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
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 HCP 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.
Today HCP has added another night of performances for each
show - Thursday - and is still going strong. In addition
a summer dramatic reading production is now offered in August.
In 2001 HCP moved into the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts
Center which offered a much better performing space.
In the summer of 2008, the Highlands
Community Players merged joined forces with folks in nearby Cashiers, NC
to form Highlands Cashiers Players. The two communities'
cooperation has greatly heightened the success of HCP.
The future continues to look bright for The Players thanks
to the support of our wonderful Highlands, Cashiers, Franklin and Clayton