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Rose Theater's 'Penguin Problems' is unwittingly timely

Rose Theater's 'Penguin Problems' is unwittingly timely

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“Penguin Problems” probably will resonate with people who are tired of the pandemic.

In other words, everyone.

The new play at the Rose Theater, running now through Oct. 18, is about a mopey little penguin who has been isolated too long and is bored with life in Antarctica.

Though it deals with issues we’ve all faced, it was written before the coronavirus. It offers a message of hope and resilience.

“It’s a comedy about how we navigate circumstances that might, on the surface, seem kind of limited but are still really full of people that we love who help us get through whatever comes our way,” said Rose artistic director Matthew Gutschick, who adapted the script from a book by Jory John.

Local composer Trudy Yeatts wrote music for the show and Kathy Tyree is director.

Penguin Problems

The Rose Theater's world premiere of "Penguin Problems" features Ben Adams as Bob, Malik Fortner as Mortimer and Jessica Burrill Logue as Louise. The music is bluesy and fun, and the set includes an iceberg — for the live band. 

Gutschick said the music is bluesy and fun. A live band is on an iceberg right on the stage.

The Rose has instituted a number of measures to ensure the safety of cast members, audiences and backstage workers.

A ticketed digital version of the show will be available about two weeks after opening night.

If for any reason live shows must be canceled, in-person ticketholders will be able to access the digital shows.

Performances will be Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

For more information on safety precautions and tickets to the live and digital shows, visit rosetheater.org or call 402-345-4849.

Joslyn plans virtual art classes

Studio art classes for youths and adults are virtual this fall at Joslyn Art Museum.

The Zoom classes will look at themes, methods and materials inspired by works on display at the museum.

Participants will receive guidance for independent practice between sessions.

They include:

VIRTUAL ART SCHOOL

Who: Grades 1 through 7-plus (late afternoons; Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, depending upon grade)

Themes: first quarter, drawing; second quarter, painting

Start dates: Sept. 22 (first quarter); Nov. 3 (second quarter)

VIRTUAL ART CLASSES

for children Who: Ages 6–12

Themes: Three sessions, three weeks each on Saturday mornings

Starting Oct. 10: “Roger Shimomura: Collected Memories” (Pop art composition with pencils, crayons, found and assembled imagery and transfer methods)

Starting Nov. 7: “Jay Heikes: Sculptural Paintings” (mixed-media painting with sculptural elements using found materials, modeling paste and collage)

Starting Dec. 5: “Bob Haozous: Carved Critters” (carve, assemble and build with Styrofoam and use modeling paste and watercolor paint)

VIRTUAL HOME-SCHOOL ART SCHOOL

Who: Grades 1 through 7-plus (early afternoons; Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, depending upon grade)

Themes: first quarter, drawing; second quarter, painting

Start dates: Sept. 22 (first quarter); Nov. 3 (second quarter)

VIRTUAL ART CLASSES FOR TEENS AND ADULTS

Who: Ages 13 and older

Themes: Various five-week sessions Friday mornings, Saturday afternoons, and Sunday afternoons, including watercolor, drawing, painting and fiber arts

Start dates: Ranging from Sept. 18 to Dec. 5. There also will be one Sunday afternoon in-person class Sept. 20. Titled “Drawing in the Gardens,” it is for ages 13 and older.

For more information, go to joslyn.org or call 402-342-3300.


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Betsie covers a little bit of everything for The World-Herald's Living section, including theater, religion and anything else that might need attention. Phone: 402-444-1267.

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