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Highlands Performing Arts Center

It has ben a very exciting year for the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Art Center (PAC) as we take the first concrete steps in the implementation of a new expanded facility for the performing arts community. The existing building has been purchased from the town, zoning approvals have been obtained and construction is about to  begin. We would not be here without the support of the community and we are very grateful.


It is said that the arts provide food for the soul. They provide a respite plus a chance to enjoy and transform. Residents and visitors alike tap their feet to the sounds of Seldom Scene and other Blue Grass bands, Audiences are mesmerized as the Vega String Quartet and Chamber Music musicians perform in the summer or while the New York Met Opera or the National Theatre of London is live streaming on a chilly winter Saturday afternoon. Teenage emotions and angst are re-0lived while attending Elvis tribute performance. Community pride is evident when residents perform in local theater. Audiences are in awe of Broadway performers. And the PAC Youth Theater provides instruction in the theater arts for area students. The PAC is a magical place.


​Our new facility will bring the performing arts in Highlands to a higher level by providing a larger theater for the big shows, a small black box for the movies and more intimate events plus renovations to the existing hall and expansion of the lobby will improve access, visibility and comfort. Plus, an operating endowment will be put in place to sustain financial operations.


We are close to out fund-raising goal-....but not there yet. If you have already given, thank you very much. If you have not given or feel inspired to add to your gift, there are still some wonderful naming opportunities. We are close to the goal line. Please help us get there.


See you at the PAC.

Espanding Highlands Performing Arts Center
Expanded Highlands Performing Arts Ceter
Expanded Highlands PErforming Arts Center

We still have a way to go so please contribute to the Expanded Performing Arts Center by contacting our Executive Director

Mary Adair Trumbly at 828.526.9047

Message from Cindy Trevathan, Building Chairman

The Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center (“PAC”) announced an expansion of the center at The Hit Men 2.0 GALA on Saturday, June 17th at Highlands Falls Country Club.    About two years ago at a board retreat, members began dreaming of a larger theater to accommodate their popular concerts along with necessary updates to the existing facility. Working with the current PAC resident groups, the Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival and the Highlands Cashiers Players, the board also approached The Highlands Playhouse to explore the possibility of all of Highlands’ performing arts groups being able to perform in one, premier facility. Their answer-a resounding YES!  Now all of the performing arts will be under one roof.

Board members began visiting other theaters in the region to investigate what works, what is needed, what doesn’t work and how to improve the performing arts on the plateau.  After a great deal of research it was determined that expansion of the PAC at its’ existing location was the most cost effective and also provided the best location for access by the community.  Architectural drawings were created and the necessary adjoining properties acquired. As a result of a generous anonymous donor who pledged to match up to $5 M of the $10 M project cost, underwriting is at seventy percent.  The PAC Board will not begin construction until the project is 100% funded.  The project cost includes an endowment to help offset operating costs.

Plans include a state of the art theater with a fly system, a cat walk for lighting and sound and seating for 320-350.  It will also house a “black box” theater seating 75-100. This intimate theater will be the venue in which the Playhouse will show movies. It will also be used as a rehearsal space, a lecture hall and a venue for smaller live theater productions.  The new venues will be connected to each other and the existing PAC so that patrons can freely move to each facility.  The connecting lobby space will be available for parties and meetings. The new complex will take the performing arts to a NEW level previously unimagined! 

For more information please call: 828.526.9047.  Come join in and be a part of a new era for the Highlands Cashiers plateau. 

Expanded Highlands Performing Arts Center

The Expanded PAC

Expanded Highlands Performing Arts Center
The New Highlands Performing Arts Center