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Miss Nelson is Missing

Miss Nelson Is Missing

Second Stage Productions
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

   

Pop Hanson (Janitor)

 

Jeremy Littlejohn

Miss Nelson

 

Sarah Philabaum

Principal Blandsworth/Al Catraz

 

Timothy Leonard

Detective McSmogg

 

Jeremy Littlejohn

Adam

 

Rory Dunn

Allison

 

Em Laudeman

Gregory

 

Travis Smith

Cheryl

 

Emily Baer

 

Miss Nelson is Missing Staff

   

Executive Producer

 

Richard Pletcher

Associate Producer

 

George Bush

Director/Choreographer

 

Jeremy Littlejohn

Music Director

 

Travis Smith

Production Stage Manager/Props

 

Monica Gauer

Technical Director

 

Ted Lantz

ASM/Sound Designer

 

Spencer Holdeman

Set Designer

 

Richard Pletcher

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

 

Carried Away

Mr. Blandsworth

The Swamp Song

Viola Swamp

Scene 4 The Museum of Crime and Punishment; one week later

 

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

Emily Baer (Cheryl) is having a great time trying to find Miss Nelson.  She found her last year!  Emily also enjoys working with Mary Kay as a consultant. She loves cats, the color pink and pandas. 

 

 

 

 

 

Rory Dunn (Adam) is currently 6’3”, of average build with brown hair and a boisterous laugh.  He enjoys singing, playing video games, watching Dr. Who on Netflix and is waiting patiently for his next level up.  Rory can’t wait to find Miss Nelson and see the mischief Tom and Huck cause.

 

 

 

Em Laudeman (Allison) loves her puppy named Jasper and the color pink.  Em won a national acting award for playing Gabriella in High School Musical and enjoyed playing Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz.  Em has dreams of growing up and being a princess.

 

 

 

 

 

Timothy Leonard (Blandsworth) has been performing for kids big and small since he was in the second grade.  When Tim was done with his homework and got a good report card, he would play video games like Super Mario and Jurassic Park on his Gameboy.  He would also carry a yo-yo in his pocket everyday.  Growing up, every time Tim went out to eat with his family, he would always get chicken tenders, no matter what restaurant it was!  Now that he is grown up, Tim wants to make everyone laugh at how silly he can be onstage, so make sure to laugh if you think it’s funny.

 

Jeremy Littlejohn (McSmogg/Artistic Director) 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 Philabaum (Miss Nelson) began taking dance classes at the age of four and was in her first show shortly thereafter.  She used to make up elaborate musical theatre productions in her parent’s basement throughout her entire childhood.  She enjoys choreographing dances, shopping at the mall, knitting scarves, taking funny pictures and collecting anything that is the color; hot pink.  She also loves kitties, milkshakes, Harry Potter and the Disney film, Pocahontas.

 

Travis Smith (Gregory/Music Director) 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!

 

 

 

 

Miss Nelson is Missing Staff Biographies

Monica Gauer (Production Stage Manager) was born and raised in nearby Laporte, Indiana.  She graduated from the University of Southern Indiana with a B.A. in Theater Arts, after which she married her high school sweetheart.  When she was younger, Monica remembered coming to the Round Barn Theatre and now she is excited to work here behind the scenes.  She hopes you enjoy the show!

Spencer Holdeman (Sound Designer) is 22 years old and was born and raised here, in Nappanee.  He attended ITT Tech and is thrilled to be spending his second season designing Sound here at the Round Barn Theatre.

Ted Lantz (Technical Director) is in his second season at the Round Barn Theatre after retiring from 34 years in Education.  He is at home on a stage, having been involved in Show Choir and Drama at Bremen High School.  A native of the Nappanee area, Ted resides with his wife, Chris, in nearby Wakarusa.  He enjoys frequent trips to his Alma Mater, Manchester College where his daughter, Kelsey, is a senior.  He especially enjoys visiting Maine, where his son, Jordan, is a student at Bowdoin College.

Richard Pletcher (Producer), with his father LaVern, founded Amish Acres 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 25 consecutive years having surpassed 3,500 performances before audiences of over 350,000 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 Mr. 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 seventy two different main stage Broadway musicals and The Round Barn Theatre stage is named for and dedicated to Joseph Stein. Eight 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 Carmelina, plus a Second Stage Production of Enter Laughing. As you might expect, he has said that The Round Barn Theatre is his favorite regional theatre with which he has been associated.

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’ twenty year production of Plain and Fancy in the program and in his introductions from the stage. The Pletchers 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 to kids.

 

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