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Ilana Kissel (Mrs. Kolenkhov) is a 4th grader at Jewish Primary Day School of the Nation’s Capitol. This is her fourth show at Highwood, having previously appeared as the Emcee in Cabaret ‘67, Mr. Pinky/Tammy in Hairspray and Ms. Galahad, Bedevere in Spamalot. She was also in My Fair Lady. She likes to draw and act. An interesting fact about her is that she has never gone to a public school. “Enjoy the show!”

Rachel Sparks

Mark your calendars! Highwood is excited to be participating again in DoMore24 on Thursday, June 2nd, and we need your help to reach our fundraising goal! This 24-hour day of online giving, powered by United Way NCA, helps raise money for nonprofits serving DC, Maryland and Virginia.  This year's proceeds will go toward funding our Highwood at School program which has served 23 area schools this year and impacted the lives of thousands of students.

Join us June 2nd in supporting arts education and Highwood's mission to help anyone do theatre!

Simone Kimelman-Block (Mrs. Kirby/Grand Duchess Olga Katrina) is a 5th grader at Jewish Primary Day School. This is her fourth show at Highwood, having previously appeared as Sally in Cabaret ‘67, Louanne/Matron in Hairspray and Martha in Company. She was the Narrator in Joseph and the Technicolor Dream Coat and swims. She likes to sing and act. An interesting fact about her is that she has three brothers and sisters. “Enjoy the show!”

Lily Barker (Rheba) is a 6th grader at Sligo Middle School. This is her third Highwood show, having previously appeared as Amber Von Tussle in Hairspray and Kathy in Company. She has also appeared as Ghost Baronet in Ruddigore at Kid’s Choral, Prisoner in Pirates! The Musical at Woodlin Elementary and the Ensemble in Imagination Stage’s Musical Showcase. She likes to sing and play sports. An interesting fact about her is that she loves to sing and act. “Hope you love it!”


Elena Meiman (Penny Sycamore) is a 9th grader at Edmund Burke School. This is her seventh show at Highwood, having previously appeared as Ensemble in Hairspray, Johanna in August: Osage County, and Gwendolen in The Importance of Being Earnest. She was also seen as Baliff and Brooke in Legally Blonde. She danced for a year before joining Highwood and she once did the backgrounds for Spamalot. She likes to read and do science experiment. An interesting fact about her is that she can read on a graduate school level.”Have fun!”

Aidan Emerson (Tony Kirby) is a 6th grader at Sidwell Friends School. This is his third Highwood show, having previously appeared as Earnest in The Importance of Being Earnest and Harry/Peter in Company. He has also done Imagination Stage’s Progress and Performance. He likes to play baseball and act. An interesting fact about him is that he used to live in China. “Enjoy the show!”

Ilana Kissel

Allegra Levone (Alice Sycamore is a 10th grader at Albert Einstein High School. This is her first show at Highwood. She has appeared as Baby in Baby, Jungle Ensemble in Seussical, and Amanda in Audience, at Einstein High School. She likes to act and cook. An interesting fact about her is that she is trilingual. “Have fun!”

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Barbara and Scott Harris
Deborah Hendler and Family
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Therese and Neil Intrater
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Mike and Pam Kearney
Geoffrey Klineberg and Ursula Werner
Joseph and Bonny Krenz
Maura and Jeffrey Leach Family
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Bill and Beth Loizeaux
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The Romanow Family
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Liz Russomanno
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The Shusterman Family
Sligo Cafe
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Ginger South
The Wilder/Taff Family
Missi Tessier
Andrew Zvara

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The Barker Family
Pascale, Liz, and Cornelius Bronder
Community Crisis Services, Inc.
Darien Cupka

Porter Orvetti (Mr. Kirby/Henderson) is a home schooled 6th grader. This is his sixth show at Highwood, having previously appeared as Edna in Hairspray, Dogberry in Much Ado about Nothing, and Algernon in The Importance of Being Earnest. He has performed in Destination Imagination, has gone diving and does teen shop. He likes to make electronics and act. An interesting fact about him is that he has played drag. “Enjoy!

Yael Kissel


​Penelope Sycamore: Elena Meiman
Essie: Delaney Taff
Rheba: Lily Barker
Paul Sycamore: Nate Romanow
Mr. De Pinna: Orion Stekoll
Edwina: Yael Kissel
Martin Vanderhof: Sam Intrater
Henderson/Mr. Kirby: Porter Orvetti
Alice: Allegra Levone
Tony Kirby: Aidan Emerson
Mrs. Kolenkhov: Ilana Kissel
Gay Wellington: Rachel Sparks
Mrs. Kirby: Simone Kimelman-Block

J-Men: Matthew Nicola, Kevin Kearney,

Toly Yarup

Delaney Taff


Porter Orvetti

Samuel Intrater

You Can't Take It With You



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

Nate Romanow

A Comedy in Three Acts
By Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman

Directed by Kevin Kearney

Cast Bios:

Delaney Taff (Essie Carmichael) is a 6th grader at Pyle Middle School. This is her second show at Highwood, having previously appeared as Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray. She has taken class at Imagination Stage, piano lessons at Bach to Rock, and piano lessons. She likes to sing and play basketball. An interesting fact about her is that she loves elephants. “Thank you!”

Yael Kissel (Edwina Carmichael) is a 8th grader at Col E. Brooke Lee Middle School. This is her fourth show at Highwood, having previously appeared as Rosie/Sailor in Cabaret ‘67, Wilbur in Hairspray and Patsy in Spamalot. She’s been in an art show and has been in school plays. She likes to do art and play video games. An interesting fact abuot her is that she is awesome. “Have a good time!”

The Cast

Lily Barker



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, Erika Sparks, Tip Letsche, James Kearney, Marcy Ference, St. Patrick's Episcopal Day School

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


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© The Highwood Theatre Inc., May, 2016

Samuel Intrater (Martin Vanderhof) is a tenth grader at Albert Einstein High School. This is his second production at Highwood, having previously appeared as King Arthur in Monty Python's Spamalot. He has also played Horton in "Seussical" and Eddie Grantwood in “The Future Is In Your Tiny Hands”, and participated in the ensemble of How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, all of which were produced by his high school. He has also taken a first-level theatre class at school. In his spare time, he likes to surf the internet and act. He was born on New Years’ Day 2000. “Hi.”


Director:  Kevin Kearney
Set, Lighting, and Sound Design: Kevin Kearney and Toly Yarup
Costume Design: Tip Letsche, Erika Sparks, Ilana Kissel, Lily Barker, Yael Kissel, Porter Orvetti
Prop Design: Nate Romanow, Delaney Taff, Allegra Levone, Porter Orvetti
Light Board Operator: Simon Ellerbe
Sound Board Operator: Jonah Karp

Act I: A Wednesday evening

Act II: A week later

Act III: The next week

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

Simone Kimelman-Block

Thank you for coming out to see You Can't Take It With You!

This group of talented students has worked hard over the past 5 weeks to bring you this challenging, classic production.  With great characters, comedy, and something for everyone to relate to, this show is a timeless piece appreciated by young and old alike.

​As such, we have set this piece in a nebulous time period.  You will hear and see references to the past, present, and (who knows)...maybe the future.  So sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.  Take its message in and see what YOU can get out of it!

Kevin Kearney

Elena Meiman

The Students' Theatre at The Highwood Theatre presents:

Nate Romanow (Paul Sycamore) is a 4th grader at Sandy Spring Friends School. This is his second show at Highwood, having previously appeared as Link in Hairspray. He was in Fiddler on the Roof, Narrator 4 in Into the Woods, and Mr. Bucket in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He likes to paint and draw. An interesting fact about him is that his grandmother is Hillary Clinton’s interior designer. “Act crazy!”

Allegra Levone


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Alice Sycamore is just an ordinary girl with an extra-ordinary family. Luckily, the man she loves, Tony Kirby, happily accepts her family's many eccentricities. But when the time comes for his wealthy, straight-laced parents to meet the Sycamores, things don’t quite go as planned.  Hilarity ensues; will true love be enough to overcome the differences between these two families?

​Patron (cont.)
Lawrence and Jessica Friedman
Rosemarie Howe
Intuit Quickbooks
Susan Mann
The Moorehead Family
Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza
The Stage Lighting Store
Kay and Gary Stevens
Thomas and Lauren Van Wazer
Pat and Bob Wittie

​Harold Bucholtz
Valerie Cummings
Jim and Sharon Lowe
The Middleton Family
Kenneth and Linda Nicola
Matthew Nicola
Alfred Pate
Rick and Joanne Rome
The Starr Family
Richard Stroup
Susan Talarico and Michael SundermeyerBrian Taff and Susan Wilder


The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region

Joyce Dorris

Frankel PLLC
Doris Kearney in memory of Col. W. M. Kearney

Jayne Letsche

Savills Studley
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

​Wenger Corporation

Production Sponsor
The Robert N. Alfandre Foundation

Karla Letsche
James Kearney
Dave Weadon
The William and Karen Tell Foundation

West Wing Writers

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

You Can't Take It With You is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service Inc, New York

Director's Note