken enjoys creating fun shorts like “School Yard Politics” with MoveOn.org, "LUI 400" screened at Sundance and the series "Dynamic Change". Ken is a member of the “New Mongrels” and the “Superbroke Superhero’s” where he fights the Evil Anti-Groove with his drums and his saxophone.

Ken thanks his parents for taking him and his sister Charlene to shows as a kid.

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 this year at The Rose as a Teaching Artist Contract! She has multiple interests within the theater realm including, but not limited to: educating, performing, directing, and props mastering. She has most recently performed in The Rose's productions of Babe The Sheep Pig, Huck Finn, and Thumbelina. 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 The Meaning of Maggie!

Kendra Gliem

Kendra Gliem

Kendra is one of three Teaching Artist Fellows here at The Rose Theater. She moved to Omaha in August from Cedar Falls, IA where she graduated with her B.A. in Theatre: Performance as well as Theatre for Youth from the University of Northern Iowa (UNI). She was in the show Point A to Point B here at The Rose in the Fall of 2017 and is currently teaching the Alice in Wonderland inclusive classes on Saturdays! Kendra was also an actress in youth productions at UNI such as Palette of Possibility and WONDERland. When Kendra isn't performing or teaching, she really enjoys playing games, exploring the sights, and enthusiastically greeting every dog she sees.

Kyle Summers

Kyle Summers

Kyle Summers is more than excited to return to The Rose Theater to take on the greatest role of a lifetime as a Teaching Artist. He recently received his BA in Theatre Arts from Carson-Newman University in East Tennessee. Kyle was most recently seen in the first stage show Point A to Point B. Some of his favorite shows he has been a part of include: Diary of Anne Frank, The Lion, the Witch, and The Wardrobe, Big River, and Noises Off. Kyle would like to thank his director, cast, co-workers, and of course, the people 748 miles away in Tennessee.

Haley Haas

Haley Haas

Haley Haas is a native of Yankton South Dakota and holds a BFA in theatre from Creighton University (2004). She works as a teaching artist and facilitator with the Union for Contemporary Arts, and the Minnesota Humanities Center. Haley worked for 15 years as an actor and the Training and Education Director for R.E.S.P.E.C.T., a touring educational theatre company. She has also been seen on stage at The Rose in Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse and the Wizard of Oz. Favorite regional shows include: Silent Sky (Henrietta), The Dresser (Irene), and Six Degrees of Separation (Elizabeth) at the Blue Barn Theatre, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Honey) at The Circle Theatre, Crimes of the Heart (Babe) and Top Girls (Angie/ Dull Gret) at Creighton University; and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Candy Star) at the Lewis and Clark Theatre Company.

Matthew Gutschick

Matthew Gutschick

Matthew’s recent directing credits at The Rose include Prancer and A Christmas Story. Other directing credits include Cyrano with Parallel 45 The Sparrow, Twelfth Night and Anon(ymous) at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, Wuthering Heights at the Mint Theatre in New York, and Whacked Fairy Tales at Twin City Stage. His plays have been workshopped/produced by Wordsmyth Theatre Company, Horse Trade Theater Group (NYC), Reverie Productions (NYC), Tri Sate Actors’ Theatre, and Magic Chicago. Matthew’s work for MagicMouth Theatre won a New Horizons Playwriting Award and the company premiered a new magic-theatre piece, A Christmas Carol In Prose with Parallel 45 in Traverse City, MI. He is the former artistic director of the Children’s Theatre of Winston-Salem and completed a fellowship with the Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis under the mentorship of Peter Brosius. Matthew assisted Peter Brosius on productions of 500 Hats of Bartholemew Cubbins and A Christmas Story. He is a former Managing Director of the Yale Cabaret where he produced over 14 world premieres. Matthew is also the recipient of a Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Fellowship in Entrepreneurship, a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, and a graduate of the School at Steppenwolf. He holds a BA in Theater from Wake Forest University and received an MFA in Theater Management from the Yale School of Drama. He is in his fifth season as artistic director of the The Rose.

Victoria Stewart

Victoria Stewart

Victoria Stewart graduated from the University of Iowa Playwrights’ Workshop. Her plays include Rich Girl (co-produced by George Street Playhouse and Cleveland Playhouse), Hardball (Live Girls! Theater, SPF), 800 Words: The Transmigration of Philip K. Dick (Caravan Theatre, Workhaus Collective, Live Girls! Theater), Live Girls (Urban Stages, WHAT, Stage Left), Mercy Watson To The Rescue (Children’s Theatre Company, to be produced by Marin Theater Company in 2014), The Last Scene and an adaptation of Henry James’ The Bostonians. She also collaborated on Fissures (lost and found) produced at the 2010 Humana Festival. Recently, she wrote a screenplay for HBO and co-created Clandestino about the INS raid in Postville, IA. She has received the Francesca Primus Award, a McKnight Advancement Grant, the Helen Merrill Award, and the Jerome Fellowship. She is a satellite member of the Workhaus Collective and a member of WGA West.

Know Before You Go

Tickets

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Parking

Public parking is available in the Douglas County parking garage at 1910 Harney Street (19th & Harney Streets). The cost is $1.50 for the first hour and $1.25 for each additional hour.

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Accessibility

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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.

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Review: Rose Theater's 'Meaning of Maggie' is deep for a kids' play

Review: Rose Theater's 'Meaning of Maggie' is deep for a kids' play

Unlike some children’s plays, “The Meaning of Maggie” deals with real-life issues.

The show, which premiered Friday at the Rose Theater, examines how one family copes when a parent is chronically ill. Dad has to quit work because of escalating multiple sclerosis, and mom gets a cleaning job at a hotel. She’s not as available to the girls — preteen Maggie, middle child Tiffany and late high-schooler Layla — and they feel the loss.

A 12-year-old looks for meaning in her life

A 12-year-old looks for meaning in her life

12 year old Maggie is still trying to learn about life. And, no surprise, that’s complicated. She does know why her dad is in a wheelchair; he has MS. She also thinks he’s pretty cool, especially because he made her an official shareholder of Coca-Cola stock. As a regular Student of the Month she’s doing kind of OK. But she also realizes that she, like anyone else, has no control over everything that happens in life, hers or anyone’s but still wants to live up to her full potential .