Highwood Theatre Opens 2017-2018 Student Season with Sondheim’s Follies

“An ambitious and challenging piece rarely - if ever - performed by students”

The Highwood Theatre opens its 2017-2018 season with a concert version of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies, based on a group of Weismann Follies showgirls who reunite one last time before the theater they once performed at is torn down. The showgirls and their partners are forced to confront their regrets and challenges with current lives and relationships. The show includes an exceptionally talented 15-person student cast ranging from 7th to 11th grades.

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Artistic Director Matthew Nicola explains: “We are tremendously excited about this production of Follies. In particular, the staging as an intimate concert production will not only the strip the piece down to its emotional core, but also bring the characters’ emotional plights within feet of the audience. This is an ambitious...

The Highwood Theatre's 2017-2018 Season

Off Your Rocker: Redefining and Defying the Status Quo was specifically designed to spotlight plays and musicals that challenge societal conventions and norms.

The Highwood Theatre is proud to announce Off Your Rocker: Redefining and Defying the Status Quo, the theatre’s most ambitious season to date. With seven musicals and six plays, the decision to spotlight shows built around defying norms comes at a time when it is especially important for audiences to consider different ways of thinking.  

The selection of shows stems from Highwood’s mission of building community through theatre and giving everyone a voice in the theatre they produce, comprising a full season of student productions for grades 4-12 and three professional productions. It will offer unparalleled opportunities to Highwood’s students and professionals, from staging Highwood’s first professional musical in three years to bringing acclaimed Broadway performer Nick Blaemire and 34-time world


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Students invited to audition for a conservatory-style, professional theatre experience in The Highwood Theatre’s Year-Long Production
Two Audition Dates:  August 30 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and September 5 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at The Highwood Theatre in downtown Silver Spring

​On Wednesday, August 30, and Tuesday, September 5, The Highwood Theatre will hold auditions for their Year-Long Production - the latest addition to their full season of student and professional programming.

The Year-Long Production is a conservatory-style program designed to offer an intensive training experience for performers in grades 7-12. Beginning in September and running through the performances in June 2018, the Year-Long Production is intended to give participants a conservatory-style production experience in a professional theatre environment, providing a chance to delve deeper into the material, and including Master Classes and instruction by extremely accomplished artists.


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Highwood Received Distinguished Service Award
Highwood Receives Award for Distinguished Service to Public Education from the Montgomery County Board of Education

This May, Highwood was honored to receive the award for Distinguished Service to Public Education from the Montgomery County Board of Education.   We started our Highwood at School branch four years ago with the goal of providing support to the drama and theatre teachers throughout Montgomery, Prince George’s, and Fairfax Counties, and DC.  Working in over 35 schools this year, we believe in the power of theatre as a key component of a child’s education - theatre reinforces concepts learned in traditional classes, teaches students how to collaborate and take responsibility for their actions, and pushes students to take risks and step outside of their comfort zones. We appreciate the work of all of the teachers and administrators we work with, and look forward to strengthening and building many more partnerships in the years to come.


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Highwood Expansion Update
Campaign to Expand Local Art Incubator Efforts in DMV Area Achieves First Fundraising Goal 

Highwood Theatre’s 2017 Creating Our Future ​campaign met its first fundraising goal, receiving over $50,000.00 in donations in the first quarter of the campaign (through December 31, 2016). The Creating Our Future campaign is a three-phased project that was designed to expand the theater’s local art incubator efforts by doubling the size of its existing performance venue and other work spaces in downtown Silver Spring. 

Ultimately, the Creating Our Future campaign will raise a total of $150,000 for renovating the Highwood space including: 
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Highwood Presents a New and Exciting Summer Program - Art Squared
Exploring Modern, Relevant Applications of The Arts for grades K-6

Art Squared has something for everybody! And, on Saturday, March 4th at Highwood’s Summer Programs Open House from 11 AM - 2 PM, you can learn all about it!

  • Meet the Staff
  • See Demonstrations
  • Register On-Site
  • Free Food and Drinks
  • Raffles to Win Free Tuition and Tickets

Take a look inside this exciting new program coming to Highwood this summer! 
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Highwood Theatre Expanding
Announces Campaign to Expand Local Art Incubator Efforts with Affordable Rehearsal and Performance Studio in Silver Spring Area

Highwood Theatre’s 2017 Creating Our Future campaign is a three-phased project designed to expand the theater’s local art incubator efforts by doubling the size of its existing performance venue and other work spaces in downtown Silver Spring. With the addition of a larger theatre welcoming twice the number of audience members, a brand-new workshop, a second rehearsal room, and improvements in functionality of its current space, Highwood will expand its arts programming and be able to serve thousands more students, families, and schools in the DMV area.

Executive Director Kevin Kearney stated, “Highwood is thrilled to be able to expand so dramatically this year and offer the DMV area a fully integrated campus that will support the arts community and local artistic projects as well as welcome thousands more students and ... Read More

Thoroughly Modern Millie Opens in Highwood's New Theatre

After months learning jazzy music, complex choreography, and creating hysterical characters, Highwood's student Production Company is ready to open the fall musical Thoroughly Modern Millie this weekend! This production has a record-breaking number of cast members at a whopping 24 talented student participants. But that's not the only history-making aspect of this show.

Opening night will officially inaugurate Highwood's new, 70-seat theatre with it's first performance. Complete with an expanded workshop, classroom, and box office, this new theatre space would not be possible without the generosity of our supporters, so we are thrilled to present it in just a few days!
A few tickets to Thoroughly Modern Millie are still available, so buy them here before they're gone!"

Big Changes are Coming to Highwood!

We are so excited to officially announce that The Highwood Theatre will DOUBLING in size! 

We will be expanding to new space in our current building and will be making additions that will include a new 70-seat black box theatre, a larger tech workshop, dressing rooms and an updated rehearsal room. 

There is a lot of work to do before these spaces will be available, so we need YOUR help!  We need to raise $50,000 by the end of December to fund initial renovations to make the space usable for our production of Thoroughly Modern Millie. 

Please click here to learn more about the campaign, renovation plans and how to support this next step in Highwood's history.

A Sneak Peek at Highwood's Season

Our 2016-2017 Season is about to start, and we have some fantastic productions, classes and studio events planned for this coming year! We will be announcing our full season of mainstage and studio shows soon, but if you can't wait to get the latest scoop, we've got the low down on how you can get a sneak peek at our coming season!

First, join us at The Kennedy Center's Millennium Sta​ge on September 3rd from 1:00 - 2:30 pm for the 15th annual Page-to-Stage Festival where students from Highwood and Loiederman Middle School will perform a collection of short scenes, monologues, songs, and previews of the upcoming season!

Then, on Saturday, September 17th from 1:00 - 3:00 pm, be sure to stop by Highwood's theatre space for a Back-to-School Open House! Families will get to meet the directors and teachers for this year's coming programs, as well as see our space and enjoy some refreshments. 

Both events are FREE, so mark your calendars to kick off your Fall with Highwood!

Wrapping up the 2015-2016 Season!

Wrapping up Summer and gearing up for Fall is one of the most exciting times of the year! Our Summer Musical Sunday in the Park with George is our grand finale production for the 2015-2016 season, and at the Sunday matinee performance on July 31st, we will be announcing next year's Mainstage Season of shows! 

In addition to that, July 31st is the end of our fiscal year, and we are only $5,885 short of this year's fundraising goal. If you feel that Highwood has touched your life, please consider donating any amount you can. What we do would be impossible without YOUR support!

Finally, registration is now open for our Fall Productions, Classes, Private Lessons and Tech Crew! We have an exciting After School Dance class on Thursday evenings, a Home School Shakespeare class on Friday mornings, Tech Crew meetings two days a week, and Private Lessons that fit right into your schedule! We are so excited to be kicking off the 2016-2017 season of shows and programs, and we look forward to having you along for the ride!

First Summer Show Opens!

The weather is sizzling and so are our Summer Camps! Over the last two weeks, Highwood has been abuzz with activity as the Tech Crew Intensive campers hang lights, build sets, design sound effects and learn to work as a team to bring a production to life. They even went on a field trip to Home Depot to find and purchase their building supplies! 

Meanwhile, our Acting Intensive campers have been hard at work memorizing lines, developing their characters and sharpening their acting skills through various exercises. The young actors received a Master Class in diction and dialects, as well as workshops in body movement and stage make-up, giving them a well-rounded theatre experience! 

Tonight, the Acting Intensive production A Night in the Theatre opens, and audiences will get to see how much time, effort and creativity our acting and tech campers have put into this hilarious show. Buy tickets now to support these amazingly talented students!

Summer Season Announced!


The Highwood Theatre is thrilled to announce its Summer Season of productions to be performed by members of the Students' Theatre. The first show will be A Night in the Theatre by Lawrence Casler, and it will be produced by students in the brand new Acting Intensive program. The following show will be the Musical Theatre Intensive's production Musical of Musicals by Joanne Bogart and Eric Rockwell. We will wrap up our season with the Summer Musical, Sunday in the Park with George by Stephen Sondheim.

There are still spots available for students to register to join the casts of these three great productions! Visit our website to learn more!

Goodbye, School Year... Hello, Summer!!

This weekend, our Students' Theatre will perform the final play of the school year, You Can't Take It With You. Additionally, our Home School Improv Class has its final showcase next Wednesday; and last Friday, we enjoyed the last Fine Arts Night of the season. 

All of our amazing student programs are wrapping up for the school year, and we are gearing up for summer! We have many unique camp options such as Summer in the Arts, the Acting or Musical Theatre Intensives, the Tech Crew Intensive, and Artists in Training

We are welcoming many new and returning students to our 2016 Summer Programs, and you should be one of them! Sign up today for an unforgettable summer experience!! 

BollyX is Back!

The popular adult fitness class we debuted this winter is coming back for Spring and Summer! 

Whether you're looking to pick up some new dance moves, are working to feel more comfortable moving on stage or just want a good work out to help you get ready for summer, BollyX is the perfect class for you! 

Taught by certified BollyX instructor and Highwood Teaching Artist Imani Gaston, this fun, upbeat work out features music from around the world and moves that will burn up to 800 calories in an hour! If you were a frequent member in the winter, or you've never heard of it before and want to try something new, we would love for you to join us! Spring classes take place every Saturday in May from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, and we'll announce our Summer dates soon! 

And be sure to check out our BollyX video for a preview of the class. See you on Saturday!

Springtime is Here!

Spring is in full swing and so are rehearsals for our upcoming student shows! Next on the Highwood stage is "Lights, Frenemies, Action!" an original play written by the Home School Prouction Company last fall. This semester, the talented students have been rehearsing every week to prepare for the performances on April 22nd and 23rd. The following weekend, April 29th - May 1st, is performances of the student production "I Am a Camera" by Jon Van Druten. This dramatic play is based on "The Berlin Stories" by Christopher Isherwood and is the inspiration for the musical "Cabaret." Our final Spring Play, "You Can't Take It With You," is currently in rehearsals and going wonderfully! Featuring Highwood's After School Production Company, this hilarious comedy is already coming to life, and we can't wait to see it on stage May 20th - 22nd!

Once these exciting productions come to a close, it will be time for Summer Camps! Summer will be here before you know it, and programs are starting to fill, so sign up today!

Cabaret is a Huge Success

Congratulations to the amazingly talented casts and crews of the Original 1967 and 1998 Revival Cabaret productions. These performances were truly outstanding from the incredible acting, beautiful singing, exceptional choreography, and unique staging. Both productions received rave reviews from audiences and reviewers! Amanda Gunther of TheatreBloom called it, "an astounding production the likes of which you’ve never seen" and one audience member said, "This is the best show I've seen at Highwood!"

Now that these performances have been completed with amazing success, we are excited to move forward into our Spring play, the light-hearted comedy You Can't Take It With You. Registration is now open for students who want to join the cast, as well as students interested in joining the After School Improv Ensemble, the Home School Improv Ensemble, and of course, SUMMER! Sign up today!

Spring and Summer are on Their Way!

Our Winter Programs have been a great success, but now warmer weather has everyone at Highwood daydreaming about Spring and Summer! Starting April 4th, we'll kick off our Spring classes with the Home School Improv and Stage Combat classes as well as the After School Improv Ensemble. We will also begin rehearsals for our Spring play You Can't Take It With You, a light-hearted comedy about an unconventional family which promises to be lots of laughs to everyone involved! 

And of course, registration is open for SUMMER! We're offering a wide range of programs this summer - Acting Intensive, Musical Theatre Intensive, Tech Intensive, Summer in the Arts and Artist in Training - all of which are going to be amazing! Want to learn more about Summer? Join us for an Open House at Highwood on March 5th, 12:00 - 3:00 pm. You'll get to meet our staff, tour our facilities, hear from our students, peek into a rehearsal and enjoy refreshments and prizes! We hope to see you there!

BollyX Comes to Highwood!

We at Highwood believe that combining fitness and the performing arts is a beautiful thing, and we are thrilled to be doing just that with the start of our new adult BollyX fitness class! 

Never heard of BollyX? It's a new Bollywood-inspired dance fitness program, combining exhilarating choreography and intensive workouts with upbeat music from around the world. It is a 50 minutes cardio High Intensity Interval Training program that burns 500 - 800 calories per session. 

Taught by certified instructor, choreographer and amazing Highwood Teaching Artist, Imani Gaston, BollyX is a perfect addition to our TheatreFIT program! The first class begins this Saturday, February 13th at 11:00 am, and we know all of the participants are going to love it! Want more information? Click here to learn more about dates, pricing and registration.

Winter's Here, Summer's Around the Corner!

There's no denying that winter is definitely here! We kicked off our Winter Programs two weeks ago with the start of Cabaret rehearsals and our Home School Stage Combat Class. Then last week, our After School and Home School Improv Ensembles met for the first time. Our student Tech Crew is also underway working on sets for our first professional production of 2016, RIOT, part of the 3rd annual Open Source Theatre Project. It's been an incredible start to 2016, and even though Winter Storm Jonas tried to slow things down, we are ready to get back in the swing of classes and rehearsals. 

And if all this snow and cold weather's got you feeling blue, check out our Summer Programs to warm you up! Registration is now open, and with all the amazing new and returning programs we're offering, you won't want to wait to sign up!

Get Ready for Winter

2016 is just a couple of weeks away, so it's time to register for our student Winter Programs! We have many exciting classes for both Home School and After School students, as well as opportunities for those who like to be on stage or behind the scenes! 

There are performance opportunities with the After School Production Company (performing two versions of the musical Cabaret) and the Home School Production Company (performing an original play written this fall by home school students). There are also two after school improv ensembles, a home school improv class and a home school stage combat class. 

And of course, there's always our Student Tech Crew where students help design sets, lights, sound, props and more for both our student and professional productions. Private Lessons are also available for piano, voice and acting for students and adults of all ages and experience levels. Both the Tech Crew and Private Lessons are open enrollment, so you can join anytime! 

Our student programs also make a great gift for the budding actor in your life, and you don't even have to know their size!  
​These classes and productions are beginning to fill up, so don't wait to enroll!  The Winter session begins January 11th, and we can't wait to get started!  Learn More!

TheatreFIT Expands

You may or may not have heard of TheatreFIT, a unique Highwood program that incorporates physical improv, theatrical movement, stretching and dance into a fun, active class for students or adults. TheatreFIT emphasizes creative expression and a healthy lifestyle by providing a safe, comfortable environment for participants to explore self-expression, creativity and teamwork while learning to appreciate and enjoy physical fitness. 

While we've incorporated TheatreFIT and movement workshops into rehearsals in the past, we will soon be offering ongoing classes just in time to keep students active during the cold winter months. Up first will be a drop-in class during the day specifically geared toward our Home School families. Classes will only cost $15 and will not require any previous registration. And be sure to keep an eye out for information about upcoming After School TheatreFIT classes. Watch the TheatreFIT video to get an idea of what the classes are like!

New Studio Performances

You already know and love our Improv Comedy Nights and Cagematch Improv Competition, but did you know we are expanding our Studio Events to include even more diverse performances? This month, we are hosting a sketch comedy show "Getting Loopy" created by the Improv Imps about the things that make life around the beltway a unique and hilarious experience. The show will take place on Saturday, November 14th and tickets are only $10. 

Then, on Friday, November 20th, we will be hosting "Thanksinging: A Musical Theatre Cabaret" featuring several local professional performers and our very own Executive Director Kevin Kearney on the piano. And in the spirit of Thanksgiving, audience members who bring canned good items to the show will be entered into a raffle for the chance to win two free tickets to an upcoming Highwood show. We are excited to share this new programming with you, and hope you will join us at a Studio Event soon! Learn more about our upcoming events here.  

Highwood at School Grows

Our 3rd year of our Highwood at School program is off to an incredible start! It's hard to believe that it has only been two years since this program began. From improv workshops and field trips to drama clubs and movement classes, Highwood's teaching artists have been busy bringing the performing arts to dozens of schools in the DC metro area. 

Earlier this week, 40 students from Francis Scott Key Middle School visited Highwood to get a taste of how a theatre company operates and to try some hands-on activities themselves. Everyone had a blast - including the Highwood staff! Highwood at School programs range from elementary to high school and allows students the chance to experience theatre no matter what their skill level. We are thrilled with the exciting growth of this important program, and we look forward to the new opportunities the coming years bring! Learn more about Highwood at School.

2015-2016 Season Announced

We are proud to announce that our 2015-2016 Season Theme is ​Underground Expression: Breaking free from the mainstream narrative and igniting change - where self-expression is born out of necessity, desperation and a desire to be heard.

We're starting off our season with two productions in the Women's Voices Theater Festival: The Requiem written by Highwood student Madison Middleton and The Long Way Around written by Highwood alum Julia Starr.  We then continue with our fall student musical, the Broadway favorite Hairspray, followed by the 3rd Annual Open Source Theatre Project - a timely piece involving technology and YOU called RIOT.  

The winter continues with an incredibly unique series of productions: we will be producing the Original 1967 version of CABARET, the 1998 Revival version of CABARET, and the original play on which Cabaret was based, ​I Am A Camera.  We finish off spring with the classic comedy You Can't Take It With You before heading into the summer for three more student shows​ to be announced this winter!  Read More!

Exciting Fall Announcements
We have some exciting announcements about events and programs coming up this Fall!

We've announced, and registration is open for, our Fall 2015 student programs.  From Improv Ensembles and classes, to Stage Combat, the After School Production Company, Home School Production Company, the Tech Crew, and Private Lessons - we have something for every student grades 1-12 after school or during the day for home schooled students.

In addition, we are honored to announce our two productions for the area-wide Women's Voices Theater Festival: The Requiem by Highwood student Madison Middleton and The Long Way Around by Highwood alumna and writer of Crazy Runs in the Family Julia Starr.  Ticket sales are now open, and both of these productions will also be featured at the Kennedy Center's 14th Annual Page-to-Stage Festival on September 5.

Summer is a Smashing Success
With three productions, four summer camps, and tons of fun, it's been a record-breaking summer at Highwood.

During the day, two sessions of Summer in the Arts students worked on acting, improv, stage combat, music videos, and more, and were assisted by our Artists in Training, who also taught improv workshops at Create Arts Camp. The Musical Theatre Intensive rehearsed for and performed a fantastic weekend of Nice Work If You Can Get It, while the Tech Crew Intensive was busy building sets, props, and costumes for all three of our summer productions.

Meanwhile, in the arfternoons and evenings, our Spamalot cast put together a hilarious show that sound out in record-time, while our Open Source Theatre Project successfully welcomed many different professional groups and art forms to the Highwood stage!

Announcing this year's Open Source Theatre Project
Details have been announced for this year's 2nd annual Open Source Theatre Project.  

Only Human: Finding Unity Through Diversity will focus on art – a medium that transcends racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, sexual orientation, gender, and other human differences. The evening will consist of performances by several local artists and performance groups from the community, covering a variety of different genres – from dance and music, to improvisation, visual art, and film – creating an atmosphere more like a festival than a traditional theatre production.

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New Mini-Camps Added

Due to popular demand, we have added MINI-CAMPS to Highwood's Summer 2015 line-up.  

Can't make the full session of Summer in the Arts?  Only in town for a few days?  Mini-Camps are the answer for you

Join us for two or three day sessions as we explore different areas of theatre and performing arts.  You choose the subject and the dates, and we promise you several hours of great fun!

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Words cannot describe how proud we are of our incredibly talented students who mounted fantastic, thoughtful, funny, and moving productions of The Importance of Being Earnest and August: Osage County at the end of March. 

The Importance of Being Earnest delighted audiences with its perfectly-timed humor, physical comedy, and larger-than-life characters.  While, August: Osage County, in collaboration with four local chapter of Active Minds and the Montgomery County Chapter National Alliance on Mental Illness, challenged sold-out audiences and truly started a discussion about mental illness.

As part of our awareness efforts surrounding our upcoming production of August: Osage County, The Highwood Theatre has published a dedicated webpage full of information and resources about mental health and other issues presented in August: Osage County.  Join us March 27 - 29 to see what the show is all about, as well as our fantastic lobby displays.  You'll also have a chance to meet the fantastic members of Active Minds who have helped us every step of the way!

View the Mental Health Awareness Page

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​The weather is finally warming up and that means it's time to start thinking about SUMMER! The Highwood Theatre is hosting an Open House this Saturday, March 14th, from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm at our location in downtown Silver Spring. We will be sharing information about the many Summer Theatre Programs we offer ranging from musical theatre, acting and improv to directing, design and tech crew.  See the full list of Summer Programs here.

Parents and students will have the opportunity to meet our staff, hear from current students, see our facilities and have any questions answered.  Anyone from the community is encouraged to attend and learn more about Highwood, what we do and how to get involved.  The event is free of charge and will have refreshments as well as a raffle drawing with the chance to win prizes.  We look forward to seeing you there!

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Make sure you check out the fantastic interview with Executive Director Kevin Kearney and Marketing Director Sarah Scott.  

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The Highwood Theatre aims to engage the community in an open dialogue about mental health issues through the medium of performing arts.  Its upcoming student production of August: Osage County, the 2008 Pulitzer Prize winning drama by Tracy Letts, explores difficult topics such as depression, addiction, fidelity, abuse and suicide. The show follows the interactions of the dysfunctional Weston family, specifically the drug-addicted, emotionally-tattered matriarch Violet and her relationship with her three daughters following the disappearance of her husband.  Although not a typical choice for student productions, Highwood is providing the cast of high school actors with the necessary tools to address the mature themes in the play.

Highwood is partnering with four local college chapters of the Active Minds organization whose mission is to empower students to speak openly about mental illness in order to educate others and provide encouragement for seeking help. Members from these chapters attend rehearsals to work with the actors on how to accurately depict someone struggling with mental illness as well as providing awareness and resources to the cast and crew. Kevin Kearney, Executive Director of The Highwood Theatre and director of August: Osage County explains, “Our student actors are really becoming community ambassadors for an open discussion of mental health. It’s an important conversation to have as it affects nearly everyone directly and indirectly, and we are committed to continuing the conversation even after this production has ended.”

Matthew Nicola, Vice President of the Johns Hopkins University Active Minds Chapter, describes his enthusiasm for the project, “Active Minds is excited to participate in an event that makes a real difference in the community, expanding beyond our college campus - and what better group to work with than high schoolers?  The issues in this play are issues that teens are dealing with but don’t always feel comfortable discussing.  We want to help change that.”  In addition to Active Minds, Highwood is collaborating with the National Alliance of Mental Illness to host a talkback after the Saturday afternoon performance to engage, inform and equip audiences to deal with the issues presented. Highwood has also obtained funding for the project from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County.

August: Osage County runs March 27th-29th and is part of Highwood’s 2014-2015 Mainstage Season, The Human Network - exploring our stories, emotions, and connections to one another. It is being produced by the Students’ Theatre division, which is dedicated to producing high-quality theatre productions created and led by students.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 7:00 PM  
$20 for General Public; $15 for Highwood or Highwood at School Students


Join us as we welcome accomplished Broadway performer, composer, and writer Nick Blaemire for a master class on performing musical theatre! This class includes work with performance technique, a firsthand peek into the craft and world of professional theatre, and a special performance by Nick himself! 

Open to students and the general public. 
Nick is the writer and creator of Soon, premiering at Signature Theatre in March 2015. At 23, he wrote the music and lyrics for the one-night Broadway sensation GLORY DAYS, which has since been produced more than 30 times around the world. Other performing credits include Broadway productions of GODSPELL, CRY-BABY, the Off-Broadway premiere of DOGFIGHT and the National Tour of ALTAR BOYZ. 

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We are excited to announce that registration has opened for our 2015 Summer Programs!  It's never too early to think about summer!

We've got something for everyone:

The return of Summer in the Arts, giving students grades 2-7 a chance to explore and perform in all different theatrical realms, as well as our Artist in Training program, where students grades 8-12 can shadow professional artists and serve as mentors/counselors for younger students.

​And this year, we are adding the Musical Theatre Intensive - a three-week program giving a small group of 7th-12th graders a chance to create a full musical production through an immersive, professional process.  AND the Technical Theatre Intensive, in which students grades 4-12 will design, create, and implement all of the technical elements for our summer professional and student productions.


We couldn't have done it without you!

Whether you attended a professional show, watched your child perform onstage, laughed during an Improv Comedy Night, or witnessed your school's first theatre class in years, you've experienced the magic of Highwood.

There's still time to make your tax-deductible, year-end contribution to The Highwood Theatre and support our work.


Here's just a small highlight of what we've accomplished so far in our 2014-2015 Season.

Developed and launched a refined, comprehensive Student Theatre program, including classes, productions, ensembles, and private lessons for all students
Opened the season with our professional production of Sartre's No Exit, praised by critics; mounted The Mystery of Edwin Drood, an audience-interactive musical in our Students' Theatre; debuted our Home School Production Company's adaptation of Hoot by Carl Hiaassen
Continued our series of Improv Comedy Nights, and expanded to welcome college improv troupes performing alongside professional troupes and stand up comedians
Dramatically expanded our Highwood at School program, including developing the first theatre class at Coolidge Senior High School in over 30 years and hosting the premier of their modern adaptation of Romeo and Juliet
Renovated our 2nd floor rehearsal studios and performed upgrades to our black box theatre theatre at our Silver Spring home - completed entirely by our talented technical theatre students
Launched our first TheatreFIT class of of the season, as well as expanded private lessons to adults
Brought theatre workshops, through Highwood at School, to multiple public schools in DC and Maryland, introducing students to a wide range of topics and professions in the performing arts
Preparing for our unique student production of August: Osage County, produced in collaboration with the Active Minds chapter at Johns Hopkins University
Provided thousands of dollars of scholarship funds to Highwood students and local schools to bring the powerful educational tool of theatre to hundreds of students

Registration has begun in Earnest for our winter Student Programs!  We have something for everyone, so take a look and get signed up!

After School
The Importance of Being Earnest - Grades 4-12
August: Osage County - Grades 8-12
A Capella Ensemble - Grades 4-12
Improv Ensemble - Grades 4-8
Playwriting - Grades 6-12
Tech Crew - Grades 4-12

Home School
Much Ado About Nothing - Grades 2-7
Music Video Production - Grades 4-10
Tech Crew - Grades 4-12
Intro to Theatre - Grades 2-7

Private Lessons
​Voice, Piano, Acting, Audition Coaching/Videos
​Private lessons, for any experience level, designed to meet your personal goals.  Available for students and adults in a variety of lengths and frequencies.E

This year Highwood at School has started with a bang!  Working in numerous public and private schools, Highwood's education branch offers classes, workshops, and production assistance to schools without a drama program or those wishing to expand their current offerings.

This year, we've had the honor to work in Coolidge Senior High School, a DC Public School.  We are developing and leading their first Intro to Theatre class in over 30 years.  It has been amazing to watch each student grow tremendously, even in the first few months of the class, and give each the opportunity to explore the world of theatre. 

Unfortunately, Coolidge High School doesn't have the funds to cover our expenses to send a Teaching Artists to their school every other day for a year - a project that costs Highwood thousands of dollars.  

Throughout our recent professional production of No Exit, we collected donations to support our work at Coolidge.  We raised several hundred dollars - a great start!

A generous donor has agreed to MATCH, dollar for dollar, every contribution made between now and November 23, 2014.  This means that your contribution will actually result in DOUBLE the amount for Highwood at School’s program at Coolidge Senior High School.

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No Exit
October 30, November 1, 2, 7, 8, 9
Your Theatre presents the existential classic No Exit by Jean-Paul Sartre, adapted from the original French by Paul Bowles and directed by Rachael Murray. 

This dark comedy examines the serious concepts of hell, identity and human interaction through a humorous lens. No Exit follows three individuals, an unfaithful husband, a lesbian postal clerk, and a high-class murderess, as they arrive in Hell and must accept their fate: coexisting for eternity.  Murray and her cast take a fresh look at Sarte’s claim, “Hell is just other people,” as they boldly explore the interactions between the characters and the power they hold over one another.

Produced by Kevin Kearney, Executive Director of The Highwood Theatre, No Exit features Matt Dundas (Cradeau), Tamara Breuer (Inez), Jennifer Berry (Estelle) and Vivian Allvin (Valet).  The Set Designer is Highwood Resident Artist James Raymond; Tommy Peter is the Dramaturg and Stage Manager.


Since early September, Highwood at School has been developing and working in the classroom for Coolidge Senior High School's first Intro to Theatre class in decades. Designed to welcome students into the collaborative world of theatre, the class focuses on introducing the high school students to all different aspects of theatre and the real life occupations that go into making a theatre production. One of Highwood's fantastic Teaching Artists is working with an equally fantastic Coolidge teacher to plan and implement the class, as well as workshops taught by some of Highwood's theatre professionals.

​On Friday, October 3, students from the DC Public School's Intro to Theatre class visited our black box theatre to see a real theatre space, learn more about lighting, and get a chance to act under the lights!

Check out the pictures!

And....here it is!  The Highwood Theatre is proud to announce it's 12th Season of Productions: The Human Network.

Centered around ourselves, our relationships, how we interact, and how we view each other, the 2014-2015 season consists of 10 engaging, challenging, and timely student and professional productions.

Click here to see the full list!

Last Saturday, Highwood volunteers took to the streets of downtown Silver Spring visiting 64 local businesses and handing out almost 1,000 flyers.

Join the fun and help us spread the word about The Highwood Theatre!

Thanks to everyone who helped out!

Couldn't make it?
You're welcome to stop by our office and pick up flyers to hand out yourself!

On Saturday, September 6, we will be holding our first Highwood Day.PROSPECTIVE FAMILIES: Please stop by our Silver Spring location to find our more about all of our exciting programs, meet some of our staff, and even sign up! CURRENT FAMILIES: On this day, Highwood volunteers will be branching out into our surrounding communities to spread the word about The Highwood Theatre - to neighborhoods and local businesses around Silver Spring, or neighborhoods and local business that YOU are aware of or visit regularly.  If you can spare a few hours at anytime during the day on Saturday, September 6, please e-mail us your availability at info@thehighwoodtheatre.org. And, you're welcome to bring friends!   If you aren't able to help out in downtown Silver Spring on Saturday, September 6 but still want to help out, please let us know and we'll give you (or mail you) a set of brochures and business packets to hand out at a date/time that is convenient for you. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

While our full season line-up will be announced soon, we have released the names of our fall student shows early!  Both shows are fantastic and will be tons of fun to work on - read more about the program and register today!

In November, the After School Production Company will present: The Mystery of Edwin Drood Welcome to London's Music Hall Royale, where a production of "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" is about to take place! Based on Charles Dickens's novel of the same name, the Tony-Award-winning "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" is a raucous, immersive, and mysterious musical comedy where audiences determine the outcome of the murder mystery every night! Who killed Edwin Drood? YOU decide! Recently revived in a 2012 Broadway production, it's the only Broadway musical around where the ending differs every performance. Don't miss YOUR chance to finish the story that Dickens didn't! In December, the Home School Production Company will present: A Mad Breakfast One of the zaniest plays ever written, "A Mad Breakfast" is a British farce complete with falls, mistaken identities, and door-slams! Set in a 1965 boardinghouse, the play depicts the hilarious consequences of two practical jokers creating confusion and chaos among guests. The results are unforgettable, and our version even has a surprise musical ending!

We are excited to announce that registration is now open for our 2014-2015 Student Programs.  We have an incredible array of fantastic programs for any type of students, regardless of past experience.  We believe that anyone can do theatre - so try it out!

The Production Company
Interested in acting, singing, dancing, directing, or creating student-produced plays and musicals?

The Tech Crew
Interested in set construction, art, lighting, sound, props, costumes, and design?

Improv Ensemble  |  A Cappella Ensemble
Want to join your peers and learn about, create, and perform improv or a cappella singing?

Want to bring your ideas to life onstage in a one-act play to be produced at The Highwood Theatre?

Private Lessons
Want to study piano, voice, or acting privately and meet your own goals - or get help preparing for college placement or an audition?

Intro to Theatre for Home School Students
Want to explore and learn about all aspects of theatre before committing to a full production?

To mark the return of Crazy Runs in the Family and all of Highwood's recent accomplishments, The Highwood Theatre would like to invite all alumni and families to a reception at 4:00 PM on Saturday, August 2, 2014.    Come see Crazy Runs in the Family before the reception at 2:00 or after the reception at 7:30 and then join us for an afternoon of food, drink, memories, and friends! Whether you can join us for the reception or not, please RSVP - we'd love to hear from you! 

RSVP for the Alumni Reception!

Buy Tickets for Crazy Runs in the Family!

The Highwood Theatre is proud to announce that Crazy Runs in the Family will return to the stage this summer!  Originally written for Highwood by Highwood Theatre and Sidwell Friends School alum Julia Starr, this hilarious comedy was produced by Highwood students in May 2012 as Highwood's 20th production.  

This summer, Your Theatre at The Highwood Theatre will tackle the piece with a cast of professional actors under the direction of Highwood's Managing Director, Abe Woycke.  

Mark your calendars for July 31 through August 3!  When beloved daughter Ellie brings her boyfriend home from college, this family brings out all the surprises!


This past weekend, The Students' Theatre at The Highwood Theatre presented two productions:  Damn Yankees, cleverly reinvented with an extremely talented cast of four musical theatre students, and You're A Good Man Charlie Brown, featuring an equally talented cast of Home School students.

Both shows were performed in our brand new black box studio at our Silver Spring space.  We couldn't imagine a better opening weekend for our fantastic new space!

Check out the Damn Yankees production photos on Facebook!
Check out the Charlie Brown production photos on Facebook!

This weekend The Students' Theatre at The Highwood Theatre presents:

Cleverly reinvented with four actors
Saturday, May 31 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, June 1 at 2:00 and 7:00 PM

Featuring a cast of Home School students
Friday, May 30 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, May 31 at 2:00 PM - Sold Out


This past weekend, Everyone's A Critic was performed at the Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint.  This professional production was the debut production of the Open Source Theatre Project.  With sold-out performances, this audience-immersive experience was great fun for everyone!

The Open Source Theatre Project is designed to explore collaborative theatre and challenge our expectations and beliefs about traditional theatre.  With an audience actively involved with the actors (spreading out over the whole theatre, searching for clues to solve the murder), this was a truly unique theatre experience.  We're so excited for more immersive theatre productions to come!

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We are excited to announce that our summer student musical will be Legally Blonde, The Musical!  A group of talented students will design and produce this fun, energetic Broadway musical.  As is tradition at Highwood, there are no auditions - we believe there's a role for everyone! 

We invite all students grades 4-12 to join the cast for Legally Blonde!  We can guarantee it'll be tons of fun, you'll grow tremendously as a performer and person, and you will have a one-of-a-kind experience presenting this great show in an intimate, black box setting!

Legally Blonde
Rehearses Monday & Wednesday evenings and Saturday afternoons - flexible rehearsal schedule, conflicts accepted. 
Rehearsals begin June 18; Performances July 25 - 27

CLICK HERE to read the press release for the first production from our Open Source Theatre Project, written by Highwood staff members Jacob Kresloff and David Engoron.  

Highwood's Open Source Theatre Project aims to challenge popular conceptions of the theatre art form. We believe that theatre is an organic and collaborative effort. In Everyone's A Critic, we share the creative process with our audience members, welcoming all into the creative undertaking, as we minimize the divisions between writer, actor, and audience.

Read the Press Release!

Rehearsals are underway for three fantastic productions in May - we've got some of everything!  Make sure you don't miss:

Everyone's A Critic
May 9 - 11 at The Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint
A murder takes place right in the theatre - and YOU need to help solve the case!  This professional, world-premiere production is written by two Highwood Theatre teaching artists and promises to be tons of fun for everyone!
Buy Tickets today!

You're A Good Man Charlie Brown
May 31 and June 1 at The Katzen Arts Center at American University
Join all of your favorite characters - from Charlie Brown and Lucy to Snoopy and Linus - in this dazzling musical performed by Highwood's first cast of HomeSchool students.

Damn Yankees
May 31 and June 1 at The Katzen Arts Center at American University
Come take in the most innovative production of this classic musical you'll ever see!  Four talented theatre students transform this fun-filled, engaging, and "out of the park" musical, and you won't want to miss it!

Congratulations to the student cast and crew, who did a terrific job with this classic Shakespeare comedy piece, in this premiere performance in Highwood’s own intimate studio theatre.  Both the cast and the audiences had a blast, appreciating the many mischievous twists and turns, outrageous disguises, and complicated love affairs that animate this really fun show. 

Click here for production photos.

Highwood’s First Mixed Cast Professional/Student Production Merits 4 ½ Stars out of 5!  Review praises the “enthusiastic performance” and “fearless engagement” of the “charming cast,” noting that the students “fit seamlessly into the action” and “it’s a credit to the directors that you’re never sure just who has graduated from high school or not.”

Click here to read the review!
Click here to view production photos!

Congratulations to the professional and student cast of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, and the student technical team and co-directors, who were also complimented in the Review. The Katzen Art Center was a great venue, and we’re looking forward to going back for Highwood’s two student productions coming up in May. Be there!

Highwood's Students' Theatre production of Twelfth Night, featuring students grades 4-7, opens this Friday at 7:30 PM.  

Here is what the directors have to say about the show:  A madcap comedy of mix-ups and merriment, Shakespeare's Twelfth Night depicts the adventures of Viola and Sebastian, twins caught in a shipwreck off the coast of Ilyria. Both twins assume the other is lost at sea and try to make their own way. Everyone turns the tables on each other: servants on superiors, ladies on lords, and knights on kinsmen. But somehow in the end almost everyone wins.


Highwood’s First Mixed Cast Professional/Student Production Merits 4 ½ Stars out of 5!  Review praises the “enthusiastic performance” and “fearless engagement” of the “charming cast,” noting that the students “fit seamlessly into the action” and “it’s a credit to the directors that you’re never sure just who has graduated from high school or not.”

Click here to read the review!
Click here to view production photos!

Congratulations to the professional and student cast of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, and the student technical team and co-directors, who were also complimented in the Review. The Katzen Art Center was a great venue, and we’re looking forward to going back for Highwood’s two student productions coming up in May. Be there!

Highwood's Students' Theatre production of Twelfth Night, featuring students grades 4-7, opens this Friday at 7:30 PM.  

Here is what the directors have to say about the show:  A madcap comedy of mix-ups and merriment, Shakespeare's Twelfth Night depicts the adventures of Viola and Sebastian, twins caught in a shipwreck off the coast of Ilyria. Both twins assume the other is lost at sea and try to make their own way. Everyone turns the tables on each other: servants on superiors, ladies on lords, and knights on kinsmen. But somehow in the end almost everyone wins.


CLICK HERE to read the DC Metro Theatre Arts review of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, which was performed this past weekend at The Katzen Arts Center at American University.  What a great weekend!

CLICK HERE to read the interview with Kevin Kearney, Dylan Kaufman, and Leora Cherry on DC Metro Theater Arts.

Buy your tickets today!

The Highwood Theatre is incredibly excited to present two fantastic productions this March.  We hope you'll be able to join us for:

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
A high-energy production about America's first rock star, featuring professional and student actors
Saturday, March 8th at 5:00 and 8:00 PM
Sunday, March 9th at 4:00, and 7:00 PM
at The Katzen Arts Center at American University
Buy Tickets

Twelfth Night
A madcap comedy of mischief, mix-ups, and merriment presented by The Students' Theatre
Friday, March 14 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, March 15 at 4:00 and 7:30 PM
Sunday, March 16 at and 4:00 PM
at The Highwood Theatre Studio
Buy Tickets

The Highwood Theatre is partnering with CREATE Arts Center and Think Outside the Store to offer free art every Wednesday in the heart of downtown Silver Spring!
Dates: every Wednesday through April 16
Time: 4:00 - 5:30 PM (sign up begins at 3:45)
Ages: Kindergarten - Grade 5
Location: Silver Spring Civic Building - 1 Veterans Plaza
Join The Highwood Theatre Wednesday, February 12 for Improv Comedy - Discover the joy of improv as you explore unscripted comedy
Free Art Wednesdays are supported by a Community Access Pilot Project grant from Montgomery County. 

Click here to read the press release about our upcoming production of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.

This energetic rock musical will be Highwood's first featuring a mixed professional and student cast.

You don't want to miss this riveting production at the Katzen Arts Center at American University.  So, buy your tickets today!

Join us for Highwood's Summer in the Arts - four weeks of fun, learning, friends, and theatre!

Highwood's Summer in the Arts for students entering grades 1-8
Artist in Training Program for students entering grades 9-12
Summer Musical for students entering grades 4-12


A joint Students' Theatre - Your Theatre Production

One cast of adult professionals working along side student actors co-directed by Executive Director Kevin Kearney and two talented student directors
Rehearse along side adult professionals, collaborate, and network
Perform at the Katzen Arts Center at American University
Rock out with this fantastic production with unlimited opportunities for all different types of actors, singers, dancers, and more!
Two rehearsals a week (Tuesday evenings and one other day during the week - some Saturdays)


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