by: COURTESY PHOTO: FRANK HUNT - Substitute teacher Viola Swamp frightens Miss Nelsons students, Raymond, Georgie, Phoebe, Lavita, Morris, Kimberly and Elvis.STAGES Performing Arts Youth Academy is bringing “Miss Nelson is Missing” to the Hillsboro stage.

Based on the popular book by Harry G. Allard Jr. and James Marshall, “Miss Nelson is Missing” follows the unruly kids of Miss Nelson’s classroom on a journey to find their sweet teacher after she’s been suddenly replaced by a strict, detention-loving, recess-cancelling substitute.

With the help of Detective McSmogg the kids won’t stop before they find their once unappreciated teacher.

Directed by STAGES co-founder Donald Cleland and cast with middle- and high-school aged kids, the play is fun for the whole family.

STAGES will give away a family four-pack of tickets to STAGES productions to whoever can help track Miss Nelson’s last known whereabouts. A “Help!” poster of Miss Nelson is posted at various local businesses, establishments and libraries. Snap a picture of the poster and check-in to that business on Facebook, tagging STAGES Performing Arts Youth Academy. There is no limit to the number of entries you can submit, so join in the fun and keep up with Detective McSmogg as he stays on the trail of Miss Nelson.

Check the STAGES website often and click on “Help Us Find Miss Nelson” to find out where Miss Nelson was last seen and where you can find the poster. Sleuths can also print out a copy of the “Help!” poster, snap a picture with it and tag STAGES on Facebook for additional entries.

The show runs Jan. 10 to 26. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday performances are at 2 p.m. at HART Theater, 185 S.E. Washington St. in downtown Hillsboro. Tickets are $11 for adults and $9 for students and seniors, and can be purchased at, or at the door.

The play will also be performed in six Hillsboro elementary schools this month thanks to a grant from Target.

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