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, 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)


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.” 

Seedfolks promo photo

“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


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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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


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


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.


“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.


“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.


“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.


“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.


“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.


“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.


“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.

Pete the Cat Show Titles-2


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


Oct. 9-25 – Ivy + Bean: The Musical


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


Jan. 22-31, 2016 – The Lightning Thief


Feb. 26 – March 13, 2016 – Plastic Drastic


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


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


Premium Shows

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


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


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


Pre-K Shows

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


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


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!


March 24, 2015

Review: ‘The Reluctant Dragon’ At The Rose

Last Friday, my family attended the opening night performance of The Rose’s “The Reluctant Dragon.” There’s a special energy on the opening night of any show, and last Friday was no different.


Happy faces at The Rose. Full disclosure: It took 10 tries to get them both looking and smiling at the camera.

Happy faces at The Rose. Full disclosure: It took 10 tries to get them both looking (kinda) and smiling at the camera.


The Rose offers different activities on the opening night of each show in their season. There were oversized chess sets in the lobby – you’ll understand why after seeing the show. They also handed out adorable dragon dolls to kids after the show. Both kids loved their!


Mooch was excited to get her picture with one-half of the dragon (Jamie Fields) and a "queen" (Lady Kendal).

Mooch was excited to get her picture with one-half of the dragon (Jamie Fields) and a “queen” (Lady Kendal played by Caulene Hudson).


What to expect

“The Reluctant Dragon” is about Glaston (played byAlia Sedlacek), a young boy who dreams of having dangerous and daring dragon encounters like the heroes in his books. The set is not elaborate, but instead, a collection of colorful and charming pieces with a backdrop that’s like a book.

Glaston, played by Alia Sedlacek, and a dragon? Photo courtesy The Rose

Glaston, played by Alia Sedlacek, and a dragon? Photo courtesy The Rose


Glaston meets a dragon – a friendly one, it turns out. While the two actors maneuvering the gigantic dragon did a fine job making him jolly and about as non-threatening as a dragon who likes tea parties can be, he still scared Mooch a tad at the beginning. Older kids seemed to like him instantly.

The play is based on a much older work and set in England centuries ago – so expect some old English dialogue. It seemed to be way over Mooch’s head, but Farley, at age 5, kept up with it.

The costumes were well done and most impressive was the dragon costume.

The biggest hit of the night was the projection of “brother dragon” on the ceiling. It got a “Whoa!” out of Farley.

Don’t forget, after each show, cast members hold a Q&A from the stage, as well as sign autographs on the second floor..


Will kids like it?

There is quite a bit to appeal to kids – a dragon who likes silly and unexpected silly things like watercolors and poetry; a brave knight; funny townspeople; and of course, a brave, bookish boy.

However, it is one of those kinds of plays that’s also harder to follow for youngsters. The old English is tough, and the dragon is a smart fella, so he uses some rather large words. It’s recommended for 5 and older. Mooch, being 3, lost interest midway through and had to spend some time in the Wiggle Room. Once she came back into the hall, she sat fine for the rest of the 60-minute show.


Will adults like it?

I liked the message it gave kids: Don’t judge a book by its cover.

I also found some of the cast to be pretty funny, particularly Lauren Krupski as the loud, quick-to-judge tavern owner.


What’s it about again?

Matthew Pyle as Woolchester telling an exaggerated encounter with a dragon while Alia Sedlacek as Glaston and Amy Bahr as Darby listen. Photo courtesy The Rose

Matthew Pyle as Woolchester telling an exaggerated encounter with a dragon while Alia Sedlacek as Glaston and Amy Bahr as Darby listen. Photo courtesy The Rose

Glaston is a boy who dreams of having dangerous and daring dragon encounters like the brave heroes in his books. But when bad things start happening in the town, the villagers fear that a real dragon may be terrorizing the countryside! When Glaston boldly offers to seek out the fearful beast, he is surprised to find a gentle kindred spirit. What will they do when the famed dragon-slayer, St. George, arrives to rid the village of its dragon problem?


If you go

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“The Reluctant Dragon”

Where: The Rose, 2001 Farnam St.

When: Through April 4, with performances Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 5 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. There will be an additional performance Sunday, March 29, at 5 p.m. The 2 p.m. performance on Saturday, March 28, will be interpreted for the deaf and hard of hearing.

Get tickets: Buy tickets now online or by calling 402-345-4845. Tickets are $18. Discount ticket vouchers are available at all area Hy-Vee stores for $14 each.


Disclosure: I was provided complimentary tickets to attend the show in order to review it. All thoughts and opinions are my own.