Curtain Talks – Oliver!

(sponsored by TD Waterhouse)

Watch the video of the Curtain Talks session with the kids from Oliver!


Click here for the Curtain Talk featuring the some of the adult members of the Oliver! cast.

Curtain Talks – Old Love

With the four stars of Old Love

Curtain Talks – The Judgement of Paris

With Tom Allen and company

See our full season line up below


To order your tickets call 705-457-9933 or toll-free 855-457-9933 or visit the Tickets page on the website at Tickets

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The following are detailed descriptions of the 2016 Highlands Summer Festival season.

logo OliverFull1-463x600Oliver!

Based on the novel by Charles Dickens

Music, lyrics and book by Lionel Bart

We start the season with a true classic. Nothing works on the stage like a well-crafted tale, and OLIVER! is just such a show. Based on the Dickens novel, it will engage you with its pathos and drama, and delight you with its outstanding musical numbers – “Food, Glorious Food”, “I’d Do Anything”, “Where is Love?”, “Consider Yourself”, “As Long As He Needs Me”, “Who Will Buy” and “Reviewing the Situation” all musical theatre classics. Dickens’ characters are brought to life with all their facets glowing in this production. Opens July 4 for ten performances through to July 14.

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Old Love

By Norm Foster

Old flames never die; they just need a spark to bring them back to life. Meet Bud. He’s recently divorced. Molly….she’s newly-widowed. Never one to pass up an opportunity, at her husband’s funeral, Bud emerges from the shadows to pay his respects, leading to a re-awakening of forgotten emotions. In this sparkling story, playwright Norm Foster explores the world of romance, courtship, relationships between Bud and Molly as they rekindle the flame of love. Opens July 18 for eight performances through to July 29.

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Fallen Angels

By Noël Coward

Noël Coward’s 1925 farce about two wealthy British women tempted by the return of a Frenchman who once dated both of them. A champagne-bubbly, dryly witty romp about the foibles of the British upper class also deals with such universal themes as the lure of lustful sex, marriages gone stale, the nature of commitment, and the sexual double standard. Opens August 1 for eight performances through to August 12. Fallen Angels is a co-production with Dragonfly Theatre Company.

logo Judgmnent of Paris indexThe Judgment of Paris

By Tom Allen

Written by CBC Radio Two host, symphony orchestra consultant, author and musician Tom Allen, The Judgment of Paris combines cabaret, history and storytelling with timeless music by Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel, as well as original songs by the performers. Set during the rise of the First World War, you’re invited to follow along as musical revolutionary Debussy and his one-time follower Ravel compete for the love of their proud, fickle, darling Paris. The Judgment of Paris is new and old, heroic and tragic, historical and fictional. Opens July 24 for three performances. July 25 & 26 are sold out.

logo Miss_CaledoniaMiss Caledonia

By Melody A Johnson

The year is 1955. Desperate to escape the chicory-pulling, stall-cleaning, hay-baling drudgery of life in R. R. # 2 Caledonia, Peggy Ann Douglas has a plan. Following in the footsteps of starlets Debbie Reynolds and Lee Meriwether, Peggy Ann will simply become a movie star – and she will start her journey to the top by winning the local pageant. Can she sing, twirl and pivot her way into the judges’ hearts, or will shaky nerves and a “Puritanical Work Ethic” sabotage her efforts? Brimming with love, comedy, and a staggering work ethic of its own, Miss Caledonia is a delightful exploration of optimism and reality down on the farm. Dora and Canadian Comedy Award winner Melody A. Johnson, along with the delightful accompaniment of Alison Porter on fiddle, will have you in the palm of her hand on her quest for the tiara in Miss Caledonia. Opens August 7 for three performances. August 8 & 9 are sold out.

To order your tickets call 705-457-9933 or toll-free 855-457-9933 or visit the Tickets page on the website at Tickets



2015 Curtain


Once again last year, the Highlands Summer Festival was pleased to present “Curtain Talks”, sponsored by TD Waterhouse.  After selected performances, the audience was invited to stay to talk to the cast and crew of the production. We will be offering TD Waterhouse Curtain Talks during the 2016 season. See the Calendar on the Tickets Page for the schedule.

Meanwhile, please enjoy the Curtain Talks from the 2015 season below as recorded by Sticks and Stones Media.

On Friday July 3rd, 2015, we held the Curtain Talks session for the first show of the 2015 season – “Lend Me A Tenor”.  Click on the following link to watch a video of the session:

Curtain Talks – “Lend Me A Tenor” – presented by TD Waterhouse

Wednesday July 15th, 2015

Curtain Talks – “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest”  – presented by TD Waterhouse

Monday July 20th, 2015

Curtain Talks – “Wingfield Lost & Found” – presented by TD Waterhouse

Thursday July 30th, 2015

Curtain Talks – “Nunsensations!”  – presented by TD Waterhouse

Tuesday August 4th, 2015

Curtain Talks – “Ralph + Lina”  – presented by TD Waterhouse


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See you at the theatre

Jack Brezina,

Photos at the top of the pages by Lorne Campbell, feature scenes from the 2016 season.HSF 2016 Logo


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