#Highwood Follies

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Elizabeth Allaben and Matthew Chambers
Ellen  Barclay
Conor Cahill
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Linda Cartwright and John Dineen
Arlene Donovan
Helen Dooley and Daniel DeSimone
Wendy Dorman
Valerie and Norm Dubin
The Emerson Family
Andrew Goldman
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
Improbable Comedy
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
Sarah Monnerat
Karen Moran
Mosquito Squad
Tara Nicola
Barnes and Noble
Peter Orvetti
Gloria Pinza and Andy Geoghegan
Theresa Plotkin
Liz Russomanno
Lisa Schwartz
The Shusterman Family
Sligo Cafe
Sean Yarup and Rebecca Stearns
Barbara, Larry, and Ben Stone
Ginger South
The Wilder/Taff Family
Andrew Zvara


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All Set Restaurant and Bar
AmazonSmile Foundation
Lee Arbetman
Pascale, Liz, and Cornelius Bronder
Community Crisis Services, Inc.
Darien Cupka
Ewing Hines and Associates Insurance
Lawrence and Jessica Friedman
David Glietz
Patti and Michael Goldman
Deborah and Roscoe Howard
Rosemarie Howe
Therese and Neil Intrater
Intuit Quickbooks

Mike and Pam Kearney

Coming Up At Highwood


Director: Matthew Nicola

Vocal Director: Ashlee Albertson

Assistant Music Director:​ Connor Crotzer (10th grade)
Costume Design: Tip Letsche

Costume Associate: Paulina Campbell

Hair Design: Madalaina D'Angelo
Lighting Design: Owen Gibson (9th grade)

Sound Design: Simon Ellerbe (6th grade)

Set Design: Fiona Lipczenko (5th grade)

Props Design: Nyahna Johnson (7th grade)
Carpenters: Jade Bartlett-Brooks, Amari Mbongwo (8th grade), Jonah Witte (7th grade)

Lighting Programming: Simon Ellerbe (6th grade), Jonah Witte (6th grade); Eliana Beals-Simon (7th grade)

Sound Board Operator: Toly Yarup

Light Board Operator:​ Simon Ellerbe (6th grade)


Piano/Conductor:  Connor Crotzer (10th grade)

Piano/Percussion: Kevin Kearney

Drum Set: Sammy Kerns (9th grade)

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December 8 - 17

The Students' Theatre at The Highwood Theatre presents...



The Highwood Theatre wishes to extend a very special thanks to the following people who have contributed extra time and energy to this production:
Dylan Kaufman, Toly Yarup, Matthew Nicola, Kevin Kearney, Julia Capizzi, Paulina Campbell, Madalaina D'Angelo, Jade Brooks-Bartlett, Montgomery College,

Wendy Brown, Tip Letsche,Peter Zakutansky, Marcy Ference, Laura Peterson, St. Patrick's Episcopal Day School, Arlene Hillerson, Arnie Litman, The Atrium Building, Bethesda Little Theatre, Alice Smyth

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

#Highwood Follies

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© The Highwood Theatre Inc., November 2017

​Patron (cont.)​​
​Maura and Jeffrey Leach Family

Bill and Doris Loehning
Susan Mann
Shema Mathew
Colleen Meiman
The Moorehead Family
Gena Romanow
John and Rosemary Ryan
Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza
The Stage Lighting Store
Missi Tessier
Wittie Law PLLC

Harold Bucholtz
Valerie Cummings
Duane and Paula Gibson
Jim and Sharon Lowe
Rochelle and Eric Mayer
Holly Middleton
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

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Jeff and Hilary Barker
The Brown Family
The Caplin Foundation
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
Kenneth and Linda Nicola
The Jim and Carol Trawick Foundation
Richard Stroup
Pat and Bob Wittie
Wittie, Letsche, & Waldo LLP
Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge, & Rice

Chuck Levin's Washington Music Center

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
Arlene Hillerson in memory of Robert Hillerson
James Kearney and Karla Letsche
Beneva Schulte and Paul Orzulak
The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County

The Highwood Theatre Would Like To Extend A Special Thanks To Those Who Have Contributed More Than $100 In The Past Two Years

Directed by Matthew Nicola

Andre Parker (Buddy Plummer) is a 7th grader at Loiederman Middle School. This is his 2nd Highwood production, having recently appeared in James and the Giant Peach as Buzz. He has also participated in Fundamentals of Theatre and Beginning Theatre classes at Loiederman and is a member of the National Jr. Thespian Society. In his spare time he enjoys acting, doing art ,and growing plants. One interesting fact about Andre is that he painted a room with his best friend Rosie. "Now open your ears and take in Follies!"

Angel Soriano Lara (Benjamin Stone) is a 9th grader at Northwood High School. This is his 5th Highwood production, having recently appeared as Cinderella's Prince in Into the Woods, Frank Lubey in All My Sons, and Ladahlord in James and the Giant Peach. Outside of Highwood, Angel has appeared as Don Lockwood in Singin' in the Rain at Loiederman Middle School, has performed at The Kennedy Center, Strathmore, and Verizon Center, and is a Loiederman MS Legacy and Chorale Legacy Holder. He enjoys singing barbershop and a cappella music, and likes to play instruments - including clarinet, piano, tenor sax, ukulele, and harmonica. One interesting fact about Angel is that he is a vocal percussionist. "You can do anything as long as you put you and your whole heart in it."

Charlotte Tell (Young Sally) is an 11th Grader at Nora School. This is her 3rd Highwood production, having most recently appeared as Granny in Into the Woods and Agnes/Newsboy/Hotel Manager in Gypsy. In addition to taking voice lessons at Highwood in the past, she has performed in Shrek: The Musical and taken part in classes at Imagination Stage. In her spare time she enjoys singing and walking her dog. One interesting fact about Charlotte is that she is trying to learn the ukulele. "Enjoy the show!"

Delaney Taff (Young Heidi) is an 8th grader at Pyle Middle School. This is her 4th Highwood production, having most recently appeared as Bun Foo in Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Essie in You Can’t Take It With You. One interesting fact about Delaney is that she was cast in the lead role of Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray in her very first production at Highwood. “Enjoy Follies!”

Elena Meiman (Emily Whitman/"Margie") is an 11th grader at Cristian McColith School of Arts and Sciences. This is her 11th Highwood production, having recently appeared as Irene Molly in The Matchmaker, Ruth in Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Sarah in You Can't Take It With You. Outside of Highwood she has performed as Chutney in Legally Blonde and as a Jet Boy in West Side Story at Edmund Burke School, and in her free time she likes to read and write. One interesting fact about Elena is that she can operate a telescope. "Have fun!" 

Ellie Orzulak (Phyllis Rogers Stone) is a 10th Grader at Duke Ellington School. This is her 3rd Highwood production, having recently appeared as Mama Rose in Gypsy and Old Lady in Sunday in the Park with George. Outside of Highwood she has performed as Edith in Loiederman Middle School's production of Pirates of Penzance and Mama Euralie in Once On this Island. Ellie was named Best Actress in a Musical by the National Junior Thespian Society at Loiederman. In her free time Ellie enjoys writing and taking pictures. An interesting fact about her is that she has a cat named Wiggles. "Hey man, slowww down." 

Ian Johnson (Dmitri Weissman/Young Buddy) is an 8th grader at Kings View Middle School. This is his 3rd Highwood production, having previously appeared as Eddie McEwen in The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 and as a featured dancer in Monty Python's Spamalot.  Outside of Highwood he has performed in A Midsummer Night's Dream as Helena and received a Best Supporting Actor Award. In his spare time he enjoys reading and doing math. One interesting fact about Ian is that he can drink water through his nose. "Have a great time!"

Ilana Kissel (Carlotta Campion) is a 6th grader at Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School. This is her 11th Highwood production, having recently appeared as Salome in The Robber Bridegroom, Fritzie/Officer in Cabaret, and Barnaby Tucker in The Matchmaker, among other roles. In her spare time she enjoys art and theatre. "Support Highwood!" 

John Lynch (Roscoe) is an 11th grader at Nora School. This is his 1st Highwood production. Outside of Highwood he has also performed in The Lion King Jr. as Scar. "Thanks for coming, and enjoy!"

Kailey Nothman (Solange/Young Phyllis) is an 8th grader at Pyle Middle School. This is her 5th Highwood production, having most recently appeared as Nikki in The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940, Ermengarde in The Matchmaker, and Priscilla in Thoroughly Modern Millie. Outside of Highwood she has also performed in Alice in Wonderland and in her drama class at school. She likes to ski and play soccer in her spare time. One interesting fact about Kailey is that she is on a ski race team. 'Practice, practice, practice". 

Maulani Tucker (Stella Deems) is a 10th grade homeschooled student. This is her 2nd Highwood production, having previously appeared as The Giant in Into the Woods. In the past she has also done set design and other roles on tech crew at Highwood. One interesting fact about Maulani is that she loves to dance and sing! "Have fun watching the show!"

Porter Orvetti (Theodore Whitman/Young Ben) is an 8th-grade home-schooled student. This is his 7th Highwood production, having recently appeared as Ambrose Kemper in The Matchmaker, Mr. Grayden in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Mr. Kirby in You Can’t Take It With You, and Edna in Hairspray. He does Destination Discovery, diving, and parkour. In his spare time he likes to make stuff and read. One interesting fact about Porter is that he has coached a DI team. “Enjoy!

Rachel Sparks (Heidi Schiller/"Sally') is a 9th grader at Einstein High School. This is her 18th Highwood production, having previously appeared as The Wolf in Into the Woods, Jamie Lockhart in The Robber Bridegroom, Dot/Marie in Sunday in the Park with George, and Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret, among many other roles. In her free time she draws too much and cries over fictional characters. An interesting fact about Rachel is that she has too many hoodies. "Enjoy the show!"

Rosie Orzulak (Sally Durant Plummer) is a 7th grader at Loiederman Middle Shool. This is her 5th Highwood production, having most recently appeared as Mazeppa in Gypsy, Cornelius Hackl in The Matchmaker, and Ethel Peas in Thoroughly Modern Millie. Outside of Highwood she has also performed in Singin' in the Rain at Loiederman and The Lion King Jr.  In her spare time she enjoys singing and acting. One interesting fact about Rosie is that she has been in 11 shows in her lifetime. "I hope you all have fun watching the show!"

Yael Kissel (Hattie Walker) is a 10th grader at Northwood High School.  This is her 11th production at Highwood, having most recently appeared as Milky White in Into the Woods, Clement Musgrove in The Robber Bridegroom, Malachi in The Matchmaker, and a Bad Idea Bear in Avenue Q. She has also performed at The Kennedy Center. In her spare time she enjoys drawing and playing video games. An interesting fact about Yael is that she is a twin. "Have fun!"

Music and Lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM
Produced Originally on Broadway by Harold Prince
Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick
By special arrangement with Cameron Mackintosh 

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



Andre Parker: Buddy Plummer
Angel Soriano Lara:
Benjamin Stone
Charlotte Tell:
Young Sally
Delaney Taff:
Young Heidi 
Elena Meiman:
Emily Whitman/"Margie"
Ellie Orzulak:
Phyllis Rogers Stone
Ian Johnson:
Dmitri Weissman/Young Buddy
Ilana Kissel: Carlotta Campion
John Lynch:
Kailey Nothman:
Solange/Young Phyllis
Maulani Tucker:
Stella Deems
Porter Orvetti:
Theodore Whitman/Young Ben
Rachel Sparks:
Heidi Schiller/"Sally'
Rosie Orzulak:
Sally Durant Plummer
Yael Kissel:
Hattie Walker