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, Holly Middleton, Tip Letsche, James Kearney

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


Photography and video/audio recording is strictly prohibited.
© The Highwood Theatre Inc., September, 2015​

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

Patron (cont.)
Susan Mann
The Moorehead Family
Rick and Joanne Rome
Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza
Kay and Gary Stevens
Pat and Bob Wittie​

Harold Bucholtz
Jayne Letsche
Jim and Sharon Lowe
The Middleton Family
Kenneth and Linda Nicola
Matthew Nicola
The Starr Family
Richard Stroup
Missi Tessier

Robert N. Alfandre Foundation
Val Cummings
The Halbreiner Family in memory of Robert N. Alfandre
Doris Kearney in memory of Col. W. M. Kearney
Wittie, Letsche, & Waldo LLP

United Way of the National Capital Region
Kevin Kearney
Production Sponsor
Karla Letsche
James Kearney
Dave Weadon
The William and Karen Tell Foundation

Season Sponsor
S. Kann Sons Company Foundation
The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County

Anonymous (6)
The Adelfio Family
The Barker Family
The Callahan Family
Linda and John Corkery
Linda Cartwright and John Dineen
Arlene Donovan
Wendy Dorman
Joyce Dorris
The Emerson Family
David Glietz
​​Pauline Sobel and Larry Gondelman
The Greene Family
Barbara and Scott Harris
Robert and Phyllis Hoffman
​Bryan and Jenny Kearney
​Mike and Pam Kearney
Joseph and Bonny Krenz
Susanne and Richard Leach
Bill and Beth Loizeaux
Amy Duroska and Richard Leidl in honor of the younger generation
Colleen Meiman
Mosquito Squad
Alfred Pate
Liz Russomanno
John and Rosemary Ryan
The Shusterman Family
Sligo Cafe
Barbara, Larry, and Ben Stone
Ginger South
Thomas and Lauren Van Wazer

Anonymous (1)
Pascale, Liz, and Cornelius Bronder
Community Crisis Services, Inc.
Intuit Quickbooks
Bill and Doris Loehning
Rochelle and Eric Mayer


Directed by: Eva Silverman (12th grade)

Technical Director: Toly Yarup (9th grade)

Set Design: Phoenix Ganz-Ratzat (10th grade)

Lighting Design: Simon Ellerbe (6th grade)

Costume Design: The Cast and Crew

Sound Design: Orion Stekoll (10th grade)


Maria: Shannon Leach

Leland: Max Rome

Frankie/Lena/Maria's Grandmother: Haley Shea

Timothy: Colin Sidley

Violinist: Keelin Quirk

Keelin Quirk (Violinist) is a senior at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC where she sings with the chamber chorus and Passing Notes, a student-led girls' cappella group. Keelin has been playing violin for 12 years and has performed on violin at DAR Constitution Hall, the Italian Embassy, the Naval Observatory and The White House and has sung at The Kennedy Center and the Washington National Cathedral. She also played violin in the pit band at the The Highwood Theatre last spring in their student production of Company.

Colin Sidley (Timothy) is a twelfth grader at School for Tomorrow. This is his fifth production at The Highwood Theatre, having most recently appeared as Charlie Aiken in August: Osage County, in Edges, and as Sheridan Whiteside in The Man Who Came To Dinner. Colin also performed recently in his school’s production of Twelfth Night.

Haley Shea (Frankie/Lena/Maria's Grandmother) is a senior at The Field School. This is her first production at The Highwood Theatre. Haley has appeared in Theatre Lab’s Museum (Harriet/Barbara C/ Maggie Snow), The Field School’s House of Blue Leaves (Head Nun), The Arlington Players’ Peter Pan (Wendy), Signature in the Schools’ Aftershock (Sarah), The Field School’s Pippin (Catherine), Our Town (Emily), and Beer Girl (Beer Girl). She had her directorial debut with her school’s production of The Florist of Heavenly Flowers. Haley would like to thank her parents and friends for allowing her to pursue her passion.

Max Rome (Leland) is an eleventh grader at School for Tomorrow. This is his eleventh production at The Highwood Theatre, having recently appeared as Beverly Weston and “Little Charles” Aiken in Highwood’s production of August: Osage County. Outside of Highwood, Max most recently performed in a production of Stephen Sondheim’s Pacific Overtures at The Theatre Lab in D.C., where he played the Dutch Admiral along with other ensemble roles.This past spring, Max also appeared as Duke Orsino in School for Tomorrow’s production of Shakespeare’s comedy Twelfth Night. Max gained some directorial experience last year with his school’s production of Little Shop of Horrors, along with friend and co-director, Eva Silverman. Max couldn’t be more grateful to his friends and fellow castmates for their support.

Shannon Leach (Maria) is a senior at School for Tomorrow. This is her twelfth production at The Highwood Theatre, where she has acted in a number of productions playing emotionally unstable mothers with addictive personalities, including Diana Goodman in Next to Normal and most recently Violet Weston in August: Osage County. She is the co-creator of Verbal Blunders, an independent publication focused on amplifying the voices of marginalized artists and musicians.

Cast Bios: 

About the Director: Eva Silverman is a senior at School for Tomorrow where she's directed two productions (The Fantasticks and Little Shop of Horrors). She has performed in eight previous Highwood productions, most recently appearing as Karen Weston in August: Osage County and Paulette in Legally Blonde: The Musical. This is her directorial debut at The Highwood Theatre. She has also made lots of cool art. In her free time, Eva likes to make an uncomfortable amount of puns and obsessively collect lipstick.

About the Playwright: Madison Middleton is a sophomore at School for Tomorrow. She's participated with Highwood since 2011, most recently appearing in August: Osage County as Ivy. Other notable Highwood roles include William Cartwright/Chairman (The Mystery of Edwin Drood), Catherine (Proof), Johanna (Sweeney Todd), and Applegate/Ensemble (Damn Yankees). She has also performed with TheatreLab and Young Artists of America. The Requiem is her first produced play.

Join us Friday, September 18 for opening night (or join us at 8:45 PM) for our Women's Voices Kick-Off Event.


Discouraged by her failure to cement herself within the music industry, Maria, a young violinist, finds herself where she began: her parent's townhouse. When she arrives, however, the house is dim and her parents are not at home. Maria decides to settle in and unpack despite their absence. In that process, she discovers an old man with a passion for Mozart living in the attic. Inspired by The Highwood Theatre’s desire to raise awareness about mental health issues, The Requiem is a dramatic story of music and memory loss, a side of mental illness Highwood has yet to explore.  This production is written and directed by female students and will feature a talented all-student cast.

September 18 - September 27, 2015

Directed by Eva Silverman

The Highwood Theatre Silver Spring


This production is sponsored in part by funding from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County and the Montgomery County Government.

Part of the area-wide Women's Voices Theater Festival.

The Students' Theatre at The Highwood Theatre presents:

The Requiem

Tell your friends and family
Tell them about our program and what it has done for

your children or family member.
Suggest they come see a production; that’s our

best form of advertisement
Remind them to tell everyone they know as well

Connect with us
Like our Facebook page
Share our posts and photos with your friends
Share links to The Highwood Theatre’s website
Follow us on Twitter (@HighwoodTheatre)
Follow us on Instagram (@thehighwoodtheatre)

Encourage your employer to get involved
Suggest that your business advertise in our programs
Encourage your business to make a donation or

match your contribution
For certain types of businesses, suggest that they donate in-kind to us (we love food and technical equipment!)

Shop on AmazonSmile, and a percentage of your

purchase will go to Highwood

Show your support
Donate to our 2015-2016 Annual Fund
Buy tickets to see our productions, featuring both students and adults
Tell everyone you know to buy tickets to our shows and donate

to our Annual Fund


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