Miss Nelson is Missing


Elise Collins writes, “Where did Miss Nelson go?

“Where did Miss Nelson go?” If you want to find out where the nicest teacher in school went then come see the show at the Arvada Center. This children’s play is based on the book “Miss Nelson is Missing,” written by Harry Allard and illustrated by James Marshal. The play will run from September 25 to November 2. Kathleen Murphy, the business manager for the theatre at the Arvada Center, says “It’s like the book, except it has music.” The set’s color was based off of a picture of Van Gogh’s Room called “La chambre de Van Gogh a Arles.” Van Gogh was a famous Dutch painter. To make the set seem as realistic as possible, a set designer designed the set based off of illustrations in the original book. Workers constructed the set in the construction room and faux painters (painters who take art classes in college to make things look as if they really are something else) painted the set so all the surfaces and textures look as realistic as possible. Nicole M. Harrison designed the costumes for the play and got them approved. Then costumers measured to see if they already had anything that fit that person and the character they played. If a costume didn’t fit, they modified it or they made a new costume. As you can see, a lot goes on behind the scenes that most people don’t know about. The actors have been practicing for the show for quite some time. The cast includes: Amanda Earls, Ryan Howard, Maija-Liisa Nielson, Robin Wallace, Jack Wefso, and Dan Wiley. The show is directed by Edith Wiess. If you want to find out what happened to Miss Nelson you should watch the show at the Arvada Center. For more information about the play, go to www.arvardacenter.org.