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Miss Nelson Has a Field Day

Miss Nelson Has a Field DaySecond Stage Productions
Based on the books Miss Nelson Has a Field Day 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 Has a Field Day Cast

   

Coach Armstrong

 

Jeremy Littlejohn

Miss Nelson

 

Sarah Philabaum

Principal Blandsworth

 

Timothy Leonard

Kenny (Quarterback)

 

Joe Ford

Daniel (Wide Receiver)

 

Ramaad Morris

Patrick (Defensive Tackle)

 

Rory Dunn

Lauren (Cheerleader)

 

Angie Fisher

 

Miss Nelson Has a Field Day Staff

   

Executive Producer

 

Richard Pletcher

Associate Producer

 

George Bush

Artistic Director

 

Jeremy Littlejohn

Director/Choreographer

 

Rory Dunn

Music Director

 

Travis Smith

Production Stage Manager/Props

 

Monica Gauer

ASM/Wardrobe

 

Olivia Ciupak

ASM/Sound

 

Christopher Lidl

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 the Horace B. Smedley Football Field

 

The Horace B. Smedley Fight Song

Lauren & Company

Scene 2 the Horace B. Smedley Football Field

 

Doom and Gloom!

Company

Scene 3 the Horace B. Smedley Football Field

 

Scene 4 Room 207; Miss Nelson's Classroom

 

Scene 5 Lulu's Ice Cream Parlor

 

The Legend of Viola Swamp

Tornadoes & Blandsworth

Scene 6 the Horace B. Smedley Football Field

 

More! More! More!

Coach Swamp

Scene 7 the Horace B. Smedley Football Field

 

The Drill

Coach Swamp & the Tornadoes

Imagine

Blandsworth & the Tornadoes

Scene 8 Room 207

 

The History Lesson

Miss Nelson & the Tornadoes

Scene 9 the Horace B. Smedley Football Field

 

The Tornado Ballet (Instrumental)

Tornadoes

The Horace B. Smedley Fight Song (Reprise)

Company

Doom and Gloom (Reprise)/ Finale

Company

 

Miss Nelson Has a Field Day Cast Bios

Rory Dunn (Patrick/Director) likes to spend his free time saving the world from whatever threat his newest video game has found for him.  When he isn’t rescuing Princesses, or grinding for killer loot, Rory can be found reading Spider-Man comics, following Luffy’s Quest for One Piece, or watching Doctor Who (if time allows it).  Rory is glad to have a chance to work with this excellent cast!

 



Angie FisherAngie Fisher (Lauren) is a recent graduate of the BFA Music Theatre program at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. She appeared in many productions there including Judy in Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Joanne in Rent, Irene in Crazy for You and April in Company. Professional credits include Kitty in The Drowsy Chaperone and Judy in A Chorus Line at McLeod Summer Playhouse.

I would like to thank my family and friends for the six and a half hour drive it takes to be here to see me!

 

 

Joe FordJoe Ford (Kenny) was born and raised in Elkhart, Indiana and received a BFA in Musical Theatre from Western Michigan University. He appeared in his first of many Round Barn Theatre productions in 1996. Joe has spent the last eight years living in Chicago, where he's worked on dozens of productions both as an actor and administrator. He's always happy to return to the RBT stage, and even happier to be working again with two of his best friends, Jeremy and Matt. He's most happy, however, to be the son of Margo and Larry- the best parents ever.

 

 

Timothy LeonardTimothy 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 (Armstrong/Artistic Director) Hi Everyone!  I remember reading this book 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!

Ramaad MorrisRamaad Morris (Daniel) is so excited to be returning for a full season with The Round Barn Theatre! Some of his credits include: It’s a Wonderful Life as the Follie artist , Little Shop of Horrors as Audrey II, No No Nanette asBilly Early, Book Of Days as Boyd Middleton, Arsenic and Old Lace as Jonathan, Parade as Jim Conley, Frankie Lymon (Original Piece, one man show). He would first like to thank Amish Acres for bringing him back to such a magical place, and making him feel at home. His grandma Martha, for always pushing him to go the distance. Lastly, to his partner in crime, Andrew. You are always at the starting line and somehow manage to greet me at the finish. You’re a wizard and I love you for that.

Sarah PhilabaumSarah Philabaum (Miss Nelson) I’m super excited to play the role of Miss Nelson again this year!  I really love the color pink, singing show tunes, making up dances, knitting scarves, going to the mall and reading books.  My favorite books are definitely the Harry Potter series.  Last Christmas, I even went to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios and had a magical time!  I’m happiest when I’m performing and hope that everyone enjoys the show!

 

 

Miss Nelson Has a Field Day Staff Biographies

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 2013 season.

Olivia Ciupak (Wardrobe) hails from Morrow, Ohio and is a graduate of Sinclair Community College. She enjoys combining imagination and real world inspiration into eclectic costume and make-up designs, working backstage, and playing with her family’s five chickens. One day, Olivia would love to own her own costume shop!

Monica Gauer (Production Stage Manager) had so much fun stage managing last year; she decided to stick around for another year! Monica grew up in Laporte, Indiana (surrounded by friends and family), then graduated from the University of Southern Indiana (where she made new friends), after which she got married (turning her best friend into her family), and now she is helping to build a bigger Round Barn family (and she hopes you will become part of it).  When she isn’t busy around the Acres she loves to read, watch cartoons and listen to stories…and storytelling is what theater is all about!  So relax and enjoy a story that Monica and her Round Barn family are about to tell you.

Christopher Lidl (Sound) is a Show Production Specialist from Pawling, NY. He won an award for Excellence in Theatre at Trinity Pawling School in 2008. He attended Full Sail University down in Orlando where he has a Bachelor’s Degree in Show Production.  When he is not in the theater, he enjoys bike riding, hiking and socializing.

Jeremy Littlejohn (Artistic Director) is a native Hoosier who is thrilled to be celebrating his fifth season as Artistic Director for the RBT.  Jeremy has worked at Amish Acres in three different decades both on the Joseph Stein Stage and in the Historic Area.  He is probably remembered for his performance credits, but is most proud of introducing straight plays to the Round Barn audience by way of the Second Stage.  He has logged nearly 800 performances of Plain and Fancy playing all of the male roles, and directed the show five times; including the 20th Anniversary season.  Some of his other directing projects include Nunsense, The Glass Menagerie, Bye Bye, Birdie, Miss Nelson is Missing, Driving Miss Daisy, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Lost in Yonkers, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Kiss Me Kate, Guys and Dolls (with Bethel College), and his Masterwork, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel.  In addition to being an Actor / Director, Jeremy is also an accomplished Lighting Designer, Stage Manager and Teacher.

“Fairy tales are more than true; not because they tell us dragons exist, but because they tell us dragons can be beaten.”  - G.K. Chesterton

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 26 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.

 

Miss Nelson Has a Field Day 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