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SHOW GUIDE: Harold and the Purple Crayon


It’s almost time for our next production, Harold and the Purple Crayon, a play based on the the books by Crockett Johnson, music by Auston James, lyrics by Rob Burgess and book by Don Darryl Rivera. 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!

The Story You Will See

Harold and the Purple Crayon is a gentle musical adventure told primarily through song and dance-like movements, with very little dialogue. In the story, Harold uses his purple crayon and imagination to bring all of his creations to life. As he travels to unknown lands, he helps out many characters such as a Puffer Fish, Porcupine, Moose, Aliens, and many more! This show demonstrates that there are no boundaries for a child with a crayon and an imagination.

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March 24 – April 9 | Best for ages 4+ | 60 minutes long without an intermission

The Characters You Will Meet

Harold — A young little boy with a huge imagination. Harold has the power to bring drawings to life with the use of his purple crayon.

Storytellers — These three people help Harold create his magical world and all of the fun creatures around him.

Tree – One of the first of Harold’s creations to come to life. The tree encourages Harold to keep on creating.

Dragon — Although the dragon can be scary and reckless at first, he is actually very nice and caring.

Puffer Fish
The Puffer Fish accompanies Harold on his journey under the sea.

This character is very upset when first introduced, but ultimately falls in love with

Moose — He is hungry and grumpy when first introduced, but Harold solves the problem.

Aliens — Harold runs into the Aliens when he goes into space. The Aliens do not speak English and need Harold’s help fixing their ship.

Know Before You Go

Here are some things your family might like to
“Know Before You Go”:
  • Harold and the Purple Crayon is a gentle story told primarily through songs and balletic movement, with very little dialogue. Your family will enjoy the mesmerizing music, but some younger audience members may need a little help filling in the plot since the story is told through music and visuals, rather than through the spoken word. Harold travels through several different dreamlike worlds.

  • Surprise! A Dragon pops out of a cave while Harold is trying to create an apple that he can eat and then reappears later in the show. He is more of a funny puppet than a scary character, but he may alarm some very young audience members.

  • While under the sea, Harold and the Puffer Fish run into a giant crab who snaps at the two of them and turns out to be a little aggressive. Again, this moment is more humorous than scary.

  • When Harold is on the ship, a group of silly villains come to Harold. Harold uses his crayon to defend himself against a pirate, a shark and a Cyclops.

  • When the Porcupine and Moose characters are first introduced, they are bickering about food. Their problems are soon put to rest, but not without a messy food fight. You may want to talk to your child about positive ways to disagree and solve problems through sharing.

  • From Story to Stage
    • In addition to his award winning script Harold and the Purple Crayon, Don Darryl Rivera also was a Co-Composer and Co-Book writer of the world premiere musical Adventures With Spot.
    • Harold and the Purple Crayon was written in 1955 and is Crockett Johnson’s most popular book. This story led to a total of seven different stories in the series.
    • Harold and the Purple Crayon is the only composer credit that Auston James has received.

A note about parking:

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


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Best for ages 4+ | 2 hours long with an intermission

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.

The Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam Street, Omaha, NE 68102, United States


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