2020 Season Launch

Highlands Theatre Group is pleased to announce our 2020 season:

May

Love Letters

Directed by Leilani van Diemen

Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Melissa Gardner are childhood friends whose lifelong correspondence begins with a birthday party thank-you note, and continue with summer camp postcards. Romantically attached, they continue to exchange letters throughout boarding school and college years. While Andy is off at war Melissa marries, but her attachment to Andy remains strong. They still keep in touch as he marries, becomes a successful attorney, gets involved in politics and, eventually, is elected to the U.S. Senate. Meanwhile, her marriage fails, Melissa dabbles in art, drinks more than she should, and becomes estranged from her children. Eventually she and Andy do become involved in a brief affair, but it is really too late for both of them.

Andy’s last letter, written to her mother after Melissa’s untimely death, makes it eloquently clear how much they really meant, and gave to, each other over the years—physically apart, perhaps, but spiritually as close as only true lovers can be.

July

Jesus Christ Superstar

Directed by Steve Cheers, Musical Director Rob Hughes and Choreographer Eloise Knight

Lyrics by Tim Rice
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber

What’s the buzz? The first musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice to be produced for the professional stage, Jesus Christ Superstar has wowed audiences for over 40 years. A timeless work, the rock opera is set against the backdrop of an extraordinary and universally-known series of events but seen, unusually, through the eyes of Judas Iscariot.

Loosely based on the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, Superstar follows the last week of Jesus Christ’s life. The story, told entirely through song, explores the personal relationships and struggles between Jesus, Judas, Mary Magdalene, his disciples, his followers and the Roman Empire.

The iconic 1970s rock score contains such well-known numbers as “Superstar,” “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” and “Gethsemane.” A true global phenomenon, Superstar continues to touch new generations of audiences.

October

12 Angry Jurors

Directed by Jim Cheesley

The original play / film was called Twelve Angry Men and there is also a version called Twelve Angry Women.
The storyline for Twelve Angry Jurors is the same – a young man has been charged with murdering his father. The trial is over and the members of the Jury have retired to consider their verdict. On the first vote eleven find him guilty and one not guilty. What follows is each Juror revealing his or her character as various testimonies are re-examined. Tempers get short and arguments grow heated.

November

Nunsense

Directed by Eloise Knight

Nunsense begins when the Little Sisters of Hoboken discover that their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God, has accidentally poisoned 52 of the sisters, and they are in dire need of funds for the burials. The sisters decide that the best way to raise the money is to put on a variety show, so they take over the school auditorium, which is currently set up for the eighth grade production of “Grease.” Here we meet Reverend Mother Regina, a former circus performer; Sister Mary Hubert, the Mistress of Novices; a streetwise nun from Brooklyn named Sister Robert Anne; Sister Mary Leo, a novice who is a wannabe ballerina; and the delightfully wacky Sister Mary Amnesia, the nun who lost her memory when a crucifix fell on her head. Featuring star turns,tap and ballet dancing, an audience quiz, and comic surprises, this show has become an international phenomenon. With more than 5000 productions worldwide, it has been translated into 21 languages.