Talented children's company brings "Miss Nelson is Missing: The Musical" to Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts


Image: Omaha Theater CompanyThe Omaha Theater Company for Young People will perform its wild and wacky adaptation "Miss Nelson is Missing: The Musical" on Sunday, Nov. 14, at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. Two more performances, part of the Quick Center's ArtsBound Schoolday Series, will take place on Monday, Nov. 15, at 10 a.m. and noon.

The award-winning musical, geared to children in grades K through 6, is adapted from one of the books in the popular Miss Nelson series by Harry Allard and James Marshall. In this installment, the ill-behaved kids in Room 207 take advantage of their teacher's good nature until she disappears and they're faced with what they think will be an even easier mark - a substitute. Then they meet Miss Viola Swamp, the crabby substitute in the ugly black dress. After a few hours with her, they understand the old adage: You don't know what you've got 'til it's gone.

With book, lyrics and music by Joan Cushing, "Miss Nelson is Missing" is directed by James Larson and features a cast of seasoned actors from the Omaha Theater Company for Young People, the nation's third largest professional children's theater. The company presents a full repertoire of children's classics and offers classes and outreach programs around the country.

Tickets to the Sunday performances are $12 for adults, $10 for children. The Monday performances are geared to school groups and study guides are available. Tickets to those performances are $7. For tickets, call the Quick Center box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396. For more information, visit www.quickcenter.com.

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Media Contact: Nancy Habetz, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2647, nhabetz@fairfield.edu

Posted on October 14, 2004

Vol. 37, No. 78