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Adapted by Stephanie Jacobson
Based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen

Back by popular demand! Thumbelina is a flower-sized girl determined to discover the true meaning of friendship. Follow her on a magical, thumb-sized adventure that will find your child swimming with fish and flying with sparrows using inventive puppetry and innovative design.

  • Run Dates Feb 9 - Mar 3, 2019
  • Appropriate Ages 2+
  • Duration 30 minutes

Cast & Credits


  • Thumbelina – Brissa Lopez
  • Ensemble – Hayley Greenstreet
  • Ensemble – Dana Pittman
  • Musician – Adam Sherrerd



  • Playwright – Stephanie Jacobson
  • Director – Ashley Laverty
  • Assistant Director – Jessica Burrill-Logue
  • Composer – Adam Sherrerd
  • Production Stage Manager – Kali Coates
  • Remount Scenic Designer – Austin Watson
  • Remount Costume Designer – Sherri Geerdes
  • Original Scenic Designer – Christopher Dills
  • Original Costume Designer – Audio Helkuik
  • Hair & Make-up – Erin Bragg
  • Lighting Designer – Elton Wayne Bradley
  • Sound Designer – Christy Hernandez
  • Director of Production – Erin Solemsaas
  • Technical Director – Greg Rishoi
  • Lighting & Sound Director – Craig S. Moxon
  • Props Mistress – Devon Denn-Young
  • Resident Stage Manager – Lisa Krabbenhoft
  • Scenic Charge Artist – Savannah Savick
  • Master Carpenter – Jackson Curtright
  • Stitchers – Sherri Geerdes, Erin Bragg, Audio Helkuik, Jill Maenner
Brissa Lopez

Brissa Lopez

Thumbelina - Brissa holds a B.A. in Theater with a focus in Theater for Young Audiences from Brenau University & trained with Gainesville Theater Alliance. She is thrilled to be back on the first stage series this season as Thumbelina! Previous favorite roles have been Ama/Enrique in "Tomas and The Library Lady," Queen Willow in "Mermaid Son"g & Ms. Hannigan in "Annie." You may have previously seen her on the Rose Stage as Watty in "The Little Engine that Could" or in "The Adventures of Silver Cash: Money Detective!" You can also catch Brissa this summer as Mrs. Phelps in "Matilda!" She would like to thank Ashley, Jessica, Hayley, Dana, Adam & Kali for creating an empowering story filled with creativity & growth! She hopes you enjoy the show & allow yourself to be transformed with the power of theater!

Hayley Greenstreet

Hayley Greenstreet

Ensemble - 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 and then Contract, is returning for her second year as a Rose Teaching Artist Contract! She has most recently performed in The Rose's productions of "Judy Moody and Stink!" and "The Meaning of Maggie." She is very excited to be working with a TVY production again, and was thrilled to work as the assistant director to Kerfuffle's "Nested" a theater experience for the very young at The Union. 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 "Thumbelina!"

Dana Pittman

Dana Pittman

Ensemble - Dana Pittman is originality from Flint, MI and a graduate of the University of Michigan. She is currently a teaching artist at The Rose. Her credits here include the touring production "The Adventures of Silver Cash: Money Detective" and you can see her on the MainStage this season in "Dragons Love Tacos." She’d like to thank everyone who contributed tirelessly to the production. Lastly, she hopes that young people and their families are reminded of the magic of friendship, play, discovery and adventure with this story.

Adam Sherrerd

Adam Sherrerd

Musician - Adam Sherrerd lives in southwest Iowa and has two feet: one for tracing the pleasant presence of the present tense, the other firmly planted at the intersection of sound design and biology. He draws inspiration for his artistry through direct participation in the cycles and seasons of the wild, and through the power of music to nurture the spaces of joy and celebration, of grief and sorrow, and of praise and gratitude ― all of which we must reach for, across cultural boundaries, if we are to reclaim our original wholeness and participate fully in the revitalization of our world.

Ashley Laverty

Ashley Laverty

Director - Ashley Laverty is a theatre maker originally from Massachusetts. She is the Director of Early Childhood and a Teaching Artist at the Rose and she writes and directs Theatre for the Very Young plays, such as "Wynken, Blynken and Nod," and "The Music Makers." Other plays for young and very young audiences include "Nested," "The Caterpillar's Footprint," "Nadine's Coloring Book," "Where Our Stuff Goes," and "Dotty Dot!," written in collaboration with Travis Kendrick, Ryan Cavanaugh and John Wascavage. As an actress, Ashley has been seen on the Rose stage in "Goosebumps," "Wonderland," "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever," "Harold and the Purple Crayon," and "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs." She holds an M.F.A in Theatre for Youth from Arizona State University and a B.A. in Theatre Arts with a concentration in Musical Theatre from Point Park University's Conservatory of Performing Arts. She is the co-chair of the American Alliance for Theatre and Education's Early Childhood Network, a Master Teaching Artist on the Nebraska Arts Council Teaching Artist Roster, and she was proud to be one of the five 2018 Artist Fellows at the Union for Contemporary Art in Omaha, NE. Ashley is honored to be the 2019 Ann Shaw Fellow through TYA/USA.

Jessica Burrill-Logue

Jessica Burrill-Logue

Assistant Director -

Stephanie Jacobson

Stephanie Jacobson

Playwright - Stephanie is a full time Teaching Artist and the Director of Youth Productions at The Rose Theater. She previously directed "Curious George," "George and Martha," "Charlotte’s Web" and The Rose’s world premiere of "The Grocer’s Goblin and The Little Mermaid," "The Misfits," as well as her adaptation of "Thumbelina: A Friend’s Journey." She appeared on stage as the Mother in "Pinkalicious," and Arrietty in "The Borrowers," Frog in "Frog and Toad," Kaa in "Jungle Book," Louise in "Van Gogh and Me" and Irma Cody in "Buffalo Bill’s Cowboy Band." Stephanie has her MFA in Acting from the University of Iowa, is a certified Yoga instructor, participated in the Diavolo Project: Nebraska and The Eugene O’Neill Puppetry Festival, and is a trained puppeteer specializing in Shadow puppetry and Bunraku. Before moving to Omaha, she lived in NYC where she worked with Liz Swados, Lee Bruer’s Mabou Mines, Taylor Mac and The Jim Henson Company. She would like to thank her Rose family, her husband Chad, son Finn, and Blue. Thank you Rose Theater goers for supporting this theater and arts for children in Omaha!

Know Before You Go

First Stage: A small stage for big imaginations

The Rose is proud to offer young theater-goers a unique opportunity to experience the theater arts. Our FIRST STAGE productions are perfect for preschoolers, children with special needs or sensory needs or others who desire a gentler, more interactive and personal performance.

Our FIRST STAGE productions feature:

  • Interactions with performers
  • A smaller theater space where kids are part of the action
  • Flexible seating in chairs, on the floor, on benches, etc.
  • A “shush-free” environment
  • Minimal periods of darkness or loud sounds
  • A whole lot of imagination and fun!

The Rose’s Hitchcock Stage (a smaller theater space located on our 4th floor), allows children to become completely absorbed in the theatrical experience. We encourage their interaction with the performers and invite your family to tear down the fourth wall and become a part of the performance.

FIRST STAGE provides a way to nurture creative thinking and imagination while inspiring both children and their parents. Introduce your child to the magic of theater through FIRST STAGE!

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.


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

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.