For one of the first times in recent memory, The Depot Theater will be holding a production during Dodge City Days.

Starting tonight and running through Sunday will be the all-student production of Miss Nelson in Missing.

"The cast is ages 4th through 8th grade," director Sheri Tieben said. "We started looking for shows to do and this one stood out to me because it was more about character than a musical like what was done previously.

"It's based off a children's book that's been turned into a play."

The synopsis for Miss Nelson is Missing is, 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.

"We have not just Dodge City kids but kids from Cimarron, Spearville, Jetmore, Ford and other places around the area involved," Tieben said. "And we have high school students doing the hair and makeup. We really wanted the high school students to learn more about the backstage jobs.

"It truly is a student-oriented play."

In total, 45 students make up the cast and crew with 22 of those being the actors.

Tickets for the show are $15 for ages 19 and older, $10 for ages 13-18 and $5 for ages 12 and under.

Doors open for the show at 6:30 p.m. tonight, Friday and Saturday with the doors opening at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

The same schedule of shows will take place on Aug. 10-13.

"Tickets can also be purchased on our website," Tieben said. "It is and the links are there.

"This is a very funny play with some characters that kids and adults will enjoy."