Lily Barker

Karenna Warden (Billy, Mr. Jitters, Jutter) is an 8th grader appearing in her first show at Highwood. Karenna has played The Boxer in 101 Dalmations, a Gazelle in The Lion King and Myra in Three Riddles Play. When she isn't performing, Karenna loves to run and play tennis. "Enjoy the performance!"

The glitz and glam of musical theatre comes alive in The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!), the hilarious spoof featuring all your favorite Broadway classics...with a twist! With ever-changing characters and music in the style of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Sondheim, and more, our Musical Theatre Intensive students will delight audiences with the ultimate love letter to Broadway! ​

Yael Kissel (Stage Direction [Scene 1], Abigail von Schtarr, Juny) is a Freshman at Northwood High School performing in her 5th show at Highwood. She has played Wilbur in Hairspray, Edwina in You Can't Take it With You and has appeared in Cabaret as a member of the ensemble. Yael is an artist who enjoys playing video games and drawing. "Have fun!"

Cast Bios:

Ilana Kissel (Jitter, Phantom Jitter) is a 5th grader at The Jewish Primary Day School of the Nation's Capital performing in her 5th Highwood production. Past Highwood credits include Tammy/Mr. Pinky in Hairspray, Emcee in Cabaret and Kolenkhov in You Can't Take It With You and has also been in Spamalot and My Fair Lady elsewhere. Ilana's hobbies include drawing, playing video games and watching Netflix and she has three sisters (two of whom are performing in this show). "Enjoy the show!"

Bella Martin

Ilana Kissel

Sidra Hoffman (Stage Direction [Scene 3], June) is a 7th grader at Sligo Middle School performing in her first Highwood show. She has performed in Sligo's production of Into the Woods and As You Like It at Lumina Studio Theatre. Sidra is an animal lover who enjoys playing different instruments and soccer. "Don't forget to cheer!"


The Highwood Theatre wishes to extend a very special thanks to the following people who have contributed extra time and energy to this production:
Kevin Kearney, Imani Gaston, Matthew Nicola, Orion Stekoll, Sarah Scott, William Lowe, Leora Cherry,

Tip Letsche, Hilary Kacser, St. Patrick's Episcopal Day School, Marcy Ference

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


Photography and video/audio recording is strictly prohibited.
© The Highwood Theatre Inc., July, 2016


The Cast

Megan Miller


Scene 1:
Big Willy: Asa Kienitz-Kincade
June: Sidra Hoffman
Mother Abby: Megan Miller
Jidder: Bella Martin
Stage Direction: Yael Kissel
Scene 2:
Jitter: Ilana Kissel
Jeune: Gabi Martin
Billy: Karenna Warden
Abby: Ayala Kissel
Stage Direction: Lily Barker
Scene 3: 
Abby: Ayala Kissel
Junie Faye: Lily Barker
Mr. Jitters: Karenna Warden
William: Bella Martin

Stage Direction: Sidra Hoffman
Scene 4:
Bill: Asa Kienitz-Kincade
Phantom Jitter: Ilana Kissel
Junita: Megan Miller
Abigail von Schtarr: Yael Kissel
Stage Direction: Gabi Martin
Scene 5:
Jutter: Karenna Warden
Juny: Yael Kissel
Villy: Bella Martin
Fraulein Abby: Lily Barker
Stage Direction: Megan Miller

Yael Kissel

Director:  Matthew Nicola

Musical Director: Kevin Kearney

Choreographer: Imani Gaston

Technical Director: Orion Stekoll

Lighting Design:Gwen Arbetman

Set Design: Owen Gibson

Prop Design: Jason Reid
Costume Design: Tip Letsche
Light Board Operator: Gwen Arbetman
Sound Board Operator: Owen Gibson

The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!)

Karenna Warden

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

Asa Kienetz-Kincade

Bella Martin (Jidder, William, Villy) is a Junior at Dulaney High School and is excited to be performing in her very first show at Highwood! Bella is a longtime dancer, a critic in The Cappies of Baltimore program and has played an evil demon cheerleader in Dulaney High's production of She Kills Monsters. When onstage, Bella enjoys playing unconventional characters and also enjoys writing poetry and thrift shopping. "Have a fabulous time!!"

Lily Barker (Stage Direction [Scene 2], Junie Faye, Fraulein Abby) is a 7th grader at Sligo Middle School performing in her 4th show at Highwood. Past Highwood credits include Kathy in Company, Amber in Hairspray, as well as roles in Into the Woods and Ruddigore elsewhere. Lily loves to play basketball and listen to music. "Hope you love the show!"

​Patron (cont.)
Intuit Quickbooks
Susan Mann
The Moorehead Family
Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza
The Stage Lighting Store
Missi Tessier
Thomas and Lauren Van Wazer
Pat and Bob Wittie

Harold Bucholtz
Valerie Cummings
Jim and Sharon Lowe
The Middleton Family
Kenneth and Linda Nicola
Matthew Nicola
Alfred Pate
Rick and Joanne Rome
The Starr Family
Kay Stevens
Richard Stroup
Susan Talarico and Michael Sundermeyer

Brian Taff and Susan Wilder


Anonymous (1)
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


Asa Kienitz-Kincade (Big Willy, Bill) is a Junior at Sandy Spring Friends School performing in his 4th Highwood production. Past Highwood credits include Jimmy Winter in Nice Work If You Can Get It, David/Paul/Larry in Company and Callahan in Legally Blonde. Asa has also performed in multiple school shows including David and Lisa and Little Shop of Horrors. When Asa is not performing he enjoys talking about politics, playing guitar and ukelele and competing for his school's quiz bowl team.

By Joanne Bogart & Eric Rockwell

Directed by Matthew Nicola



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

Ayala Kissel

The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) is produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. 

Megan Miller (Stage Direction [Scene 5], Mother Abby, Junita) is a Freshman at Blair High School and a member of a National Thespian Society performing in her first Highwood show. She is an avid singer and actor who has performed in multiple shows at Loiederman Middle School including the role of Kate in Alienated and a police officer in The Pirates Penzance. Megan would like the audience to know that she is a vegetarian!


Anonymous (7)
The Adelfio Family
The Callahan Family
Linda and John Corkery
Linda Cartwright and John Dineen
Arlene Donovan
Wendy Dorman
The Emerson Family
David Glietz
Patti and Michael Goldman
Pauline Sobel and Larry Gondelman
The Greene Family
Barbara and Scott Harris
Deborah Hendler and Family
Robert and Phyllis Hoffman
Therese and Neil Intrater
Bryan and Jenny Kearney
Mike and Pam Kearney
Jane Estocin and Pete Klaiber
Geoffrey Klineberg and Ursula Werner
Joseph and Bonny Krenz
Maura and Jeffrey Leach Family
Susanne and Richard Leach
Bill and Doris Loehning
Bill and Beth Loizeaux
Amy Duroska and Richard Leidl in honor of the younger generation
Rochelle and Eric Mayer
Liz McLeod
Colleen Meiman
Mosquito Squad
Barnes and Noble
Peter Orvetti
The Romanow Family
Frank and Betsy Russomanno
Liz Russomanno
John and Rosemary Ryan
The Shusterman Family
Sligo Cafe
Sean Yarup and Rebecca Stearns
Barbara, Larry, and Ben Stone
Ginger South
The Wilder/Taff Family
Andrew Zvara

Anonymous (1)
The Barker Family
Pascale, Liz, and Cornelius Bronder
Community Crisis Services, Inc.
Darien Cupka
Lawrence and Jessica Friedman
Rosemarie Howe

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The Students' Theatre at The Highwood Theatre presents:

Ayala Kissel (Abby) is a Freshman at Northwood High School making her Highwood debut. Ayala has participated in dance shows and is a member of a choral group that participated and won a competition at Hershey Park! Ayala loves to draw and play video games and has a twin who is also performing in this show! "I really hope you enjoy the show!"

Highwood's two-week Musical Theatre Intensive program gives a small group of students, grades 7-12, the opportunity to mimic a professional theatre structure and prepare a full-length musical in a condensed, intense rehearsal process. It was a pleasure working with ten talented students to create, stage, and rehearse a hysterical musical spoof - The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) by Joanne Bogart and Eric Rockwell. Our cast and crew have worked tirelessly for the past two weeks in preparation for opening weekend, learning in-depth knowledge about the craft of musical theatre along the way.

Week 1 consisted of choreography, music, and scene work, acting training, and a dialect master class by a DC professional actress. In addition, students participated in character, improv, and theatrical movement workshops and experimented with various theatrical techniques to enhance their physical and vocal expressions. Week 2 continued the speedy rehearsal process and by mid-week, we transitioned to tech rehearsals, where students worked onstage with lights, sound, and set pieces.  By the end of the week, our show is ready for audiences to enjoy!

On behalf of the cast and crew of The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!), we thank you for coming and invite you to grab a snack, sit back, and enjoy a musical about your favorite musicals. 

Matthew Nicola, Artistic Director

Sidra Hoffman

Gabi Martin (Stage Direction [Scene 4], Jeune) is a Junior at Dulaney High School performing at Highwood for the first time. She has played a wolf and a napkin in a production of Beauty and the Beast and has been dancing and performing in recitals for twelve years. Gabi is an artist of many disciplines including drawing, painting and (of course) dance. "Enjoy the show!"

Highwood's Summer Musical, Sunday in the Park With George, will be the last show of our 2015-2016 season! The five performance run opens Friday, July 29th at 7:30PM and will run through Sunday night with shows on Saturday, July 30th at 2PM and  7:30PM and Sunday, July 31st at 2PM and 7PM! Get your tickets here!

Gabi Martin