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Miss Nelson Is Missing!

50 Minutes
3F, 3M
Family Audiences


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 gentle, long-suffering Miss Nelson over the edge. But the students of Room 207 are in for a surprise when Miss Nelson goes missing and is replaced by Viola Swamp, a no-nonsense substitute who assigns piles of homework! The students learn lessons of appreciation and respect as they set out to find their beloved Miss Nelson … but will they ever get her back?

Casting & Production


3 female, 3 male featured roles (with doubling)

3 female, 5 male featured roles (without doubling)

Possible expansion

Female Lead:

MISS NELSON (Mezzo/Soprano); sweet, pretty, blond, wears pastels

MISS VIOLA SWAMP (Alto); mean, scary, ugly, a witch, dark hair, wears all black

Male Lead:

POP HANSON (speaking part only) the Janitor/Narrator – bushy mustache, wears overalls, baseball cap, carries a broom and a pitchpipe

MR. BLANDSFORD (Tenor) the boring Principal; wears a pastel shirt and a loud, funny tie or a bowtie, and nerdy glasses

DETECTIVE McSMOGG (Baritone) the inept detective, dressed like Sherlock Holmes, signature hat and cape, handle-bar mustache, pipe, large magnifying glass

The Kids:

ADAM (BOY #1) (Tenor) has a wild imagination and dark thoughts, clever, creative, smart, a leader, a mischief-maker, brave on the outside, a cream puff on the inside

ALLISON (GIRL #1) (Soprano) bossy, a leader, take-charge type, especially in times of crisis, smart, quick, no-nonsense, usually knows the answer, thinks for herself, presents a perfect image when the teacher is looking, a goody two shoes

GREGORY (BOY #2) (Baritone) A.D.D. type, finds it hard to sit still and pay attention, lives in his own world, lacking in self-control, silly, artistic, draws (especially unflattering pictures of Miss Nelson)

CHERYL (GIRL #2) (Alto) a follower, silly, a girly girl, but wicked, sneaky, can hold her own, a tattle-tale, a worrier, scares easily

Orchestral Information

Accompaniment CD

Piano-Vocal Score



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

Upcoming Productions

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Imagination Stage
Bethesda, MD
Nov 1624, 2024
Players Club of Swarthmore
Springfield, PA
Nov 1624, 2024
Players Club of Swarthmore
Swarthmore, PA

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