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Tarzan is Swinging into Omaha’s Rose Theater this June

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All photos courtesy of the Rose Theater.

Last night, Tarzan premiered at the Rose Theater in Omaha.  This is part of the official Rose Theater press release:

(OMAHA, Nebr.) TARZAN® (OMAHA, Nebr.) TARZAN® swings onto The Rose stage with high-flying animal energy in the final show of the theater’s 2013-14 season.  Filled with acrobatic choreography and bursting with African jungle adventure, The Rose’s production of TARZAN® the Disney film, dares audiences to get in touch with their wild side, June 6-22, 2014.

Based on Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “Tarzan of the Apes” and the smash hit 1999 Disney animated film, TARZAN®, is a touching story full of fun and adventure that will appeal to all ages.  TARZAN® tells the story of an infant boy orphaned on the shores of West Africa. Taken in and raised by a tribe of gorillas, the young boy strives for acceptance by his ape father while grappling with his uniqueness. When a human expedition enters their territory, Tarzan – now a man – encounters strangers like himself for the first time and finds himself suddenly caught between two worlds. The musical, written by Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang, follows Tarzan’s personal journey as he discovers what it means to be a man. As in Burrough’s original book, the character in the musical adaptation is driven by his own curiosity about who he is and where he belongs.

The Rose’s production of TARZAN® focuses on what it means to be a family and what family means in an ever-changing, chaotic world. It challenges audiences to realize that true family provides unconditional love, understanding and compassion. Our version is relevant to families because it embodies the idea that love knows no boundaries when it comes to an individual’s background. We are all worthy of love, and it is our birthright as human beings to make sure we give and receive it,” said Rose artistic director Matthew Gutschick.

The show communicates this message with heart-pumping music written by rock legend Phil Collins, including “Son of Man,” “Two Worlds,” and the Grammy and Oscar winning song, “You’ll Be In My Heart.”

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If you would like to go see this musical live and in person, you have several more available options, starting this afternoon!

Saturday, June 7 2 pm
Sunday, June 8 2 pm
Friday, June 13 7 pm
Saturday, June 14 2 pm
Sunday, June 15 2 pm
Thursday, June 19 7 pm
Friday, June 20 7 pm
Saturday, June 21 2 pm
Sunday, June 22 2 pm

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Since this is considered a premiere show, tickets are $25 for main floor and $20 for balcony seats.  The show lasts for 2 hours (with an intermission) and is recommended for kids age 4-11.  Swing in for a great time!

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Thursday Theater: Ramona Quimby is opening at the Rose Theater tomorrow!

When I was a kid, I was a big fan of Beverly Cleary.  Once you have read about Ramona and Beezus, they become your “friends” for life.  The quirkiness and delightfulness of Cleary’s characters will be coming to life from April 25th to May 11th at the Rose Theater in Omaha.  Here a few pictures (provided to me from the Rose) that give you just a taste of what the play will be like!

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With appreciation to the Rose Theater for providing me with these pictures!

As you can tell, much of the play seems to be in a school setting. When I was younger, I would have related to the students and their struggles to be heard.  BUt now, as a former teacher, I can definitely relate to having students with varying levels of engagement.  I am pretty sure I would sympathize with this teacher’s attempt to keep her class on track!

If you are looking for a fun play that would appeal to the whole family, look no further than Ramona Quimby at the Rose Theater.  The play premieres tomorrow night.  The Saturday 2:00 performance on May 3rd will also be interpreted for the hearing impaired.   With having young actors performing, this play will be especially funny and charming!

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Thursday Theater: “Jackie & Me” starting tomorrow at the Rose

Recently for a family movie night, we enjoyed watching 42.  Seeing Jackie Robinson’s life be played out on screen helped all of us to begin to grasp the real struggles that this man had throughout his storied baseball career.

My son also happens to be a big fan of the children’s author, Dan Gutman. (In fact just today he was asking when his latest book was going to be ready to check out.) The play, Jackie & Me, based on Gutman’s book opens at the Rose Theater tomorrow night in Omaha.  When you combine Jackie Robinson and Gutman’s writing, a hit out of the ballpark is bound to happen.

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Here is the official description of the play from the Rose …

The Rose is very excited about our upcoming production of “Jackie & Me,” which runs Feb. 28 through Mar. 16. The show is based on the popular book by Dan Gutman, and while it is a story written for children, it deals with very grown-up topics. The play tells the story of Joey Stoshack, a baseball-obsessed boy who receives a school assignment to write a research paper for Black History Month. Joey possesses a special talent — he can travel back in time just by holding a vintage baseball card. Joey decides to go back to 1947 and meet the great Jackie Robinson, the first African-American player in the major leagues. In the process, he learns first-hand the struggles the ballplayer encountered as he broke baseball’s color barrier and leaves with his view of history and definition of courage forever changed

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This is evidently a dialogue driven show.  Due to this and the fact that the play tackles some challenging issues, the show is recommended for kids age 6 and up.    Interested in attending?  Here are a few more things you need to know.

Show Specifics: Historical Drama • Best for families  with children ages   6 to 13.  The play lasts  75 minutes with no intermission.  Shows will be taking place the next three week-ends!

Tickets: $18 general admission, but discount ticket vouchers are  available at all area Hy-Vee stores  for $14 each.  Reservations are required.

Call  (402) 345-4849 or purchase online at  http://www.rosetheater.org.

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All pictures  and facts about the show were provided to me by the Rose Theater.  Unfortunately due to timing, younger children and one child recovering from bronchitis (who would have been a bit disruptive with his cough), we did not get to attend the preview performance today.  But I was told by someone who did that the acting is superb, and the message is a meaningful one for elementary students.  Play ball!

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Balloonacy: The Adventures of a Red Balloon in Omaha

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We arrived in Omaha yesterday morning for a play that would celebrate friendship with a red balloon.  Being big fans of the movie “Up,” we were intrigued to see a balloon featured in a play.  Really the concept was a brilliant one – especially for little people!

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Today begins the official 2 week run of the play “Balloonacy” at the Rose Theater in Downtown Omaha.  Who knew the shag rugs would turn into magic carpets as kids have the opportunity to sit on them for the show rather than having to sit still in theater seats?  Who also knew that the simple stage would soon be full of imagination?

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A gentleman seems to be having an ordinary day when suddenly a balloon appears through the window.  He tries to send the balloon away but “somehow” the balloon keeps coming back.  Transforming the man from withdrawn to happy, the balloon does turn into the other main character of the show.

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My “action” shots were a bit blurry, but you kind of get the idea.  This is unlike any play that I have seen.  Audience participation was encouraged rather than halted.  The cute little preschoolers added to the experience (although at times they might have been a bit distracting).   The main character had hardly any dialogue, but a storyteller came out frequently to discuss what was happening.

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My oldest son makes his photographic appearance on this blog with these shots above.  He was so proud when he captured the balloon hiding behind the stage. 🙂 

Promoting friendship, they illustrated the fact that by learning to take a risk to play with the balloon, the lonely man would want to make the effort to make real friends as well.  Explaining how to handle feelings and apologies were also a part of the demonstrated lessons.  While the play is definitely for younger folk, even I walked away with the beneficial reminder that friendship matters!

A big thank you to the Rose Theater for providing the tickets and also for being so flexible on the timing with us!  While all of my kids liked the show, my youngest two really enjoyed the play and would gladly intend again.  As my middle son is almost 9, I think he recognized that the play was intended for littler kids.  The Rose Theater has done a great job with setting the ages correctly.  At $10 a ticket, this show has a lower price for an introductory experience of theater.  Plus at only 45 minutes, your kids should even make it through the whole performance without needing a break!

 

 

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