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Rachel Sparks ('67)

Julia Sparks (Ernst/Gorilla) is a 4th grader at Pine Crest Elementary School and this is her first Highwood production. She was in Roundhouse Theatre’s production of The 3.2. as Cat Warrior. She won the Spelling Bee in 3rd and 4th grade and was voted by her class for an Acting Award. She likes to act and draw. An interesting fact about her is that she loves being the center of attention! “Geniessen Sie die Vorstellung! (That means Enjoy the Show in German!)”

Thea Woehr (Fraulein Kost) is a 5th grader at Sligo Creek Elementary School. She has won gymnastic medals at school, has taken classes with the Revals, and participates in lots of after school programs like art, choir, theatre, ballet and cooking. She likes to do gymnastics and art. She has been in a lot of the school concerts that they do each year. “Dear audience (parents), I hope you have a pleasant time at our show! Thank you very much!”

Sydney Acuff (Fritzie/Sailor/Gorilla) is an 8th grader from Takoma Park Middle School and this is her first show at Highwood. She has previously appeared as the Storyteller in Shrek the Musical at Takoma Park Middle School. She won an award for a painting she did in 6th grade and she’s done the splits. She likes to dance and party. An interesting fact about her is that she is a vegetarian. “Thanks for coming and supporting local theatre!”

Rachel Sparks (Fraulein Schneider) is a 7th grade home school student and this is her tenth Highwood production. She was previously seen as Prudy/Gym Teacher in Hairspray, Amy in Company and Duchess in Nice Work if You Can Get It. She likes to act and sing. An interesting fact about her is that she can play a song from Lord of the Rings on the recorder. “Pineapples!”

CABARET (1998 Revival Version)
Book by Joe Masteroff
Based on the play by John Van Druten and
Stories by Christopher Isherwood
Music by John Kander  |  Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Co-directed and Choreographed by Rob Marshall
Directed by Sam Mendes

The Students' Theatre at The Highwood Theatre presents:

Leora Cherry (Helga/Max/Chanteuse) is an 11th grader at School For Tomorrow and this is her tenth production at Highwood. She was last seen as Lady of the Lake in Spamalot, Edwin Drood in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and Lola/Sister/Others in Damn Yankees.  She also appeared as Lucy in You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown and Chiffon in Little Shop of Horrors. She attended Maryland Summer Center for the Arts. She likes to act and read. An interesting fact about her is that she knows how to knit. “Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome!”

Liat Levone (Herr Schultz) is a 5th grader at Sligo Creek Elementary School and this is her second production at Highwood. She was last seen as Brenda in Highwood’s production of Hairspray. She also played the Lioness in her school play of The Lion King in French. She likes to play with her friends and sing, dance and act. A fun fact about her is that she lived in Rio, Brazil for 2 and a half years. “Enjoy yourself and enjoy the show!”

Yael Kissel ('67)

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Dylan Kaufman ('98)

Madison Middleton (Fraulein Schneider/Rosie) ​​is a 10th grader at School for Tomorrow. She’s participated in countless Highwood productions since 2011, having recently appeared as Corny Collins in Hairspray, Chairman/William Cartwright in Edwin Drood and Ivy in August: Osage County. Her play, The Requiem, premiered at Highwood as part of the city-wide Women’s Voices Theatre Festival. She worked with Stephen Schwartz in Children of Eden with Young Artists of America at Strathmore and was directed by Randy Baker in Museum in TheatreLab’s Acting Institute for Teens. She likes to fly over DC on a dragon and learn fiddle tunes with her radiant, beaded friend. An interesting fact about her is that she is an aspiring drag king. “Bleibe, reste, stay!”

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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:
Toly Yarup, Matthew Nicola, Sarah Scott, Orion Stekoll, Kelsey Murphy, Montgomery College, St. Patrick's Episcopal Day School,

Marcy Ference, Tip Letsche, Erika Sparks, James Kearney, Chap Letsche, Jayne Letsche, Emilie Long, 

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


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Christopher Brown (Herr Schultz/Bobby) is a 10th grader at Nora School and this is his first Highwood production. He was on crew for NSNVA’S The Laramie Project, sound for Whiteman’s Catch Me If You Can and did sound design for Seussical. He likes to play music and write. “Have a wonderful time!”

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1967 Version

Drums: Christopher Brown
Keyboard: Kevin Kearney
Bass: Colin Sidley

Violin: Keelin Quirk

1998 Version

Keyboard: Kevin Kearney

Bass: Colin Sidley

Drums: Sean Sidley (Fri/Sat), Owen Greene (Sun)

Alto Sax: ​Idrissa Sidibe

Cello: Tabia Karmiti Gaston

Bassoon: Dylan Kaufman

Alto Sax: Henry Wiebe

Banjo: Madison Middleton

Guitar: Christopher Brown

Percussion: Sydney Acuff, Shannon Leach, Max Rome,

Leora Cherry, Ally Peek

Toly Yarup ('67); Matthew Nicola ('98)

Choreographer: Darren Rabinowitz ('67); Imani Gaston ('98)

Music Director: Kevin Kearney

Stage Manager: Kelsey Murphy

Costume Design: Tip Letsche and Erika Sparks

Set Design: Toly Yarup, Kevin Kearney, Matthew Nicola
Lighting Design: Simon Ellerbe ('67); Kevin Kearney ('98)
Prop Design: Kelsey Murphy

Sound Design: Toly Yarup

Light Board Operator: Simon Ellerbe ('67); Orion Stekoll ('98) 

Sound Board Operator: ​Orion Stekoll and Jonah Witte ('67); Toly Yarup ('98)

Student Tech Crew: Simon Ellerbe, Jonah Karp, Matthew Siff, Jonah Witte

Dylan Kaufman (Emcee) ​is a 10th grader from Albert Einstein High School and this is his fifth Highwood production. He was previously seen in the ensemble of Spamalot, Young AJ in Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson and Ryan in Crazy Runs in the Family. He has also appeared as Ensemble in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying at AEHS, Bobbie in Through Children’s Eyes at Kennedy Center and Lefue in Beauty and the Beast at TPMS. He likes to play baseball and play alto saxophone. An interesting fact about him is that he lived in Turkey. “Enjoy the show!”

Christopher Brown ('98)

Henry Wiebe ('98)

Henry Wiebe (Cliff Bradshaw/Victor) is a 10th grader from Montgomery Blair High School and this is his first show at Highwood. He has previously appeared as Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing at Blair Theater, Black Dog in Treasure Island at Blair Theatre and Gaston in Beauty and the Beast at TPMS. He likes to play baseball and snowboard. An interesting fact about him is that he played the alto saxophone in his school’s jazz band. “Enjoy the Show!”

It’s 1931 in Berlin, Germany and the flashy, glittering Kit Kat Klub is in full swing when young American writer Cliff Bradshaw arrives. Cliff’s friends – including the mysterious singer Sally Bowles – must all find a way to navigate the uncertain future, or just try to ignore it. ​

Max Rome (Ernst Ludwig/Hans) is an 11th grader at School for Tomorrow and this is his thirteenth production at Highwood. His previous shows at Highwood include Leland in Reqiuem, Little Charles/ Beverly in August:Osage County and Ensemble in Edges. He has also appeared as Old Man/Dutch Ambassador in Pacific Overtures, Duke Orsino in Twelfth Night, and Director of Little Shop of Horrors. He likes to read and jam out to music. An interesting fact about him is that he has a birth mark shaped like a gingerbread person. “All bodies are beauuuutiful!”

Ally Peek (Sally Bowles) is a 10th grader from Bethesda Chevy Chase High School and this is her second Highwood production. She was previously seen as Jean in August: Osage County. She has also appeared as Maureen in Rent at Truly Horrfies, Penelope Pennywise in Urinetown at Imagination Stage, Storyteller in Pacific Overtures at Theatre Lab. She likes to write poetry and play tetris. An interesting fact about her is that she has published a book of poems, “Things I Keep Under My Bed”, available on Amazon. “Enjoy the show!”  

Ellie Sparks ('67)


1967 Version

Emcee: Ilana Kissel

Sally Bowles: Simone Kimelman-Block

Cliff Bradshaw: Ellie Sparks

Fraulein Schneider: Rachel Sparks

Herr Schultz: Liat Levone
Fraulein Kost: Thea Woehr
Ernst Ludwig/Gorilla: Julia Sparks

Officer/Sailor/Waiter: Yael Kissel

1998 Version

Emcee: Dylan Kaufman

Sally Bowles: Ally Peek

Cliff Bradshaw: Henry Wiebe

Fraulein Schneider: Madison Middleton

Herr Schultz: Christopher Brown

Fraulein Kost: Shannon Leach

Ernst Ludwig/Hans: Max Rome

Helga/Max/Chanteuse: Leora Cherry

Fritzie/Sailor/Gorilla: Sydney Acuff

Ally Peek ('98)

Thea Woehr ('67)

Willkommen, Bienvenue, and Welcome to The Kit Kat Klub at The Highwood Theatre!

The casts of both the '67 and '98 versions are so proud to be able to present to you the classic musical Cabaret, originally written by Joe Masteroff and composed by the legendary duo John Kander and Fred Ebb.

Unlike most musicals, Cabaret has undergone an amazing amount of transformation and reconstructing since its original production in 1967 - from music to dialogue and stylistic vision. The characters have become such an iconic part of the musical theatre canon - and the story so rich in substance and incredible music - that one can't help but see how the piece could be interpreted so differently over the years. Nevertheless, we felt it necessary to offer all our students at Highwood the opportunity to participate in two unique productions of Cabaret - the original 1967 version and more edgy 1998 revival - and for them to experience firsthand just how similar material can be be interpreted in such unique ways. More importantly, we wanted to share the same love for the musical that we have - and its continued relevance in its themes of ignorance and discrimination - so we strongly encourage seeing both versions if possible.

We hope you will be able to leave your troubles outside, sit back and relax, and experience the power of Cabaret!​

Matt and Toly

Simone Kimelman-Block (Sally Bowles) is a 5th grader at Jewish Primary Day School and this is her third production at Highwood. She was last seen as Lou Ann/Matron in Hairspray and Marta in Company. She has also appeared as Narrator in Joseph and the Multi-Colored Dreamcoat, received an honorable mention, and is on the swim team. She likes to sing and act. An interesting fact about herself is that she always says what’s on her mind and has no shame. “Have fun!!!!”

Ilana Kissel (Emcee) i​s a fourth grader at the Jewish Primary Day School. This is her third production at The Highwood Theatre, having recently appeared as Tammy/Mr. Pinky in Hairspray and Bedevere/Ms. Galahad in Spamalot. In the past, she has appeared in a production of My Fair Lady. Her hobbies include drawing and acting. An interesting fact about her is that she can speak Hebrew. "Hope you enjoy the show!" 



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Liat Levone ('67)

Simone Kimelman-Block ('67)

Max Rome ('98)

Sydney Acuff ('98)

Toly Yarup

Yael Kissel (Officer/Sailor/Waiter) is an 8th grader at Col E. Brooke Lee Middle School and this is her third Highwood production. She was previously seen as Wilber in Hairspray and Patsy in Spamalot. She was also seen in My Fair Lady. She likes to play video games and do art. An interesting fact about her is that she is awesome. “Have fun!”

Ilana Kissel ('67)

'67 Version

Directors' Note

Shannon Leach ('98)

Cast Bios


Shannon Leach (Fraulein Kost/Lulu) is a 12th grader at School for Tomorrow and this is her eighth Highwood production. She was previously seen in The Requiem, August: Osage County, and The Man Who Came to Dinner. She has also appeared as Diana in Next to Normal and played violin in August. She self-published a book of long form interviews with Eva Silverman titled "Verbal Blinders". She likes to catcall men and practice various forms of pseudoscience. An interesting fact about her is that she plans to dismantle the patriarchy. "Property is theft"- Karl Marx

Ellie Sparks (Cliff Bradshaw) is a 7th grader at Eastern Middle School and this is her second Highwood production. She was last seen as Cookie/Bubble Girl in Nice Work if You Can Get it. She has taken class at Roundhouse Theatre and she likes to draw and sing. An interesting fact about her is that she can knit, needlepoint and crochet. “Enjoy the show!”

​CABARET (1967 Version)
Book by Joe Masteroff
Based on the play by John Van Druten and
Stories by Christopher Isherwood
Music by John Kander  |  Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Broadway production directed by Harold Prince
Produced for the Broadway Stage by Harold Prince

Matthew Nicola


Leora Cherry ('98)

Julia Sparks ('67)

Madison Middleton ('98)

March 11 - 13, 2016

March 18 - 20, 2016

Directed by Toly Yarup ('67 Version) and Matthew Nicola ('98 Version)

'98 Version