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Visit Highlands, NC Awards Grant to Mountain Theatre Company

HIGHLANDS, N.C. – Visit Highlands, NC today announced its latest nonprofit grant – $20,000 to MountainTheatre Company to support its year-round productions.

Each year, Visit Highlands, NC supports local nonprofit organizations through its Tourism Grant Program and sponsorships. The grants are funded by occupancy taxes collected from guests staying in Highlands’accommodations. A committee comprised of staff and board members reviews the grant applications and recommends approval to the full Highlands Chamber of Commerce/Visit Highlands, NC Board of Directors.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to award these grants,” says Kaye McHan, executive director of the Highlands Chamber of Commerce/Visit Highlands, NC. “Grant recipients such as Mountain Theatre Company provide residents and visitors with important educational and cultural experiences that are vital to a thriving community. Tourism grants are an investment in economic stability and growth, helping to make Highlands a great place to live, visit and do business.”

This year, Mountain Theatre Company expanded its programming and evolved from a summer-only organization to a year-round, full operating regional theatre.

“This year has been the most successful in our organization’s 84-year history, and we are thriving in this community, in no small part, thanks to the support of our patrons and incredible organizations like the Highlands Chamber of Commerce/Visit Highlands, NC. Our goal at Mountain Theatre Company is to be the crown jewel of this incredible community, and our friends at the Chamber/Visit Highlands are helping us reach that goal with not just their generous grant, but their endless efforts to ensure that the arts are at the forefront of what this beautiful town has to offer to visitors and residents alike.”

So far, Mountain Theatre Company has presented three successful shows as part of its 2022 Mainstage Season: “Jersey Boys,” “Sentimental Journey” and “BKLYN: The Musical.” Next, it will present “A Wrinkle in Time,” as part of its Theatre for Young Audiences initiative, Nov. 4 through Nov. 13. All student ticket prices (age 18 and under) for this performance are free, and adult tickets are “pay what you can.” The theatre will close its Mainstage Season with “Home for the Holidays,” Dec. 16 through Dec. 31.

For more information about the Highlands Chamber of Commerce/Visit Highlands, NC or its Tourism Grant Program, call 828-526-5841 or email

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