In July of 1995, five people with a vision of a community theater in Highlands decided to act on that vision and started the Highlands Community Players.

Sara Mayer, Carol Lucas, Jerri Talley, Jean Morris and April Hershey each put in $100 of their  own money, sat down and chose three plays – Steel Magnolias, Dearly Departed and A Thurber Carnival – and wrote to get the rights to do them.
They then petitioned the Highlands Chamber of Commerce to let them rent the Conference Center to put on these three plays and set out to get some platforms built to use for a stage.

For the next five years they continued to schedule a fall, winter and spring play with performances on Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons. The “Readers Theatre” has become a tradition during the Christmas season.


1995-1996 SeasonSteel MagnoliasWacky  Christmas Carol

Dearly Departed

A Thurber Carnival

1996-1997 SeasonPlaza SuiteAnnual Christmas Reading

The Dining Room

Murder is a Game

1997-1998 SeasonThe ForeignerAnnual Christmas Reading

Odd Couple – Female Version

An Inspector Calls

1998-1999 SeasonBeau JestAnnual Christmas Reading

A Talent for Murder


1999-2000 SeasonThe Octette Bridge Club Annual Christmas Reading

I Hate Hamlet

Lost in Yonkers

Spoon River Anthology (Reading)

2000-2001 SeasonMorning’s at SevenAnnual Christmas Reading

Dirty Work at the Crossroads

Light Up the Sky

All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten (Reading)

2001-2002 SeasonBarefoot in the ParkAnnual Christmas Reading

Moon Over Buffalo

Our Town

Over the River and Through the Woods (Reading)

2002-2003 SeasonThe Exact Center of the UniverseAnnual Christmas Reading

Blithe Spirit

The Cemetery Club

Brighton Beach Memoirs (Reading)

2003-2004 SeasonYou Can’t Take It With YouAnnual Christmas Reading

The Importance of Being Earnest


The Sunshine Boys

2004-2005 SeasonSteel MagnoliasStepping Out

The Diary of Anne Frank

Dearly Departed

2005-2006 SeasonThe Second Time AroundThe Hollow

I Remember Mama

Simon’s Suites (New Directors’ Project)

2006-2007 SeasonCrimes of the Heart,
Caught in the Villain’s WebEnchanted April

How the Other Half Loves

2007-2008 SeasonThe Raindrop WaltzLend Me a Tenor

The Last Night of Ballyhoo

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum