MISS NELSON

IS MISSING!

 

 

 

WRITTEN BY JOAN CUSHING

 

 

PERFORMED AT ST JOHN'S UNIVERSITY

BY THE CHAPPELL PLAYERS THEATRE GROUP

DIRECTED BY AARON VON SCYOC

 

 

SCENIC DESIGN BY HOLDEN GUNSTER

 

 

LIGHTING DESIGN BY JAKE MAIZ

 

COSTUME DESIGN BY ANTONIO CONSUEGRA

WHEN THE TEACHER IS AWAY, THE KIDS WILL PLAY...

OR IF THEIR SUBSTITUTE TEACHER IS THE WRETCHED MRS. SWAMP, THEY'LL WORK HARDER THAN THEY EVER HAVE BEFORE.

THE CLASSIC CHILDREN'S NOVEL TURNED PLAY FOLLOWS A GROUP OF STUDENTS WHO GO IN SEARCH OF THEIR MISSING TEACHER AFTER SHE IS REPLACED BY A HARD-KNOCKS SUBSITUTE, BUT MISS NELSON MAY BE CLOSER THAN THEY EVER REALIZED.

RECREATING A SENSE OF CLASSROOM NOSTOLGIA WAS THE GOAL IN OUR PRODUCTION OF MISS NELSON. ALTHOUGH CLASSROOMS ARE NOW FILLED WITH SMARTBOARDS AND CHROMEBOOKS, AARON (THE DIRECTOR) AND I FONDLY REMEMBER THE DAYS OF GREEN CHALKBOARDS AND BLACKTOPS DURING RECESS.

AND THUS THE WORLD OF MISS NELSON WAS CREATED, EACH LOCATION IS DEPICTED WITH A DIFFERENT SIDE OF SPINNING CHALKBOARDS AND A NARRATION-ESQUE PROJECTION TO HELP GUIDE THE YOUNG AUDIENCE THROUGH THE STORY. AND SPACE WAS LEFT OPEN ON THE PROSCENIUM FOR AUDIENCE MEMBERS TO ADD THEIR OWN DOODLES AFTER THE SHOW.

UNFORTUNATELY, OUR CRAZY SPINNING WORLD OF CHALKBOARDS NEVER SAW THE LIGHT OF DAY AS THE PRODUCTION WAS CANCELLED TWO DAYS BEFORE TECH REHEARSALS WERE SET TO BEGIN ON ACCOUNT OF THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC.