Adventure Theatre MTC Presents Miss Nelson is Missing (Photos)

Viola SwampMiss Nelson is Missing runs Jan. 17 through Mar. 9 at Adventure Theatre in Glen Echo Park. Based on the popular books by Harry Allard and James Marshall, Miss Nelson is Missing is written by nationally-renowned, local playwright, Joan Cushing. The play is directed by Jennifer Nelson (2011’s Mirandy and Brother Wind and former Producing Artistic Director of the African Continuum Theatre) and music is directed by Helen Hayes Award Recipient and 8-time nominee, George Fulginiti-Shakar. Miss Nelson is Missing stars Helen Hayes Award Nominee Jessica Lauren Ball (Olney’s Cinderella, Toby’s Legally Blonde) as Miss Nelson, the well-natured and long-suffering teacher of the disobedient Room 207, who is suddenly replaced by the petrifying substitute, Miss Viola Swamp.

Miss Nelson is Missing continues Adventure Theatre MTC’s partnership with the University of Maryland (UMD), showcasing their up-and-coming student designers. Previous partnerships with UMD included the ATMTC’s 9-time Helen Hayes nominated A Year With Frog & Toad and last year’s Outstanding Production- TYA nominated, A Little House Christmas.

Photos courtesy Adventure Theatre by Bruce Douglas

Michael J. Bobbitt, Producing Artistic Director of Adventure Theatre MTC, says of the production, “Sometimes we all wish we had a Miss Viola Swamp to take over our lives and put things back in order. I can’t wait to see what unique experience our own Miss Nelson (Jennifer Nelson) creates for our audiences with this talented cast and production team in partnership with the University of Maryland, who has always impressed us with their designs and creativity.”

Recommended for ages 5 and up. Tickets are $19 and may be purchased online at or by calling 301.634.2270. Appropriate for all ages.

Performances of note:
Pajama Party– Jan. 17 at 7 p.m.
Sensory/Autism Friendly Performance- March 1 at 2 p.m.
American Sign Language Performance – Feb. 2 at 2 p.m.

Cast (In Alphabetical Order)
Miss Nelson / Miss Viola Swamp – Jessica Lauren Ball
Pop Hanson / Mr. Blandsworth / Al Catraz / Det. McSmogg – Matt Dewberry
Adam – Sean McComas
Allison – Rachel Viele
Gregory – Calvin McCullough
Cheryl – Gracie Jones
Male U/S – A.J. Whittenberger
Female U/S – Kelsea Edgerly

Production Crew
Director – Jennifer Nelson
Music Director – George Fulginiti-Shakar
Set Designer – Ruthmarie Tenorio
Costume Designer – Aryna Petrashenko
Props Designer – Dre Moore Shemuga
Sound Designer – Brittany Kenny Neal
Asst. Choreographer – Kelsea Edgerly
Orchestrator – William Yanesh
Stage Manager – Donna Stout
Asst. Stage Manager – Julia Singer
Master Electrician – John Rose-Caron

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