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Show Guide: Judy Moody & Stink

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It’s almost time for our next production, Judy Moody & Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt, a fun, swashbuckling play based on the popular Judy Moody books series by Megan McDonald. 
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

Oh, the dramatic difficulties of being a girl who WANTS to be going places (and have a little brother who “stinks”). It’s no wonder Judy is moody! School is starting back and all of her friends will have thrilling tales—and be sporting cool T-shirts!—from their summer vacations. They’ll have plenty to include in their “Me Collage” projects, the first Big Assignment of 3rd Grade from her new teacher, Mr. Todd. Judy isn’t very hopeful that a last-minute, end-of-summer family vacation adventure on Ocracoke Island will improve her outlook, but when her family arrives she’s in for a happy surprise: Ocracoke Island turns out a mysterious place packed with legends of pirates and an annual “Pirate Island” treasure hunt! If Judy and her brother, Stink” can track down all the clues and find the “pieces o’ eight” they’ll win a gold doubloon AND a T-shirt! Just the thing to impress Mr. Todd and make her “Me Collage” the envy of her whole class. But will Judy’s moods and her very active imagination thwart her efforts to defeat her main rivals “Smart Girl” and “Tall Boy”? And will she and her brother be able to work together like her Mom and Dad want them to and emerge triumphant? Based on two favorite tales from the beloved book series by Megan McDonald, this rollicking tale finds Judy and Stink on a race for their lives (or at least their pride) to win the Pirate Challenge and perhaps give Judy more than a boring T-shirt to represent her amazing summer vacation!

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Sept 7-23 | For ALL AGES | 65 minutes without intermission
The Characters You Will Meet
  • JUDY MOODY—An assertive, intelligent and resourceful 3rd grader with powerful emotions who has big ambitions and sometimes gets rather frustrated with the obstacles she encounters.
  • STINKAn impulsive 2nd grader who’s a curious younger brother and sometimes joins Judy Moody in her adventurous activities.
  • MOM & DAD—Judy Moody and Stink’s helpful, firm, loving and mostly-patient mom and her accommodating, enthusiastic (and often corny-joke-telling) dad.
  • SMART GIRL & TALL BOY—Judy Moody and Stink’s main rivals in the 3rd Annual Ocracoke Pirate Island Treasure Hunt. They quickly emerge as savvy competitors and will be very difficult to beat!
  • SCURVY SAM and the ASSISTANT PIRATES OF OCRACOKE ISLAND—the dedicated and enthusiastic “pirate” who introduces a treasure hunt, and all of the island-dwelling merchants and helpers Judy Moody and Stink meet on their quest for Pieces O’ Eight!

Know Before You Go
Here are some things your family might like to “Know Before You Go”:
  • Judy Moody has very strong emotional reactions to things at times, and sometimes she handles her emotions well and sometimes does not. Occasionally her ways of expressing her frustration don’t offer the best example. You may want to talk with your family about other ways Judy might have handled difficult situations in the story.
  • Judy’s brother has ended up with the nickname “Stink.” While he takes it all in stride and doesn’t seem particularly bothered by it, you might want to discuss whether such a nickname is very nice and how it could hurt someone’s feelings.
  • During the treasure hunt Judy Moody and her brother Stink end up in a graveyard hunting for clues. Stink finds this eerie location rather scary, and your young children
    might, too.
  • Judy Moody’s parents and teachers exhibit quite a bit of patience with her “moodiness,” but your family might want to talk about how some of her words and actions could be seen as a little disrespectful.
  • Judy Moody labels her treasure hunt rivals as “Smart Girl” and “Tall Boy” and doesn’t see them in a very kind light through most of the story even though she’s never met them. You could use this story as an opportunity to discuss why judging people before you know them can have negative consequences.


From Story to Stage

  • Judy Moody & Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt is based on two of the books in the popular Judy Moody series by Megan McDonald. If you like this story, there are many more books in the collection that you might enjoy.
  • The books were adapted into a play by Allison Gregory, who has written many plays for young audiences and older audiences as well. Ms. Gregory worked with SEVEN different theater companies to develop the script and make improvements after each theater produced the show!
  • This play was co-commissioned by several professional children’s theater companies all across the United States, including First Stage (in Wisconsin), Adventure Theater MTC (in Maryland), Bay Area Children’s Theater (in California), Oregon
    Children’s Theater (in Oregon), Children’s Theater of Charlotte (in North Carolina), Orlando Repertory Theater (in Florida), and The Rose Theater right here in Nebraska!


Theater Location
The Rose is located in downtown Omaha at 2001 Farnam Street on the southwest corner of 20th & Farnam Streets.


From west Omaha, take I-80 East to 1-480 North and exit onto 20th Street. The Rose is located on Farnam Street, approximately three blocks south of the 20th Street exit.


Convenient Parking
The closest and most convenient parking is available for $2 in the garage at 19th & Harney, courtesy of the Omaha Douglas Public Building Commission (1910 Harney St., Omaha, NE 68102). Parking meters surrounding the theater are active from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday, with free parking available on Sundays and holidays. A variety of parking lots are available around the theater, as well, ranging in cost from $2-$5.


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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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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