Miss Nelson is Missing!
  Adapted from the book by Harry Allard and James Marshall
  Book, Music & Lyrics by Joan Cushing
  Commissioned by: Imagination Stage Bethesda, MD

  World Premiere: Imagination Stage, November 10, 2001 – January 13, 2002

  HighlightS: Winner, 2002 National Children's Theatre Festival

                          National Tour, Omaha Theatre Co. for Young People    

  Representation BY: The Susan Gurman Agency
  Licensed BY: Theatrical Rights Worldwide


  Helen Hedman as Viola Swamp

  Imagination Stage production, 2008

  Photo by Scott Suchman

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Miss Nelson’s class is the worst behaved in the whole school. Spitballs flying across the room, paper airplanes sailing every which way and uncontrollable children send the gentle, long-suffering teacher, Miss Nelson, over the edge. But the students of Room 207 are in for a surprise when Miss Nelson turns up missing and is replaced by Viola Swamp, a scary substitute teacher who assigns homework from hell and wields her ruler like a sword! In desperation, the students set out to find their beloved Miss Nelson ... but will they ever get her back?  Lessons of appreciation and respect.


"“A gifted playwright and composer, Ms. Cushing has created a musical that will charm anyone who has ever sat in front of a schoolteacher’s desk – or, for that matter, behind it.”                                                     The New York Times

running time: 60 Minutes (Brand New 70 minute script available December)

Cast size: 6 (3 males, 3 females)

Cast breakdown:
Female #1 (mezzo, alto) — Double role: Miss Nelson & Viola Swamp
Male #1 (tenor) — Triple role: Principal Blandsworth, Detective McSmogg, Pop Hanson (janitor)

                           Quadruple role: Al Catraz  (in 70 min. version only)
Female #2 (soprano) — Allison (a Kid in 207)
Female #3 (alto) — Cheryl (a Kid in 207)
Male #2 (tenor) — Adam (a Kid in 207)
Male #3 (bari) — Gregory (a Kid in 207)

Music: Orchestration/Accompaniement CD Available

           Orchestrations by Debbie Wicks La Puma

Set: Simple set requirements

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