Auditions for “Miss Nelson is Missing” held April 19

A number of roles are available in Asheville Creative Arts’ upcoming production of Miss Nelson is Missing. Auditions take place Sunday, April 19, 2-5 p.m. at 2004 Riverside Drive in Woodfin. The play will run July 16-26 at NC Stage Co.

Press release from event organizers:

Auditions for
Sunday April 19, 2015
2-5pm at 2004 Riverside Drive, Woodfin, NC

Book, music and lyrics by Joan Cushing, based upon the books
Directed and choreographed by Robbie Jaeger
Musical direction by Jonesalee

at the NC Stage Rehearsal Space

Co-Founders Abby Felder and Robbie Jaeger announce that Asheville Creative Arts’ (ACA) is seeking non-union actors who can sing and move for its upcoming production of MISS NELSON IS MISSING! with book, music, and lyrics by Joan Cushing, based upon the book MISS NELSON IS MISSING! And MISS NELSON IS BACK! By Harry Allard, to be directed and choreographed by Robbie Jaeger with music direction by Jonesalee. MISS NELSON IS MISSING! will rehearse from June 29, and will run for 2 weeks from July 16-26, 2015 at NC Stage (15 Stage Lane). All roles are paid.

Auditions will be held on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at NC Stage’s rehearsal studio, SPACE SPACE (2004 Riverside Drive, Woodfin). The company is seeking non-union Actors 18 and older to play:

Male Lead
(Large voice range, Baritone to Tenor, to play four roles)
POP HANSON – the Janitor/Narrator (mostly a speaking part)
MR. BLANDSWORTH – the boring Principal
AL CATRAZ – no nonsense, police type
DETECTIVE McSMOGG – an inept detective, dressed like Sherlock Holmes

ADAM (Boy #1) (Tenor) has a wild imagination and dark thoughts, clever, creative, smart, a leader, a mischief-maker, brave on the outside, a cream puff on the inside;

ALLISON (Girl #1) (Soprano) bossy, a leader, take-charge type, especially in times of crisis, smart, quick, no-nonsense, usually knows the answer, thinks for herself, presents a perfect image when the teacher is looking, a goody two shoes;

GREGORY (Boy #2) (Baritone) A.D.H.D. type, finds it hard to sit still and pay attention, lives in his own world, lacking in self-control, silly, artistic, draws (especially unflattering pictures of Miss Nelson);

CHERYL (Girl #2) (Alto) a follower, silly, a girly girl, but wicked, sneaky, can hold her own, a tattle-tale, a worrier, scares easily.

Actors should prepare 32 bars of music for accompanist; Sides will be provided. Auditions by appointment only, please email with headshot, resume, and availability between the hours of 2-5pm.

According to The New York Times, MISS NELSON IS MISSING! is “a musical that will charm anyone who has ever sat in front of a schoolteacher’s desk – or, for that matter, behind it.” In this classic, the students of Room 207 are in for a surprise when their long suffering teacher, Miss Nelson, turns up missing and is replaced by Viola Swamp, a scary substitute. In desperation, the students set out to find their beloved Miss Nelson… but will they ever get her back?

ACA’s work has been called “Dazzling!” by the Mountain Xpress and “Excellent!” by the Asheville Citizen Times, and this production will continue the company’s signature style of creating theatre that is as enjoyable to parents as it is to their children, which was established with previous hits, A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD, CHARLOTTE’S WEB, and THE TRUE STORY OF THE 3 LITTLE PIGS!.

MISS NELSON IS MISSING! will be presented at NC Stage, Asheville’s professional theater venue, as part of their Catalyst Series that provides marketing, administrative and technical support.

Asheville’s critically acclaimed, award winning theatre devoted to creating works for children of all ages, Asheville Creative Arts was founded in 2013. Led by Abby Felder and Robbie Jaeger, with Resident Artists Jonesalee, the company has the following mission: -To produce, present and create professional and innovative theatre for children of all ages, from the very young to the young at heart, and embrace diverse cultures with a main stage season of productions of musical, literary adaptations, and puppet based work that push the boundaries of children’s theatre; -To train the next generation of artists; – And to ensure that all families in Western NC and beyond have access to theatre arts through outreach such as touring, and “in-reach” such as specially discounted performances for school and community groups; In honor of contributions to the cultural landscape, Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer declared July 18, 2014 “Asheville Creative Arts Day;” and ACA’s production of CHARLOTTE’S WEB was the 2014 recipient of a Grassroots Partnership Award- a grant from the NC Arts Council, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, distributed by the Asheville Area Arts Council.

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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