The Drowsy Chaperone, November 4-20, 2011. The narrator and the audience are transported right into the action of this multiple award winning show. This musical comedy incorporates a show-within-a-show, mistaken identities, dream sequences, spit takes and more in this homage to American musicals of the Jazz Age. Sponsored by Cohan Radio Group.
The Diary of Anne Frank, January 13-29, 2012. When Anne Frank and her family go into hiding to escape the Nazis, she records her observations of her world with a sensitive and lively intelligence. Her diary is a tangible and extraordinary journal of firsthand observations of the Holocaust, and the innate goodness she still sees in people. Sponsored by Highlands Today and Alan Jay Automotive Network.
Nunsense, March 30 – April 15, 2012. Five Little Sisters of Hoboken discover their cook accidentally killed off the other residents of the convent. Running out of money for the burials, they decide to stage a variety show to raise the necessary funds. The entertainment they present includes solo star turns, madcap dance routines and an audience quiz. Sponsored by The News Sun.
How the Other Half Loves, June 8 –24, 2012. Misinformed mischievous gossip leads to matrimonial mix-ups, a string of misunderstandings and farcical events. . Bob Phillip’s liaison with his boss’s wife is in danger of being discovered. Each attempt to escape suspicion by blaming a third, totally innocent, couple with hilarious consequences. Sponsored by Highlands Independent Bank.
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, August 25 – September 9, 2012. Six adolescent outsiders vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. The bee is the one place where they can stand out and fit in at the same time.
Ghost Tours, October 26, 27 & 29, 2012. 100 years ago in Sebring, Jeb Taylor’s daughter, Pearl, discovered he had been brutally murdered – stabbed while seated at his table by the window, counting his money. The challenge of those who take the tour is to meet the spirits of those who were there that fateful evening and using what they learn,determine who the murderer is. A prize will be given to someone drawn from the correct submissions. Ghost tours are approximately a one mile walk in historic downtown Sebring. Ghosts will tell their stories at designated stops along the route.
Blend, December 29 & 30, 2012. BLEND is the A cappella quartet that brings back all of those fun loving memories of the 50’s and 60’s with a twist of fun. You’ll be amazed at the unbelievable sound and sight while four young men take you back with songs such as “Come, Go With Me” and “In the Still of the Night”. BLEND is a show that you will not want to miss! The real strength of Blend lies in their ability to entertain crowds of all ages with their renditions of songs which most everyone has heard at one point or another.
Auntie Mame, January 16-27, 2013. Mame is a flamboyant, madcap woman, who hosts frequent parties with eclectic, bohemian guests. Her ward Patrick is quickly introduced to his aunt’s free-spirited and eccentric lifestyle. Auntie Mame set a standard for Broadway comedy that’s been sought after ever since. Auntie Mame was a handsome, sparkling, scatterbrained and warm-hearted lady who brightened the American landscape by her whimsical gaiety, her slightly madcap adventures and her devotion to her young nephew, who grew up to be the novelist Patrick Dennis.
Allynn Unhinged, January 12, 2013. Keith Allynn has entertained audiences for over 21 years. At the tender age of 14 he began his career in stand up comedy. He was a crowd warming opening act for names like Robin Williams, Chris Rock and Tim Allen. Keith was named “Tribute Artist of the Year” for 2009 & 2010!
The Vagina Monologues, February 9, 2013. THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES, speaks of women’s bodies, covering subjects often considered taboo, risque, and threateningly empowering. The show is a revelation. Each of the monologues deals with an aspect of the feminine experience. Written by Eve Ensler, founder of the charity V-Day. The Vagina Monologues is the cornerstone of the V-Day movement, whose participants stage benefit performances of the show and/or host other related events in their communities. Such events take place worldwide each year between February 1 and April 30. Money raised from this performance will benefit the Peace River Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Centers, http://www.peace-river.com/. ADULT LANGUAGE.
Love Songs and Letters to Loved Ones, February 14-15, 2013.
Sex Please We’re Sixty, March 20-31, 2013. Someone swaps Bud’s Viagra with Venusia for women, and we soon discover they have a strange effect on men. It gives them all the symptoms of a menopausal woman, complete with hot flashes, mood swings, uncontrollable weeping and irritability. Laugh along as we see what happens next. Written by Michael Parker & Susan Parker. Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
Second Samuel, April 5 – 13, 2013. Like a southern accent, SECOND SAMUEL is warm honey on a hot summer’s day, and like STEEL MAGNOLIAS and TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, behind its gentle tale of small town life are some wonderful messages about acceptance, delivered with just the right mix of humor, pathos and drama. We meet folks of the town as they deal with an unusual circumstance. The plot has fascinating twists that keep you on the edge of your seat. Written by Pamela Parker. Produced by special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing, Inc.
Toby’s Clowns on Stage, February 23 – 24, 2013. Since 1993, Toby’s clowns have been bringing happiness to life in Highlands County. Their mission to spread Smiles, Love & Laughter, will come to life on the McCollum Stage in the Drs. Thakkar Pavilion. Proceeds benefit both Toby’s Clown Foundation and Highlands Little Theatre.
High School Musical 2, May 23-26, 2013. The gang’s all here for an action-packed summer extravaganza as Troy, Gabriella and the rest of the Wildcats finish junior year and blast onto the summer scene. Things have been smooth sailing for Troy and Gabriella since their star turn in Juliet and Romeo, but Sharpay vows to win Troy’s heart this summer – by any means necessary. This buoyant sequel takes on the questions of real kids facing the realities of the adult world. Friendships are tested, summer romances go haywire, and the meaning of success is redefined. Produced by special arrangement with Music Theatre International, Inc.
Patriotic Revue, July 4, 2013. Every year Highlands Little Theatre awards scholarships to Performing Arts students of all ages. We have aided young adults to further their education at various colleges and universities, provided adult members with help with their registration fees at the American Association of Community Theatre annual gatherings, and much, much more. Let us cook & entertain you while you help us continue this legacy. Refreshment sales benefitting the Janelou Buck Scholarship Fund include Hot Dogs, Brats, Chili, Sodas, cold beer and more.
Yearbook, July 18 – 19, 2013. By Steven Fendrich. Written to counteract the constant barrage of negative stories about youth saturating the media today, Yearbook is a positive play about the humor, determination and caring that exists in every school. Each vignette comes to life with the help of an ensemble of students that remains on stage through the entire play. Its positive messages about teens fuels a renewed hope for the future. Produced by special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service, Inc., Englewood, Colorado. Produced by the HLT Summer Theatre Institute with help from the Sebring Elk’s Club.
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, July 17 – 28, 2013. Psuedolus, a crafty slave, struggles to win the hand of the beautiful but slow-witted courtesan Philia for his young master, Hero, in exchange for freedom. This shamelessly retro musical pays homage to vintage vaudeville in an orgy of classic theatrical comedy, bawdy stage high jinks and sensational slapstick. Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Book by Burt Shrevelove and Larry Gelbart. Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International. One of the funniest musicals ever written, the show won several Tony Awards, the 1997 HLT Best Play of the Year and Best Director Zenon for returning director Tammie Pollard.
USO: Thanks for the Memories, August 17-18, 2013. “It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing!” Nearly 75 years later, the sounds of swing music is still popular. As World War II started, Big Band music boosted moral throughout the world. The love songs moved people to tears and the patriotic music inspired them to do their best to put out the firestorms. The USO (United Service Organization) groups headed to every part of the world to entertain, including right here in Sebring. Hear the music and dance the steps again as HLT presents “Thanks for the Memories” of the USO.
Lend Me a Tenor, September 11 – 22, 2013. Set in the 1930s, Lend Me a Tenor is a madcap screwball comedy that takes place when Tito Merelli, the fiery-tempered and world famous Italian superstar, arrives in Cleveland, Ohio to make his debut with the local opera and promptly goes missing. As Saunders, the show’s presenter, conspires to cover for Tito’s absence, placate his hot-blooded wife, and distract his most passionate fans, chaos on a truly operatic level ensues. Written by Ken Ludwig. Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
Little Shop of Horrors, November 13 – 24, 2013. In this campy rock musical based on the 1960s cult horror film, nerdy Seymour nourishes a Venus fly trap-like plant from outer space, which he names for his beloved co-worker Audrey. The plant ultimately grows big enough to devour everything in its path. Meant as a parody of B-movies, the music is in the rock & roll, doo wop and Motown styles. Written by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken. Produced by special arrangement with Music Theatre International.
Gift of the Magi, December 13 -15, 2013. This heartwarming O.Henry classic tale of a poor couple desperately in love is narrated by a group of Christmas carolers. A strange twist of fate leads the couple to find the perfect gifts for one another – but at an unexpected cost. Traditional carols and the intimate setting will get you in the holiday spirit. Adapted by Jon Jory. Produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc. Suitable for ages 6 & older.
The Blend, December 28 & 29, 2013. BLEND is the a cappella doo-wop group bringing back hits from the 50′s and 60′s with a twist of fun! They make very clear in their frivolous act that they love what they do. The real strength of Blend lies in their ability to entertain crowds of all ages with their renditions of songs which most everyone has heard at one point or another.
On Golden Pond, January 15-26, 2014. The plot focuses on aging couple Ethel and Norman Thayer, who spend each summer at their home on a lake called Golden Pond. During the year the story takes place, they are visited by daughter Chelsea with her fiancé and his son in tow. The play explores the often turbulent relationship the young woman shared with her father growing up, and the difficulties faced by a couple in the twilight years of a long marriage. Written by Ernest Thompson. Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service.
Fox On The Fairway, March 19-30, 2014. Monkey business and water hazards collide in this madcap adventure about love and golf! With a ridiculous personal wager at stake, two arch-rival country club execs go head-to-head over their annual golf tournament. A furiously paced comedy that recalls the Marx Brothers’ classics. Written by Ken Ludwig. Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French Inc.
Motherhood Out Loud, April 11-13, 2014. When entrusting the subject of motherhood to such a dazzling collection of celebrated American writers, what results is a joyous, moving, hilarious, and altogether thrilling theatrical play. Utterly unpredictable, Motherhood Out Loud shatters traditional notions about parenthood, unveils its inherent comedy and celebrates the deeply personal truths that span and unite generations. The informal setting unites both audience and performers. By leslie Ayvazian, Brooke Berman, David Cale, Jessica Goldberg, Beth Henley, Lameece Issaq, Clair LaZebnik, Lisa Loomer, Michelle Lowe, Marco Pennette, Theresa Rebeck, Luanne Rice, Annie Weisman and Cheryl L. West. Produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc.
13, May 9 – 11, 2014. When his parents get divorced and he’s forced to move from New York City to a small town in Indiana, Evan Goldman just wants to make friends and survive the school year. Easier said than done. He is being bullied, blackmailed and ostracized. Music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown. Book by Dan Elish and Robert Horn. Produced by special arrangement with Music Theatre International.
Proof, June 13-15, 2014. Catherine cared for her father through a lengthy mental illness. Upon his death, a paradigm-shifting proof is discovered. The title refers both to that and to whether Catherine can prove the proof’s authorship. Crackles with subtle wit while exploring Catherine’s fear of following her father, both mathematically and mentally.
Patriotic Revue, July 4, 2014. Music by The Heartland Pops and HLT Singers. Every year Highlands Little Theatre awards scholarships to Performing Arts students of all ages. We have aided young adults to further their education at various colleges and universities, provided adult members with help with their registration fees at the American Association of Community Theatre annual gatherings, and much, much more.
Wizard of Oz, July 9-20, 2014. Follow the yellow brick road over the rainbow into the Land of Oz. After a twister takes dreamer Dorothy Gale from Kansas to Munchkinland, she makes an enemy of the Wicked Witch of the West, and must find her way to the Emerald City to see the Wizard. Click your heels together and join Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Dorothy and her little dog Toto as they journey through the magical land to obtain their heart’s desires. A fantastic musical treat for the whole family. Written by Frank L. Baum, adapted by Frank Gabrielson. Music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg. Produced by special arrangement with Tams-Witmark Music Library.
Shakespeare Rocks, August 8-9, 2014. An adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream condensed into a one act version for young actors and set to popular rock music. Performed by the Summer Theatre Institute students.
Graceland, August 15-17, 2014. The place is in front of the entrance of Graceland, the late Elvis Presley’s Memphis mansion; the time, five o’clock in the morning, three days before the estate is to be opened to the public. Two ardent Presley fans, Bev and Rootie, are camped out before the gates, each determined to be the first to enter the sacred precincts. The funny and touching play is written by Ellen Byron. Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.
Bus Stop, September 10-21, 2014. In a rural Kansas diner on a howling wintry night, things heat up when stranded bus passengers explore love. This enchanting comedic drama portrays the full spectrum of romantic relationships. Naive Bo is determined to marry Cherie, whether she’s interested or not. Teacher Gerald makes a play for the waitress and the diner owner frolics with the bus driver. A classic tale of optimism, romance and loneliness.
Annie Get Your Gun, November 12-23, 2014. The story of the great sharpshooter, Annie Oakley, who rises to fame while dealing with her love/professional rival, Frank Butler. Songs include “There’s No Business Like Show Business”, “Doin’ What Comes Natur’lly”, “You Can’t Get a Man with a Gun”, “They Say It’s Wonderful”, and “Anything You Can Do.” Music & Lyrics by Irving Berlin.
Always… Patsy Cline, January 21 – February 4, 2015. The show is based on a true story about Cline’s friendship with a fan from Houston named Louise Seger, who befriended the star in a Texas honky-tonk in 1961, and continued a correspondence with Cline until her death. Songs include “Crazy”, “I Fall to Pieces”, “Sweet Dreams” and “Walking After Midnight”…27 songs in all. Written by Ted Swindley. Produced by special arrangement with Ted Swindley Productions.
Duos & Duets, February 13 & 14, 2015. Sonny & Cher and Ralph & Alice are only two of the couples who will be represented during DUOS & DUETS. A combination of songs and skits, laugh along with us as we celebrate love of all styles. Adult Tickets include a glass of sparkling wine to kick off your festivities. This is an original work conceived and directed by Patty Young.
The Men of Mah Jongg, February 20-21, 2015. A sweet & crusty drama about male aging and friendship that takes a look at what happens when men face loss and deteriorating health, and the friendships that redeem them. Written by Richard Atkins. Produced by special arrangement with The Sandia Group.
Driving Miss Daisy, March 25-April 5, 2015. Meet the indomitable Miss Daisy in this iconic tale of the transformative power of friendship that will warm your heart. Written by Alfred Uhry. Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Group.
Happily Ever After, April 9-10, 2015. A musical review presented by the next generation of HLT entertainers. This show is the culmination of a unique experience for the youth as they travel through an original work from inception to completion.
Les Miserables, June 17 – 28, 2015. Les Miserables is an epic and uplifting story about the survival of the human spirit, featuring one of the most memorable scores of all time. Songs include “I Dreamed a Dream”, “On My Own”, “One Day More”, “Bring Him Home”, and “Do You Hear the People Sing.” Book by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg. Music by Claude-Michel Schonberg. Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer. Produced by special arrangement with Music Theatre International. Recommended for ages 13 and older. Sponsored by The News Sun and Heacock Insurance Group.
The Fatal Fifties Affair, July 17 & 18. Do your best CSI impression as you try to solve this whodunit. Fifties style dress is encouraged – awards may be given!
Alice in Wonderland, August 7-8. The Summer Theatre Institute will present their original interpretation of the kid classic, ALICE IN WONDERLAND. Alice must find her way through this strange place called “Wonderland”. She falls asleep and enters this world by falling down a rabbit hole. She follows the White Rabbit who leads her on many adventures.