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Up & Away

Created By Trusty Sidekick Theater Company
Commissioned By Lincoln Center Education

Join the Fogg Family on a multisensory journey through the sky in your very own hot air balloon. Featuring puppetry, live music, and interactive play, this flight is limited to a small group of young balloonists and their adult sidekicks. Guided one-on-one by members of the Fogg Family, children and their families will experience the wonder of the world above the clouds.

Up and Away is an immersive production designed specifically with young audiences on the autism spectrum in mind, commissioned by Lincoln Center and created by Trusty Sidekick Theater Company. Seating is extremely limited for this highly interactive, personalized performance, which the New York Times hailed as “a compassionate embrace of human variety.”

  • Run Dates Mar 12 – Apr 4, 2022
  • Appropriate Ages 2+
  • Duration 60 minutes

Show dates and times

Saturday, Mar. 12, 2022 at 9:30 am
Saturday, Mar. 12, 2022 at 11:30 am
Sunday, Mar. 13, 2022 at 9:30 am
Sunday, Mar. 13, 2022 at 11:30 am
Monday, Mar. 14, 2022 at 10 am
Wednesday, Mar. 16, 2022 at 10 am
Thursday, Mar. 17, 2022 at 10 am
Friday, Mar. 18, 2022 at 10 am
Saturday, Mar. 19, 2022 at 9:30 am
Saturday, Mar. 19, 2022 at 11:30 am
Sunday, Mar. 20, 2022 at 9:30 am
Sunday, Mar. 20, 2022 at 11:30 am - EXTREMELY LIMITED AVAILABILITY
Monday, Mar. 21, 2022 at 10 am
Wednesday, Mar. 23, 2022 at 10 am - EXTREMELY LIMITED AVAILABILITY
Thursday, Mar. 24, 2022 at 10 am - EXTREMELY LIMITED AVAILABILITY
Friday, Mar. 25, 2022 at 10 am
Saturday, Mar. 26, 2022 at 9:30 am
Saturday, Mar. 26, 2022 at 11:30 am
Sunday, Mar. 27, 2022 at 9:30 am
Sunday, Mar. 27, 2022 at 11:30 am
Monday, Mar. 28, 2022 at 10 am
Wednesday, Mar. 30, 2022 at 10 am
Thursday, Mar. 31, 2022 at 10 am
Friday, Apr. 1, 2022 at 10 am
Saturday, April 2, 2022 at 9:30 am
Sunday, April 3, 2022 at 9:30 am
Sunday, April 3, 2022 at 11:30 am
Monday, April 4, 2022 at 10 am


Produced as a part of the 2022 Common Senses Festival     

Experience the beautiful spectrum of human senses through art, science, and technology.

This month-long multi-faceted event is inclusive to everyone in the community, and is sensory-friendly for autistic and neurodiverse people. The word neurodiversity refers to the diversity of all people, but it is often used in the context of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), as well as other neurological or developmental conditions such as ADHD or learning disabilities. All young people with diagnosed or suspected neurodiversity are invited to attend Up & Away.

Ticket Information

Thank you for your interest in attending Up & Away. Seating for this intimate experience is extremely limited. To request a ticket: Please fill out the application below or download a hard copy of the form here. We will answer your ticket request by email within 5 business days of your request.

Each application is for one family. Children receive FREE tickets to Up & Away; adult family members may purchase tickets for $5 each. NOTE: Parties may be comprised of a maximum of three people, including at least one child on the autism spectrum and at least one accompanying adult.

Reservations required.
To reserve tickets, complete the form below.

Tickets required for all attendees.
NOTE: Adult attendees must be vaccinated for COVID-19 and must provide proof of vaccination for entry.
For questions, call 402.345.4849.

Ticket Request for Up & Away

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Confirmation of understanding

Given our limited capacity for seating for UP & AWAY, our priority is to serve our intended audience with this production. Please check to confirm:(Required)
Each party may consist of a total of THREE (3) individuals, including at least one child who is neurodiverse and at least one accompanying adult.(Required)
For the safety of all audience members, Up & Away cast, and Rose staff, all adult attendees must be vaccinated for COVID-19 and must provide proof of vaccination for entry.(Required)

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Note: Each party may have a maximum of THREE people, one of whom must be a child who is neurodiverse and at least one adult. The third individual may be an additional child OR a second adult.

* NOTE: Parties may be comprised of a maximum of three people, including at least one child who is neurodiverse and at least one accompanying adult.

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Accompanying Guest #2 (If applicable)
Note: Each party may have a maximum of THREE people, one of whom must be a child who is neurodiverse and at least one adult. The third individual may be an additional child OR a second adult.

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Lobby doors will open 30 minutes prior to the show.
Tickets that have not been claimed five minutes prior to the show may be released or sold.

First Stage: A small stage for big imaginations

The Rose is a proud participant in the Common Senses Festival for our neuro-diverse community.

First Stage offers young theater-goers a unique opportunity to experience the theater arts. FIRST STAGE productions are perfect for families 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
  • 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!


Social Story


  • Phin Fogg – Fran Sillau
  • Fran Fogg – Jessica Johnson
  • Faux Fogg – Katie Otten
  • Flip Fogg – Jack Zerbe
  • Phil Fogg – Jared Dominguez
  • Flow Fogg – Claire Carbone
  • Fan Fogg – Charisa Ramsey
  • Flex Fogg – Katherine MacHolmes
  • Foon Fogg – Jessica Burrill-Logue
  • Frop Fogg – Kevin Erhart
  • Carl – Joe Knispel

Artistic/Production Credits

  • Director – Cindy Gendrich
  • Assistant Director – Stella Ehrhart
  • Stage Manager – Meghan Boucher
  • Music Directors – Kevin Ehrhart & Jessica Burrill-Logue
  • Scenic Designer – Matt Hamel
  • Lighting & Sound Designer – Christy Hernandez
  • Assistant Sound Designer – Angel Hernandez
  • Lighting Supervisor – Matt Benes
  • Projections Designer – Brittany Merenda
  • Costume, Hair & Makeup Designer – Zach Kloppenborg
  • Director of Production – Sarah Buck
  • Resident Costume Designer – Sherri Geerdes
  • Technical Director – Jackson Curtright
  • Props Mistress – Devon Denn-Young
  • Scenic Charge Artist – Trent Grooms & Savannah Savick
  • Swing Technician – Jeff Ludwig
  • Swing Technician– Jesse Groff
  • Resident Stage Manager – Lisa Krabbenhoft
  • Stitchers – Sherri Geerdes, Zach Kloppenborg, Audio Helkuik
Fran Sillau

Fran Sillau

Phin Fogg –

Fran has worked extensively within the world of Theater For Young Audiences for over twenty years. A professional playwright, director and producer, Fran can also be found in the classroom as a theatrical teaching artist and inclusion consultant. Fran serves as the Director of Accessibility at The Rose Theater, where he is leading an expansion of the popular Every Single Child Program (a multi-layered program that serves an average of 35,000 students each year at more than 70 school buildings). The expansion will develop production and residency programming for students in self-contained special education classrooms in the Omaha area. He also directs mainstage productions at The Rose. Some of his credits include Shrek: The Musical, Go,Dog.Go! and the Omaha premiere of Hanna’s Suitcase. Fran co-wrote the book/ directed the world premiere of The Doll Maker’s Gift at the Rose Theater in 2019. Fran is Executive Artistic Director of Circle Theatre.

Jessica Johnson

Jessica Johnson

Fran Fogg –

Jessica Johnson is a theatre and film artist based in Omaha, NE. Her dual Master’s Degrees in Acting and Speech Language Pathology allow her to use her love of story telling to the fullest extent, as an performer, director and educator, as well as a communication sciences and disorders professional. Jessica is interested in helping advance the ancient art of oral history through theatre, the modern art of visual story telling through film, and all of the unique and beautiful methods of communication between people that come in between, and is especially thrilled to be making her Rose Theater debut in Up and Away, a show dedicated to ensuring the magic of theatre is accessible to any and everyone! . Thank you to my Johann, Veronica and Gunnar for your unwavering love and support. EVERY STORY DESERVES TO BE TOLD.

Katie Otten

Katie Otten

Faux Fogg –

Katie received her Master’s degree in Theatre Performance from the University of Nebraska – Omaha in May 2018. Her Bachelor’s is in Theatre Education from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. She is an adjunct theatre professor and has always believed in the power of imagination and creative play for kids and adults of all ages. She has acted onstage with The Rose Theater, Nebraska Shakespeare, The Bluebarn Theatre, among others, and has worked on film projects of all different genres. As a voice actor, she has worked on several audiobooks, video games, and educational videos. She is also a model and is featured on the cover of VC Andrews’ Whitefern.

Jack Zerbe

Jack Zerbe

Flip Fogg –

Jack Zerbe appeared at Shakespeare festivals in Chicago, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, and Lake Tahoe before taking a 21-year hiatus from acting. His favorite early roles include Caliban in THE TEMPEST and Guildenstern in R&G ARE DEAD and HAMLET. Since returning to the stage, he has appeared at Joslyn Castle in “Tales of Poe” and MARY SHELLEY'S FRANKENSTEIN, and in Omaha Symphony’s SOUTH PACIFIC IN CONCERT. Followers of Brigit St. Brigit Theatre might remember him from INCIDENT AT VICHY, ASSASSINS, BERNHARDT/HAMLET, and FIRESIDE MACBETH AND OTHER GHOSTLY TALES. He will soon appear in their production of GOD ON TRIAL. He is delighted to make his debut at The Rose Theater with this very special event.

Jared Dominguez

Jared Dominguez

Phil Fogg –

I am so happy to be a part of this amazing production! This is my first time working with the Rose Theater. I trained at University of South Dakota back in 2017 with a BFA in Musical Theatre. I have been involved in productions at the Omaha Community Playhouse (2017-19) - Shrek, A Christmas Carol, Annie.
I also enjoy working in the local film scene, doing films with Anarchy Film Studios and Dissolve Media. I am also a CNA in training with A Place At Home. My favorite hobby is swing dancing with the Omaha Jitterbugs; I have been dancing for 6 years. I also enjoy ballroom dancing as well as freestyle. My favorite genre(s) of music are Swing, Disco, 50s Rock n' Roll, and Doo-Wop. I have a cute 1 1/2 year old puppy named Milo and I want to thank all of my friends and family for supporting me on this amazing journey!

Claire Carbone

Claire Carbone

Flow Fogg –

Claire is a Pittsburgh-based actor and teaching artist. As a performer, she was most recently seen in Pittsburgh Public Theater's Playtime Series reading of BLACK BALLERINA (Taylor) and as various lead roles in City Theatre's Young Playwrights Festival. She serves as Jumping Jack Theater’s Artistic Director and lead teaching artist in classroom residencies. Claire has worked with folks of all ages around the country at organizations such as the Children's Theatre of Charlotte and Hartford Stage, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and Media and more. She is also an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Pittsburgh Dept. of Theatre Arts. In 2018, Claire represented Jumping Jack Theater at the Big Umbrella Festival at Lincoln Center, the world’s first month-long festival dedicated to arts programs for children on the autism spectrum and their families where she first learned of UP & AWAY!

Charisa Ramsey

Charisa Ramsey

Fan Fogg –

Charisa is a teaching artist, actor, director, playwright, and crazy cat lady recently transplanted from the distant land of Lincoln, NE. She studied theatre performance at the University of Nebraska - Kearney and is currently pursuing a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction - Theatre Pedagogy at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Charisa is a member of the Angels Theatre Playwrighting Collective, and has had several of her short plays selected for performance at the annual First Flight Festival in Lincoln, NE. She was selected to be a Directing Fellow for the 2019/2020 and 2020/2021 seasons at the Omaha Community Playhouse serving as both an Assistant Director for a mainstage production and a Director for a production in their Alternative Programming series. Charisa is thrilled to be a part of The Rose and looks forward to growing as an artist and teacher during her time here.

Joe Knispel

Joe Knispel

Carl –

Joe is excited to once again be performing with The Rose Theater. He holds a B.M. in Musical Theater from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and an MFA from the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training. He has been seen performing all over the world with Norwegian Creative Studios on the Regent Seven Seas Voyager and Navigator, Asolo Rep Theatre in All The Way and Ah, Wilderness, Portland Center Stage in Fun Home, Maples Repertory Theater in Boeing Boeing, and Crane River Theater in Mamma Mia!, Cinderella, Elf the Musical, Oklahoma! and The Wizard of Oz.

Jessica Burrill-Logue

Jessica Burrill-Logue

Foon Fog/Musical Director –

Jessica is excited to be back up in the clouds here at the Rose especially in this wonder filled show where she truly can not wait to go on this trip together with all of you. She is originally from Maine & has been involved in professional theater since the age of 3. You will often find her as a teaching artist/musical director with a special love for the littles, laying that love & creative foundation early. She has been the voice for commercials & videos in the Omaha Metro area & has worked on shows for CBS and the Discovery Channel. Jessica is an award winning professional puppeteer, director, playwright as well as a fiber artist, designer, & educator when not living in her theater world. She is also mom to two beautifully artistic daughters, Jules & Jocey, as well as 4 fluffy bunnies, 3 cats, 2 dogs, & a moss ball named Tyron. Jessica enjoys dreaming away on many adventures & loves how "sometimes the best stuff happens when you are off schedule!"

Kevin Erhart

Kevin Erhart

Frop Fogg/Musical Director –

Kevin Ehrhart has been a member of the Omaha Theater Company staff for over 20 years. While at the Theater, he has directed mainstage, studio theater and national
touring productions.

His directing credits include A Year with Frog and Toad the Musical and Treasure Island. Kevin directed The Bully Show at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' New Visions New Voices program. Most recently Kevin directed The Cat in the Hat at The Rose Theater.

As a professional actor at the Theater, Kevin has performed as George Bailey in It's a Wonderful Life, Rooster in Annie, Captain Hook in Peter Pan, Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music, Cat in the Hat in Seussical - The Musical, Baloo in Jungle Book, and The March Hare in Wonderland.

As an educator, Kevin has been involved in teaching students from preschool age through high school. He has developed drama curriculum for improvisation, movement, directing, playwriting and audition preparation.

Cindy Gendrich

Cindy Gendrich

Director –

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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

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. Use the Park Omaha app to easily pay for parking, receive text messages and in-app reminders before your meter expires, extend or cancel your parking duration and more.

Weekend 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).