Local students bring a bit of Broadway to Greensboro

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(L-r) Jordan Richey, Cameron Loyal, Isabel Arenas and Josh Hudson will be performing a series of Broadway shows at Highgate Estates and Gardens beginning June 30.

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A series of concerts and a chance to enjoy the magic of Highgate Estates five European-style gardens begins June 30.

Shellie Smitley


Eatonton native Joshua Hudson, Bogart native Isabel Arenas and North Oconee High School graduate Cameron Loyal will bring a bit of Broadway to Highgate Estates and Gardens in Greensboro beginning June 30.  

The first of a series of concerts featuring Josh Hudson and the Stars will include show tunes from classic to modern musicals, hors d'oeuvres and a full cash bar. The doors open at 5 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m. in the indoor event pavilion.

“Highgate will be open [to patrons] to see the gardens and tour the house,” Hudson said.

Hudson is a junior at the University of Georgia double majoring in communications and theater. He has been performing and singing most of his life, primarily in community and educational theater. He performed locally in the musical “Cabaret,” along with the stars, Isabel Arenas and Jordan Richey.

Greene County residents might recognize Hudson from “Tasties, Toddies and Theatrics,” a dinner cabaret combined with a one act play, the idea of Lake Country Players’ artistic director John Copelan. Hudson and Arenas are currently performing  in “Urine Town,” a satirical comedy musical that mocks the legal system, capitalism and social irresponsibility. The show runs until June 24 at the Athens Community Theater.

Arenas is a second-year student at UGA majoring in business. Although performing is a hobby, she is no stranger to crowds. She competed in gymnastics competitions around the U.S. since she was a small child until her sophomore year in high school. 

Loyal attended The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City after high school. After attending UGA part-time, he will soon attend Elon University in Elon, N.C. Past character performances include the Beast in “Beauty and the Beast,” Gomez in “The Addams Family” and Javert in “Les Misérables.”

The performances at Highgate will run approximately 90 minutes and include show tunes from well-known musicals such as “The Greatest Showman” and “Phantom of the Opera.”

“I am extremely honored to have the opportunity to share my gift and love for performing with Georgia’s Lake Country,” Hudson said.

Highgate is a lavish Victorian-style wedding and event venue recently featured in the Greensboro tour of homes. First constructed in 1810, it sits on land originally procured as the site of the University of Georgia’s campus. The estate features a modern 6,000-square foot ballroom with a centrally located and elevated dance floor. Five European designed gardens are home to more than 300 rosebushes and 200 azaleas.

“It magical,” co-owner Jack Rallo said of the estate. 

Tickets for the Highgate show are available at http://buytickets.at/highgateestateandgardens/171203.

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