‘Miss Nelson Is Missing’ opens at TYA


Posted by Bob Evans


A Co-production with Avila University


 Kansas City, MO (February 4th, 2020) Theatre for Young America opens the next show of the season, MISS NELSON IS MISSING, as a co-production with Avila University. MISS NELSON IS MISSING runs from February 15th to February 29th, 2020 at City Stage in Union Station Kansas City. Union Station is located at 30 W. Pershing Road in Kansas City, Missouri.

 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?

 The production is directed by Dylan Bollinger, with musical direction by Amity Bryson. Other production staff includes Adrianna Wendel (Assistant Director), Jacy Beeler (Assistant Stage Manager), Tinna Rivera (Assistant Stage Manager), Katie Hammell (Set Designer/Assistant Lighting Designer), Shannon Smith- Regnier (Costumer Designer), Eli Peach (Sound Designer), Sam Stratton (Assistant Sound Designer), Hannah Zimmerman (Primary Mixer) and Wanda Culpepper (Properties Master).

 About the Playwright: Joan Cushing, 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.

 About the AuthorHarry Allard was born in Evanston, Illinois on January 27th. He grew up in California, Long Island, and Chicago. He graduated from Northwestern College in 1943 and then performed active duty in Korea. He then lived in Paris for several years and became so fluent in the language that he got a master’s degree and then a Ph.D. in French from Yale in 1973. He taught French at the college level for many years. Upon his arrival in Boston, he met James Marshall, whose art and friendship inspired Allard’s first book, The Stupids Step Out. This successful collaboration paved the way for the publication of other Stupids books and the Miss Nelson series.

 All performances take place on the City Stage, located on level B in Union Station. Union Station is located at 30 W. Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO.

 Season, single, or group rate tickets may be reserved by calling Theatre for Young America at 816.460.2083. Group and single tickets may also be purchased from Union Station at 816.460.2020 or reserved online at www.unionstation.org.  The single ticket price is $12.00.  Groups of 15 or more are $5.50 per person with a reservation. For information about our season or other programming visit our website at www.tya.org.

 Theatre for Young America History:

Theatre for Young America (TYA) began in 1974 at the Waldo Astoria Dinner Playhouse.

In 1977, the troupe became an independent organization and moved to Overland Park,

Kansas, where it performed for 17 years in a converted cinema theatre. During this time the

organization grew from 4 productions to 7 or 8 per season, added drama classes, summer

workshops and summer productions, and outreach workshops in schools. TYA operated in the Mission Center Mall from 1994 to 2003.

 Today TYA performs on the City Stage at Union Station, the Wonderscope Children’s

Museum and Avila University. Since our beginning in 1974 we have worked to create each

child’s lifelong relationship with theatre. Our ultimate goal, then and now, is to encourage

the educational and emotional growth of young people through our arts-based experiences.

To reach this goal TYA has produced over 200 productions, including dozens of new

and commissioned plays, plus many of the most acclaimed plays for young audiences by

established playwrights. TYA has developed dozens of new plays and musical plays based on classic children’s literature, historical figures and current social issues, such as child sexual abuse, child care, and conflict resolution.

 Theatre for Young America is a professional theater company, which primarily employs local actors, many of whom are members of Actors Equity Association.

 Theatre for Young America, Inc., is a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) corporation.  Gifts are tax deductible.

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