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Miss Nelson is Missing

April 22 & April 24
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.




Cast Bios
Production Staff Bios
Creative Team Bios




Miss Nelson is Missing Cast




Travis Cox



Nicole Tompkins



Kristin Conrad



Justin Williams

Pop Hanson (Janitor)


Travis Smith

Miss Nelson


Sarah Philabaum

Principal Blandsworth


Travis Bird

Detective McSmogg


Travis Smith


Miss Nelson is Missing Staff


Executive Producer


Richard Pletcher



Jeremy Littlejohn

Music Director


Travis Smith

Production Stage Manager/Props


Timothy James

Technical Director


Tom Slavey

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 Nelson and the Kids of 207

Scene 3 Room 207; Tuesday


Carried Away

Principal Blandsworth

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)



Miss Nelson is Missing Cast Bios

Travis BirdTravis Bird (Blandsworth) My favorite activity is singing and dancing with friends!  I enjoy eating tacos or pasta with alfredo sauce.  I like the color purple, and I like silver more than gold. The cartoons I love watching the most are Disney movies or The Christmas Classics.  That reminds me, my favorite time of year is Christmas! I really hope you have fun during our show! Thanks for coming!



Kristin ConradKristin Conrad (Cheryl) is so excited to be back on the Round Barn stage for Miss Nelson is Missing!  You can also see her in the mainstage show, The Marvelous Wonderettes as Missy.  When not performing and playing onstage Kristin loves exercising, reading, cooking, sleeping, and learning new things!  Her favorite drink is hot chocolate, and her favorite color is purple.  Remember that you're special and if you love YOU, the rest of the world will too!



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!





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!



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!




Justin WilliamsJustin Williams (Gregory) My favorite foods are cheeseburgers and chicken nuggets! Blue is my favorite color! I'm a huge fan of "Frozen"! Olaf and Sven are my favorite characters in the movie! I hope you enjoy the show! It is a lot of fun performing for you guys!







Miss Nelson is Missing Staff Biographies

Amber Burgess (Costume Designer) is pleased to be back at the Round Barn Theater for the 2015 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 research) 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. To view a portforlio, or inquire about costume rentals, visit

Timothy James (Production Stage Manager) is happy to be returning to the Round Barn Theatre for another fantastic season. Timothy is from Anderson, South Carolina, where he earned a BA in Theatre with a Concentration in Theatrical Design. Although his love for theatre is vast, his focus remains in Stage Management. Some of his favorite credits include A Raisin in the SunThe MisanthropeJoseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Shrek the Musical. He is blessed to have such a loving a supportive family, and without them he would not be here today. 
Now sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!

Jeremy Littlejohn (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’m quite fond of bacon cheeseburgers, baked Doritos and any form of Chinese Buffet!  Enjoy the show!

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 with dinner theatre in 1971, he added musical theatre to the farm's historic interpretation by producing Plain and Fancy in the Locke Township Meeting House in 1986. It moved to its permanent residence in The Round Barn Theatre in 1992. The musical has been running for 28 consecutive years, having surpassed 3,700 performances in front of over 355,000 audience members. 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 rotating repertory with Plain and Fancy each season. Amish Acres has now produced over 100 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 at The Round Barn Theatre, including Plain and Fancy, Fiddler on the Roof, The Baker’s Wife, and Zorba, plus staged readings of Take Me Along, Rags, Carmelina 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 Pletchers’ and Jeremy Littlejohn attended the Oscar Hammerstein Lifetime Achievement Award in Musical Theatre for Joseph Stein at the York Theatre in 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 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:

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:
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:

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: