School is back in session, prompting families and educators alike to jump into an exciting new year full of new students, new teachers, and new life lessons. The Flat Rock Playhouse brings this relatable, if a bit unpredictable, excitement to the stage with Miss Nelson is Missing. Performances continue through November 11 at the Playhouse Downtown.
From page to stage, this classic children’s book by Harry Allard and illustrated by James Marshall will have audiences laughing the night away while also serving as a cheerful reminder to always be kind and grateful.
The play tells the story of a lovely school teacher, Miss Nelson, who’s just too nice to control her crazy classroom. After meeting with the Principal to discuss her students’ behavior, Miss Nelson, suddenly, disappears. The next morning, students are met by her replacement: the hard-as-nails, detention-loving, recess-canceling, homework-overloading substitute teacher Miss Viola Swamp! With the Big Test approaching, the kids suddenly realize how much they miss Miss Nelson, and they’ll do anything – including hiring a private eye – to solve the mystery of her disappearance and bring her back for good.
Miss Nelson is Missing will feature a cast of local students and families including Trinity Smith as Miss Nelson, Patty Siebert as Principal Humleker, Colleen Schnitzer and Chris Edwards as Detective McSmogg, Christian Corral as Raymond, Wyatt Schnitzer as George Jorgenson, Jr., Asher Holmberg as Morris, Cyrus Hardin as Mouse, Jonah Jakubielski as Elvis, Noelle Crist as Phoebe, Zoe Corbin as Daphne, Lindsay Hall as Lavita, Chloe-Belle Edwards as Kimberly, Aly Lamb as Kiley, Suzannah Best as Hildy Twist, Ella Oursler as Heather Twist, Jordan Roasch as Heidi Twist, and Lila Feather as Emma. It will be directed by Dave Hart. Zeinab Caskey serves as Production Stage Manager with Riley Hewitt and Jacey Bergman as Student Stage Manager. Adam Goodrum will serve as Production Manager. Sandra Lopez, CJ Barnwell, Ashli Crump, and Joshua Fronk will serve as Scenic, Lighting, Costume, and Sound Design respectively. Cassidy Bowles will be designing the properties.
Miss Nelson is Missing runs from October 26 to November 11 at the Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown. Performances are Thursday and Friday at 7:00 pm, Saturday at 11:00 am and 3:00 pm, and Sunday at 3:00 pm. Tickets are $14 – $28 and can be purchased by calling the Playhouse box office at 828-693-0731, toll-free at 866-737-8008, or online at www.flatrockplayhouse.org.
Miss Nelson is Missing is presented by the Downtown Series Sponsor Rug and Home, Studio 52 Productions Sponsor Park Ridge Health, and Executive Producers Blue Ridge Literacy Council, Blue Ridge Orthodontics and Biltmore Town Square.