Catlin Gabel School Students Bryan Hunt And Berkley Webster Perform In NW Children’s Theater Play Miss Nelson Is Missing

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Feb 4, 2003

For Immediate Release

Contact: Langley Allbritton


Catlin Gabel School Students Bryan Hunt And Berkley Webster Perform In NW Children’s Theater Play Miss Nelson Is Missing

Catlin Gabel, dedicated to excellence in education, today applauds students Bryan Hunt and Berkley Webster as they perform in NW Children’s Theater production of Miss Nelson Is Missing, from January 31 – February 23, 2003. The students will perform at the Northwest Neighborhood Cultural Center, located at 1819 NW Everett in Portland, Oregon. Tickets can be purchased through the NW Children’s Theater box office at 503 222-4480.

Presented by the award-winning Northwest Children’s Theater, Miss Nelson is Missing! is based on the popular and light hearted children’s books by Harry Allard and James Marshall. The story begins with a gentle teacher at Horace B. Smedley Elementary School and the unruly students in Room 207 who make her life miserable. As their pranks and misbehaving reach their zenith, Miss Nelson declares “something must be done!” and promptly disappears, only to be replaced by Miss Viola Swamp, the most delightfully wicked and ingeniously awful substitute teacher ever to plague a pre-adolescent!

Thrilled to be included in the West Coast premiere of the play, Catlin Gabel 7th grader, Berkley Webster plays Pheobe, a sickly young girl and Catlin Gabel 8th grader, Bryan Hunt plays George Jorgenson Jr., an elementary school football star.

“The show has been incredibly successful all over the country and we’re really pleased to be able to bring it to Portland audiences,” states NWCT Artistic Director (and the director of Miss Nelson) John Monteverde. “Interest in the show has already been high.”

Additional support for Miss Nelson Is Missing! comes from OPB, The Collins Foundation, and PGA Foundation. In addition to its public performances, over 9,000 children will discover Miss Nelson is Missing! for themselves during 20 school day matinees courtesy of The Goodman Foundation, Spirit Mountain Community Fund and Inspiration Software, as well as through Young Audiences of Oregon and Washington.

About Catlin Gabel’s Theater Department

Catlin Gabel’s Theater Department teaches students the fundamentals of stage makeup and the art of acting, as well as playwriting and directing. Students are encouraged to learn how to produce a play, from stagecraft and construction to sound and set lighting.

About Catlin Gabel

Catlin Gabel School is an independent, co-educational day school, dedicated to student individuality, academic excellence, multiculturalism and life-long learning. The school’s dynamic pre-kindergarten through twelfth-grade curriculum combines academics with arts, physical education and a strong sense of community service. Catlin Gabel is independently governed by a Board of Trustees and is not supported by tax or church monies. For more information, please visit