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SHOW GUIDE: Stellaluna and Other Tales

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It’s almost time for our next production, Stellaluna and Other Tales, a musical based on three beloved books by Janell Cannon. We’ve assembled some special information to help you and your family 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
Welcome to the forest, where you’ll meet a trio of sometimes misunderstood creatures who are all on their own journeys to find out who they are and where they belong in the world! After they meet one another at a watering hole and have an unpleasant encounter with a mean, bullying lion, each of them shares their story.Pinduli, the hyena, tells the tale of how the other animals made fun of her on the savannah and made her doubt herself, even after her mother had told her she was beautiful and clever. But Pinduli ends up learning a powerful lesson after she tries to change herself to please
other and it does not go as she had planned!

Verdi shares a story of being an energetic, golden, young snake who doesn’t want to grow old and become grumpy and slow like the older green pythons he meets. But after his desire to stay young and golden nearly gets him badly hurt, he discovers that growing up is not so bad and it’s what’s on the inside that counts.

And Stellaluna shares her story of getting separated from her mother after a frightening encounter with an owl in the treetops. Lost and alone, she finds a family of birds who take her in but wants her change to fit in with their family. She struggles until she finds out who she really is and how to be herself.

In the end they all discover that, with friends and family to make it through, they’ll all be just fine!


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April 21 – May 7 | Best for ages 4+ | 60 minutes long without an intermission
The Characters You Will Meet
Pinduli — a clever hyena whose Mama Hyena has helped her learn to be confident and happy until some unkind animals bully her and make her feel bad about herself.

A Dog, a Lion and a Zebra (as well as other animals
who mistreat others so they will feel better about themselves.

Verdi –
a young and energetic python snake who doesn’t want to grow old and turn green like the older snakes in the forest even though his Mama Snake tells him he will.

Umbles, Aggie, Ribbons and Dozer —
a group of grumpy, older pythons who tell Verdi to grow up, making Verdi all the more certain that he wants to stay young and golden.

Two Golden Snakes
who think Verdi is old and boring like all the other green

a sweet and somewhat shy fruit bat who gets separated from Mama Bat and is taken in by a family of birds in the forest.

Pip, Flitter, Flap and their Mama Bird —
a family of birds who allow Stellaluna to join their family, provided she acts like a bird and not a bat.

Other Forest Animals

Know Before You Go
Here are some things your family might like to
“Know Before You Go”:


Stellaluna and Other Tales is an unusual musical in which all three animal stories are told almost entirely through music. You’ll want to encourage your
family to listen to the lyrics to make sense of what’s happening in each animal’s adventure.

The three friends are brought together at a watering hole and encounter a mean lion who says unkind things to them all. There are several animals who make fun of others and their appearance in Pinduli’s story. You might want to be prepared to discuss this bullying behavior after the show.

In Pinduli’s story, she alters her appearance and the other animals mistake her for a frightening ghostly spirit. It is not staged in a particular frightening manner, but the music is very dramatic and may be a bit intense for some young children.

In Verdi’s story, he takes a dramatic leap and appears to have hurt himself. Very sensitive viewers may be worried about whether he is okay (he is).

In Stellaluna’s story, she is separated from her mother during a scary encounter with a predator bird. She is scared and lonely for a portion of the story and some very young viewers who identify how scary is can be to get lost may find it upsetting.

Haze is used during one point in the production. Please see the Box Office for information on when this will occur if this is an effect that is bothersome to anyone in your family.


From Story to Stage

Stellaluna and Other Tales is a musical adaptation of three of children’s book writer Janell Cannon’s most beloved books: Stellaluna (about a fruit bat), Verdi (about a python), and Pinduli (about a hyena).

Janell Cannon is a self-taught author and illustrator. Early career she worked as a graphic artist for a library and decided to start creating illustrated books for children.

Ms. Cannon has always loved animals of all kinds and decided to write and illustrate books about creatures that she felt were misunderstood or neglected like insects and snakes. She also decided to include a lesson about being yourself in each story.

Playwright Alyn Cardarelli is a graduate of the famed Second City Training Center and a co-founder of Emerald City Theatre Company in Chicago. He has created over two dozen plays including adaptations of Peter Pan and Wendy, Where the Wild Things Are.

Steve Goers is a freelance composer, pianist, and music director. Originally from Chicago, he now lives in Cincinnati where is on the musical theatre faculty at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He has collaborated with Mr. Cardarelli on several musicals for young people.

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



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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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