Nathan Romanow

The Students' Theatre at The Highwood Theatre presents:

Simone Kimelman-Block (Muzzy and Ensemble):​Simone is a 6th grader at Takoma Park Middle School. At Highwood, she has portrayed Sally in Cabaret, Matron in Hairspray and Marta in Company. When she has free time, Simone likes singing and acting. She has participated in five Highwood productions. “Clap!”

Jordan Smith



"Not for the Life of Me"
"Thoroughly Modern Millie" 
"Not for the Life of Me (Tag)"
"How the Other Half Lives"
"How the Other Half Lives (reprise)"
"Not for the Life of Me (Reprise)"
"The Speed Test"
"They Don't Know"
"The Nuttycracker Suite"
"What Do I Need with Love?"
"Only in New York"

"Forget About the Boy"
"Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life/Falling in Love with Someone" 
"I Turned the Corner/Falling in Love with Someone (Reprise)"
"Long as I'm Here with You"
"Gimme Gimme"
"The Speed Test (Reprise)"
"Ah! Sweet Mystery (Reprise)"
"Thoroughly Modern Millie (Reprise)" 

With generous contributions from our amazing supporters, we have already raised over $34,000 for our 2016-2017 Creating Our Future campaign! This fundraising effort  will help Highwood renovate a new, larger theatre, expand rehearsal spaces, create a more efficient tech workshop, and install a wheelchair left - among other improvements. Our goal is to raise $150,000 by the end of the season to complete this major expansions and renovations, but we can't get there without your help! Please contribute if you can, share with your friends, or send us any fundraising ideas you might have to help us achieve this goal so that we can better serve our community in the future.

​Patron (cont.)
Intuit Quickbooks
Bill and Doris Loehning
Susan Mann
Colleen Meiman
Holly Middleton
The Moorehead Family
John and Rosemary Ryan
Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza
The Stage Lighting Store
Missi Tessier
Thomas and Lauren Van Wazer
Wittie Law PLLC

Harold Bucholtz
Valerie Cummings
Joyce Dorris
Jim and Sharon Lowe
Rochelle and Eric Mayer
Kenneth and Linda Nicola
Matthew Nicola
Alfred Pate
Frank and Betsy Russomanno
The Starr Family
Kay Stevens
Richard Stroup
Susan Talarico and Michael Sundermeyer
Brian Taff and Susan Wilder

Pat and Bob Wittie

Anonymous (1)
The Brown Family
The Community Foundation for The National Capital Region
Frankel PLLC
Doris Kearney in memory of Col. W. M. Kearney
Jayne Letsche
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
Beneva Schulte and Paul Orzulak
The Rome Family
Savills Studley
Wenger Corporation

Toly Yarup

Production Sponsor
The Robert N. Alfandre Foundation
Dave Weadon
The William and Karen Tell Foundation
West Wing Writers

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

Keyboard: Kevin Kearney

Alto Sax and Keyboard: Dylan Kaufman

Clarinet and Tenor Sax: Tyler Wilson

Trombone: Danial Barrios

Guitar: Joey Lambert

Bass: Colin Sidley

Percussion: Will Valdes

Drums: Brandon Leach

Allegra Levone (Mrs. Flannery and Ensemble): Allegra is a junior at Einstein High School. She played the part of Alice in You Can’t Take It With You. Outside of Highwood, Allegra has portrayed Baby in Einstein's production of Baby, as well as performing in the Jungle Ensemble in Einstein's production of Seussical. She enjoys spending her free time reading and dancing in the rain. Allegra was born in Israel. “That’s a wrap!”

Ben Brown



Sydney Acuff (Pearl Lady and Ensemble): Sydney is in 9th grade at Montgomery Blair High School. She has portrayed Frenchie in Cabaret as well as the Mother and Fraulein Schneider in I Am A Camera. Outside of Highwood, she performs with Artstream. Her favorite animal is a chameleon. “After you watch the show, hug someone for 13 seconds.”

Nicholas Nguyen (Mugger/Kenneth/Ensemble): Nicolas is a 4th grader at St. John the Baptist Catholic School. This is Nicholas’s first production at Highwood. He received 2nd place in a writing competition for producing his own book. While attending an acting camp, he played the role of Nate in a production of Camp Runamok. Nicholas likes playing video games and his favorite subject in school is Art. He aspires to become a successful Youtuber someday. “Everything is awesome!”

Delaney Taff

Thoroughly Modern Millie is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). 
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

421 West 54th Street, New York, NY, 10019
Tel.: (212) 541-4684 Fax: (212) 397-4684

Noah Nguyen

Porter Orvetti (Trevor Gradyen): Porter is in the 7th grade and he is home schooled. He recently played the role of Edna in Hairspray and Mr. Kirby in You Can’t Take It With You at Highwood. He attends Destination Imagination. Porter enjoys diving and making electronics when he isn’t acting. He once built an arcade machine in his free time. “Have fun!”

Rachel Sparks

Nicholas Nguyen

Rosie Orzulak

Yael Kissel

Cast Bios:

Yael Friedman (Dorothy Brown): Yael is in 9th grade at Northwood School. She has participated in five Highwood shows. Yael has graduated from 8th grade and has received an award for her art. In her spare time, she likes to watch anime and draw. “Have fun!”

Nathan Hillman (Policeman and Ensemble): Nathan is a 6th grader at A. Mario Loiederman Middle School for the Creative and Performing Arts, and this is his first production at Highwood. He recently played Earthworm in James and the Giant Peach, Jr. at Loiederman. 

Liat Levone

Ben Brown (Jimmy): Ben is an 8th grader at Pyle Middle School. Outside of Highwood, Ben has played a spooky pirate in Pyle’s production of Murder In The Knife Room. In his spare time, he likes to play baseball and act. “I hope you enjoy.

Delaney Taff (Bung Foo): Delaney is in the 7th grade at Pyle Middle School. She has portrayed Essie in You Can’t Take It With You. In her free time, Delaney enjoys taking voice lessons at Bach-to-Rock and babysitting. She was cast in the lead role of Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray in her very first production at Highwood. “Enjoy the show!”


(in alphabetical order)

Pearl Lady: Sydney Acuff

Alice: Lily Barker
Jimmy: Ben Brown

Mrs. Meers: Leora Cherry

Ching Ho: Aidan Emerson
Dorothy Brown: Yael Friedman

Policeman: Nathan Hillman

Muzzy: Simone Kimelman-Block

Rita/Ira Gershwin: Ilana Kissel

Mrs. Flannery: Allegra Levone

Mathilde/New Modern: Liat Levone

Millie Dillmount: Raviv Levone

Ruth/Mama: Elena Meiman

Rodney: ​Langston Muller

Mugger/Kenneth: Nicholas Nguyen

Male Modern/Policeman: Noah Nguyen 

Gloria: Kailey Nothman

Trevor Graydon: Porter Orvetti

Ethel Peas/F. Scott Fitzgerald: Rosie Orzulak

The Letch/Dexter: Nate Romanow

Lucille/George Gershwin: Jordan Smith

Dorothy Parker/Female Modern: Rachel Sparks

Bun Foo: Delaney Taff

Zelda Fitzgerald: Thea Woehr​​

Sydney Acuff

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Rachel Sparks (Dorothy Parker/Female Modern/Ensemble): Rachel is a home school student and is in the 8th grade. She has portrayed Dot in Sunday In The Park With George, Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret, and Amy and Sarah in Company. In her free time, Rachel likes to draw, eat and sleep. She has performed in 13 Highwood productions, spanning across 3 years. “Chocolate comes from cocoa, which is a tree. That makes it a plant, so chocolate is a salad.”

Nathan Hillman

Dear Friends,

Welcome to The Highwood Theatre's production of Thoroughly Modern Millie!  Thank you so much for coming out and supporting our biggest production to date.  I am so honored to have worked with a cast of 24 (record-breaking for Highwood) committed students.  Each brings so much to the production - it's truly wonderful to walk into a rehearsal and see the creative process come to life through everyone's contributions.  

This show follows the story of Millie Dillmount as she comes to New York City and embarks on an exciting, new adventure.  Similiarly, this is the start of an amazing new adventure for Highwood.  I want to welcome you to our new theatre.  Over the next few months, you'll see a lot of improvements and changes to our facilities.  All must needed, this will greatly benefit Highwood, our programming, and you as members of our community.  I want to thank you for supporting the arts and helping our students learn and express themselves through this production.  We can't do this without you, and thank you for helping us Create Our Future.


Aidan Emerson (Ching Ho): Aidan is in 7th grade at Sidwell Friends School. He portrayed Jack in The Importance Of Being Earnest, Harry in Company and Tony in You Can’t Take It With You. Aidan enjoys playing baseball and acting in his spare time. He lived in China for six years. “Have fun watching the show, please enjoy.”



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

Aidan Emerson

Thea Woehr

Original Story and Screenplay by

for the
Universal Pictures Film

 Originally Produced for Broadway by
Michael Leavitt, Fox Theatricals, Hal Luftig, Stewart F. Lane, James L. Nederlander, Independent Presenters Network, L.Mages/M.Glick Berinstein/Manocherian/Dramatic Forces, John York Noble, and Whoopi Goldberg

Lily Barker (Alice and Ensemble): Lily is in 7th grade at Sligo Middle School. She  has played the role of Amber in Hairspray, Kathy in Company and Rheba in You Can’t Take It With You. When she has free time, she likes to sing and act. She has participated in five productions at The Highwood Theatre. “Hope you laugh!”

New Lyrics by

Porter Orvetti

 Inspired by the Jazz Age, free-spirited Millie Dillmount leaves behind her ordinary life in Kansas for a new life in New York City, where she hopes to marry a wealthy man and live happily ever after. Things do not go quite as planned when her big dreams are complicated by crazy antics of the 1920's  However, Millie quickly breaks boundaries and learns more about herself than she ever thought imaginable. Winner of six Tony awards, Thoroughly Modern Millie is a feel-good, high-energy musical that is sure to get your feet tapping and heart swooning!

Ilana Kissel

Thoroughly Modern Millie

Jordan Smith (Lucille/George Gershwin/Ensemble): Jordan is an eighth grader at A. Mario Loiederman Middle School for the Creative and Performing Arts. Jordan appeared in A Night in the Theatre at Highwood this summer, and played Mrs. Trotter and Ensemble in James and the Giant Peach, Jr. at Loiederman.

Noah Nguyen (Male Modern/Policeman/Ensemble): Noah is in 3rd grade at St. John the Baptist Catholic School. Outside of Highwood, he has performed in a production of Camp Runamuk. He has received various awards for placing in second and third place. When he isn’t taking to the stage, Noah enjoys playing games with his friends and two brothers, as well as swimming. He is a skilled pianist. “Enjoy the show!”

Kailey Nothman (Gloria and Ensemble): Kailey is in the 7th grade at Pyle Middle School. She has performed in A Night In The Theatre. Outside of Highwood, Kailey has acted in Imagination Stage’s production of Alice In Wonderland. When she isn’t onstage, she likes skiing and singing. She is on a ski race team. “The one way you can do great in life is to practice, practice practice.”

Elena Meiman (Ruth/Mama/Ensemble) is an eleventh grader at the Edmund Burke School. This is her seventh production at The Highwood Theatre, having recently appeared as Sarah in Company,  Johnna in August: Osage County, and as Gwendolen in The Importance of Being Earnest. Outside of Highwood, She enjoys reading and doing chemistry experiments. She can press 150 lbs. With ease. “Have fun!”

Leora Cherry

Langston Muller (Rodney and Ensemble): Langston is in the 6th grade at A Mario Loiederman Middle School for the Creative and Performing Arts. He recently appeared in James and the Giant Peach, Jr. in the Ensemble. He also appeared as Punjab and Sandy in Annie at Baltimore Theatre Company. This is his first show at Highwood! He also enjoys reading and playing with legos, and he has won 2 writing awards. "I Hope you enjoy the show as much as we have making it!"

Raviv Levone (Millie Dillmount): Raviv is in 10th grade at Einstein High School, and this is her first show at Highwood. Outside of Highwood, she has performed as the Clown and the TV Lady in The Nightmare Before Christmas. She is studying dance in school and has memorized all the lyrics to In The Heights and Hamilton. When she isn’t performing, she likes to write and sing. “According to recent, 1000% scientific studies, it turns out I actually can survive on two hours of sleep.” “To boys and girls, transgender people too, and all you broadway would bes- don’t wonder if this could be you. It absolutely could be!” - James Corden

Rosie Orzulak (Ethel Peas/F. Scott Fitzgerald/Ensemble): Rosie is a 6th grader at A. Mario Loiederman School for the Creative and Performing Arts, and was recently seen in the Ensemble of James and the Giant Peach , Jr., Young Fiona in Shrek, and Queen Sirabi in The Lion King, Jr. This is Rosie’s first production at Highwood. In her free time, she likes to paint and sing. She also loves musical theatre, and her favorite musical is Hamilton. "I hope you enjoy the show!"

Simone Kimelman-Block

Raviv Levone


: Toly Yarup

Music Director: Kevin Kearney

Choreographers: Imani Gaston and Allie O'Donnell

Costume Design: Tip Letsche, Erika Sparks and Wendy Brown
Set and Lighting Design: Toly Yarup and Kevin Kearney

Sound Design: Toly Yarup and Kevin Kearney

Prop Design: Jason Reid

Sound Board Operator: ​Simon Ellerbe

Light Board Operator: Ricky Matthew

Follow Spot Operator: ​Owen Gibson

Make-up and Wig Assistants: ​Sarah Scott, Shannon Cole, Ayala Kissel 

Tech Crew​​: Simon Ellerbe, Owen Gibson, 

Maulani Tucker and Jonah Witte

Nathan Romanow (The Letcher/Dexter/Ensemble): Nate is a 5th grader at Sandy Spring Elementary School. In Highwood’s past production of Hairspray, he played the part of Link Larkin and Paul Sycamore in You Can’t Take It With You. He likes to sing and study in his free time. "Peace and Starbucks."

Anonymous (7)
The Adelfio Family
Ellen  Barclay
Richard and Carolyn Block
The Callahan Family
Linda and John Corkery
Linda Cartwright and John Dineen
Arlene Donovan
Helen Dooley and Daniel DeSimone
Wendy Dorman
Valerie and Norm Dubin
The Emerson Family
David Glietz
Pauline Sobel and Larry Gondelman
The Greene Family
Barbara and Scott Harris
Deborah Hendler and Family
Robert and Phyllis Hoffman
Laura Hollister
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
Amy Duroska and Richard Leidl in honor of the younger generation
Bill and Beth Loizeaux
Alison Lutz
Liz McLeod
Mosquito Squad
Tara Nicola
Barnes and Noble
Peter Orvetti
Gloria Pinza and Andy Geoghegan
The Romanow Family
Liz Russomanno
Lisa Schwartz
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)
Lee Arbetman
The Barker Family
Pascale, Liz, and Cornelius Bronder
Community Crisis Services, Inc.
Darien Cupka
Ewing Hines and Associates Insurance
Lawrence and Jessica Friedman
Patti and Michael Goldman
Deborah and Roscoe Howard
Rosemarie Howe

Thea Woehr (Zelda Fitzgerald and Ensemble): Thea is in the 6th grade at Brookwood School. She has portrayed Shelly Spritzer in Hairspray and Fraulein Kost in Cabaret. Thea won "Most Inspiring Athlete" at her school. When she is not acting, Thea likes to sing and do gymnastics. Thea’s interesting fact is, in her words “I’m small, and I’m 12.” “Sit back, relax and prepare to be dazzled.”

Leora Cherry (Mrs. Meers): Leora is a senior at Fusion Academy. She has played Lady of The Lake in Spamalot and performed at The Kennedy Center for The Highwood Theatre’s Page-to-Stage showcase. Outside of Highwood, Leora has portrayed a samurai in Pacific Overtures. She likes to play the ukulele and sing when she isn’t performing. She attends Fusion Academy, which follows a one-on-one classroom model. “It’s something unpredictable, but in the end it’s right/I hope you had the time of your life” - Green Day

Allegra Levone

Director's Note

Lily Barker

Toly Yarup

Liat Levone (Mathilde/New Modern/Ensemble): Liat is in the 6th grade at Silver Spring International Middle School. She played the parts of a Showgirl, a Dynamite and a Police Guard in Hairspray, as well as Herr Schultz in Cabaret. Outside of Highwood, she has portrayed the Lioness in The Lion King. When she isn't performing, Liat likes to make art and produce her own short films. She is tri-lingual. “Who needs a hat! Who needs a purse! And who needs you, mister/misses whoever you are!”

Book by


Kailey Nothman

Elena Meiman

New Music by

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

Langston Muller


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, Robyn Paley, Loiederman Middle School, Matthew Nicola, Sarah Scott, Orion Stekoll, Shannon Cole, Montgomery College, Wendy Brown,

Erika Sparks, Tip Letsche, James Kearney, St. Patrick's Episcopal Day School, Ryan Salomon, Marcy Ferrence, Emily Long

A special shout out to our neighbors in the Atrium Building for their support!


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

Ilana Kissel (Rita/Ira Gershwin/Ensemble): Ilana is in 5th grade at Jewish Primary Day School. She has performed as Jitter in The Musical of Musicals, Emcee in Cabaret and Kolenkov in You Can’t Take It With You. In her spare time, Ilana likes to study acting and drawing. She can speak two languages. “Enjoy the show!”