Book, Music & Lyrics by Joan Cushing
* The most produced TYA musical of the 2004/2005 season! *
Adapted from the books “Miss Nelson is Missing!” and “Miss Nelson is Back!” by Harry Allard, illustrated by James Marshall
Runtime: 60 min. *Also 70 min. version available
Cast: 6 (3F, 3M) (Nelson/Viola Swamp, Pop Hanson/Mr. Blandsworth/Detective McSmogg/Al Catraz & 4 kids)
Ages: 4+

Originally Commissioned & Produced by Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD (2001)

Miss Nelson’s class is the worst-behaved in the whole school. One day, Miss Nelson does not come to school, and the class gets Viola Swamp, a scary substitute who assigns homework from hell. The search is on for Miss Nelson. Hopefully the students of Room 207 will find her before it’s too late – for them! Lessons of respect and appreciation.

Orchestration/Accompaniment CD available.

“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
“Billed as the 100th production ever…it’s easy to see why this show has so many notches on its belt,” – Washington Post
“A sly and witty script,” – WTOP Radio
“A joyous hour of theatrical entertainment,” – Bay Area Parent
“A genuine romp, lively and funny,” – Omaha World Herald
“Works for adults as well as children,” – Dartmouth News
“Full of bounce and fun, featuring Cushing’s pun-der-ful music and script,” – Washington Times

Winner – 2003 National Children’s Theatre Festival Award, Best New Musical

Take a look at the script here: MISS NELSON IS MISSING! perusal copy (sample)