2016-2017 Season

'Night, Mother
by Marsha Norman; Directed by Madison Middleton
A PROFESSIONAL YOUR THEATRE PRODUCTION - PART OF HIGHWOOD'S STUDENT DIRECTING FELLOWSHIP 
Thelma and her thirty-year-old daughter, Jessie, live together in a comfortable, country home. With their plans of manicures and small talk, the evening seems to be a normal one until Jessie brings down her father's old gun from the attic. Marsha Norman's Pulitzer Prize winning drama ruthlessly exposes the extraordinary within the routine, the urgency within the normal, and the sorrow within the mundane.
September 23 - October 8 | VIew the Program

Tick, Tick...Boom!
Book by Jonathan Larson; Music and Lyrics by Jonathan Larson; Directed by Mae Gilligan
A STUDENTS' THEATRE PRODUCTION - PART OF HIGHWOOD'S STUDENT DIRECTING FELLOWSHIP
Tick, Tick...Boom! is a powerful semi-autobiographical rock musical by Jonathan Larson, the creator of RENT, and tells the story of Jonathan, a struggling composer living in New York City. On the cusp of turning thirty, he suffers a crisis trying to decide what to do with his life. Though he loves composing, he’s broke and is at a major crossroads: should he work for his friend, Michael, or leave the city and settle down with his girlfriend Susan?​
November 4 - 13 |  View the Program


James and the Giant Peach, Jr. 

Book by Timothy Allen McDonald; Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul; Based on the book, "James and the Giant Peach" by Roald Dahl; Created by a team of Highwood and Loiederman Staff Members
A YOUR THEATRE PRODUCTION - 4th ANNUAL OPEN SOURCE THEATRE PROJECT
Highwood is incredibly proud to announce our 2016-2017 Open Source Theatre Project - a unique collaboration with A. Mario Loiederman Middle School for the Creative and Performing Arts on a joint production of Pasek and Paul’s musical James and the Giant Peach, Jr. Featuring a cast of Loiederman students (directed by Loiederman’s drama teacher and a team of eight Highwood staff members and student technical design teams), this production will be seen by over 1,600 elementary school students from eight schools in Wheaton. Over 2,000 additional elementary school students will receive an educational theatre workshop related to the project, created by Loiederman students. This collaborative project is funded by a grant from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, designed to increase the presence of Art in the Wheaton community.​
November 18 - 19  | View the Showpage


Thoroughly Modern Millie
New Lyrics by Dick Scanlan; New Music by Jeanine Tesori; Book by Richard Morris and Dick Scanlan; Directed by Toly Yarup
A STUDENTS' THEATRE PRODUCTION
Inspired by the Jazz Age, free-spirited Millie Dillmount leaves behind her ordinary life in Kansas for a new life in New York City, where she hopes to marry a wealthy man and live happily ever after. Things do not go quite as planned when her big dreams are complicated by crazy antics of the 1920s. However, Millie quickly breaks boundaries and learns more about herself than she ever thought imaginable. Winner of six Tony awards, Thoroughly Modern Millie is a feel-good, high-energy musical that is sure to get your feet tapping and heart swooning!
December 16 - 18 | View the Program

Boeing, Boeing
By Marc Camoletti; Translated by Beverly Cross; Revised by Francis Evans; Directed by Sarah Scott
A PROFESSIONAL YOUR THEATRE PRODUCTION 
The classic French farce is prepared to land at Highwood in a hysterical new professional production. Lothario Bernard is a free-wheeling American bachelor who appears to have it all, including a Parisian flat and three international stewardesses happily engaged to him - each unaware of one another’s existence. When his carefully crafted schedule of layovers falls apart one night - on account of faster Boeing jets - Bernard must navigate his fiancees’ arrivals and evade disaster.
January 27 - February 5 | View the Program

​​
All My Sons
By Arthur Miller; Directed by Christopher Brown
A STUDENTS' THEATRE PRODUCTION - PART OF HIGHWOOD'S STUDENT DIRECTING FELLOWSHIP
Arthur Miller’s tense drama of post-war American greed and the deception of the American dream, All My Sons looks at the grief and corruption of the Keller family. The Kellers by all accounts resemble the perfect family: Joe is a successful businessman, his son Chris is a war hero; but their relationships are held together by lies, which progressively unravel along with the truth. ​
February 24 - March 5 | View the Program


GYPSY

Book by Arthur Laurents; Music by Jule Styne; Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim; Directed by Matthew Nicola

A STUDENTS' THEATRE PRODUCTION

Curtain up, light the lights! Based on the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, Gypsy recounts the life of the legendary stage mother, Madame Rose, and her brazen pursuit of fame for her two daughters. She dreams of their future on the stage and refuses to take “no” for an answer, despite the waning popularity of vaudeville. Often hailed as one of the greatest American musicals ever made, Gypsy offers a classic score by Jule Styne and an often hilarious, yet heartbreaking depiction of the price of stardom for one family.  

March 17 - 19  | View the Program


Highwood's Annual Home School Production
Created and Written by the Home School Production Company; Directed by Shannon Cole

A STUDENTS' THEATRE PRODUCTION
Specifically designed for creative Home School students, our annual Home School Production Company Performance showcases an original play or adaptation written and developed by the production company during the Fall semester. This new play can contain everything from comedy and drama to singing and dancing - and it's all created by students!
March 31 - April 1

​​
Avenue Q
Music and Lyrics by Jeff Marx, Robert Lopez; Book by Jeff Whitty; Based on an original concept by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx; Directed by Kevin Kearney and Toly Yarup
A STUDENTS' THEATRE PRODUCTION
Avenue Q is a hysterical, raunchy comedy set in a world where puppet monsters live alongside humans. The newly unemployed, recent-college-graduate Princeton has just arrived at Avenue Q and, like others in the community, is determined to find his purpose in life. Often described as “Sesame Street for adults”, Avenue Q is both irreverent and light-hearted in its mirror of adult life.
April 28 - May 7 |  Buy Tickets


The Matchmaker

A STUDENTS' THEATRE PRODUCTION 

By Thornton Wilder; Directed by Imani Gaston

Thornton Wilder’s heartwarming comedy The Matchmaker, providing inspiration for the hit Broadway musical Hello, Dolly!, introduces Horace Vandergelder, Mrs. Dolly Levi and their romantic dilemmas at the turn of the twentieth century. Horace requires the expertise of matchmaker - and widower - Dolly Levi to find a suitable wife. As their romantic web grows more complicated, Horace and Dolly encounter a series of humorous obstacles to their search. Along the way, they both realize that in Yonkers they won’t need to look very far to find love.
May 19 - 21 | Tickets Available Soon


The Robber Bridegroom
A STUDENTS' THEATRE PRODUCTION

Highwood's two-week Musical Theatre Intensive Program gives a small group of students, grades 7-12, the opportunity to mimic a professional theatre structure and prepare a full-length musical in a condensed, intense rehearsal process.  
July 21 - 23 | Tickets Available Soon




Into the Woods
A STUDENTS' THEATRE PRODUCTION

Designed to be an immersive, hands-on theatre arts education program, led by a team of area arts professionals, this group of students will meet regularly to create and rehearse a popular Broadway musical as part of The Highwood Theatre's Mainstage Season of student-produced productions.  
July 28 - 30 |  Tickets Available Soon​


​​

The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940
A STUDENTS' THEATRE PRODUCTION
Highwood's two-week Acting Intensive Program gives a small group of students, grades 7-12, the opportunity to mimic a professional theatre structure and prepare a full-length play in a condensed, intense rehearsal process.
August 4 - 6 |  Tickets Available Soon​