March 9, 2018

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE In Omaha {Giveaway}

The No. 1 PBS Kids TV series, “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” has been made into a popular musical, and the tour has two shows in Omaha. “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE: King For A Day!” will be at the Orpheum Theater on Saturday, March 31, at 2 and 6 p.m.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Mills Entertainment, producer of the show “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE: King For A Day!” and tickets for the giveaway are provided by Mills Entertainment. 

I don’t know about you guys, but my kids watched a whole lot of Daniel Tiger when they were preschoolers. If you’ve never seen it, “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” builds off of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” and uses the same musical strategies to teach socio-emotional lessons to kids ages 2 to 4.

What’s new with Daniel Tiger this year

This isn’t the first time “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE” has been to Omaha (it’s been touring for three years), so this year, it’s an all-new production. Same beloved characters and trolley, new adventure in Neighborhood of Make-Believe.

In “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE: King For A Day!,” Daniel learns just what it takes to be King. And it wouldn’t be Daniel Tiger if there weren’t great lessons for kids, so through music and magical moments, kids learn the valuable lessons of kindness, helping others, and being a friend.

If you’re taking the kids, make a date of it! Here are my favorite places for post-theater treats in Omaha.

If you go

“Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE: King For A Day!”

When: March 31, 2 and 6 p.m.

Where: Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St.

Cost: Tickets start at $30.25 (plus applicable service fees) and are available online at ticketomaha.com, 402-345- 0606, or at the box office at the Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. (get the tickets at the box office to avoid paying some of those fees)

Giveaway

I’m so excited about this giveaway! One lucky winner will receive FOUR tickets to the 6 p.m. performance of “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE: King For A Day!” at the Orpheum Theater in Omaha on March 31. Giveaway ends March 25, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. CST. Must be 18 or older to enter. Tickets have no cash value and cannot be exchanged for a different show or showtime.

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March 4, 2018

Review Of The Outstanding ‘Seedfolks’

There’s an incredible play at The Rose right now. “Seedfolks” is a little different than what you’re used to at the theater, but it’s exactly why I think you need to see it before it ends this weekend. It’s about the transformation of a immigrant community in Cleveland, all thanks to a community garden that began with one young girl planting seeds.

Disclosure: I received complimentary tickets so I could write this review.

Sonja Parks portrays 20 characters in the play “Seedfolks,” on stage at The Rose through March 11, 2018.The show was originally developed by the Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis. Photo by Alex Myhre

What to expect

“Seedfolks” is a one-woman show featuring Sonja Parks playing 20 different characters. She does this seamlessly through voice and posture, and with the help of light and music changes sometimes. I loved it. It was a challenge for my younger daughter, who’s 6, to keep track of everything, though.

Parks explained in a press release: “With ‘Seedfolks,’ the biggest challenge is the sheer number of characters that I need to play, coupled by the fact that some of them not only talk to each other, but interact with each other…And every single one of those characters [is] me! Several characters are from different countries and speak different languages. It was necessary for me to research the culture of each country to understand and honor their traditions, to work with a dialect coach every day getting each accent correct and, in some cases, to learn my lines in another language.” 

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“Seedfolks” stars Sonja Parks, who worked with a dialect coach to get the accent of each of her characters correct and learn some of her lines that were in another language. Photo by Alex Myhre

The set is minimal, though there are video projections to help set the scene.

This show is recommended for ages 8 and older. There are some themes that you don’t typically encounter with children’s theater, or at least, for the shows I’ve been to with my kids since only one has recently turned 8. There are mentions of marijuana, gang shootings, and racial tension. The characters in this community are realistic and dealing with very real problems.

Pre-show music is pretty awesome and you might feel like dancing.

Post-show, plan on sticking around for the Q&A with Parks.

Timing a potty break

This show is one hour without intermission. Go ahead of time.

Is it kid-friendly?

It’s children’s theater, and only an hour long, but not for the itty bitty. I’d stick to the 8 and older recommendation. My 6-year-old said she liked it, but I could tell it was hard to follow and not as exciting as some of the shows she’s seen at The Rose. She got antsy toward the end.

My 8-year-old seemed pretty into the show the entire time.

As mentioned before, some of the characters in this realistic play talk about troubling things.

Make it a complete date and check out my favorite places for post-theater treats in Omaha. Ice cream, anyone?

Will an adult like this?

Yes. This is children’s theater at its best. It was thought-provoking. It had funny moments. It was fantastically performed by one actress.

What was it about again?

“Seedfolks” is based on a book by Newbery Medal-winning Paul Fleischman about an immigrant neighborhood in Cleveland, Ohio, that is transformed by a community garden. Aided by video projection and a lively mix of recorded music, a dozen distinct and diverse characters are brought to life by Ivey Award-winning actor Parks, named a featured artist by TIME Magazine and one of “Seven Artists You Must See” by American Theatre magazine.

“Seedfolks” begins as 9-year-old Kim plants the first seeds in the vacant lot next to her apartment building. They are six lima bean seeds, planted in honor of the father she never knew. Soon, each member of Kim’s neighborhood finds a reason to plant their own seeds, resurrecting a derelict lot and uniting a fractured neighborhood.

The show was originally developed by the Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis under the direction of show director Peter C. Brosius, and The Rose is has brought that CTC production to its mainstage. In May 2017, CTC’s production of “Seedfolks” was selected from over 800 works worldwide to represent the United States at the prestigious ASSITEJ International (International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People) World Conference in Cape Town, South Africa.

 

If you go

“Seedfolks”

Where: The Rose, 2001 Farnam St.

When: Through March 11, 2018; performances on Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m

Cost: Tickets are $20. Discount ticket vouchers are available for $16 at area Hy-Vee stores. Members of The Rose receive four free tickets to the production. Purchase tickets here.

 

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November 27, 2016

Review: Prancer World Premier

It’s holidays in full-gear in Omaha. There are so many theatrical performances to see (check out the list here) that will put you into a Christmas-y mood. One that’s a kid-pleaser is “Prancer,” now on stage at The Rose. You can WIN tickets at the end of the post, so stick with me.

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Chloe Irwin and puppeteer Shannon Wade in “Prancer,” on stage at The Rose through Dec. 18.

We saw a preview of “Prancer” last week, so here’s the low-down:

What to expect:

– This was a more dramatic production than my kids were used to, though that’s not to say there weren’t a few moments that made them chuckle.

– There are some stellar performances, including the young actress that plays the lead, Jessica (Chloe Irwin – keep an eye on her). The cast also includes two of my favorite Omaha actors – Nils Haaland as Jessica’s dad, and Moira Mangiameli as the grouchy Mrs. McFarland. It’s not always typical to see character arcs in children’s theater, but those three characters all had wonderful stories and changes.

– Cool puppetry. Have you seen “War Horse”? That Broadway show definitely inspired the puppeteers in this performance. The Prancer puppet is a beautiful construction and the three puppeteers who move him do so with great skill.

– The main character, Jessica, grapples with being 11 years old and still believing in Santa and flying reindeer. There are several points in the play where her faith is tested, and if you’re a parent who doesn’t like even the hint of “Is Santa real?” in shows, you might squirm a bit. It’s an endearing show, though, and makes everyone a believer in the end.

– Snow. Expect some snow indoors during the performance. Bubble snow blows my kids’ minds, how about yours?

– Suspense. If you haven’t seen the movie this show is based off of, you’ll be wondering whether or not Prancer will fly when he’s supposed to.

Timing a potty break

There is an intermission, but the first half is pretty long, so I’d recommend getting your kids to go to the bathroom before the show starts.

Is it kid-friendly?

Yes. This show is recommended for ages 7 and older. It’s a long one (2 hours), and the first act has more talking than action. Unless you’re child is used to sitting through a longer show, this one might be difficult to sit through. The second act does get more exciting, and the ending is worth waiting for.

Is it grownup-friendly?

I liked the show for sentimental reasons – I saw the movie growing up and thought it was magical. It’s very much inspired by “Yes, Virginia, there is Santa Claus,” if you love that message, you’ll like this show.

What was it about again?

"Prancer" stars Chloe Irwin as Jessica. The Christmas show runs through Dec. 18 at The Rose in Omaha. Photo by MJB Photography

“Prancer” stars Chloe Irwin as Jessica. The Christmas show runs through Dec. 18 at The Rose in Omaha. Photo by MJB Photography

Young Jessica Riggs’ family has fallen on hard times. Still, she keeps her belief in Santa Claus and the idea that there are miracles in the world. When an injured reindeer appears in Jessica’s backyard, she believes it is Prancer. While she is nursing the creature back to health, the whole community of Three Oaks eventually learns about Prancer, causing big problems for Jessica as she tries to return the reindeer home. Based on the cherished film, “Prancer,” this piece uses a heartwarming story and breathtaking puppetry to bring light into your family’s holiday season.

If you want to go

“Prancer”

When: Through Dec. 18, with performances on Fridays at 7 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. On Saturday, Dec. 3, the performance will be interpreted for audience members who are deaf or hard of hearing. The Saturday, Dec. 17 performance will feature audio description for audience members who are blind, but arrangements must be made at least two weeks prior to the show date; call (402) 502-4637.

Where: The Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St.

Cost: Tickets are $27 Main Floor and $22 Balcony. Discount ticket vouchers are available at all area Hy-Vee stores through a purchase of a Kid Cuisine product. Members of The Rose receive discounted tickets to the production. For reservations, call (402) 345-4849, go to www.rosetheater.org, or visit the box office.

Win tickets!

One reader can win four tickets to any performance of “Prancer” at The Rose! Winner will receive four vouchers, good for any performance of “Prancer,” but the winner must call the box office and make a reservation for the show. Must be 18 or older to enter. Ticket value is $108.

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September 27, 2016

5 Things To Know About Shrek The Musical {Giveaway}

“Shrek The Musical” has a special place in my heart: It was the first Broadway musical my son has seen. Though I find it impossible that he remembers any of it, he swears that he does.

So I’m super excited to see that this twisted and fun fairy tale will be staged at The Rose Theater starting this Friday! If you’ve been thinking of going, read on – there’s a chance to win tickets at the end of post!

5 Things To Know About Shrek The Musical

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photo by MJB Photography

1. This version of “Shrek The Musical,” which has been adapted specifically for young audiences. This version is 75 minutes long with no intermission, making it a condensed version of the Broadway version. It still has “Let Your Freak Flag Fly,” so don’t worry.

2. The familiar characters from the movie are in the musical, including Dragon, the tiny Lord Farquaad and Gingy. I bet you’re curious how costume designer Sherri Geerdes created the look for Lord Farquaad, aren’t you?

3. It has an important message for children: All of us have a place in this world.

4. Members to The Rose receive four FREE tickets to the performance – and if you’re thinking of buying a membership now, don’t wait. Rose memberships are limited, and are close to selling out. The Rose does not expect memberships to be available for purchase beyond the production of :Shrek The Musical.”

5. This show is recommended for ages 5 and older.

 

If you go

“Shrek The Musical”

Where: The Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St.

When: Sept. 30 through Oct. 16; performances are Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 5 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. There will be additional performances on Sunday, Oct. 9, at 5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 16, at 5 p.m. The 2 p.m. show on Saturday, Oct. 8, will be interpreted for people who are deaf or hard of hearing; the 5 p.m. show on Saturday, Oct. 8, is designated as sensory-friendly, with special accommodations made for families attending with a child on the autism spectrum.

Cost: $20; discount ticket vouchers are available at all area Hy-Vee stores. Members receive four FREE tickets. Purchase tickets online here.

Win tickets

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photo by MJB Photography

The Rose has teamed up with me to give one reader FOUR tickets to see any 5 p.m. performance of “Shrek The Musical.” It’s easy to enter using the Rafflecopter form below! Must 18 or older to enter.

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January 3, 2016

Top 10 Family-Friendly Shows Of 2016

I’m making some predictions on the Top 10 family-friendly shows of 2016. They’re a bit of live theater, live music and whatever blends the two. And for the first time, I’m making a list that includes performances outside of Omaha. 

2016 family-friendly Omaha shows

Family-Friendly Shows In 2016

Cat in the Hat

“Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat” is at the Lied Center in Lincoln, Neb., Feb. 12 and 13.

“Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat” (Feb. 12 and 13) – Our neighbors down the road, Lincoln, will have three shows of the preschooler-friendly “Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat” at the Lied Center for Performing Arts. Get tickets here.

The Omaha premiere of "Disney's Newsies" is Feb. 16-21, 2016 at the Orpheum Theater. Photo by Deen van Meer

“Disney’s Newsies” is Feb. 16-21 at Omaha’s Orpheum Theater. Photo by Deen van Meer

“Disney’s Newsies” (Feb. 16-21) – If you loved the movie, you probably already have tickets to the Broadway touring production. If not, book ‘em soon because shows for this show at the Orpheum Theater is filling up. This show is going to be high energy and fun for families (I got a sneak peek at the show at the Omaha Performing Arts season announcement in March). Get tickets here.

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“The Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites” (March 12) – The Arts Center at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs is offering this special family performance at a great time for young ones – 11 a.m. Read my review of this cool, black light puppet show to see if your family will enjoy it (I’m pretty sure you will). Get more details here.

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“Peppa Pig’s Big Splash Live!” (March 22) – OK, this one’s at Sioux City’s Orpheum Theater, so it’s a bit of a drive… and in the middle of the week… but I know there are some Peppa Pig fans out there and this is the closest the show is getting to us, so I’m including it. This live show with live music and a sing-along is geared toward preschoolers and younger fans to introduce them to live theater. Get tickets here.

Harlem Globetrotters' 2009 "Spinning The Globe" World Tour

Harlem Globetrotters will be in Omaha on April 8 and Lincoln on April 9.

Harlem Globetrotters (April 8 and 9) – If you haven’t had a chance to see the amazing skills of the Harlem Globetrotters yet, your chance is coming up. It’s billed as a match up but it’s not really a game – more spectacle and show than straight four quarters of play time. They’ll be at Omaha’s CenturyLink Center on April 8, followed by a show at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln on April 9. My family saw them last year and had so much fun – they’re funny as well as talented. Ticket info for Omaha is found here; for Lincoln, go here.

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“Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood – Live!” (April 13 and 14) – We all grew up on “Mister Roger’s Neighborhood,” so it’s only fitting that we approve our kids’ love of its PBS successor, “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” (if not approve, we can tolerate it, right?). The live theatrical production featuring characters from the TV show is hitting Omaha’s Orpheum Theater stage on April 13. Get tickets here. It plays at the Lied Center for Performing Arts the next night. Ticket info here.

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“Wild Kratts – Live!” (May 6) – Of all the PBS kids shows out there, I like the “Wild Kratts” the best, so I wholeheartedly would attend “Wild Kratts – Live!” when it’s at Omaha’s Orpheum Theater in May. The show features the real Kratt brothers, Chris and Martin, along with animations. “Activate Creature Power!” Get tickets here. It’s part of Omaha Performing Arts’ Family Series, which has one other show early this year that looks like fun – MUMMENSCHANZ – The Musicians of Silence.

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“Superheroes!” (May 28) – With great movies, comes great music… The Omaha Symphony will perform songs from favorite big screen superhero films, including “Superman,” “Batman” and more. If you didn’t think classical music is for you, hearing these popular film scores ought to change your mind. Get tickets here. If you’re kids are on the younger side, I recommend looking at the Omaha Symphony Family Series shows instead.

LittleMermaid

“Disney’s Little Mermaid” (June 3-26) – Children of the ‘80s, let’s celebrate! “The Little Mermaid” was one of the first Disney movies that I could sing every song to, and you know I will be embarrassing my kids at this live production when it hits The Rose’s main stage this summer. Who’s with me? Get ticket information here.

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“Toruk – The First Flight” (July 27-31) – Cirque du Soleil is bringing its new show inspired by the movie “Avatar” to the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln this summer. Should be crazy cool, as most Cirque shows are. You have seven chances to see the arena show. Ticket info here.

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I know there are a bunch more out there, especially at The Rose, the Family Series of the Omaha Symphony, and fun shows for families presented by Omaha Performing Arts (“Cinderella,” anyone?!). And who knows what’s to come in the second half of the year, we’ll just have to wait until theaters announce their 16-17 seasons.

So, this is just a hint of what’s to come. What are you excited about?

 

Your turn: What shows will you be taking your kids to this year?

August 20, 2015

Rose Theater’s New Season + Membership Discount

If you follow this blog, you know

  1. A) I love live theater.
  2. B) I love taking my kids to live theater.

I write about various stages around Omaha, but probably the most frequently mentioned one is The Rose. It is, hands down, the best place to introduce a child of any age to live theater.

It’s been a long summer with most theaters on break between seasons. The wait’s almost over!

The Rose’s 2015-2016 season begins in three weeks with “Pete The Cat: The Musical,” opening on Sept. 11.

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I’m super excited to announce Oh My! Omaha readers get a discount on season memberships to The Rose – $10 off!  I’ll tell you how to get that discount after I share the shows in the season.

 

2015-2016 Season

(members get FOUR tickets to each show)

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Sept. 11-27 – Pete The Cat: The Musical

Ivy-Bean

Oct. 9-25 – Ivy + Bean: The Musical

SherlockHolmes

Nov. 6-22 – Sherlock Holmes & The First Baker Street Irregular

LightningThief

Jan. 22-31, 2016 – The Lightning Thief

PlasticDrastic

Feb. 26 – March 13, 2016 – Plastic Drastic

Honk

March 25-April 10, 2016 – Honk! The Musical

Elephant-Piggie

April 22 – May 8, 2016 – Elephant & Piggie’s We Are In A Play

 

Premium Shows

(members save $7 off per ticket to each show)

PeterStarcatcher

Dec. 4-27 – Peter & The Starcatcher (the origin story of Peter Pan)

LittleMermaid

June 3-19, 2016 – Disney’s The Little Mermaid

 

Pre-K Shows

(members save $2 off per ticket to each show)

PaletteOfPossibility

Oct. 26 – Nov. 14 – A Palette of Possibility

GardenOfVerses

Jan. 9 – 30, 2016 – A Child’s Garden of Verses

 

Your Discount!

Memberships are usually $95 for a family of four but Oh My! Omaha readers can purchase  a membership for $85 through Aug, 31. That’s $10 off!

 

Do the math: If you only go to those seven shows, that’s about $3 a ticket. Compared to $18 a ticket.

 

To get the discount, call the theater at (402) 345-4849 to purchase your membership and give them the promo code OHMY (this discount isn’t available online).

 

What do you get with a membership?

– Members get FOUR tickets to each of the seven regular season shows – that’s 28 free tickets. You can purchase additional tickets for just $10 each (a savings of $8 per ticket).

– Members can attend the FREE Member Day in January featuring workshops, hands-on activities, face painting and more.

– Members also save $7 per ticket on premium event shows, “Peter & The Starcatcher” and “Disney’s The Little Mermaid.”

– Members also receive $2 off tickets for the two Pre-K shows, “A Palette of Possibility” and “A Child’s Garden of Verses.”

– The $15 annual registration fee is waived for members taking classes at The Rose.

– Members save 10% on Rose costume rentals.

 

Call the box office at (402) 345-4849. Tell them the promo code OHMY to save $10 off your membership. This deal ends after Aug. 31 so don’t wait. First show opens Sept. 11.

 

You know me, I’ll be telling you all about each show as they come along. Instead of paying $18 per ticket (that’s $72 for a family of four to see one show), you can have tickets to seven shows with this membership.

I hope to see you at The Rose this year!