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02.15.2011 / Fantastic Mr. Fox Sure to Live Up to Its Name at The Rose

Boggis, Bunce, Bean, badgers and foxes will charm families at The Rose Theater, February 25 through March 13. Fantastic Mr. Fox was adapted for the stage by dramatist David Wood from the book by Roald Dahl, beloved childrens author of such stories as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach.

"The audience can expect an imaginative, frightful, funny and joyful celebration of the victory of the natural world over intruding humans, said show director Cindy Melby Phaneuf."

“The audience can expect an imaginative, frightful, funny and joyful celebration of the victory of the natural world over intruding humans,” said show director Cindy Melby Phaneuf. Fantastic Mr. Fox walks families through the delightful Robin Hood-esque tale about a clever fox who steals chickens, ducks and turkeys from three cruel and wealthy farmers to feed his family. The town’s three meanest farmers, Boggis, Bunce and Bean, make attempts to stop the crafty Mr. Fox and his badger friends, but the creatures forever outwit them. Mr. Fox may lose his tail along the way, but he certainly comes out ahead.

“Dahl provides ideal stories for adaptation,” said Wood, “But they are by no means easy to adapt. All of the useful ingredients – scale, magic, animals – are quite tricky to achieve on stage, but well worth the effort!” In his career, Wood has written more than 70 plays that have been produced and performed all over the world, one tenth of which sprouted from Roald Dahl’s books. His first Dahl adaptation was The BFG (Big Friendly Giant) and Fantastic Mr. Fox was born unto the stage in 2001. It has since been produced several times in Australia and the United Kingdom, among others.

Fantastic Mr. Fox will be presented on The Rose main stage February 25 to March 13, with performances each Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., and each Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. The show is recommended for ages 4 and up. David Wood himself will be attending the 2 p.m. show on Saturday, February 26th.

Tickets are $16 each and available through The Rose Box Office, located at 2001 Farnam Street, by phone at (402) 345-4849 or online at www.rosetheater.org. Rose family members receive four free tickets to the show. Discount ticket vouchers are available at all Omaha and Council Bluffs-area Hy-Vee Food Stores for $13 each.

Have you seen Fantastic Mr.Fox already? Have you been to any shows at the Rose recently? Post your comments now.

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