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Miss Nelson Is Missing! Younger@Part®

30 Minutes
9 featured roles plus Ensemble
Elementary Schools & Youth Theatres


MISS NELSON IS MISSING! Younger@Part® is the authorized 30 minute edition of the TYA musical for elementary schools and youth theatres (grades 2 – 5). Through a series of workshops with industry professionals and actual kids, the Younger@Part® musicals are tailor-made for younger actors. Song keys are changed where needed, songs and scenes are edited for time and content, while keeping the spirit of the original show intact. There are great parts for girls, boys and can feature any size ensemble/chorus, who are featured throughout the show.

Miss Nelson’s class is the worst behaved in the whole school. Spitballs flying across the room, paper airplanes sailing every which way and uncontrollable children send the gentle, long-suffering teacher, Miss Nelson, over the edge. But the students of Room 207 are in for a surprise when Miss Nelson turns up missing and is replaced by Viola Swamp, a scary substitute teacher who assigns homework from hell and wields her ruler like a sword! In desperation, the students set out to find their beloved Miss Nelson … but will they ever get her back?  Lessons of appreciation and respect.

Casting & Production



1 gender-flexible lead role 8 featured roles where singing is not required

Expandable, gender-flexible ensemble of kids


MISS NELSON / VIOLA SWAMP (played by the same actor) – could be played by an adult or an older child who can help to keep the pace of the dialogue moving; could be played by a woman or a man in drag; all musical lines (there aren’t many) can be spoken if necessary

MISS NELSON – sweet; kind; pretty; wears long flowy dresses in pastel colors (this long skirt will be used to hide the VIOLA SWAMP tights underneath)
VIOLA SWAMP – mean; scary; ugly; wears yellow and green striped tights with a black dress and at least one removable accessory (pointed glasses, prosthetic nose, etc.)
5 JANITORS (no singing required) – the narrators; wear coveralls; can be played by boys or girls (if necessary, switch JOHNNY to JILLY and/or switch MURRAY to MILLY)

POP HANSON – makes a popping sound when he says his name
PENNY WHISTLER – whistles when her name is said
JOHNNY BONES – does a hand-jive when his name is said
MURRAY SNAPSBERG (“SNAPPY”) – snaps when his name is said
BUD – no sound effect
2 DETECTIVES (no singing required) – bumbling; clumsy; inept detectives; can be played by boys or girls; dress like Sherlock Holmes – signature hats and capes, handle-bar mustaches, pipes, large magnifying glasses

DETECTIVE MCSMOGG – takes the lead
DETECTIVE McSMOOG – the sidekick
MR. BLANDSWORTH (no singing required) – the boring Principal; wears a pastel shirt, a funny tie/bowtie, and nerdy glasses; can be played by a boy or a girl (switch to MRS if necessary)

12 STUDENTS – can be cast gender-blind; all go by their own names (or a name they choose); wear pastels, as in the original book

Music & Materials

Director’s Script -1

Cast Scripts & Vocal Books – 30

Piano/Vocal Score – 2

Guide Vocals CD – 1

Performance Tracks CD – 1

Logo Pack – 1



Book, Music & Lyrics by JOAN CUSHING

Based on the book “Miss Nelson is Missing” and “Miss Nelson is Back” by HARRY ALLARD

Illustrated by JAMES MARSHALL

Younger@Part® Edition Adapted by Tessa Farr

Upcoming Productions

Sep 13, 2023Sep 13, 2024
Forestridge Elementary
Dallas, TX
Sep 26, 2023Sep 26, 2024
BASIS Pflugerville Charter School
Pflugerville, TX
Oct 09, 2023Oct 09, 2024
Hunt School
Hunt, TX

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