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Shrek Show Guide

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It’s almost time for our next production, SHREK THE MUSICAL, based on the film Shrek, with book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire and music by Jeanine Tesori.

We’ve assembled some special information to help you and your family to get ready for the upcoming performance. Before you go to the show, you might want to take a few moments to review this “Know Before You Go” Guide so everyone will know what to expect from the performance!

SEPT. 30 – OCT. 16, 2016

Book and Lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire. Music by Jeanine Tesori.


Based on the DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture and the book by William Steig.
Originally produced on Broadway by DreamWorks Theatricals and Neal Street Productions.

The Story You Will See

Shrek is a surly ogre has lived a mostly peaceful (if rather lonely) life in his swamp with only his own company. One day he finds a miserable band of exiled fairytale characters have invaded his swamp because they have been driven out of their homes in Duloc by the kingdom’s selfish and egotistical leader, Lord Farquaad. In order to get his swamp back and get rid of all these new unwanted characters in his swamp
home, Shrek goes to see Farquaad and ends up promising to rescue Princess Fiona, who the unpleasant ruler intends to marry. However, along the way Shrek ends up meeting a talkative Donkey and stumbles into an unlikely friendship with Fiona (who is hiding a secret). Do Shrek and Fiona have more in common than at first it seems? Will Shrek be able to win back his swamp? Will Princess Fiona actually marry the selfish Lord Farquaad? What will happen to the exiled fair
y tale creatures? And will this “Happily Ever After” end up being a very different Fairy Tale Ending than anyone expected?


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Best for ages 5+ | 75 minutes long without an intermission
The Characters You Will Meet

SHREK – A short-fused ogre who lives in a swamp

PRINCESS FIONA – A damsel-not-quite-in-distress who awaits her Prince Charming to rescue her from a tower.

DONKEY – An enthusiastic donkey who wants to be Shrek’s friend.

LORD FARQUAAD – The egotistic ruler of Duloc who exiles all fairytale characters because he thinks they are all “freaks”

THE DRAGON – The fierce beast who guards the tower in which Fiona is trapped

LOTS OF FAIRY TALE CHARACTERS – The exiled citizens of Duloc who have taken over Shrek’s swamp because the selfish Lord Farquaad has forced them out of their homes.

Know Before You Go
Here are some things your family might like to
“Know Before You Go”:
  • Shrek, the hero of the story, is an ogre so he is not the nicest character in the beginning. He is rather mean and grumpy, he is not kind to others, and he does not have good hygiene. However, he can be humorous so some young audience members may find imitating his behavior funny, too.
  • Lord Farquaad is a ruthless and selfish tyrant who forces fairytale creatures to leave their homes even though they don’t want to and commits other unpleasant acts. He is unlikely to frighten many young audience members, but the impact of his behavior might upset some sensitive children. 
  • Some of the humor in this show is based on “yucky things” including an entire song that is a contest about bodily functions. It is all played for humor, but your child may find these topics funny and
    repeat the song lyrics and actions at home.
  • Even though this story features “fractured fairy tales”, some may feel that the Princess Fiona is a capable young woman who chooses to wait for a man to save her because that is the traditional fairy tale storyline. However her character is also keeping a secret. You may want to have a talk about why she chooses to be rescued.
  • The Dragon in the story ends up pursuing a romance with a very reluctant Donkey. You may wish to be prepared for some questions about their relationship between two different species.
From Story to Stage
  • David Lindsay-Abaire is a playwright who won a Pulitzer Prize in 2007 for Rabbit Hole.
  • Shrek The Musical is based on the 2001 DreamWorks Animation film. 
  • Jeanine Tesori won the 2015 Tony Award for Best Original Score for Fun Home.


A note about parking:

City of Omaha Parking meters are now active from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Metered parking spots will still be free on Sundays and holidays.

Free parking is available in the Wells Fargo parking lot on the northwest corner of 20th & Farnam Streets on weekends and after 5:30 pm on weeknights.

Parking is also now available for $2 in the parking garage at 19th & Harney, courtesy of the Omaha Douglas Public Building Commission.

While at The Rose
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.
Take Home a Souvenir!
The Rose Guild presents a souvenir stand before and after each performance offering a variety of fun and inexpensive show-related mementos. The proceeds help to support the great education programs at The Rose Theater!


The Rose Theater
2001 Farnam Street
Omaha, Nebraska 68102




Wait, There’s More!

Grab a Theater Class Brochure!

If you like what you saw on the stage and think you’d like to be a part of it, try taking a theater class here at The Rose Theater. We offer a wide range of arts classes for
every interest and experience level.
Please visit our website to read director’s notes and view production photos.

Box Office Assistance

The Rose Box Office is open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4:30 pm at (402) 345-4849. Information and ticketing is also available online at the-rose.local.

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