Auditions: CenterStage Theatre Works, MISS NELSON IS MISSING, video submission due by March 24

Miss Nelson Is Missing Audition Notice 


Auditioners must be 18+ to audition. CenterStage Theatre Works is committed to equity, diversity and  inclusion in casting. As such, we encourage performers of all races and ethnicities, gender identities,  sexualities, abilities, and ages (for this show, 18+) to attend every audition. We expect all actors to  exercise respect for each other to allow us to have a safe and inclusive environment to practice their  craft. 

Actors should submit the following by March 24 at 11:59 pm: 

• Audition form found at: 

• Because this production is immersive, the ability to show off your storytelling ability and comedy is  important to us for this audition. We want to see your comedic capabilities and your creativity!  

ACTORS: On the audition form, please include links to your headshot, rèsumè, and videos (placed on  YouTube or Vimeo) that include the following: 

• headshot and rèsumè 

• 60-90 second comedic monologue (if includes physicality, even better!) 

• 60-90 second “story.” Tell us a story – make it up or retell something you know. Use a character voice (or  not).  

Callbacks should be sent out to auditioners by March 28 at 11:59 pm. Sides and location will be  provided. In-person callbacks will be April 1 and/or in the evening. Virtual/video callbacks for non local auditioners will be due by 11:59 pm April 2.  


Each actor and swing will receive $150 stipend for the initial run of June 6-15. Payment for any  additional shows booked will be disclosed in the actor agreement at the beginning of rehearsal. 


Rehearsals will be finalized after conflicts are received but initially they will be Mon-Thurs evenings (6- 10) and Saturday days (with a possibility of Sunday afternoons) in Frisco/McKinney starting on May 16 and on June 2, they will move to Frisco Discovery Center Black Box for tech. If you have conflicts for  these rehearsals, that does not exclude you from auditioning, but please communicate that upfront. 


Miss Nelson is Missing is around 60-70 min performance time and will have 13 performances from June  6-15 at the Frisco Discovery Black Box. We may add some additional dates to “tour” locally during the  summer (Allen/Fairview, Richardson, Grapevine, etc.) and we will try to communicate those dates to  the cast by May 1.  

Current scheduled performances for this production are: 

Thursday, June 6: 2 pm 

Friday, June 7: 2 pm and 7 pm 

Saturday, June 8: 10:30 am and 2 pm 

Sunday, June 9: 2 pm and 7 pm 

Thursday, June 13: 10:30 am and 2 pm 

Friday, June 14: 2 pm and 7 pm 

Saturday, June 15: 10:30 am and 2 pm (strike after last show) 


Miss Nelson can't control her crazy classroom because she's just too nice. But when she disappears, her  replacement is the hard-as-nails, detention-loving, recess-canceling, homework-overloading substitute  teacher Viola Swamp! With the Big Test approaching, the kids suddenly realize how much they miss Miss  Nelson and they'll do anything -- including hiring a private eye -- to solve the mystery of her  disappearance and bring her back. 


For the well-being of our actors and theatregoers, we promote a healthy and safe environment. We  reserve the right to require masks or other precautions if COVID-19 conditions change in our area. If  actors develop symptoms, you may be asked to follow current COVID protocols. We are an independent  theatre and rely on other rented physical venues and spaces to perform our shows. When problems  occur, we cannot extend our run. For this reason, we will cast two swings for all roles so that our show  “will go on.”


All roles are available.  

*Note: Ages and gender identities are those of the character, not the auditioner. All listed identifiers are  in accordance with the agreement with MTI and the options provided by the book writers in the script.  CenterStage Theatre Works is committed to diverse casting for all our productions and it is an important  tenet of our creative team. We welcome and encourage actors to audition without regard to ethnicity,  gender, experiences, or abilities.  

Additionally. This Theatre for Young Audiences production has an audience of primarily younger children  (preschool through sixth grade) and their families. You must be comfortable performing for younger  audiences and be willing to engage and interact with them as your character. 

The “Adults”: 

Miss Nelson (the sweet teacher who is at her wits end!) / Miss Viola Swamp (her “evil” alter ego!) (Miss Nelson and Viola Swamp MAY possibly be played by the same actor.) 

Age 30+ Looking for strong comedic character actor who can possibly play two very contrasting roles.  

Principal Humleker / Detective McSmogg  

(will be played by the same actor) 

Age 25 + Looking for strong comedic character actor who can play two very contrasting roles.  The “Kids”: 

RAYMOND, a George Smiley figure 

PHOEBE, a shy, nerdy girl 

GEORGE JORGENSON, JR, an Asian-American jock 

LAVITA, a little spitfire girl with attitude 

MORRIS, aka “Mouse,” a tough, little African-American kid 

KIMBERLY, a perfect and popular girl, with great hair 

ELVIS, a slicked-back greaser Elvis-wannabe who talks like “The King” 

Kid roles may be played by anyone 18+. Strong comedic and very physical character roles. Improv  experience desired. Desire a diverse mix of actors for these roles.  

The “Swings”: 

Need two swings to cover all male and female roles in the show for illness and conflicts.  Need to learn quickly and be able to cover all the roles (adults AND kids). Will be guaranteed at least 4  shows in the 13-show run.