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Show Guide: Havana Hop

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It’s almost time for our next production, the one-performer show, Havana Hop, a children’s tale about courage and confidence. We’ve assembled some 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!

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The Story You Will
Yeila dreams of being a superstar but her lack of confidence gives her awful stage fright. With advice from her mother and mentors, Yeila begins her journey to find her roots, get confidence and be amazing! Travel with Yeila who visits her grandmother in Cuba to add a salsa flavor to her own hip-hop style! The audience gets to dance along in this dynamic participation play where one actress creates three generations of lively women. Journey with Yeila as she discovers the fun of her multi-cultural heritage.

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Feb 10-19, 2023 | 60 minutes without an intermission

Coming to the opening night of HAVANA HOP? Come early to learn a special dance and perform it on stage!

The Characters You Will Meet

In Havana Hop, the performer Paige Hernandez plays all the characters you meet in the story. Some of the characters include:


  • YEILA: Yeila is a young girl who loves to dance and perform, but sometimes her stage fright gets the best of her.
  • MOTHER: Mama
    loves Yeila and is proud of her dancing. She wants to help her succeed. She is also concerned about Yeila’s abuela (grandmother) who is not feeling well.
  • ABUELA: Abuela is Yeila’s grandmother who lives in Havana, Cuba. She has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and is losing her memory. She loves to dance and has a special connection with Yeila.

Know Before You Go
Here are some things your family might like to “Know Before You Go”
  • Havana Hop is a very interactive
    show that will have your family moving and grooving in your seat. Expect to be asked to stand up and dance or sing along with the character on stage throughout the show.
  • In this show, Yeila explores her family’s roots in Havana, Cuba. Many lines are spoken in Spanish, with the performer also sharing the English translation.
  • One character in the show is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and is shown to be losing her memory. You may want to explain this disease with the young people you are bringing to the show.
  • Havana Hop is performed entirely by the actor and show’s creator, Paige Hernandez. She transitions between characters with simple costume changes right on stage.
  • A Q&A will be held onstage at the end of the show, but because there is only one actor, we are unable to do autographs. Look for Paige’s trading card at the Box Office.

From Story to Stage

  • Havana Hop was written, directed and performed by Paige Hernandez.
  • Paige is a multidisciplinary artist who has received many honors as a performer, director, choreographer and playwright. She has performed on many stages throughout the country, including the Lincoln Center, the Smithsonian, The Kennedy Center, and more. Paige has also been
    named a “classroom hero” by The Huffington Post, a “Citizen Artist Fellow” with the Kennedy Center, “40 under 40” by the Washington Post and one of “Six Theatre Workers You Should Know” by American Theatre Magazine.
  • Paige is also working on a stage adaptation of Maya Angelou’s poem, Life Doesn’t Frighten Me, which will make its debut on The Rose stage in the 2023-24 season.

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

A few minutes after the performance, our actor 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.
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

Weather Cancellations
The Rose rarely cancels public performances. If severe weather requires a show to be cancelled, a notice will be placed on our website and on social media, and we will notify local media outlets. For weather-related inquiries, please contact the Box Office at (402) 345-4849.
Should a show be cancelled, a recorded message will be left at this number.

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


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