The Rose Theater, one of the nation’s largest focusing on children and families, will host a regional conference for the development of new plays Feb. 8. The workshops are being presented in collaboration with Theater for Young Audiences USA. The conference is open to the public.
Workshop sessions will include information on developing shows using puppetry, shows for students on the autism spectrum, community-based shows and conversions of Broadway musicals into family-friendly productions.
Presenters will include Jeff Church, artistic director at the Coterie Children’s Theater in Kansas City, Mo.; Gretta Berghammer, University of Northern Iowa professor of theater; Kevin Lawler, producing artistic director of the Great Plains Theatre Conference in Omaha; and artists from the Sturgis (S.D.) Youth Theatre.
Conference attendees will look at the Rose’s model for play development through a performance of “The Grocer’s Goblin & The Little Mermaid.” The show uses multimedia and puppets in staging two Hans Christian Andersen fairytales. After the performance, a discussion will be led by the Rose’s artistic director, Matt Gutschick; resident playwright Brian Guehring; and show director Stephanie Jacobson.
General admission is $35, or $25 for members of Theater for Young Audiences. That includes breakfast, lunch, four workshops and the show with discussion. To register, call 402-345-4849 or go online to rosetheater.org/playconf/.