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.
In 2001 they moved into the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center giving them a much better performing space.