Arts & Entertainment

Richland High puts on 'Miss Nelson is Missing'

Good gracious! Miss Nelson is missing, and by golly, there'll be heck to pay if she isn't found.

That pretty much sets the scene for Richland High School's opening play for its 2009-10 season, Miss Nelson is Missing.

Miss Nelson is one of those way-too-nice teachers in charge of a classroom full of unruly children who take advantage of her at every turn. But when this delightful teacher goes missing, the children band together to find her.

The best part of this play is that it's packed with puppeteers and a story any kid would love.

"Ever since we produced Seussical we've had requests to continue doing children's theater and I'm happy to oblige," said Ellicia Elliott, the play's director. "There is nothing more exciting than to see young people use their imagination and get involved with the story we're portraying on stage."

Miss Nelson is Missing, based on the book by Harry Allard and James Marshall, has been a favorite of elementary school kids for years, Elliott said.

The star of the show is senior Emily Shick, who takes on a double role as Miss Nelson and the sinister Miss Viola Swamp.

"I've worked with Emily since she was a freshman and she has a great knack for comedy," Elliott said.

The show has been in rehearsal since August, making use of the high school's newly remodeled auditorium and rehearsal space.

"We've finally been able to use our brand new classroom space for rehearsals and set construction, which has been awesome," Elliott said.

The show is suggested for kids ages 6 and older. It's just an hour long and its comedic message is wholesome enough for the entire family, Elliott said.

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