Live theatre is storytelling on stage and the telling of stories is a favorite way to pass time on the mountain. Highlands offers two venues to entertain and provide you with an intimate experience that brings a story to life right before your eyes.

Highlands Playhouse, one of the country’s oldest professional summer stock theatres, is the legacy of Highlands’ early forward-thinking families. The first troupe, all amateurs, began using the Highlands School auditorium in the mid-1930s. They formally organized in the late 1930s as the Highlands Little Theatre, which was ultimately renamed Highlands Playhouse. The first big production was the Broadway comedy “Dulcy.” Collin Wilcox, a regular on the local stage, went on to play opposite Gregory Peck in the film “To Kill A Mockingbird,” as Mayella. Today, audiences will be enchanted by three to four shows in the summer, all performed by professionals. For more information visit

Highlands-Cashiers Players is powered by the local dramatic community. The troupe performs dramas, raucous comedies, musical revues, and an annual dinner theater at the Highlands Performing Arts Center. The community is invited to participate in the performances, both onstage and behind the scenes.