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Dinner Theater

by Luke Osteen

Highlands Cashiers Players will spotlight a quartet of one-act plays at its March Dinner Theater, slated for March 19-21 and March 26-28.

Highlands Cashiers Players is showcasing four new plays shepherded by new and seasoned directors, Thursday through Saturday March 15-17 and March 22-24. It’s produced by Courtney Scarborough and Lynleigh McLain.

These one-acts will play in the auditorium of The Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center. They’ll be performed between courses of dinner served at The PAC.

Tickets are $48, which includes tax. Doors open at 6:30 P.M. and the show begins at 7:00.

In July of 1995, Sara Mayer, Carol Lucas, Jerri Talley, Jean Morris and April Hershey each gave $100 to begin a community theater group in Highlands, the Highlands Community Players was born. That first season they chose three plays – “Steel Magnolias,” “Dearly Departed,” and “A Thurber Carnival.”

In the summer of 2008, the Highlands Community Players joined forces with theater lovers in nearby Cashiers and transitioned to the Highlands Cashiers Players. The twin communities have sustained a schedule of four productions each season, along with the popular holiday favorite of their traditional holiday reading each Christmas season. That’s resulted in over 80 full-length plays involving 25 directors, 23 holiday readings, 6 dramatized readings of full-length plays, and featuring over 250 actors, 41 of them in multiple productions.

What makes the Highlands Cashiers Players special is they are the areas only all-volunteer, not-for-profit theater organization that always welcomes inexperienced and experienced actors all the same. They also encourage anyone who might want to help out in other areas that are just as vital, such as directors, technical staff, set designers and builders, backstage assistants, box office personnel, and hospitality providers. In addition to volunteers, the Highlands Cashiers Players continues to grow and succeed thanks to their continued support from season ticket holders, sponsors, and donors. Without those people, HCP would not exist, they truly are the heartbeat of HCP.

Plans were being finalized as The Laurel went to press, so visit highlandscashiersplayers.org more information.

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