Little Girl Blou - March 24 - April 09, 2023

Highlands Lakeside Theatre

 Crew Who's Who 

  • Laura Wade head shot

    Laura Wade

    Playwright, Director, Set Design, & Light Design

    Laura is a Highlands County native and a 32 year veteran of HLT.  She holds a BFA in Performing Arts from the University of Louisiana, (Geaux Cajuns!) and attended the MFA Acting Pedagogy program at the University of Alabama (Roll Tide!). She has been a part of over 150 productions in community, professional and academic theatre. Her greatest passions in theatre are teaching young people and playwriting.  Her directing credits include The Million Dollar Quartet, Noises Off, Romeo and Juliet (twice), Charlie Brown, Grease (twice), Little Shop of Horrors, Steel Magnolias, A Streetcar Named Desire, Dancing at Lughnasa (FTC Competition), Little Girl Blou (AACT Competition), as well as numerous Summer Theatre Institute productions. She dedicates all of her work to her husband, Eric, for being “the coolest thing around”.

  • Suzanne Schilffarth head shot

    Suzanne Schilffarth

    Assistant Director

    Suzanne enjoys being a part of the HLT family. She directed The Dixie Swim Club, has performed in Arsenic and Old Lace, and Steel Magnolias, stage managed the production of Grease, and directed Men of Mahjongg in the Thakkar Pavilion. She enjoys the variety of roles such as Production Coordinator and Assistant Director that one can experience as a member and volunteer at Highlands Lakeside Theatre. She will always be grateful to HLT for the companionship and support of its members.

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    Elise Chaisson

    Acting Coach

     Elise is coming back to HLT after going to school for her BFA in Musical Theatre at Florida Atlantic University. Elise has participated in many productions here at HLT since 2008 and is happy to be making her way back to her roots. Her recent credits as a director are Assistant Director for Richard III at FAU, Directing Counselor for Xanadu Jr. at HLT,  and Acting Director for Savannah Sipping Society this June at HLT. She recently won an "Outstanding Acting" Award for being in the one act Head of the Family written by Laura Wade, which also won best play at the Florida Theatre Conference. Elise is grateful to her friends and family for their love and support, always.

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