2017-2018 Season

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
by Christopher Durang; Directed by Melissa Robinson
A PROFESSIONAL YOUR THEATRE PRODUCTION 
A comical spin on Anton Chekhov’s characters and themes, Christopher Durang brings us to Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where middle-aged Vanya and Sonia have spent their entire lives. When their successful movie actress sister returns to their childhood home with a young boyfriend in tow, chaos is unleashed that threatens to uproot their comfortable lives and the roof above them.
October 6 - October 29 | Buy Tickets | View the Program

Follies (Concert Version)
Book by James Goldman; Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim; Directed by Matthew Nicola
A STUDENTS' THEATRE PRODUCTION
The year is 1971, and the iconic Weismann Theater is about to be demolished. Broadway impresario Dmitri Weismann gathers members of his famous pre-war Follies as a tribute to the theater. While revisiting the musical numbers that made them famous, the faded glamour girls confront ghosts of their younger selves and their own dissatisfaction. We invite you to an immersive concert staging of one of Sondheim’s most beloved shows, featuring a thrilling musical score and intriguing characters!
November 10 - 12 |  


School of Rock

Book by Julian Fellowes; Lyrics by Glenn Slater; New Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Directed by Kevin Kearney and Dylan Kaufman
A STUDENTS' THEATRE PRODUCTION
Stick it to the man! Based on the smash hit film of the same name, this high-octane musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber tells the story of guitarist Dewey Finn - recently out of a job and mistakenly employed as a substitute teacher. Dewey forms a rock band in his unsuspecting class of private school students and enters them into the local Battle of the Bands. But, how far will he go to reclaim his former glory? Get ready to rock out like never before with the School of Rock actors playing their own instruments LIVE!
December 8 - 17  |


The Dog Must Die
By Madison Middleton; Directed by Sam Intrater
A PROFESSIONAL YOUR THEATRE PRODUCTION
What happens when life on Earth is no longer sustainable? This provocative drama by Highwood’s own Madison Middleton transports us to a world that is uninhabitable - where concrete columns have formed above ground to house and save society. The conflict that ensues not only challenges our conceptions of humanity and our ties to the environment, but forces us to examine the dark, primordial nature within us.
January 25 - February 11 |

The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds
By Paul Zindel; Directed by Meg Miller
A STUDENTS' THEATRE PRODUCTION - PART OF THE ANNUAL STUDENT DIRECTING FELLOWSHIP
The 1971 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama by Paul Zindel follows Tillie, a student growing marigolds from radioactive seeds for her school’s science fair. Her efforts are complicated by her mother and manipulative sister, who constantly undermine her attempts to succeed.  This year’s Student Directing Fellow Meg Miller directs this powerful story of the struggle to find a better life against all odds.
February 2 - 11 | Grades 8 - 12, Sign Up To Audition

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Sweet Charity
Book by Neil Simon; Music by Cy Coleman; Lyrics by Dorothy Fields; Based on an original screenplay by Federico Fellini, Tullio Pinelli, and Ennio Flaiano; Directed by Madison Middleton
A STUDENTS' THEATRE PRODUCTION
Charity Hope Valentine, an eternal optimist, is looking for love despite a string of bad breakups.  A dancer at the rundown Fan-Dango Ballroom convinced she’s finally found a decent man, Charity lies about her profession. But things get complicated when he asks her to marry him. Bob Fosse’s Sweet Charity follows the emotional romantic waves and persistent feelings of love.
March 16 - 18 | Grades 4-12, Sign Up to Join the Cast


Home School Shakespeare Production

Compiled by Highwood's Home School Students, featuring the language of William Shakespeare

A STUDENTS' THEATRE PRODUCTION

​Join us for a full-scale, original Shakespeare adaptation - using the Bard’s own words - compiled by our Fall Home School Living Shakespeare students. Featuring Elizabethan costumes, stage combat, and the classic words of Shakespeare himself, this family-friendly show is guaranteed to thrill the adventure seeker within you!

March 16 - 18 | Join Highwood's Home School Program


SOON

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Nick Blaemire; Directed by Cate Caplin

5th ANNUAL OPEN SOURCE THEATRE PROJECT - PROFESSIONAL AND STUDENT CAST

Caution: all water on earth is about to evaporate, and the world is approaching its catastrophic end. So what next? Enter Charlie, a 20-something woman afraid to confront the outside world. After its world-premiere at Signature Theatre in 2015, Highwood puts a fresh take on Nick Blaemire’s uplifting musical about a woman, her goldfish, and the life she is missing just beyond her doorstep.  Featuring two extraordinarily talented student and professional casts performing the show in repertory, Soon is Highwood’s 5th Annual Open Source Theatre Project.

April 12 - 29  |

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Romeo and Juliet
By William Shakespeare
A STUDENTS' THEATRE PRODUCTION
Patient ears attend and bear witness to Shakespeare’s classic tragedy of star-crossed lovers - children of two warring families in the city of Verona whose love for each other brings strife, misunderstanding and a romance for the ages. Relive their passionate tale in an all-new production featuring gender-blind casting and a contemporary twist.
May 18 - 20 |  Grades 4-12, Sign Up to Join the Cast


Year Long Production

Book by Arthur Laurents; Music by Leonard Bernstein; Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim; Based on Conception of Jerome Robbins; Directed by Matthew Nicola and Dylan Kaufman; Music Directed by Kevin Kearney; Choreographed by Tiffany Alastanos

A STUDENTS' THEATRE PRODUCTION

Inspired by William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, this landmark American musical by Arthur Laurents, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim brings the classic love story to New York’s West Side in the 1950s. Caught between warring ethnic gangs, the Sharks and the Jets, Tony and Maria choose love over old rivalries. But romance, resentment and growing tensions create a bloody path to the musical’s tragic conclusion. Presented by Highwood’s inaugural Year-Long Production Company, this magnificent production will be complemented by a full band.
June 1 - 10 | Learn About the Year Long Production


Godspell

Book by John Michael Tebelak; Music and New Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz; Conceived and Originally Directed by John Michael Tebelak
A STUDENTS' THEATRE PRODUCTION - SUMMER MUSICAL THEATRE INTENSIVE

Based on the gospel of St. Matthew, Stephen Schwartz’s hit rock opera explores Jesus Christ’s final days in a tour of well-known theatrical devices, vaudeville and an array of musical styles. Prepare ye for a high-energy celebration of joy, peace, and the enormous family of mankind!​
July 20 - 21


My Fair Lady

Book and Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner; Music by Frederick Loewe
A STUDENTS' THEATRE PRODUCTION - SUMMER MUSICAL

Eliza Doolittle - a Cockney, working-class girl hoping for a better life. Henry Higgins - a pompous phonetics professor convinced he can shape her into a lady ready to enter high society. Based on George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, My Fair Lady is the gloriously witty Broadway musical charting Eliza’s transformation into a refined woman.  With an irresistible score by Lerner and Loewe, this charming show, complete with an unexpected romance, will sweep you off your feet and leave you dancing all night!
July 27 - 29


Play On!

​By Rick Abbot
A STUDENTS' THEATRE PRODUCTION - SUMMER ACTING INTENSIVE
The show must go on...in spite of...everything. Play On! follows one theatre troupe’s efforts to put on a show despite scenic catastrophes, fumbled lines, injuries, and an author who continuously changes the script.
August 3 - 4