Tick, Tick...BOOM!
Book, Music and Lyrics by JONATHAN LARSON

Directed by


​​​​​​​​​THE CAST

Jonathan: Max Rome

Susan: Madison Middleton

Michael: Dylan Kaufman


Hi! Thanks for coming to The Highwood Theatre's production of Tick, Tick... Boom!  I’m ridiculously proud to present the second of three productions by Highwood’s three Directing Fellows.  I hereby invite you into the life of writer/composer Jonathan Larson. Tick, Tick... Boom! was originally a rock monologue, and though the show was fleshed out and other characters were added, it’s mostly based on Larson’s life. He wrote it at a time in which he was questioning his ability as a composer and whether what he was doing had meaning, which is reflected in “Jon”’s life. He went on to write Rent following this show, and, at least to me, that means more than ever after having done this production. All the hopes and dreams expressed here are fulfilled, but he never got to experience them. Jonathan Larson died the day that Rent was sent to open off-Broadway. My highest hope for this show is that we honor his dreams by airing them now, with the knowledge that they come true.​ 

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Mike and Pam Kearney
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UP NEXT: James and the Giant Peach, Jr.

A joint production between The Highwood Theatre and A. Mario Loiederman Middle School for the Creative and Performing Arts

Synopsis: Tick, Tick...Boom! is a powerful semi-autobiographical rock musical by Jonathan Larson, the creator of RENT, and tells the story of Jonathan, a struggling composer living in New York City. On the cusp of turning thirty, he suffers a crisis trying to decide what to do with his life. Though he loves composing, he’s broke and is at a major crossroads: should he work for his friend, Michael, or leave the city and settle down with his girlfriend Susan?​



Tick, Tick... BOOM!

This new musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s beloved story is offbeat, hilarious and touching. Following the misadventures of James, a young orphan who, after being sent off to live with his troublesome aunts, stumbles upon a magical concoction that sprouts an enormous peach bringing him adventure, friendships and the family he had been dreaming of.

November 18th & 19th at Loiederman Middle School

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Max Rome (Jonathan): Max Rome is a 12th grader currently attending Fusion Academy. This will be Max's 13th production with The Highwood Theatre, most recently starring as Christopher Isherwood in I Am A Camera and Ernst Ludwig in Cabaret. Outside of Highwood, Max has worked with the Theatre Lab located in D.C. and was enrolled in Studio Theatre's youth conservatory this past summer. Max hopes to pursue theatre in college and take everything from these wonderful experiences into the future. "Refried!"


Piano: Kevin Kearney

Drums: Will Valdes

Bass: Colin Sidley

Guitar: Joey Lambert


Dylan Kaufman (Dylan/Others): Dylan Kaufman, a junior at Albert Einstein High School, is thrilled to be playing Michael in Tick, Tick...Boom! You may recognize Dylan from his role as the Emcee in Cabaret and Ryan in Crazy Runs in the Family at Highwood, as Bobby in Through Childrens' Eyes at the Kennedy Center, or as the director of The Importance of Being Earnest at Highwood. Dylan will also be playing Henry in the Skin Of Our Teeth this fall at Albert Einstein High School. Dylan enjoys playing bassoon, saxophone, and baseball, as well as traveling the world in his free time. He would like to thank his friends and family for all of their support. "Enjoy the show!"​

The Students' Theatre at The Highwood Theatre presents:

Before there was the groundbreaking, musical theatre sensation RENT, Jonathan Larson was an artist waiting tables and struggling to make his big break in life. While he originally graduated from Adelphi University with dreams of being an actor, his life took a very different course under the mentorship of legendary composer Stephen Sondheim. The recipient of numerous awards, including the Rodgers and Development Grant in support of Suburbia (his new musical work based on Orson Welles' 1984), Larson began to make ripples in the theatre scene with his rock monologue musical 30/90 (posthumously reworked and titled Tick, Tick...Boom!) at New York Theater Workshop and other venues. Larson tragically died on January 25, 1996 - the morning of the first preview of RENT, and never got to witness the indelible mark that his work made on musical theatre. Larson's brilliant works opened theatre up to a whole new, younger generation of theatre-goers - a legacy still felt today among artists and audiences alike. Read more about his life story here. 

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Madison Middleton (Susan/Others): Madison Middleton is a junior at the Fusion Academy in DC. They just wrapped up her own Directing Fellowship with Highwood's Your Theatre production of 'Night, Mother by Marsha Norman. Past onstage performances with Highwood include Cabaret (Fraulein Schneider/Rosie), Hairspray (Corny Collins), August: Osage County (Ivy), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (William Cartwright/Chairman), among others. The Theatre Lab: Museum (Blakey/ Julie Jenkins), West Side Story (Shark Girl), The Glass Menagerie (Laura), 2015 and 2016 Dramathon. Young Artists of America: Children of Eden (Storyteller), The Secret Garden in Concert (Ensemble). Madison’s play The Requiem was produced by the Highwood Theatre for DC’s Women’s Voices Theater Festival in 2015. Madison enjoys the silence, darkness, and adrenaline rush of caving. “Cool beans.”

Mae Gilligan (Director) is a junior in the Communication Arts Program at Montgomery Blair High School. She saw the Highwood production of Cabaret, and her mom told her apply to the directing fellowship so she did it. But she’s really happy she did, because she loves theatre and being in charge but doesn’t love acting. Previous roles include Witch # 2 in a summer camp production of Macbeth. She would like to thank her parents for driving her to rehearsal and pretending to understand director babble, the cast, crew, and band for being amazing, and the producers for fostering her crazy vision. Mae has had a really great experience working with the Highwood family and hopes that you like her show. She really really hopes you like it. Please tell her you like it. In her spare time she likes reading, sleeping and Food Network.


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, Orion Stekoll, Matthew Nicola, Sarah Scott, Toly Yarup, Tip Letsche, Simon Ellerbe,

Mae Gilligan, Max Rome, Madison Middleton, Dylan Kaufman, Jason Reid

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


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Production Credits


Book, Music and Lyrics by Jonathan Larson  
David Auburn, Script Consultant 
 Vocal Arrangements and Orchestrations by Stephen Oremus 
Tick, Tick... Boom! was originally produced off-Broadway in June, 2001 by 
Victoria Leacock, Robyn Goodman, Dede Harris, Lorie Cowen Levy, Beth Smith
Tick, Tick... Boom! Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). 
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.


Mae Gilligan

Set Design: Simon Ellerbe

Lighting Design: Toly Yarup

Sound Design: Kevin Kearney

Costume Design: Tip Letsche

Light Board Operator: Simon Ellerbe

Sound Board Operator: Toly Yarup

Crew: Simon Ellerbe, Jonah Witte, Owen Gibson

Technical Director: ​Orion Stekoll

Production Manager: ​Toly Yarup