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Going To The Rose Guide for Charlotte's Web



It’s almost time for our next production, Charlotte’s Web!

The Rose has put together 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


Adapted from the book by E.B. White
By Joseph Robinette


Wilbur the pig doesn’t appear to have a very bright future when Fern saves him. Surrounded by supportive barnyard friends on Zuckerman’s Farm — and befriended by a very gifted spider — Wilbur becomes Some Terrific, Radiant Pig! Revisit the timeless magic of a story that’s touched the hearts of generations of families with its universal themes of friendship and selflessness.

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APR 19 – MAY 5, 2024 | 70 minutes

Know Before You Go
Here are some things your family might like to “Know Before You Go”:
  • Inspired by the characters in the show, the lobby will be decorated with fake spider webs and spiders. You will also be offered a plastic spider ring so you can participate in the show as Charlotte’s Baby Spiders! If your child has an aversion to spiders, you may want to address their presence before coming to the show. And as always, they are welcome to decline the ring as they enter the theater.
  • This production takes place on a farm where the characters will address the killing of animals for food. You may want to discuss with your child the connection between the animals you see on a farm and the food that reaches your plate.

  • During the show, there are many discussions of death and grieving. A main character will also die peacefully of old age near the end of the play. Wilbur especially learns that a life well lived is more important than a long life! You may
    want to address life changes and the process of grieving with your child.
  • In this production, some actors will be playing multiple characters on stage. See if you can spot all the characters one actor is playing!


The Characters You Will Meet

Some characters you will meet in Charlotte’s Web:

  • Wilbur – A pig that was the runt of the spring litter. He is sold to the Zuckermans after Fern saves him and raises him like a baby. Wilbur idolizes Charlotte and tries to live up to her positive view of him.
  • Fern – An eight-year-old girl who saves Wilbur from being killed as a piglet. She is compassionate and kind and quickly bonds with Wilbur as she cares for him.
  • Charlotte – A spider that lives in the barn at Zuckerman’s farm. Charlotte is kind, knowledgeable, and wise. She befriends Wilbur and comes
    up with an idea to save Wilbur’s life.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Arable – Fern and Avery’s parents.
  • Avery – Fern’s trouble-making sister.
  • Templeton – A rat that lives in the Zuckerman barn.
  • Homer, Edith, and Lurvy – Residents of the Zuckerman farm.
  • Goose, Gander, Sheep and Lamb – Other animals that live on the Zuckerman farm.

From Story to Stage

  • Charlotte’s Web was originally a children’s book written in 1952 by author E. B. White.

  • Charlotte’s Web was made into a cartoon movie in 1973. If you’ve ever seen a movie of Charlotte’s Web, it was probably this one! (There is also a live action movie of the book made in 2006.)

  • Charlotte’s Web was first produced onstage as a musical in 1989.

  • Playwright Joseph Robinette has also adapted lots of famous children’s stories for the stage like: Anne of Green Gables, The Jungle Book, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, and more!

  • Joseph Robinette also wrote the book for A Christmas Story: The Musical which will be at the Rose next December!


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.


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).

CHANGES TO OMAHA PARKING METERS! Changes are happening for Park Omaha street metered parking. Please check the Park Omaha website for the latest information. Currently, 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.



$37 Main Floor // $32 Balcony
Rose Members receive DISCOUNTED tickets to this show!
To purchase tickets, call The Rose Box Office at (402) 345-4849
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!

Get your 2024-25 Rose Membership!
2024-25 Rose memberships are available now! Purchase a Rose membership today to
reserve your spot for the upcoming shows in the 2024-2025 season, including Pete the Cat. You get a full year of benefits with free tickets to the next six member shows, whenever you join. PLUS…members get discounted tickets to Diary of a Wimpy Kid and A Christmas Story: The Musical!

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New this year — your Rose membership is good for six member shows (roughly one calendar year), no matter when you join! Join today and enjoy FREE tickets to the next six Rose member shows, plus discounts on premium event shows and Rose classes. Join today!

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






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