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Miss Nelson Has A Field Day

March 27, 2021 | 12:00 - 11:59 PM

Streaming Mar. 15 - Mar. 27, 2021

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

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.

Curriculum Connections

  • 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

Parents & Educators CLICK HERE to download the Study Guide. 
Run time: 65 minutes. Recommended for students in grades K through 5.

Our offices remain closed, however, our staff is working remotely. We are here to assist with any login questions/issues. Please email your questions to with the Subject Line: Miss Nelson and a staff member will assist you during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm).


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