The Rose’s “Broken Mirror” Reflects the Issues of Young Teen Women.

- While finishing up the run of Jackie and Me this week, The Rose Theater will present the latest offering from its Teens ‘N’ Theater program entitled Broken Mirror. The show will take a closer look at the issues facing Omaha’s teen girls by using skits, parodies, scenes, songs, dances and monologues to create an original work of theater that The Rose says “dares to break stereotypes and pose surprising questions”.

 Participants in Broken Mirror created the piece to reflect their own personal experiences. The teens not only perform in the show, but also write the segments included in the production. Topics addressed in the piece range from self-identity to double standards between men and women, from the pressures of growing up too quickly, to the impact of beauty as a commodity as the cast explores what it means to be young and female.

Co-director Kathryn Stahl said “Each day when we arrived at rehearsal, we were impressed with the vulnerability these girls were willing to risk. They brought incredible insight about the pressures they face daily and how they empower themselves to carve out their space in the world. They are a truly inspirational group of young people.”

Broken Mirror runs Thursday, March 13 at 7:00 pm, Saturday, March 15 at 7:30 pm and Saturday, March 16 at 4:30 pm in the Hitchcock Theater at The Rose at 20th and Farnam Street.

For ticket information, call The Rose Theater Box Office at (402) 345-4849.

- Omaha Performing Arts Broadway Series returns next week with the opening of Sister Act: The Musical, running March 18th - 23rd. Produced by Whoopi Goldberg, the show received five Tony Award nominations in 2011 including Best Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Book of a Musical.

A musical adaptation of the classic 1992 film, the show tells the story of Deloris Van Cartier, a disco showgirl who witnesses a murder and is then placed in the protective custody of a convent. While in hiding, Cartier breathes new life into the church by revitalizing the convent’s choir.

The show features an original score by Glenn Slater and multi-Academy, Tony, and Golden Globe-winning composer Alan Menken. Menken is best known for his scores to films and musicals like The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Newsies, and many others. More information can be found at www.omahaperformingarts.com.

Cold Cream looks at theater in the metro area. Email information to coldcream@thereader.com

posted at 06:59 pm
on Monday, March 10th, 2014

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