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Miss Nelson Has a Field Day

Miss Nelson Has a Field DayApril 20 & 22
Second Stage Productions

Based on the book 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.



Cast Bios
Production Staff Bios
Creative Team Bios





Miss Nelson Has a Field Day Cast


Coach Armstrong


Don Hart

Miss Nelson


Amber Burgess

Principal Blandsworth


Brett Mutter

Kenny (Quarterback)


Carl Glenn

Daniel (Wide Receiver)


Danny Heeter

Patrick (Defensive Tackle)


Rory Dunn

Lauren (Cheerleader)


Joelle Rassi


Miss Nelson Has a Field Day Staff


Executive Producer


Richard Pletcher

Artistic Director


Amber Burgess



Jeremy Littlejohn

Music Director


Tim Becze

Production Stage Manager


Michael Redondo

Technical Director


Ted Lantz

Set Designer


Richard Pletcher

Costume Designer


Ashley Alverth

Lighting / Sound


Tim Becze

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!


Scene 3 the Horace B. Smedley Football Field


Scene 4 Room 207; Miss Nelson's Classroom


Scene 5 Room 207


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


Blandsworth & Company

Scene 8 Room 207


The History Lesson

Miss Nelson & the Kids of 207

Scene 9 the Horace B. Smedley Football Field


The Tornado Ballet (Instrumental)


The Horace B. Smedley Fight Song (Reprise)


Doom and Gloom (Reprise)/ Finale



Miss Nelson Has a Field Day Cast Bios


Amber BurgessAmber Burgess (Miss Nelson / Artistic Director) studied Musical Theatre at Millikin University (IL), and also has a B.A. in Social Sciences from Ashford University (IA).  Originally from North Dakota, Amber began her career on the stage 30 years ago (in the same year Plain and Fancy opened here at RBT).  Amber first appeared on the Joseph Stein Stage as a weekend replacement for Aida back in 2005.  Since then she has directed, costume designed, played violin for, and acted in some of her best and most memorable work here at Amish Acres.  Favorite RBT roles include the Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz, Lilli/Kate in Kiss Me Kate, June Sanders in Smoke on the Mountain, Betty Haynes in White Christmas, and last year’s practically perfect Mary Poppins.  Favorite RBT directing projects include Little Women, Sisters of Swing, Shrek and 9 to 5

Rory DunnRory Dunn (Patrick) 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!

Carl GlennCarl Glenn (Kenny) is very excited to be returning to The Round Barn! He was last seen here as an ensemble member in Mary Poppins. Other credits include Tom Sawyer in Big River at Great Plains Theare, Stan Smartley in The Character Quiz Show at Hersheypark, and Pig 2 in Shrek The Musical at Grandstreet Theare.
Web Series: Living the Dream! with Kyle and Carl. Follow Carl @carltkglenn. 


Don HartDon Hart (Armstrong) is excited to be back at Amish Acres!  Previous roles include Samuel in The Pirates of Penzance, Eddie in Pumpboys and Dinettes, Henry in The Fantasticks and Papa Yoder in Plain and Fancy
Enjoy the show!

Danny HeeterDanny Heeter (Daniel) a Penn High School Alumni, originally from Osceola was last seen on stage as Frank Orlis in Pursued By Happiness at The Towle Theatre, followed by Anyone Can Whistle at The Ravinia Festival, Big River at The Marriott Theatre, Charlotte's Web at Drury Lane Oakbrook, Here's Love and Meet Me In St. Louis at Theatre at the Center. Danny has also been in commercials for United Auto Insurance, USAA Bank, McDonald's and The Hoosier Lottery. Danny has also been seen on film in “Heaven and Hell” as Jake, “Sanity” as Ben for Cardinal Filmworks, and “Marilyn's Dress” as Harold at The Sundance Film Festival and Toronto Film Festival.
Thank you Mom and Dad for always helping me through! 

Brett MutterBrett Mutter (Blandsworth) grew up in Dayton, Ohio, but has recently been living in New York City. Some previous credits include: The World Premiere of Bonfire of the Vanities: The Opera (Moody) with The Process Studio Theatre in NYC; The Addams Family (Fester) with The Palace Theatre in Manchester, New Hampshire; and Urinetown (Bobby Strong) at Bowling Green State University, where he graduated in May of 2015. Brett is thrilled to be singing in a quartet again after spending two summers at Cedar Point Amusement Park performing in a barbershop quartet in Lusty Lil's Palace Revue.
Much love to friends, teachers, and family! 

Joelle RassiJoelle Elaine Rassi (Lauren) is from Milford, IN and is so pleased to be returning for her fourth season at the Round Barn.  She loved being Gingy in Shrek and Anne Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank.  She will be a freshman in Show Choir this coming fall.  She loves singing, dancing, acting, and she spends all of her spare time song writing.




Miss Nelson Has a Field Day Staff Biographies

Ashley Alverth (Costume Designer) is an Illinois based artist who graduated with a BFA in Fashion Design from The Illinois Institute of Art - Schaumburg. She started her career as the Art director at Carmel Montessori Academy designing the school plays. Ashley has worked in the costume department of the Elgin Opera and as the head seamstress on the film “Ovid and the Art of Love.” She is proud to have the opportunity to work with the crew of The Round Barn Theatre during this upcoming season. 

Tim Becze (Music Director) has been performing with The Round Barn Theatre for the past 2 years as he finished his BA in Theater from Bethel College. This year Becze is thrilled to be back at RBT working on lighting and scenic art. When not at work he enjoys spending time with friends, playing music, and sleeping. 

Jeremy Littlejohn (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!

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 29 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.

Michael Redondo (Production Stage Manager) An Eagle Scout from Riverside, California, Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications & Theatre Arts from Sterling College. He has stage managed productions with the Great Plains Theatre, Cumberland County Playhouse, Wichita Grand Opera, and Crown Uptown Dinner Theatre. Offstage, he enjoys hiking, cooking, and going to the movies.
"If you want something extraordinary to happen in your life, it will require some extraordinary action on your part."


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:

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: