MISS NELSON HAS A FIELD DAY
Book, Music & Lyrics by Joan Cushing
Based upon the book MISS NELSON HAS A FIELD DAY by Harry Allard and James Marshall
Text copyright © 1985 by Harry Allard. Performed by arrangement with Houghton Mifflin Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
By special arrangements with Houghton Mifflin Company and Gurman Agency LLC.
Produced by Dallas Children’s Theater
From Dallas, Texas
Return to Horace B. Smedley School where the Smedley Tornadoes have never won a football game. In fact, they have never even scored a single point! With such a poor record and a team that is out of control, kind-hearted Miss Nelson comes to the rescue when she enlists the help of her alter ego, the ill-tempered Miss Viola Swamp, to coach the team and whip them into shape.
Considered by all to be “the meanest substitute teacher in the whole world,” Coach Swamp applies her trademark discipline to the players’ training, demanding tough exercises and no back talk. In the end, the team changes their attitude, pulls together, sharpens their skills, and manages to win the biggest game of the year.
A fun-filled musical from the award winning playwright/composer who brought you DIARY OF A WORM, A SPIDER & A FLY.
Best for Grades: K-5th
Audience Size: Large Venues
About the Company
Past Tours: Diary of a Worm, a Spider, and a Fly; How I Became a Pirate; Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters;The BFG (Big Friendly Giant); The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley; The True Story of the Three Little Pigs; A Midnight Cry ~ The Underground Railroad to Freedom ; And Then They Came For Me: Remembering the World Of Anne Frank
Now in its 35th season, Dallas Children’s Theater is the largest professional family theater in the Southwest, and has been named one of the top five theaters for youth and families in the United States by AMERICAN THEATER and TIME magazines. Designated as an American Masterpieces Touring Artist by the NEA, the theater’s acclaimed touring company travels coast to coast with professional large-scale productions designed to stir the heart, stretch the mind and promote education. Each touring production is selected and designed with a youth and family audience in mind from titles and materials that reflect the cultural diversity of our world community. They encompass a combination of new plays, familiar stories, literary works, biographies, mythology, folk tales, music, dance, and puppetry. With such a vast and impressionable audience to serve, DCT's productions usually target a different age range every other touring season. Study guides accompany each production and a variety of curriculum based workshops and residencies are also made available to teachers and students.
Dallas Children's Theater began a local touring program in 1985 with a Native American piece entitled Legend of the Bluebonnet. In 1989, the touring roster expanded to statewide and regional venues. In 1996, DCT launched its first national tour. September 2006 marked DCT's introduction to the world stage, as the theater was honored with an invitation to perform at the 2006 Shanghai International Children's Culture and Arts Expo in Shanghai, China.
DCT believes that theater provides a unique learning opportunity, which allows children exposure to ideas and imagery that reflect their own experiences and challenge their own understanding of the world in which they live. To this end, Dallas Children's Theater aims to engage and inspire children, to produce theater that reaches beyond the stage.
For more information, please visit the company’s website.
Critical Acclaim for the Book, Music, and Lyrics
Gallery of Past Productions
Language Arts: reading, writing, comprehension, and vocabulary
Math: measurement utilizing traditional and nontraditional measurement devices.
Emotional and Social Learning: teamwork, collaborating to create projects, working together to play games, and encouraging peers in class; discipline; dedication; resilience; self-confidence; creativity, expressing unique perspective in various activities
Performing & Visual Arts: theater, music, production design, and how the arts are used to adapt a play from a book
Minimum Technical Requirements
Load In Time: 5 hours (with lights prehung)
Crew Needs: A theatrically knowledgeable crew of at least four (4)+, with a designated supervisor present at all times (including load-in, setup, technical rehearsals, performances, strike and load-out.) After load-in is complete, the local running crew should include at least two (2) deck hands and possibly a lightboard operator.
Min. Stage Size: A minimum playing area of 35ʼ wide by 25' deep (upstage of the proscenium) by 16ʼ high. A minimum of 10' (W) by 25ʼ (D) out of view & unobstructed wing space on both sides of the stage.
Sound Needs: A house sound system in good working order that can accommodate all of the Company’s audio components (the Company travels with the following: seven (7) body mics & laptop computer for playback). A headset/intercom system is needed with at least four (4) stations.
Load Out Time: 1-2 hours.
Outreach and Workshops
Creative Dramatic Workshop
Using themes and situations from the play, two DCT artist/teachers will guide students through lively theater games and exercises designed to ignite the imagination and open new avenues of self expression.
Duration: 1 hour
Limited to: 30 participants
For: 1st thru 3rd grades & 4th thru 5th grades.
(Post performance) Using this production as a backdrop, DCT company members will lead a discussion and take questions regarding certain aspects of a theatrical performance including how plays are adapted from books and taken from the page to the stage.
Duration: 1 hr.
Limited to: Size of house
For: All Grades
Sensory Friendly Performances
This production is available as a “sensory friendly” or “relaxed” performance if arranged with the company in advance and with specific direction as to what adjustments are necessary for your venue.