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The Highwood Theatre wishes to extend a very special thanks to the following people who have contributed extra time and energy to this production:
Imani Gaston, Toly Yarup, Matthew Nicola, Sarah Scott, Orion Stekoll, Tip Letsche, Hilary Kacser

A special shout out to our neighbor, Roadhouse Oldies, for their support!


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Jordan Smith (Donna Pace) is a 7th grader at Loiederman Middle School. Jordan played the daughter in Loiderman's production of The Pirates of Penzance and is making her Highwood debut as well. She enjoys drawing, singing (a lot) and plays the guitar as well. Jordan's words of wisdom to the audience is to "Thrive in what you enjoy , and never stop."

​Patron (cont.)
Intuit Quickbooks
Susan Mann
The Moorehead Family
Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza
The Stage Lighting Store
Missi Tessier
Thomas and Lauren Van Wazer
Pat and Bob Wittie

Harold Bucholtz
Valerie Cummings
Jim and Sharon Lowe
The Middleton Family
Kenneth and Linda Nicola
Matthew Nicola
Alfred Pate
Rick and Joanne Rome
The Starr Family
Kay Stevens
Richard Stroup
Susan Talarico and Michael Sundermeyer

Brian Taff and Susan Wilder


Anonymous (1)
The Community Foundation for The National Capital Region
Joyce Dorris
Frankel PLLC
Doris Kearney in memory of Col. W. M. Kearney
Jayne Letsche
Savills Studley
Wittie, Letsche, & Waldo LLP

Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge, & Rice

United Way of the National Capital Region

The Halbreiner Family in memory of Robert N. Alfandre
Kevin Kearney

​Wenger Corporation

Production Sponsor
The Robert N. Alfandre Foundation

Karla Letsche
James Kearney
Dave Weadon
The William and Karen Tell Foundation

West Wing Writers

Season Sponsor
S. Kann Sons Company Foundation
The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County

Jordan Smith


Gwen Arbetman (Stanley Locker) is an 8th grader at Pyle Middle School. She is making her Highwood debut this summer. Gwen's has been in her school's drama class for 2 years and lists Romeo and Juliet, Fiddler on the Roof and Ms. Polly's Institute as her favorite productions among her many credits. She is a member of an international thespian society, can play the ukulele and guitar and enjoys diving when she is not performing. "Seize the day!"

The Highwood Theatre Would Like To Extend A Special Thanks To Those Who Have Contributed More Than $100 Since August 2013



​The Highwood Theatre depends on you to help us expand our participant base and our programs.  We really appreciate everything that you do!​

Danny Tran Ho

Still looking for summer plans? Not to worry - we have just the solution! Our first session is coming to a close, but you can still join us for the second session of Highwood's 2016 Summer Programs! We still have availability for our Summer in the Arts and Tech Crew Intensive camps. Click for more details, and to register today. 

Cast Bios:


Stanley Locker: Gwen Arbetman

Margaret Locker: Kailey Nothman

Donna Pace: Jordan Smith

Walter Pace: Danny Tran Ho

Two couples venture out for an ordinary evening at the theatre - this week a performance of Shakespeare's classic play, "Hamlet". Once seated, friendly conversation quickly spirals into humorous disputes of family, life, and sometimes the play itself. Audiences are in for an unforgettable night of comedy and secrets unraveling before their eyes, courtesy of the Acting Intensive's talented ensemble. 


A Night in the Theatre is produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. 


A Night in the Theatre


The Cast

Kailey Nothman (Margaret Locker) is a 7th grader at Pyle Middle School and is performing in her first show at Highwood. Her previous credits include school productions of Beauty and the Beast, The trial of Hansel and Gretel and a Camp at Imagine Nation production of Alice in Wonderland. Kailey also enjoys skiing and playing soccer and is happy to be back on stage after being on crutches only two weeks ago! "Live, Love, Laugh."


Director:  Imani Gaston

Technical Director: Orion Stekoll

Stage Manager: Julia Hay

Sound Design: Joshua Dickinson

Lighting Design: Thomas Garrett

Set Design: Julia Hay

Prop Design: Maddie Whipple
Costume Design: Tip Letsche
Light Board Operator: Thomas Garrett
Sound Board Operator: Joshua Dickinson

Anonymous (7)
The Adelfio Family
The Callahan Family
Linda and John Corkery
Linda Cartwright and John Dineen
Arlene Donovan
Wendy Dorman
The Emerson Family
David Glietz
Patti and Michael Goldman
Pauline Sobel and Larry Gondelman
The Greene Family
Barbara and Scott Harris
Deborah Hendler and Family
Robert and Phyllis Hoffman
Therese and Neil Intrater
Bryan and Jenny Kearney
Mike and Pam Kearney
Jane Estocin and Pete Klaiber
Geoffrey Klineberg and Ursula Werner
Joseph and Bonny Krenz
Maura and Jeffrey Leach Family
Susanne and Richard Leach
Bill and Doris Loehning
Bill and Beth Loizeaux
Amy Duroska and Richard Leidl in honor of the younger generation
Rochelle and Eric Mayer
Liz McLeod
Colleen Meiman
Mosquito Squad
Barnes and Noble
Peter Orvetti
The Romanow Family
Frank and Betsy Russomanno
Liz Russomanno
John and Rosemary Ryan
The Shusterman Family
Sligo Cafe
Sean Yarup and Rebecca Stearns
Barbara, Larry, and Ben Stone
Ginger South
The Wilder/Taff Family
Andrew Zvara

Anonymous (1)
The Barker Family
Pascale, Liz, and Cornelius Bronder
Community Crisis Services, Inc.
Darien Cupka
Lawrence and Jessica Friedman
Rosemarie Howe

By Lawrence Casler

Directed by Imani Gaston

The Students' Theatre at The Highwood Theatre presents:

Highwood's new 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 or musical in a condensed, intense rehearsal process. Students have worked with a professional director to create, stage, and rehearse a hilarious one-act comedy - A Night in the Theatre by Lawrence Casler. The cast has worked tirelessly for the past two weeks in preparation for opening weekend, learning in-depth knowledge about the craft of acting along the way.  

Week 1 consisted of blocking and scene work, acting training, and a dialect master class by a DC professional actress. In addition, students participated in character, improv, and theatrical movement workshops and experimented with acting techniques to enhance their physical and vocal expressions. Week 2 continued the rehearsal process and by mid-week, we transitioned to tech rehearsals, where students worked onstage with lights, sound, and set pieces.  By the end of the week, our show is ready for audiences to enjoy!

On behalf of the cast and crew of A Night in the Theatre, we thank you for coming and invite you to grab a snack, sit back, and witness the occasionally wacky world of theatre-going. 

Matthew Nicola, Artistic Director

Kailey Nothman

Danny Tran Ho (Walter Pace) is a 7th grader at Loiederman Middle School. While this is his first Highwood show, his past credits include Isabel in Alienated, Sergeant in The Pirates of Penzance and a villager in Once on This Island. Danny is also part of an international thespian society, enjoys singing and acting as multiple people and loves to ice skate. Danny's message to the audience is to, "Accept anyone so you can be anyone."

Gwen Arbetman