Busy times

June and July are always busy months in the Highlands Summer Festival annual cycle. There are a myriad of last minute details, final rehearsals and the usual pre-opening jitters.

All that was put behind us last night as the Jim Betts’ musical, Colours in the Storm kicked off the 2012 season.

With great music, a mystery and homage to the man who transformed Canadian landscape painting, one couldn’t ask for a better opening, especially coming as it did on the Canada Day holiday weekend.

The cast and crew of Colours in the Storm were extremely lucky to have  the playwright, Jim Betts to assist with the production. As the consulting director, he provided a great deal of insight into the story  and of, course had the liberty to change things if he saw a need. The musical stayed pretty close to the script. The music wowed the opening night audience and the story, well there is nothing more Canadian than Algonquin Park and the magic of the north country.

We are indeed fortunate in Haliburton to live among the landscapes that Thomson loved with a passion. We are even luckier to have a story about his life and times told in such a fine musical.

Hats off to the cast and crew of Colours in the Storm and our thanks to Director Ralph Small, (who appeared in the original production in 1990), and consulting director Jim Betts for getting the season off to a fabulous start.

Colours in the Storm continues this week and returns next week, July 11, 12 and 13, 8 p.m. at the Northern Lights Performing Arts Pavilion in Haliburton.

See you at the theatre.

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