​Patron (cont.)

Shema Matthew

Colleen Meiman
Holly Middleton
The Moorehead Family
John and Rosemary Ryan
Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza
The Stage Lighting Store
Missi Tessier
Thomas and Lauren Van Wazer
Wittie Law PLLC

Harold Bucholtz
Valerie Cummings
Duane and Paula Gibson
Jim and Sharon Lowe
Rochelle and Eric Mayer
Kenneth and Linda Nicola
Matthew Nicola
Alfred Pate
Frank and Betsy Russomanno
The Starr Family
Kay Stevens
Susan Talarico and Michael Sundermeyer
Thomas and Lauren Van Wazer
Brian Taff and Susan Wilder
Pat and Bob Wittie​

​Anonymous (1)
Jeff and Hilary Barker
The Brown Family
The Community Foundation for The National Capital Region
Joyce Dorris
Aidan Emerson
Frankel PLLC
Doris Kearney in memory of Col. W. M. Kearney
Jayne Letsche
Wittie, Letsche, & Waldo LLP
Richard Stroup
Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge, & Rice

United Way of the National Capital Region
The Halbreiner Family in memory of Robert N. Alfandre
Kevin Kearney
The Rome Family
Savills Studley
Wenger Corporation
Toly Yarup​

Production Sponsor
The Robert N. Alfandre Foundation
The William and Karen Tell Foundation
Dave Weadon

West Wing Writers

Season Sponsor
​S. Kann Sons Company Foundation
James Kearney and Karla Letsche
Beneva Schulte and Paul Orzulak
The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County

The Students' Theatre at The Highwood Theatre presents:

Registration is Open for Summer 2017!

Princeton: Dylan Kaufman

​Kate Monster: Madison Middleton

Nicky: Samuel Intrater

Rod: Philippos Sourvinos

Brian: Henry Wiebe

Christmas Eve: Tuyet Gunter

Trekkie Monster: Will Valdes

Gary Coleman: Trey Taylor

Lucy T. Slut: Meg Miller

Bad Idea Bear/Mrs. T/Ricky: Joey Pennington

 Bad Idea Bear/Newcomer: Yael Kissel

Dylan Kaufman

Trey Taylor

Tuyet Gunter

Samuel Intrater

Avenue Q is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 


Video Elements in AVENUE Q © 2011 Zach Rosing Productions LLC; Indianapolis, IN | www.zachrosing.com


​Directors: Kevin Kearney and Toly Yarup

Music Director:  Kevin Kearney
Costume Design: Tip Letsche
Set Design: Kevin Kearney
Prop Design:  Jason Reid

Video Design: Zach Rosing and Ben Phillippe

Light Board Operator: Matthew Nicola

Sound Board Operator: Toly Yarup
Student Tech Crew: Simon Ellerbe, Owen Gibson, Maulani Tucker, Jonah Witte, Amari Mbongwo

Henry Wiebe



Set in 18th Century Mississippi, this Bluegrass inspired musical is a zany comedy filled with mistaken identity, evil step-mothers, and hilarious hijinks that will leave you wanting more!


Despite what the title may suggest, this is not a musical, but a clever murder mystery. After three Chorus Girls are murdered by the enigmatic "Stage Door Slasher," the hunt is on to find the evasive killer. But who could it be?​​


We invite you on a mysterious journey into the woods! James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim's classic musical combines all of your favorite fairytale characters into one epic story, with a twist. Be careful what you wish for!  

Madison Middleton

Avenue Q

Acting & Musical Theatre Intensives(7th - 12th Grade)

Perfect your musical theatre or acting skills in two exciting, Broadway-style experiences! 

Tech Crew Intensive (4th - 12th Grade)

Get hands-on experience learning how to create the magic behind the scenes!

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


Artist in Training (7th - 12th Grade)

Learn more about theatre while helping to

teach others!


Orchestrations and Arrangements by Stephen Oremus

The world premiere of AVENUE Q was presented by the Vineyard Theatre and The New Group, New York City, February 2003. AVENUE Q premiered on Broadway at the Golden Theater on July 31, 2003, produced by Kevin McCollum, Robyn Goodman, Jeffrey
Seller, Vineyard Theatre and The New Group.​


Directed by Kevin Kearney and Toly Yarup

Welcome to the Neighborhood!

Avenue Q is the 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. 

Philippos Sourvinos

Will Valdes


​​Take a peek into a world where puppets and humans coexist!




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

Joey Pennington


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Summer Musical (4th - 12th Grade)

Perform in one of our professional-quality mainstage musical productions!

Anonymous (7)
The Adelfio Family
Elizabeth Allaben and Matthew Chambers
Ellen  Barclay
Richard and Carolyn Block
The Callahan Family
Linda and John Corkery
Linda Cartwright and John Dineen
Arlene Donovan
Helen Dooley and Daniel DeSimone
Wendy Dorman
Valerie and Norm Dubin
The Emerson Family
David Glietz
Pauline Sobel and Larry Gondelman
The Greene Family
Barbara and Scott Harris
Deborah Hendler and Family
Robert and Anne-Marie Hillman
Robert and Phyllis Hoffman
Laura Hollister
Therese and Neil Intrater
Bryan and Jenny Kearney
Jane Estocin and Pete Klaiber
Geoffrey Klineberg and Ursula Werner
Joseph and Bonny Krenz
Susanne and Richard Leach
Amy Duroska and Richard Leidl in honor of the younger generation
Bill and Beth Loizeaux
Alison Lutz
Laura Martin
Liz McLeod
Mosquito Squad
Tara Nicola
Barnes and Noble
Peter Orvetti
Gloria Pinza and Andy Geoghegan
Liz Russomanno
Lisa Schwartz
The Shusterman Family
Sligo Cafe
Sean Yarup and Rebecca Stearns
Barbara, Larry, and Ben Stone
Ginger South
The Wilder/Taff FamilyAndrew Zvara


​Anonymous (1)
Lee Arbetman
Pascale, Liz, and Cornelius Bronder
Community Crisis Services, Inc.
Darien Cupka
Ewing Hines and Associates Insurance
Lawrence and Jessica Friedman
Patti and Michael Goldman
Deborah and Roscoe Howard
Rosemarie Howe
Intuit Quickbooks
Mike and Pam Kearney
Maura and Jeffrey Leach Family

Bill and Doris Loehning
Susan Mann


The Highwood Theatre wishes to extend a very special thanks to the following people who have contributed extra time and energy to this production:
Toly Yarup, Matthew Nicola, Kevin Kearney, Jason Reid, Alex Nash, Montgomery College, Wendy Brown,

Tip Letsche, St. Patrick's Episcopal Day School, Madison Middleton, Shannon Cole, Robyn Paley, A. Mario Loiederman Middle School

A special shout out to our neighbors in the Atrium Building for their support!


Photography and video/audio recording is strictly prohibited.
© The Highwood Theatre Inc., April 2017

Meg Miller

NEW Art Squared Camp (K - 6th Grade)

Explore applications of arts in the 21st Century - 3D Printing, Digital Music, and More!

Meg Miller


Piano: Kevin Kearney

Guitar: ​Joey Lambert

Bass: Colin Sidley

Bass (Saturdays): ​Knox Barber

Drums: Matt Miller

Drums (Saturdays): ​Arielle Miller

Saxophone: ​Sam Goldberger

Dylan Kaufman (Princeton) is an 11th grader at Albert Einstein High School. This is his 8th show at The Highwood Theatre, having previously appeared as Michael in Tick, Tick...BooM!, the Emcee in Cabaret '98 and Ryan in Crazy Runs in the Family ,in addition to directing Highwood's production of The Importance of Being Earnest. Outside of Highwood, Dylan has played Bobby in Through Childrens' Eyes at the Kennedy Center and Henry in The Skin Of Our Teeth at Albert Einstein High School. He enjoys playing the saxophone and playing baseball in his spare time. An interesting fact about Dylan is that his full name doesn't fit on his license.  "Enjoy the show!"​​

Madison Middleton (Kate Monster)
is an 11th grader at Fusion Academy DC. This is their twenty-second show at The Highwood Theatre, having recently appeared as Susan in Tick Tick… Boom! and Fraulein Schneider in the ‘98 version of Cabaret, in addition to directing Highwood's professional production of 'Night, Mother as part of the Directing Fellowship program. Madison has won first place in the vocal category for the Gaithersburg Young Artists Competition, their play The Requiem won a Silver Key in the Scholastic Arts And Writing Awards, and their one peprson concert "Songs I’m Not Allowed To Sing" will be held at Highwood on May 26th. When they aren’t on stage they like to contemplate the existence of agriculture and its impact on the human race and the planet and urgently paint on walls. One interesting fact about them is their biological father is probably the greek god Apollo. “Is there life outside of this theatre?”                

Philippos Sourvinos (Rod) is a 12th grader at Albert Einstein High School. This is his first Highwood production. He recently appeared in All Shook Up as Dennis as well as Telegraph Boy and Assistant Director in The Skin Of Our Teeth at Albert Einstein High School. He has also been participating in choirs since fifth grade. In his spare time Philippos likes to bake greek pastries and go on hikes with his grandmother. An interesting factabout him is that he was deferred from Princeton University and was waitlisted from Yale. “Slotted spoons don’t hold much soup.”         

Samuel Intrater (Nicky)
 is an 11th grader at Albert Einstein High School. This is his third Highwood production, having previously appeared in You Can’t Take It With You as Grandpa and Monty Python's Spamalot as King Arthur. Outside of Highwood he has also appeared as Chad in All Shook Up, George Antrobus in The Skin Of Our Teeth, and Horton in Seussical at Albert Einstein High School. In his spare time he likes to watch It's Academic and participate in mock trials. One interesting fact about Samuel is that he started doing theatre in ninth grade. "Have a gay old time!”  

William Valdes (Trekkie Monster)
is an 11th grader at Albert Einstein High School. This is his fourth Highwood production, having previously played in the pit band for Gypsy, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Tick, Tick...Boom! Outside of Highwood he has played in the pit band for Seussical and All Shook Up at Einstein High School, played in his school's drumlins, and performed in Lion's Honor Band. Will enjoys playing piano and eating noodles in his free time. One interesting fact about him is that he's never owned more than one pair of shoes at the same time. "Enjoy the show!"

Henry Wiebe (Brian) is an 11th grader at Montgomery Blair High School. This is his second Highwood production, having previously appeared in Cabaret ‘98 as Cliff Bradshaw. Outside of Highwood he has also appeared in Hamlet as Laertes and Much Ado About Nothing as Benedick both at  Blair Theatre. He is also a Lily McKee Fellow at the Folger Shakespeare Library. In his spare time Henry enjoys playing baseball and singing in his school’s accapella group. One interesting fact about him is that his first name isn’t Henry. “Thank you for coming to the show. Enjoy!”                           

Tuyet Gunter (Christmas Eve)
is an 11th grader at Montgomery Blair High School. This is her first Highwood production. Her past credits include Mary-Kate Olsen Is In Love at Studio Theatre, DC and Carrie: The Musical as Chris with Maryland Ensemble Theatre, in addition to performing in the Washington National Opera Children's Chorus three times. In her spare time Tuyet enjoys reading, writing plays, and dancing. An interesting fact about her is that she starred in her first professional production when she was 8. “Enjoy the show and have fun! :)”          

Trey Taylor (Gary Coleman) is a 10th grader at Bethesda Chevy Chase High School (BCC). This is his first Highwood production. Outside of Highwood he has appeared as Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast and in the ensemble of Fiddler on the Roof iat the Sandy Spring Friends School. He has also participated in the Teen Improv Troupe at Imagination Stage. When not onstage Trey enjoys cooking and programming.One interesting fact about him is that he was born on a binary date. (11/10/00) “If you have no idea what’s happening, laugh.”          

Meg Miller (Lucy) is a 9th grader at Blair High School.  This is her second Highwood production, having recently appeared as Junita and Mother Abby in The Musical of Musicals (and will be playing the role of Fraulein Kost this June in Highwood's special production of Cabaret '98). Outside of Highwood she recently finished performing in the ensemble of The Wiz at Blair, played the role of Ranolda in Blair's production of Hamlet, and did multiple productions at Loiederman Middle School in her time there. She enjoys reading plays and listening to music. "Enjoy!"

Yael Kissel (Bad Idea Bear/Newcomer)
is a 9th grader at Northwood High School. This is her seventh Hpr, having recently appeared as Cigar in Gypsy, Miss Dorothy in Thoroughly Modern Millie, and various roles in The Musical of Musicals. She has sung at the Kennedy Center. In her spare time she likes to draw and watch anime. One interesting fact about Yael is that she will be appearing in Highwood's production of Thornton Wilder's The Matchmaker later next month. “Have fun.”        

Joey M. Pennington (Bad Idea Bear/Mrs. T/Ricky)
is an 11th grader at Albert Einstein High School. This is their first show at Highwood. They have appeared as Horatio in Hamlet at Lumina and many other roles in Shakespearean productions. They are also working on their concentration in the visual arts. At age seven she rewrote Star Wars, complete with story boards. In their spare time they like to do digital illustration and animated feature film and classic literature analysis. One interesting fact about Joey is that they hope to open a theater program for LGBT actors after college. “Have a wild ride!"