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Rosemarie Howe
Intuit Quickbooks

: Kelsey Murphy

Costume Design: Tip Letsche and Erika Sparks

Set Design: Kevin Kearney and Toly Yarup

Lighting Design: Simon Ellerbe

Sound Design: Orion Stekoll

Board Operators: Toly Yarup, Orion Stekoll,

Jonah Karp, Kevin Kearney

I Am A Camera is the lesser known predecessor to Cabaret but its importance and relevance is particularly striking in this current political climate. The adventures of Sally Bowles and Christopher Isherwood have become a staple in theatrical history. We invite you along this journey as two friends navigate 1931 Berlin and the people that inhabit it.   

Our production highlights the importance of friendship, particularly in bleak times. It celebrates those who stand up for what they believe in and questions those who choose to stay out of the drama of politics and thus become bystanders to their fellow citizen’s harm. While we are no longer living during a Nazi regime, there are plenty of parallels that can be drawn from the hate found in Nazi Germany to the hate we see today in some parts of the world and sometimes in our own backyards.

Now sit back, grab a Prairie Oyster, and enjoy the show! 

Kelsey Murphy

Rachel Sparks (Natalia Landauer) is a 7th grade homeschool student. This is her twelfth show at Highwood, having previously appeared as Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret (1967 Verison), Prudy in Hairspray and Amy/Sarah in Company. She has also appeared as Beatrice in Highwood’s Much Ado about Nothing, Lady Bracknell in Highwood’s The Importance of Being Earnest and May Revels. She likes to draw and sing. An interesting fact about her is that she has been acting for as long as she can recall. “I have an unhealthy love for potatoes.”

Sydney Acuff

Christopher Brown


Shannon Leach (Sally Bowles) is a 12th grader at School for Tomorrow. This is her thirteenth show at Highwood, having previously appeared as Fraulein Kost in Cabaret (1998 Version), Maria in The Requiem, and Violet Weston in August: Osage County. She’s probably going to finish high school, has only suffered from a number of minor concussions and is popular with dogs. She likes to shuffle and cry. A fun fact about her is that she only has eight toes. “Run for your life from any man who tells you that money is evil. That sentence is the leper’s bell of an approaching looter.”

Cast Bios:

Christopher Brown (Fritz Wendel) is a 10th grader at the Nora School and this is his second show at Highwood, having previously been seen as Herr Schultz in Cabaret (1998 Version). He has completed a marathon in three hours and three minutes. He likes to sit outside the bathrooms with his troops and be vigilant. “The Moon is not a natural planet.”

The basis for the musical Cabaret, I Am A Camera tells the story of Sally Bowles, an elusive woman struggling to adapt to the radical changes taking place in 1931 Berlin. She catches the eye of an unmotivated American writer named Christopher Isherwood, and her adventures with Christopher may just be the focus of his next story. 

I Am A Camera

Edwin Johnson

April 29 - May 1, 2016

by John van Druten, adapted from The Berlin Stories of Christopher Isherwood

Directed by Kelsey Murphy

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Edwin Johnson  (Clive Mortimer) is a 10th grader at Albert Einstein High School. This is his third production at The Highwood Theatre, having recently appeared in Spamalot and as Seaweed in Hairspray. He has performed in Oliver Twist as Bill Sikes as well participating in his school’s production of How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. He was part of Martin Luther King High School’s after school Rock Band program. In his spare time, he likes to play his guitar and act. He aspires to one day become a triple threat as an actor, artist, and musician.

I Am a Camera is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service Inc, New York


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, 

Erika Sparks, Tip Letsche, James Kearney

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


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The Cast


Max Rome (Christopher Isherwood)  is an 11th grader at School for Tomorrow. This is his twelfth show at Highwood, having previously performed as Ernst Ludwig in ‘98 Cabaret, Leland in Requiem and Beverly/Little Charles in August: Osage County. He was in “Pacific Overtures” at The Theatre Lab where he played the Old Man and the Dutch Admiral. He was accepted into Theatre Lab’s Summer Acting Institute for Teens, a month long acting intensive, this summer. He also performed at a benefit for America’s Promise at The Howard Theatre. He likes to read and deconstruct fashion. An interesting fact about him is that he is a vegetarian. “Y’all are beautiful”

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

Director's Note



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Christopher Isherwood: Max Rome

Sally Bowles: Shannon Leach

Fraulein Schneider/Mrs. Watson-Courtneidge: Sydney Acuff

Fritz Wendel: Christopher Brown

Natalia Landauer: Rachel Sparks

Clive Mortimer: Edwin Johnson


Sydney Acuff (Fraulein Schneider/Mrs. Watson-Courtneidge) is an 8th grader from Takoma Park Middle School. This is her second show at Highwood, having previously appeared as Frenchie in Cabaret (1998 Version). She has done shows with ArtStream, a theatre company for people with disabilities. She has done various student productions and she pierced her own ear. She likes to draw on people’s hands and spend quality time with her dog. An interesting fact about her is that she can do the splits. “Thank you for coming and I hope you enjoy it!”

Max Rome

Shannon Leach

The Students' Theatre at The Highwood Theatre presents:

​Patron (cont.)
Susan Mann
The Moorehead Family
Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza
Kay and Gary Stevens

Thomas and Lauren Van Wazer
Pat and Bob Wittie​

Harold Bucholtz

Valerie Cumings
Jim and Sharon Lowe
The Middleton Family
Kenneth and Linda Nicola
Matthew Nicola

Rick and Joanne Rome
The Starr Family
Richard Stroup

Susan Tararico and Michael Sundermeyer

Bryan Taff and Susan Wilder


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