Friday, November 30, 2018

Elf: The Musical @RoseTheaterCo #review #omaha

Last night we had a super fun time. We got to go see Elf: The Musical at The Rose Theater

The set design was really cool! Everything was coated in glitter and the images changed throughout the show. Note how the kids didn't sit with us. They just wanted to be close to the stage.

About Elf: The Musical:

If you're familiar to the movie, the musical has the same flavor. Different things happen, which made it more fun to watch. We didn't feel like we were watching something we already have watched. It was great because it had some adult and child humor. Isaak leaned into me at the 1/2 way point and said, "What's PETA?" They made a joke about Santa not having reindeer because of PETA making a big deal about them. Most of the jokes were at his level though.  

Buddy the Elf has always been a little different. Even among his professionally festive Christmas coworkers Buddy really stands...TALL! But when Buddy learns from Santa that he’s a human, the enormous former elf embarks on a quest to the sparkling city of New York during the holidays to find his father. His unusually upbeat, childlike cheer has a powerful effect on everyone he encounters—with sometimes disastrous results! But will Buddy be able to charm his stressed-out dad who long ago lost his seasonal spirit and wants nothing to do with a son he didn’t know he had? This fun-filled musical adaptation of the favorite holiday film that became an instant classic is a stuffed stocking full of song and dance that your family will most definitely want on your Christmas Wish List!


It runs from November 40 to December 23. Check Rose Theater's website because some shows are already sold out. This is a popular one!


It's for all ages, but if kids get restless there is a wiggle room that parents can take them.


It's 2 hours long. They do have an intermission. During the intermission they sell cookies and drinks.


Members are $20 main seating and $15 for balcony.

Non Members are $27 main seating and $22 for balcony.

Purchase tickets on their website or by calling 402.345.4849.

The Characters:

They were fun! There wasn't an actor that did a bad job.

Buddy – Dan Chevalier
Jovie – Regina Palmer
Walter Hobbs – Anthony Clark-Kaczmarek
Emily Hobbs – Melissa King
Michael Hobbs – Josiah Hydeen
Santa Claus – Zach Kloppenborg
Greenway/Store Elf – Sarah Gibson**
Deb – Mary Carrick
Manager – Shannon Duke
Sam/Mrs. Claus – Sue Gillespie Booton**
Sara/Store Elf/Waitress – Kendra Ball
Chadwick/Store Elf – Lauren Krupski
Matthews/Store Elf/Fake Santa – Christopher Violett
Jim/Store Elf/Fake Santa – Fran X. Adrianto**
Businessman/Ensemble/Store Elf/Fake Santa – Garrett Griffin**
Charlotte/Elf/Intern/Store Elf – Francesca Kerkhofs*
Office Intern/Elf/Store Elf – Audrey Persaud*
Office Intern/Elf/Store Elf/Fake Santa – Raymond Butler
Police/Fake Santa – Noah Fowler
Elf/Police/Fake Santa – Matt Kielian
Store Elf/Fake Santa – Nate Kielian
Elf 1/NY Sports Fan Kid/Christmas Kid – Colin McMahon*
Charlie/Christmas Kid – Carson Bishop*
Shawanda/Elf/Christmas Kid – Martina Perversi*
Elf 2/Store Elf – Camryn Jordan*
Elf 3/Store Elf – Emma Wambsgans*
Featured Rockefeller Ice Skater/Customer – Rachel M. Radloff*
Featured Rockefeller Ice Skater/Elf/Christmas Kid – Sky Radloff*

Artistic and Production Credits:

Director – Matt Gutschick
Assistant Director/Ed. Rep – Dana Pittman
Music Director – Jerry Brabec
Choreographer – Sue Gillespie Booton
Scenic Designer – Adam Rowe
Lighting & Sound Designer – Craig S. Moxon
Projection Designer – Brittany Merenda
Costume Designer – Sherri Geerdes
Hair & Makeup Designer – Erin Bragg
Production Stage Manager – Lisa Krabbenhoft
Director of Production – Erin M. Solemsaas
Technical Director – Greg Rishoi
Props Mistress – Devon Denn-Young
Scenic Charge Artist – Savannah Savick
Master Carpenter – Jackson Curtright
Assistant Stage Manager/Apprentice – Kali Coates
Followspot Operator/Apprentice – Elton Wayne Bradley
Scenic Apprentice – Austin Watson
Sound Engineer/Apprentice – Christy Hernandez
Assistant Stage Manager – Dacota Schwarte
Followspot Operator –
Fly Rail Operator – Zach Ackerman
Run Crew – Jesse Groff
Qlab Operator – John Horton
Stitchers – Sherri Geerdes, Erin Bragg, Audio Helkiuk, Jill Maenner

Live Orchestra:

My kids and I love to check out the live Orchestra display before the show begins. It's so cool!

Jerry Brabec – Conductor
Curtis Pelster – Trumpet I
Marcus Nunez – Trumpet II
Paul Niebalski – Trombone I
Noel Johnson – Trombone II
Chris Acker – Trombone Swing
Scott Vicroy – Reed I
Andrea Smith – Reed II
Stanton Harper – Reed III
Samantha Perkins – Violin I
Heidi Copeland – Violin II
Christina Allred – Cello
Jennifer Novak Haar – Keyboard I
Amy Nunamaker – Keyboard II
Jerry Brabec – Keyboard III
Tom Miller – Bass
Jeff Kolega – Drums
Michael Pollock – Percussion

Go See it:

It really got us in the holiday spirit. I'm sure it will you too!


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Disclaimer: I'm writing this in connection to The Rose Theater. I was given tickets from The Rose Theater. I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Random Tid bits

  1. Travis and I haven't fought in a very long time. It's good, but I think it's healthy to fight every once in awhile. Last weekend was that time. No worries...we made up. It actually was in regards to Mica. If you have kids, have you ever fought about them with your spouse, ex, boyfriend or girlfriend?

    One morning Mica was typing a one page paper, for a homework assignment on my work laptop. Good thing: He can log on to Office365 anywhere with his school account. I was making breakfast.

    Mica said, "Mom I think I know a way to make this paper longer faster. I'll just bump up the font size 2 more points."

    I said, "No! I don't want you doing that. Just take your time to do a good job. That seems like something one of my students would do; just to get the paper to go from one page to two."

    Mica said, "Mom it's fine."

    I said, "Honey please don't do that. If anything...don't do that for me. What's the standard size?"

    Mica said, "She didn't specify."

    I said, "What size are you taught is the standard?"

    Mica said, "11 pt."

    I said, "Use that then. It used to be 12 pt when I was a kid. I teach my design students that body copy in a magazine is 9 or 10 points. If 11 pt size is what you're taught, she didn't say otherwise, you should use that size. You can always email her to ask her as well."

    Mica said, "Mom I'd be doing her a favor. She is older, has glasses, and can't read all these paper well."

    I said, "It sounds to me like you're old people shaming. Move the font size back!"

    Later that day:

    Mica said, "I'm done."

    I said, "Did you move the font size back to 11 pt like I said?"

    Mica said, "Oh I forgot. Now I can't because I sent it already."

    I lost it! I don't feel like I yell that much, but I was full on yelling at that point! Then Travis came in, and started yelling too.

    Travis said, "I think you need to stop, cool down, and Mica will learn from his mistakes. Think about how you're handling this!"

    I did handle it good in the morning. When he didn't listen, is when I lost it. It's like all respect went out the window for me and Mica's teacher. It seems like I don't get backed up all the time, so I was upset the rest of the day. What a way to spend a day off! The whole day Mica didn't see what the big deal was. The next day we talked it out. It's all ok now. I do think fighting has to happen in any relationship at times. Although I think Mica is still in the clouds about the whole incident.

  2. Travis texted to me that the leaf Isaak and I crafted for his work won a $20 GC to Red Lobster.

    He texted, "Date night!"

    I texted back, "I don't know Isaak helped me create it. Maybe it should be a Mother Son night."

    He texted a grumpy emoji face back.

    Should Isaak and I use the gift card, should Travis and I go out on a date with it, should Isaak, Travis and I go out, or should we just use it for our whole family? Part of me was messing with him, but another part of me was thinking, Isaak deserves some of that.

  3. Travis and I have been battling out what I should or shouldn't give Isaak's teacher for the holidays. I always give something! But it's hard because she's not our fav not a good teacher. I said, "What if we gave her something impersonal like school supplies? She could still use them. It's for the kids too." He was ok with that. Then my mom said, "Alissa you have to give her something fun!" I can't win!

  4. I have a student that cracks me up almost every day I have him.

    He asked me why he doesn't have a girlfriend, and said he understands girls so well because he has 4 sisters. All while he was talking to me he was adjusting his man parts. Certainly not anything, any girl want to see!

    He told me he was going far for Thanksgiving to see his sister's new kid. I said, "Oh what's his name?" He said, "I don't know." I said, "You better find out!" When he got back he still didn't remember his nephew's name. He had to call his mom to ask. When he found out it was Rowen he was like, "What kind of name is that?" I said, "Someone could say the same of your name. Don't judge. Just love him, and remember his name."

  5. Isaak has kind of hit a downward spiral with basketball. He gets anxious ever since his team switched from the Y to a bigger better league. I was beginning to think he was alone in feeling this, but as it turns out he's not. You can read about sports anxiety here. Now we just need to try and learn how to combat it. He was a great basketball player before!

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

WW: Bohemian Rhapsody {Linky}

Mica was really obsessed with Queen last year. He couldn't take a shower without blaring their songs loud in the bathroom. Thankfully he has waterproof speakers.

When I saw the trailer of Bohemian Rhapsody, I knew we had to take the boys. Thankfully it wasn't rated R.

Have you seen Bohemian Rhapsody yet?


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