The Rose Theater has stood out for decades for its artistic vision in mounting high-quality stage productions geared toward young audiences. Now it’s expanding its work to an even more impressive height, with announced plans to create one of the nation’s largest artistic instructional spaces for young people.

The project will transform the former Gordmans building at 120th Street and West Center Road, a 27,000-square-foot space. The renovated facility, building on the Rose’s current educational offerings, will feature classrooms, studios, a full-size rehearsal studio and a 200-seat performance hall for student productions, mini-recitals, concerts and large classes.

The facilities and instruction will be geared to provide students with strong instruction in voice, dance, acting and stage production. Matthew Gutschick, the Rose artistic director, rightly terms the project “a game-changer in theater education.”

This project, combined with the educational offerings by range of local arts organizations, shows the laudable vitality and ambition in Omaha’s arts community. On with the show!

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