Highlands Playhouse makes tough decision to cancel 2020 season

Below is a message from Highlands Playhouse Artistic Director Marshall Carby and Managing Director Lance Matzke.

Dear Patrons and friends,

The Highlands Playhouse has been providing entertainment to the Highlands-Cashiers plateau for over eighty years, and we will continue to do so for many more. However, this year is unlike any other in our long history of sensational summer theater.

The on-going global pandemic and the safety measures required to protect our staff, patrons, and community have forced us to cancel what we had planned for the 2020 season. This decision was made with careful consideration from the Highlands Playhouse Board of Directors, Managing Director, Artistic Director, and Highlands Mayor Patrick Taylor. 

Many alternative plans were explored at length, attempting to bring high-quality entertainment to the Highlands community.  However, after our deliberation, it became clear we have a responsibility to our patrons, donors, actors, technicians, staff, and the future success of the playhouse to forgo our original plans.

Anyone who has ever entered the city limits of Highlands, NC knows it is a remarkable place.  Everywhere you look you can find waterfalls, hiking trails, and greenery.  As you make your way to the middle of town you encounter a bustling collection of shops, restaurants, and people. And, one block off Main Street sits the Highlands Playhouse. 

This eighty-two-year young institution produces a season of musicals, which add to the amazing list of activities and attractions enjoyed by local patrons and a myriad of people seeking relaxation and entertainment in the splendor of the mountains. 

To put it simply, this place is special, and we will do our part to preserve everyone and everything we love about this community. 

“The Highlands Playhouse, the Performing Arts Center and the Bascom Visual Arts Center are all vital institutions of our overall hospitality and cultural economy,” said Highlands Mayor Patrick Taylor. “I urge patrons and supporters to continue investing in their programs as they have to modify their upcoming seasons in light of the COVID-19 crisis.”

This pandemic will end, and as soon as it does, the Highlands Playhouse will be here for you. We are exploring new, creative ways to entertain you as soon as it is safe to do so and look forward to the return of bustling Highland’s sidewalks, long summer days, and a theatre full of excitement for a night of revelry or an intriguing new film.

Be the first to know by following us on Facebook and Instagram, joining our email list, or participating in our annual Starstruck event; details will be available soon.  We need each other now more than ever and we want to hear from you!

Thank you for your understanding and support, now and always. We will navigate these difficult times together.  We will persevere. We will be back.  

All the best,

Marshall Carby, Artistic Director
Lance Matzke, Managing Director

Highlands Playhouse
362 Oak Street
Highlands, NC 28741

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