Rosie Orzulak

THE CAST​​

The Matchmaker

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The Students' Theatre at The Highwood Theatre presents:

THE CAST
Mrs. Dolly Levi: Laura Goldberg

Mr. Horace Vandergelder: Natalie Glasser

Cornelius Hackl: Rosie Orzulak

Barnaby Tucker: Ilana Kissel

Mrs. Irene Molloy: Elena Meiman

Minnie Fay: Lily Barker

Malachi Stack: Yael Kissel

Ermengarde: Kailey Nothman

Ambrose Kemper: Porter Orvetti

Joe Scanlon/August/Cook: Leila Sibayan

Rudolf/Cabman: Nia Robertson

Mr. Franck van Huysen: Nate Romanow

Ms. Flora van Huysen: Lindell Murray

Gertrude: Allegra Levone




Ilana Kissel

Lily Barker is a 7th grader at Sligo Middle School. This is her sixth show at Highwood. She has also appeared in Thoroughly Modern Millie as Alice, You Can’t Take It With You as Rheba and Hairspray as Amber. She has also performed at The Kennedy Center and has made the honor roll. She likes to eat and act. One interesting fact about Lily is that her chorus made it to the state festival. “Have fun!”


Natalie Glasser is a 9th grader at Albert Einstein High School. This is her second Highwood production, having previously appeared in Gypsy as Weber and Georgie. She has also performed in a play at Lumina, won a spelling bee and takes pre-IB classes. She she likes to act and do gymnastics in her spare time. One fun fact about Natalie is that she really likes makeup. “Enjoy the show.”


Leila Sibayan is a 4th grader at Pine Crest Elementary School. This is her first Highwood production. This past winter she also participated in Highwood’s BollyX and Hip-Hop mash-up class. Outside of Highwood, she takes Korean Club at her school in addition to attending Russian school.  In her spare time, she likes to act and dance. One interesting fact about Leila is that she is both Filipino and Russian. “Have fun!”


Porter Orvetti is a 7th grade home-schooled student. This is his sixth Highwood production, having most recently appeared in Thoroughly Modern Millie as Mr. Grayden, You Can’t Take It With You as Mr. Kirby, and Hairspray as Edna. 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. “Have fun!”


Rosie Orzulak is a 6th grader at  A. Mario Loiederman Middle School. This is her fourth Highwood production, having previously appeared in Gypsy as Mazeppa, Thoroughly Modern Millie as Ethel Peas, and James and the Giant Peach as an Ensemble Member. She has also performed in The Lion King as Queen Sirabi at Somerset ES, Shrek as Fiona at Camp Kiniya, and The Wizard of Oz as an Emerald City Citizen. She likes to sleep, sing and dance in her free time. One interesting fact about Rosie is that she has straight A’s and is on her school’s honor roll. “ I hope you enjoy the performance!”


Nia Robertson is a 6th grader at A. Mario Loiederman Middle School. This is her first Highwood production. Outside of Highwood, she has performed in The Emperor's New Clothes as the Cheese Lady at Academy of the Child. In her spare time, she likes to dance and eat. One interesting fact about Nia is that she has straight A’s and is on her school’s honor roll. “Enjoy the performance!”



Yael Kissel is a 9th grader at Northwood High School. This is her ninth Highwood production, having previously appeared in Gypsy as Cigar, Thoroughly Modern Millie as Dorothy Parker, and Musical of Musicals as Juny. She has also been in an art show and performed at The Kennedy Center.  In her free time she likes to draw and play video games. One interesting fact about Yael is that she has a twin. “ Have fun!”

Kailey Nothman

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Thornton Wilder’s heartwarming comedy The Matchmaker, providing inspiration for the hit Broadway musical Hello, Dolly!, introduces Horace Vandergelder, Mrs. Dolly Levi and their romantic dilemmas at the turn of the twentieth century. Horace requires the expertise of matchmaker - and widower - Dolly Levi to find a suitable wife. As their romantic web grows more complicated, Horace and Dolly encounter a series of humorous obstacles to their search. Along the way, they both realize that in Yonkers they won’t need to look very far to find love.



The Matchmaker is produced by special arrangement with​ Samuel French, Inc. 


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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, Alex Nash, Montgomery College, Wendy Brown, Tip Letsche, Emily Long, Marcy Ference,

St. Patrick's Episcopal Day School, Imani Gaston, Shannon Cole

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Yael Kissel

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Lindell M. Murray is a 5th grader at Shining Stars Montessori School. This is her second show at Highwood, having previously played Mrs. in Sunday in the Park with George along with two other characters. Outside of Highwood, she won first place in an Irish play competition, and she enjoys writing and drawing. One interesting fact about Lindell is that she has an orange belt in karate. “Find a match.”


Elena Meiman is a 10th grader at the CMasas School. This is her tenth Highwood production, having previously appeared as Ruth in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Penny Sycamore in You Can't Take It With You, and as a member of the Ensemble in Hairspray. Outside of Highwood she has also performed in West Side Story as a Jet and Legally Blonde as a Guard, both at Edmund Burke School. She has also performed at The Kennedy Center. In her spare time she likes to read and draw. One interesting fact about Elena is that she can read on a graduate school level. “Have fun.”


Kailey Nothman is a 7th grader at Pyle Middle School. This is her third Highwood production, having most recently appeared as Gloria and an Ensemble member in Thoroughly Modern Millie and Margaret in A Night at the Theatre. Outside of Highwood she has performed in Alice in Wonderland. When not acting, she likes to ski race and play soccer. One interesting fact about Kailey is that she likes plays better than musicals. “This show took nothing but practice, practice, practice.”


Ilana Kissel
is a 5th grader at The Jewish Primary Day School of the Nation's Capital. This is her eighth Highwood production, having most recently appeared as Electra in Gypsy, Rita and Ira in Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Jitter and Phantom Jitter in Musical of Musicals. In her spare time she likes to draw and act. One interesting fact about Ilana - in her words - is “I’m not interesting.” “Hi, person reading this.”


Laura Goldberg is a 12th grader at Marshall High School. This is her second Highwood production, having previously appeared as Barbara in August: Osage County. Outside of Highwood, she has performed in The Sea Cook as Billie Bones, Emil and the Detectives as the Grandmother, and in ensemble of Cry Baby at Marshall High School. In her free time she enjoys singing and acting. One interesting fact about Laura is that her favorite color is pastel yellow. “Take good care of your varicose veins.”


Allegra Levone is an 11th grader at Einstein High School. This is her third Highwood production, having previously appeared in Thoroughly Modern Millie as Ms. Flannery and You Can’t Take It With You as Alice. Outside of Highwood she has also performed in All Shook Up (ensemble), Seussical (ensemble), and Baby (Baby) at Einstein High School. In her spare time she likes to see her friends and play softball. One fun fact about Allegra is that she’s trilingual (English, French, and Portuguese). “Have fun at the show.”

​​​THE CREW

​Director: Imani Gaston

Stage Manager:  Jonah Witte
Costume Design: Tip Letsche
Set Design:  Jonah Witte
Lighting Design:  Simon Ellerbe
Sound Design​:  Amari Mbongwo

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