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Show Guide: Elf the Musical

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It’s almost time for our next production, Elf The Musical,
a festive holiday musical based on the popular film!

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

Buddy is by far the happiest elf at The North Pole! But he soon discovers that there’s a reason that he’s so much bigger than all of his co-workers in Santa’s Workshop, always in the way and never able to complete his toy-making quotas on time: when he overhears a couple of elves talking about him, he finds out he’s actually a human! After a heart-to-heart chat with Santa, Buddy decides to boldly embark on a trip to New York City to see if he can find his real family. Buddy is completely enchanted by the city, but the city is not quite as enchanted with him and his excitable childlike way of seeing the world. With
information and a snow globe from Santa, Buddy makes his way to his father’s offices at Greenway Press, a children’s book publishing company in the Empire State Building. He meets his father, Walter Hobbs who wants nothing to do with him and especially during the stressful holiday season. Buddy makes his way to the “North Pole” at Macy’s department store where his elf-like ways both fit right in and cause new headaches for the management there! He meets Jovie, a sarcastic co-worker elf who really isn’t particularly friendly or happy about the holidays. Her initial annoyance with Buddy gradually fades as she is charmed by seeing New York City during the holiday season through his enthusiastic eyes. Meanwhile, Walter’s wife, Emily, and son, Michael find Buddy’s cheerful spirit is a welcome change from Walter’s workaholic ways. They decide to dig deeper into Buddy’s claim that he’s Walter’s son. Will Buddy be fully accepted by his new family and
friends in the big city and possibly help Walter—and all of New York—rediscover the holiday spirit before Santa’s arrival on Christmas Eve?

Sponsored by:
NOV 30 – DEC 23 2018 | 2 hours + intermission | Modern Musical Classic Christmas Comedy for ALL AGES
The Characters You’ll Meet
  • BUDDY—an incredibly cheerful and energetic human who was adopted and raised by Santa’s elves at the North Pole. He’s happy all the time, but decides to go to New York City in a quest to find his father.

  • JOVIE—a not so cheerful and rather sarcastic young woman who works as an elf at Macy’s for the holiday season. She is “not a Christmas person” but finds herself gradually charmed by Buddy’s upbeat and innocent perspective on the world.

  • WALTER HOBBS—Buddy’s biological father and a workaholic at his company, Greenway Press, publishing children’s books. His job gets more stressful during the holiday season and he has very little patience for the whole holiday season.

  • EMILY HOBBS—Walter’s wife who actually enjoys the holidays and tolerates her husband’s workaholic ways even though his irritable and stressed-out attitude really comes between them and affects the family. The appearance of Buddy definitely makes their family’s life more complicated.

  • MICHAEL HOBBS—Walter and Emily’s son who wishes he had a better relationship with his dad and finds Buddy’s upbeat holiday and spirit of fun to be very contagious.

  • DEB—Walter’s assistant at Greenway Press who helps to manage Walter’s hectic schedule of meetings and keeps a smile as she puts up with his grumpy demeanor.

  • MANAGER—Buddy’s boss at Macy’s. For him the holiday season means a lot of details to manage at one of the biggest retail stores in New York City!

  • GREENWAY—the head of Greenway Press and Walter’s not-very-understanding boss.

  • SANTA’S ELVES and MRS. CLAUS—all of Santa’s helpers at the North Pole who have been taking care of—and putting up with—Buddy since he came to
    the North Pole in Santa’s sack.

  • THE CITIZENS OF NEW YORK—various New Yorkers who live and work in the busy bustle of the Big Apple during the fun and festive and sometimes frustrating holiday season. With some help from Buddy, they just might find their holiday spirit!

Know Before You Go
Here are some things your family might like to “Know Before You Go”:
  • This production is based on a Broadway musical theater adaptation of the movie “Elf” and may depart from the story and dialogue of the original popular holiday film starring Will Ferrell.
  • Buddy encounters many characters, both at the North Pole and on his journey to New York, who can be rather
    negative and unpleasant. A couple have senses of humor that might appeal to adults in the audience more than young children.

  • Buddy’s journey of discovery to New York City is motivated by a desire to find his biological father. It may raise a few questions about how families are created that you may want to be prepared to chat about with your family.

  • Some characters in the story are definitely more concerned about the commercial aspects of the holidays than the true spirit of the season.

From Story to Stage

  • Elf The Musical is based on the 2003 film “Elf” starring Will Ferrell and directed by Jon Favreau. The movie was a
    big hit when it was released and has become a modern holiday classic.
  • Elf The Musical opened on Broadway during the 2010 holiday season and enjoyed successful runs in New York and on national tours. This production was created right here at The Rose Theater in local Omaha
  • Bob Martin and Thomas Meehan are Broadway veterans who helped create some very popular hit musicals including The Drowsy Chaperone (Martin), and Hairspray, The Producers, and Annie (Meehan). Musicians Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin also created the Broadway musical adaptation of The Wedding Singer.

Bring any canned item to The Rose Theater when you attend
Elf the Musical to help “Shine the Light on Hunger!”

Available at Intermission of Elf the Musical
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.


180 years ago, Steven’s great-great grandfather Chief Standing Bear stood up in court and demanded that a federal Judge recognize that Indians are “persons” under the law. Today, following an altercation where Steven is bullied at school on account of his long hair, Steven must follow in his grandfather’s footsteps and speak out against his school’s attempt to force him to cut his hair, and ultimately, to erase his identity. Written by Mary Kathryn Nagle (citizen of the Cherokee Nation), the play invites the audience to see the past emerging in our present, and ultimately what it means to truly stand for who we are.

Witness a thrilling drama about a historic Omaha story with this world premiere production commissioned by The Rose Theater and developed at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.


RUN DATES: Jan 25 – Feb 10, 2019


DURATION: 75 minutes without an intermission

While at The Rose
Have a Refreshment!
Cookies, soft drinks and water will be available at intermission. All items cost
$1 and the proceeds go to support educational programs 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!


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
regular season shows. For information, click here or visit The Rose Box Office. (And remember! Rose memberships make great gifts for families of all ages!)
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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.

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Box Office

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, Nebraska 68102



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