Young bug problems? There’s a play for that.


August 30th, 2012

Omaha, NE – Being a kid can be hard, but The Rose Theater says so can being a bug. In their newest production, The Rose presents a play where children will relate to school-aged bugs that are figuring out just who they are.

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Diary of a Worm, a Spider and a Fly is based on the children’s books of Doreen Cronin and Harry Bliss. The story takes the audience into the world of young bugs. The set, created from a bugs point-of-view revolves around Worm, Spider and Fly.

“Diary of a Worm, a Spider, and a Fly” opens at The Rose Theater beginning Sept. 7.

The bugs are all friends, but Worm is feeling sort of left out. Unlike his friends Spider and Fly, he doesn’t have legs. Something his friends are very proud to show off in the song “All You Need is Legs.”

Spider, Fly and friends jump around singing in praise of all the things legs can do. Worm longingly watches.

So while Worm tries to find his place in the world, his friends show him that even without beloved legs, he helps in other ways. Director, Rob Urbinati is presenting a local production of the musical written by Joan Cushing.

“Over the course of the play, he learns from the other kids that he makes a contribution to the world,” Urbinati said, “which is, as a worm, he digs tunnels, which creates air that allows flowers to grow and breathe. So when he finds out he’s valuable, his self-esteem is boosted.”

Urbinati said through song and dance, the bugs all seamlessly drop nuggets of Insect 101. He said some of the play’s rap songs are boastful and give each bug a chance to brag about themselves, their habitat and how they move. The audience may not even suspect they got a little Biology lesson.

Diary of a Worm, a Spider and a Fly opens September 7 at The Rose Theater and runs through Sept. 23.

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