The Rose is one of the largest and most accomplished children's theaters in the nation, with a reputation for enriching the lives of children and families through top-quality professional productions and arts education. The Rose provides opportunities for thousands of children to attend shows and participate in classes each year. We are proud to be the place where Omaha's children experience their first introduction to the magic of live theater.
No child is ever turned away for economic reasons. "Pay-what-you-can" evenings are offered for most productions. Thousands of tickets are given to area youth-serving charities year after year. Scholarships are available for individuals interested in participating in classes.
Live performances are shared from two stages at The Rose Theater: the main stage and the intimate Hitchcock Theater. More than 100,000 individuals see our performances each year through public performances and school field trips.
In addition to the 28,000 students who visit our theater for field trips each year, our Every Single Child program brings the arts alive for more than 36,000 students in over 80 schools at NO COST to the schools. This program strives to provide a meaningful drama experience to every single child in elementary and middle school in the Omaha metro area and is provided free for schools (including bus transportation to and from The Rose), thanks to donations from generous individuals and foundations.
When not performing on stage, professional artist educators offer classes in theater, directing, musical theater, singing, dancing, and more for children ages 4 to 18. Scholarships are available for children with financial need.
While a standard Rose classroom experience can be rambunctious, noisy and not well-suited for all students, our classes for children with special needs give all children the opportunity to explore their creative side and take a journey of imagination in a safe, supportive environment. We offer classes for children with autism spectrum disorder, sensory processing disorder, children who are deaf or hard of hearing, with Down Syndrome and with visual impairments.
Select performances of our shows are designated as "autism-friendly," which means special accommodations are made for families with a child who has autism spectrum disorder or other special needs. Each mainstage show is also interpreted into American Sign Language for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. Assistive listening devices are available for guests who require them. Guests with visual impairments may request large print programs, and students with visual impairments may arrange for a free touch tour of The Rose mainstage.
Our unique Teens 'N' Theater program provides teenagers ages 13 to 18 an opportunity to roll up their sleeves and get active in the world of theater. Six teen-only shows are produced each season in which the teen participants are given opportunities to act, direct, write, design, and stage manage. The result is a stunning season of exceptionally fresh, thought-provoking, and genuine work that is presented live in the Hitchcock Theater! Participation is free of charge and open to all interested students.
- Field Club Principal Barb Wild
"I love my acting classes because I can learn lines and pretend. I also love the dance classes, too! My teachers are really nice and I love making friends."
- Camille, ASD class participant
"The BROADWAY at The Rose program just knocks my socks off! I'm so impressed with all skill levels. Everyone, no matter their skill or talent level is shining up on that stage and all the kids look like they are having a blast. All that said - you also maintain a high level of professionalism."
- Paula Kehm
"For the past two years, my two boys and I have attended every single show at The Rose. After the first play of this season, my 10 year-old son showed interest in taking some classes through The Rose. This was a huge step for him, who usually does not like to bring any attention to himself. So, needless to say, I was ecstatic when he showed interest in participating in a class through The Rose. I worried every single second he was in the class and to be honest, I sat in the parking lot the entire time, just in case. When he came out of the class, he was beaming and chatted the entire way home. What a milestone! As the weeks passed, my little boy's shell started peeling off and his confidence grew. Just last Thursday, we had parent teacher conferences and his teacher raved about how Cole was now participating in class and how his confidence was soaring. She said she has noticed a huge difference in him since the first of the year. I credit this class and his wonderful teachers. Last Saturday was the last day of class and when I witnessed my son raising his hand to volunteer, it brought tears to my eyes. Those tears were shed when he stood in front of an audience and spoke. This was not the same boy who entered those doors on January 11th. In 8 weeks, my son transformed from a boy who lacked confidence and was nervous speaking in front of people, to a confident boy who was volunteering to speak in front of an audience. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for the gift you have given my little boy that he will carry for a lifetime."
- Moni Pecha
"The Rose is a beautiful theater offering quality performances with talented performers. My husband and I are happy to support it and we hope to continue coming for many years to come. Thank you to EVERYONE involved in making The Rose Theater what it is today...AMAZING!!!"
- Patty and Steve Nogg