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


Rosie Orzulak

Hellen De Oliveira

Larisa Jeffers

Rose: Ellie Orzulak

Louise: Jordan Smith

June/Showgirl/Renée: Talia Silber

Herbie: Nathan Hillman

Baby June/Stagehand/Gail: Larisa Jeffers

Baby Louise/Waiter/Stagehand/Conductor: Raizy Moshinsky

Angie/Tessie Tura/Showgirl: Simone Kimelman-Block

Newsboy/Mr. Goldstone/Mazeppa/Showgirl: Rosie Orzulak

L.A./Electra: Ilana Kissel

Newsboy/Mr. Kringelein/Agnes: Charlotte Tell

Uncle Jocko/Miss Cratchitt/Marjorie May/Phil: Raviv Levone

Weber/Newsboy/Dolores/Showgirl: Natalie Glasser

Tulsa/Stagehand/Announcer: Mason Lipczenko

 Yonkers/Dream Dancer/Thelma: Hellen De Oliveira

Balloon Girl/Newsboy/Cigar/Bourgeron-Cochon: Yael Kissel

Nathan Hillman


(in alphabetical order)


Natalie Glasser

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

Ellie Orzulak

The Students' Theatre at The Highwood Theatre presents:

A Musical Fable, Book by Arthur Laurents

Music by Jule Styne      Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Suggested by memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee

Original Production by David Merrick & Leland Hayward

Entire production originally directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins

Directed by Matthew Nicola

Yael Kissel


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, Ryan Salomon, Jason Reid, Montgomery College, Wendy Brown,

Tip Letsche, Emily Long, Erika Sparks, Marcy Ference, Jayne Letsche, St. Patrick's Episcopal Day School, Madison Middleton, Shannon Cole, Robyn Paley, A. Mario Loiederman Middle School, Chuck Levin's Washington Music Center

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


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© The Highwood Theatre Inc., March 2017

Ellie Orzulak (Rose) is a 9th grader at Duke Ellington School of the Arts. This is her second Highwood production, having previously appeared as the Old Lady/Harriet in Sunday in the Park with George. Outside of Highwwood she performed in Loiederman's production of Once on this Island as Mama Euralie and in Pirates of Penzance. She enjoys writing and directing in her free time. An interesting fact about Ellie is that she won Best Actress in a Musical from the National Thespian Society for her performance in Pirates of Penzance. "Everything's coming up roses!"

Natalie Glasser (Weber/Newsboy/Dolores/Showgirl) is a 9th grader Einstein High School. This is her first Highwood production. Outside of Highwood she does gymnastics and has performed in Gloves at Doom at Lumina as well as a school talent show. She enjoys singing and acting. An interesting fact about Natalie is that she likes makeup a lot. "Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself."

Ilana Kissel (L.A./Electra) is a 5th grader at Jewish Primary Day School. This is her sixth Highwood production, having appeared as Jitter/Phantom Jitter in The Musical of Musicals, Kolenkov in You Can't Take It With You, and the Emcee in Cabaret '67. She likes drawing and acting. An interesting fact about Ilana is that she's 5"3. "Enjoy the show!"

Charlotte Tell (Newsboy/Mr. Kringelein/Agnes)is a 10th grader at Nora School. This is her first Highwood production. She has also participated in Highwood's summer camp, in addition to performing as the Pied Piper in Shrek: The Musical and Amazing Maurce & His Educated Rodents. She enjoys volunteering at a shelter and singing. An interesting fact about Charlotte is that she's done voiceovers for an online video game. "Enjoy the show! :)"

Simone Kimelman-Block (Angie/Tessie Tura/Showgirl)
is a sixth grader at Takoma Park Middle School. This is her sixth Highwood production, having recently appeared as Muzzy in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Sally Bowles in Cabaret '67, Marta in Company. In her spare time she enjoys singing and acting. Simone is currently adapting a book into a show. "Beans and gravy."

Rosie Orzulak (Newsboy/Mr. Goldstone/Mazeppa/Showgirl) is a sixth grader at Loiederman Middle School. This is her third Highwood production, having previously appeared as Etheal Peas in Thoroughly Modern Millie and James and the Giant Peach. Outside of Highwood she has also performed as Fiona in Shrek at Camp Kiniya and Queen Sirabi in The Lion King Jr. at Somerset Elementary School. She likes singing and painting. "I really hope you enjoy the show!"

Mason Lipczenko (Tulsa/Stagehand/Announcer) is a 7th grader at Loiederman Middle School. This is his second Highwood production, having previously appeared as James in James and the Giant Peach. Outside of Highwood he has performed as Banzai in The Lion King Jr. at Blake High School and Mike Teavee in Willy Wonka Jr. at KAT 2nd Stage. In his spare time he enjoys playing basketball and videogames. Mason is almost a black belt in karate. "Thank you for all of your support!"

Raizy Moshinsky (Baby Louise/Waiter/Stagehand/Conductor)is a 2nd grader at Kemp Mill Montessori School. This is her first Highwood production. She has previously participated in Highwood's summer camp and is now excited to play Baby Louise. "Have fun!"


Tech Crew Intensive (4th - 12th Grade)

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

Talia Silber

Mason Lipczenko

Welcome to The Highwood Theatre and our production of the landmark American musical, Gypsy!

As you will quickly understand, one of the reasons Gypsy is so widely performed and continues to be revived every few years on Broadway is the powerhouse book and superb music.  We smile, laugh, and cry at the story before us - all within the span of 2.5 hours.  We learn that there are Roses, Junes, Herbies, Louises, and Tulsas in the real world.  The show is a powerful reflection of how the decisions we make can have damaging consequences for our loved ones and for ourselves. 

Our talented student cast has put so much hard work and time into this challenging piece, and we hope you walk away today experiencing the same joy and love for this piece that we felt throughout the rehearsal process.
Curtain up and light the lights! It's showtime. 

-Matthew Nicola, Director of Gypsy  

Simone Kimelman-Block

Artist in Training (7th - 12th Grade)

Learn more about theatre while helping to

teach others!

Raizy Moshinsky

Take a peek into the of world of Gypsy: 

Raviv Levone


There's something for everyone:

  • After-School Production of "The Matchmaker"; Flexible Rehearsal Schedule; Grades 4 - 12
  • Improvisation Class, Thursdays from 6 - 8 PM; Grades 4-12. 
  • Home School Shakespearean Stage Combat, Fridays from 11 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Tech Crew, Mondays from 6-8:30 PM and Saturdays from 12-2:30 PM
  • Private Lessons (Students and Adults)​

Ilana Kissel


​Director: Matthew Nicola

Music Director:  Ashlee Albertson

Music Arrangements:  Kevin Kearney

Xylophone: ​Will Valdes

Technical Director:  Toly Yarup

Stage Manager:  Jonah Witte
Costume Design: Tip Letsche
Set Design:  Jonah Witte, Owen Gibson, Kevin Kearney
Lighting Design:  Maulani Tucker
Prop Design:  Jason Reid

Light Board Operator: Owen Gibson

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

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

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

Curtain up, light the lights! Based on the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, Gypsy recounts the life of the legendary stage mother, Madame Rose, and her brazen pursuit of fame for her two daughters. She dreams of their future on the stage and refuses to take “no” for an answer, despite the waning popularity of vaudeville. Often hailed as one of the greatest American musicals ever made, Gypsy offers a classic score by Jule Styne and an often hilarious, yet heartbreaking depiction of the price of stardom for one family.  


is presented by arrangement with


560 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York, 10022

​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

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

Charlotte Tell

Summer Musical(4th - 12th Grade)

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

Director's Note

Registration is Open for Summer 2017!

Jordan Smith

Applications for our2017-2018 Student Directing Fellowship are COMING SOON! The program gives a small number of students each year the opportunity to propose, plan, and direct a production within Highwood’s Students’ Theatre. Learn what it takes to be a successful director in a professional, collaborative environment. 

Hellen De Oliveira (Yonkers/Dream Dancer/Thelma) is an eighth grader at Loiederman Middle School. This is her third Highwood production, having previously appeared as George Deever in All My Sons and as the Dance Captain for James and the Giant Peach. Outside of Highwood she has also performed as a Police Officer in Loiederman's production of Pirates of Penzance and in Loiederman's Sr. Dance Company/Advanced Dance program. She enjoys acting and dancing. An interesting fact about Hellen is that this is her third musical. "Practice makes permanent habits!"

Raviv Levone (Uncle Jocko/Miss Cratchitt/Marjorie May/Phil) is a 10th grader at Einstein High School. This is her second Highwood production, having recently appeared as Millie in Thoroughly Modern Millie. Outside of Highwood she has performed in a talent show where she won best voice and in a dance class at her school. She enjoys watching TV and being in musicals. An interesting fact about about Raviv is that she lived in Brazil for 2.5 years. "Let us entertain you!"

Talia Silber (June/Showgirl/Renée) is an 8th grader at Loiederman Middle School. This is her second Highwood production, having recently appeared in James and the Giant Peach. Outside of Highwood she has performed in Bye Bye Birdie and in Charming Billie. She enjoys singing and dance. An interesting fact about Talia is that she's lived in 3 different states (one was Canada). "I'm so excited to be here!"

Nathan Hillman (Herbie) is a 6th grader at Loiederman Middle School. This is his third Highwood production, having appeared in Thoroughly Modern Millie as the Cop/Dishwasher and the Earthworm in James and the Giant Peach. He likes acting and playing sports in his spare fact. An interest fact about Nathan is that Gypsy is his 3rd ever show. "Sit back, relax, and enjoy!"

Yael Kissel (Balloon Girl/Newsboy/Cigar/Bourgeron-Cochon)is a 9th grader at Northwood School. This is her sixth Highwood production, having recently appeared as Miss Dorothy in Thoroughly Modern Millie, in The Musical of Musicals, and You Can't Take It With You. In her spare time she enjoys playing video games and drawing. "Enjoy!"

Larisa Jeffers (Baby June/Stagehand/Gail) is a 2nd grader at East Silver Spring Elementary School. This is her first Highwood production. Outside of Highwood she has performed as Trixie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at Round House Theatre, and attended Round House and Blue Lake Fine Arts camps. In her spare time she enjoys reading, creating art, and doing athletic stuff. An interesting fact about Larisa is that she plays the violin. "Enjoy the show!"

Jordan Smith (Louise) is an 8th grader at Loiederman Middle School. This is her third Highwood production, having previously appeared in Thoroughly Modern Millie, James and the Giant Peach, and A Night in the Theatre. Outside of Highwood she also performed in Loiederman's production of Pirates of Penzance. She enjoys singing, acting, and drawing in her spare time. "Enjoy the show!"