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SHOW GUIDE: The Very Hungry Caterpillar

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It’s almost time for our next production, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Get ready for a fun, creative adaptation of some favorite works of renowned children’s author, Eric Carle. Watch as a colorful caterpillar that loves to eat slowly transforms itself into a beautiful butterfly! 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

The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites is a stage adaptation of three books by Eric Carle: The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Little Cloud and The Mixed-Up Chameleon. Black light staging techniques illuminate stunning puppets and props while shrouding everything else in darkness. A pre-recorded narrator reads the books as two performers, dressed in black and invisible to the audience, manipulate large puppets. Accompanied by a playful musical score, the vibrant puppets appear to leap, float and fly, bringing Eric
Carle’s beloved stories to life.

In Little Cloud, a cloud slips away from the rest of the clouds and transforms into all the things it observes – a sheep, an airplane, a shark –but eventually, Little Cloud rejoins the rest of the clouds as they all come together to make rain.

In The Mixed-Up Chameleon, a chameleon is bored with its life and heads to the zoo to see what else is out there. Coveting the diverse and interesting animals there, it wishes for bits and pieces of every one it sees until it is so mixed up that it can’t even catch a fly when it gets hungry! Finally, the unhappy chameleon wishes to be itself again.

In The Very Hungry Caterpillar, the
audience watches the caterpillar emerge from its egg and begin looking for food to satisfy its ravenous appetite. It turns out that preparing to transform into a butterfly requires a lot of eating!

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SEPT 28 – OCT 14, 2018 | 45 minutes without an intermission | Popular Puppetry Spectacular for ALL AGES
Know Before You Go
Here are some things your family might like to “Know Before You Go”:
  • This production makes use of a lot of visual effects. You may want to ensure your children know that these effects are not “real,” so they are not frightened during the production.

  • The theater will also be very dark in order for the ultraviolet lighting effects to work. Your family may want to be prepared for the darkness.

  • This production uses the work of Eric Carle and expands his visual ideas into a play. You may want to let your children know that some parts of the story may be different to make for a better, more creative, production.


From Story to Stage

Here’s some information about Eric Carle from his official website:

“Eric Carle is acclaimed and beloved as the creator of brilliantly illustrated and innovatively designed picture books for very young children. His best-known work, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, has eaten its way into the hearts of literally millions of children all over the world and has been translated into 60 languages and sold over 38 million copies. Since the Caterpillar was published in 1969, Eric Carle has illustrated more than seventy books, many best sellers, most of which he also wrote, and more than 127 million copies of his books have sold around the world.”

Jim Morrow is the Artistic Director of the Mermaid Theater. He directs and designs productions and adapted Eric Carle’s books for this stage production. He has been a puppetry designer for the stage, film, and television for nearly three decades. He has adapted several illustrated children’s books and has toured many places around the world sharing The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

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.


“All aboard!!!” for a brand new First Stage adaptation of the all-time classic children’s book The Little Engine That Could! This new production for our youngest theatergoers brings Watty Piper’s timeless tale of perseverance and positivity to fresh new life for contemporary children!

Screen-centered Watty and stuff-collecting Piper are sisters who aren’t exactly on the same track. But when the train to Springfield is delayed leaving them stranded in the station, the sometimes squabbling siblings must learn to work together—with lots of help from children in the station to find a way to get toys and treats to the children on the other side of the mountain. With its universal themes of finding your own confidence and believing in yourself as well as helping others, you and your little ones
will relish this ride on the rails of doing the right thing!

Oct 12 – Nov 4, 2018

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!

Renew Your Membership!
2018-19 Rose memberships are now on sale. Rose members receive 4 free tickets to each of our
seven regular season shows. That’s 28 FREE TICKETS! For information, click here or visit The Rose Box Office.

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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