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Miss Nelson is Missing

Miss Nelson Is Missing

Based on the books Miss Nelson is Missing and Miss Nelson is Back by Harry Allard; Illustrated by James Marshall
Book, Music & Lyrics by Joan Cushing

Produced by special arrangement with the Susan Gurman Agency, LLC.


 

 

Scenes
Cast Bios
Production Staff Bios
Creative Team Bios

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miss Nelson is Missing Cast

   

Adam

 

Travis Cox

Allison

 

Nicole Tompkins

Cheryl

 

Errión Haywood

Gregory

 

Ryan A. Schisler

Pop Hanson (Janitor)

 

Travis Smith

Miss Nelson

 

Sarah Philabaum

Principal Blandsworth

 

Jeremy Littlejohn

Detective McSmogg

 

Travis Smith

 

Miss Nelson is Missing Staff

   

Executive Producer

 

Richard Pletcher

Associate Producer

 

George Bush

Director/Choreographer

 

Sarah Philabaum

Music Director

 

Travis Smith

Production Stage Manager/Props

 

Timothy James

Technical Director

 

Tom Slavey

ASM/Sound

 

Erin Clossen

Set Designer

 

Richard Pletcher

Costume Designer

 

Amber Burgess

Lighting Designer

 

Jeremy Littlejohn

Scenic Artist

 

Matthew C. Scott

Box Office Manager

 

Jennifer Scheffer

Archive Videographer

 

Steve Jones

 

 

 

Scenes and Musical Numbers

 

Scene 1 Assembly at the Borace B Smedley Elementary School

 

The Horace B. Smedley Alma Mater

The Kids of 207

Scene 2 Room 207; Monday

 

The Worst Kids of All!

Miss Nelseon and the Kids of 207

Scene 3 Room 207; Tuesday

 

The Swamp Song

Viola Swamp

Scene 4 Outside Miss Nelson's House

 

What If?

The Kids of 207

Scene 5 Detective McSmogg's Office; the Police Station

 

McSmogg's Song

Detective McSmogg and The Kids of 207

Scene 6 Room 207; later that week

 

Miss Nelson is Missing

The Kids of 207

Scene 7 Room 207

 

Scene 8 Miss Nelson's Bedroom; that evening

 

I've Got A Little Secret

Miss Nelson

Scene 9 Finale

 

The Horace B. Smedley Alma Mater (Reprise)

The Kids of 207

The Worst Kids of All (Reprise)

Company

 

Miss Nelson is Missing Cast Bios

Travis CoxTravis Cox (Adam) I love reading!  Give me a book and I devour it!  My favorite color is green, and my favorite dinosaur is the velociraptor.  Enjoy the show!

 

 

 

 

Errion HaywoodErrión Haywood (Cheryl) Hi everyone here's a little about myself.  My favorite color is Brown! My favorite food is Tacos! Mmm mm... my favorite movies are Rio, Frozen, and Shrek! I love to sing, and dance! Enjoy the show and have fun!

 

 

 

 

Jeremy LittlejohnJeremy Littlejohn (Blandsworth) Hi Everyone!  I remember reading these books when I was a kid 100 years ago.  I also enjoyed Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing and Superfudge by Judy Blume, and From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. KonigsburgOn T.V., I love The Simpsons, Futurama, Battlestar Galactica and Buffy the Vampire Slayer!  My favorite books are Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings and anything by Stephen King.  I recently started playing the PS3 Batman game, Arkham City, but I enjoy MLB The Show most of all.  I’m quite fond of bacon cheeseburgers, baked Doritos and any form of Chinese Buffet!  Enjoy the show!

 

Sarah PhilabaumSarah Philabaum (Miss Nelson) definitely loves anything and everything that is the color pink, especially hot pink sprinkled with glitter. Sarah enjoys reading books, hanging out with friends, listening to music, watching Broadway shows, shopping at the mall and going on adventures! It's her goal to travel around the world and see as many places as possible. Her most favorite thing in the world to do, other than eating cupcakes, is tap dancing! Enjoy the show!

 

 

Ryan SchislerRyan A. Schisler (Gregory) I absolutely love video games and try to play as many as I can. Some of my favorites are The Legend Of Zelda and Halo. I also watch a lot of cartoons like Adventure Time and Looney Tunes. I think Lima Beans are nasty, but I love broccoli. I love to watch movies in my free time. One day I hope to be a big Hollywood director or actor. I hope you guys enjoy watching us sing and dance! Feel free to boogie with us as well :)

 

 

Travis SmithTravis Smith (McSmogg) My favorite color is blue and my favorite food is definitely pizza!  My favorite cartoons include Spongebob Squarepants and The Simpsons.  My favorite kid's book is anything by Roald Dahl, but especially Charlie and The Chocolate Factory.  I also really like anything involving Harry Potter.  I hope you enjoy the show!!  I have a lot of fun with it.  Oh, I love roller coasters too!

 

 

 

 

Nicole TompkinsNicole Tompkins (Allison) I love to sing, dance, and play pretend so it’s pretty cool I get to do that every day! My favorite color is purple and my favorite type of ice cream is black raspberry chip! I love all things Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter but I love to read anything I can get my hands on. Thanks for coming to the show, I hope you enjoy it!

 

 

 

 

Miss Nelson is Missing Staff Biographies

Amber Burgess (Costume Designer) is pleased to be back at the Round Barn Theater for the incredible 2014 season.  She has been involved in theater (acting, costuming, and directing) since 1988.  Amber studied musical theater at Millikin University in Decatur, IL and also has a BA in Social Sciences (with an emphasis in theater) from Ashford University.  Amber has formerly worked as a costume designer with the Cincinnati Costume Company, Top Hat Productions (Marshall, MI), Cincinnati Landmark Productions, The Little Theater (Jamestown, ND), Millikin University (Decatur, IL), LaMoure County Theater (ND), and The Joseph Jefferson Playmakers (Jamestown, ND).  She was taught to sew as a child by her grandmother Jan Christopherson, and was taught dress making by her aunts Betsy Davis and Susan Ely.  When not at work she enjoys quilting, running, writing, and reading. She would like to thank her high school drama teacher, Karen H Crane for giving her first job as a costume designer 20 years ago. Karen, thank you for starting me on this path and inspiring me to become the person I am today. Amber is originally from Jamestown, ND and now lives in Chicago with her dog Oxford.  
Visit www.amber-burgess.com.

George Bush (Associate Producer) is a Nappanee native and proud graduate of Northwood High School! George began his work at Amish Acres as a trash collector at age 14 and spent much of his educational career (both high school and college) with Amish Acres as an intern, clerk in the hotel, Art Festival food runner and in retail.  George started a family in Muncie where he attended Ball State University and worked in the property development world for ten years. He returned to Nappanee in 2011, where he was named Chief Operating Officer for Amish Acres and Associate Producer for the Round Barn Theatre. He is extremely happy to have his family relocated back home and is looking forward to a wonderful 2014 season.

Erin Clossen (Sound) is a stage manager, director, and performer originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan. She has worked with many professional theatres including BoarsHead Theater, Williamston Theatre, Stormfield Theatre and White Heron Theatre Company as well as with Michigan State University’s Transforming Theatre Ensemble and MSU’s Institute for Arts & Creativity at Wharton Center. Favorite past projects include Spinning Into Butter (Sarah Daniels), How I Learned to Drive (Female Greek Chorus), The Most Massive Woman Wins (Director), For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls (Director), Among Friends (SM), Forbidden Broadway (ASM), All Childish Things (ASM)and The High Rise: A Comedy in Mask (Co-Writer, Featured Ensemble). Erin holds a BA in Theatre from Aquinas College.

Timothy James (Production Stage Manager) is from Anderson, SC and is pleased to be starting his career here at The Round Barn Theatre. Timothy attended Anderson University where he received a B.A. in Theater with a Concentration in Theatrical Design. While at Anderson University, he learned that his passion for theater did not simply fall into one category. He has a love for all things in the theater whether it be acting or “behind- the- scenes”. Though his passion for theater is vast, his focus still remains on Stage Management. Some of his favorite shows he has had the pleasure to stage manage include The Misanthrope and A Raisin in the Sun, where he received nominations for the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, a local theater competition. He hopes to be just as successful while here at The Round Barn Theatre.  


Richard Pletcher (Executive Producer) founded Amish Acres with his father LaVern in 1968. The Amish farm was preserved and restored and is now listed in The National Register of Historic Places. Following a one year experiment in dinner-theatre with George Bledsoe in 1971, he added musical theatre to the interpretation of the historic farm by producing Plain and Fancy in the Locke Township Meeting House in 1986. It moved to The Round Barn Theatre in 1991. The play has been running for 27 consecutive years having surpassed 3,700 performances before audiences of over 355,000 people. Plain and Fancy’s Tony Award® winning author Joseph Stein and Tony Award® winning composer Albert Hague have attended Plain and Fancy at Amish Acres.
At Joseph Stein’s urging, Amish Acres became a regional musical repertory theatre in 1996 with the addition of five shows in rotation with Plain and Fancy each season. Amish Acres has now produced nearly one hundred Broadway musicals and The Round Barn Theatre stage is named for and dedicated to Joseph Stein. Seven of Mr. Stein’s musicals have been produced on his stage, including Plain and Fancy, Fiddler on the Roof, The Baker’s Wife, and Zorba, plus staged readings of Take Me Along, Rags and a second stage production of Enter Laughing.  

In October of 2006, Dick and his wife Susan were guests of Joseph and Elisa Stein in New York City for the York Theatre’s Mufti Series production of Plain and Fancy, the last in a month long, three show festival of Stein’s work that included Take Me Along and Carmelina. Artistic Director James Morgan recognized Amish Acres’ 20 year production of Plain and Fancy in the program and in his introductions from the stage. The Pletcher’s and Jeremy Littlejohn attended the York’s presentation of the Oscar Hammerstein Lifetime Achievement Award in Musical Theatre to Joseph Stein in November of 2007.  Stein was further inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in February of 2008. He passed away in 2010 and the Joseph Stein Memorial Fund was created to provide free season tickets for children.

Tom Slavey (Technical Director) was born and raised in Bremen, Indiana. Upon graduation from Bremen High School, Tom moved to Los Angeles to pursue and enhance his love of music. While in California, he learned carpentry, and started his own construction business, while playing his music at night in the clubs of Hollywood and Orange County. He moved back to Indiana to be of service to his immediate family, and to start a family of his own.

 

Miss Nelson is Missing Creative Team Bios

Harry Allard (Author) was born in Evanston, Illinois, on January 27, 1928. He graduated from Amundsen High School in Evanston in 1946 and went on to receive his B.S. from Northwestern University in 1949. Still thirsty for knowledge, he continued his studies at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont, where he completed his M.A. in French. He continued his study of language and was awarded a Ph. D. in French literature from Yale University in 1972. Throughout the years, he has used his foreign language skills to translate two books from German to English. He also prides himself on being fluent in Spanish. Although he never planned to write children’s books, Harry teamed up with his friend James Marshall in the early 1970s and embarked on a remarkable and exciting partnership which lasted until Marshall’s death in the early 1990s. They collaborated on as many as twelve titles, among them the misadventures of the Stupid family and the Miss Nelson books. Harry Allard currently lives in Oaxaca, Mexico.  Source: us.macmillan.com

Joan Cushing (Book, Music and Lyrics), a former elementary school teacher and cabaret performer, is best known for her political satirical revue Mrs. Foggybottom & Friends, which opened in 1986 at New Playwrights Theatre, and moved to the Omni-Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C., where it ran for 10 hit years, and four years on the road, including performances at Don’t Tell Mama and The Triad in NYC. Also in New York, she performed her solo nightclub act Lady Sings the News! at the Ballroom, filling in for Blossom Dearie, appeared in Gary Trudeau’s Tanner for President series on HBO, directed by Robert Altman, and studied musical theatre writing at the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop with Lehman Engel and Maury Yeston.

Recently, she has adapted 13 popular children's books as musicals, receiving over 350 productions and 2 national tours: Miss Nelson Is Missing!, winner of the 2003 Nat’l Children’s Theatre Festival; Junie B. Jones & a Little Monkey Business!; Miss Nelson Has a Field Day!; Petite Rouge: A Cajun Red Riding Hood (2007 NY Musical Theatre Festival); Heidi (w playwright Martha King De Silva); all commissioned by Imagination Stage, Lawrence, commissioned by Gabrielino High School; and Brave Irene, commissioned by Adventure Theatre. According to TYA Magazine, she is “the most produced playwright in children's theatre” and Miss Nelson Is Missing! is “the most produced play.” Source: www.joancushing.com
 
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Publisher) is an educational and trade publisher in the United States. Headquartered in Boston's Back Bay, it publishes textbooks, instructional technology materials, assessments, reference works, and fiction and non-fiction for both young readers and adults. The company was formerly known as Houghton Mifflin Company but changed its name following the 2007 acquisition of Harcourt Publishing. Prior to March 2010, it was a subsidiary of Education Media and Publishing Group Limited, an Irish-owned holding company registered in the Cayman Islands and formerly known as Riverdeep.  Source: www.wikipedia.org

James Marshall (Author / Illustrator) was born in San Antonio, Texas where his father worked for the railroad and had a dance band. James Marshall studied to play the viola and intended to have a musical career. Then his hand was injured during an airplane flight and his musical career was finished. He met Harry Allard, with whom he later wrote many picture books, when he was a student at Trinity College. James Marshall taught Spanish in a Catholic school near Boston upon graduation from college. His first book, George and Martha, was inspired by a famous play, Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf in which the main characters were named George and Martha.  For many years he divided his time between an apartment in New York City and his home in Mansfield Hollow, Connecticut. James Marshall died in October, 1992.  James Marshall's work is usually gently humorous. He has several books in series: Miss Nelson, George & Martha, The Cut-Ups, The Stupids and The Rats, for instance. In those books, his characters change very little. James Marshall's work can be categorized as fairy tale renditions, series such as The Cut-ups, Miss Nelson, and George & Martha. Look at many books in one series and then try to decide what Marshall is trying to tell us. Source: www.carolhurst.com