Nuns, comedians, a stockbroker and Bohemians….all coming to a town like ours

What do five nuns, two retired comedians, a town just like ours, a stockbroker turned farmer and a bunch of Bohemians living in Brooklyn have in common?

You’ll meet each and every one of these characters during the Highlands Summer Festival’s 2013 season. Here is a closer look at what’s on stage this summer.

Nunsense:Five nuns invite you to join them as they present a wild and hilarious variety show to raise money to bury four of their colleagues. The four nuns died of food poisoning and await their final interment in the convent’s freezer. This rollicking tongue-in-cheek comedy is great family entertainment with lots of music, dance and audience involvement.

Our Town:Thornton Wilder’s classic play about life in a small town hundred years ago, just before the First World War. This gentle reminiscence reveals that in fact those times are still part of our lives, if we will only look around us. Funny and touching at the same time, this play has become a classic of the North American stage since it was first performed in 1938. With its large cast and interwoven story, patrons are sure to recognize a character or two they already know on the stage.

The Sunshine Boys:Neil Simon’s rollicking comedy is a perennial favourite. Two retired Vaudevillians who haven’t spoken to each other since their last show, 12 years ago, must get past bruised egos and unresolved grievances if they are to appear together in a television special about their careers. Sharp, witty and full of humour.

Bohemians in Brooklyn: A juicy cabaret by Tom Allen based on a group of artists (including W.H. Auden, Benjamin Britten, Gypsy Rose Lee and others) who lived in February House in Brooklyn in the early 1940s. The story is told in dialogue, readings and music. Featured performers include Tom Allen, Lori Gemmel, Bryce Kulak and Patricia O’Callaghan.

Wingfield’ Inferno:The Wingfield saga continues this year on the Highlands Summer Festival Stage with Wingfield’s Inferno. A devastating fire at the Orange Hall in Larkspur leaves it a smouldering ruin. Walt Wingfield leads the charge to get it rebuilt, but lighting a fire under his fellow committee members proves a daunting task. Is it courage they lack or is the devil in the details? Three performances only, opens Sunday, July 7 at 8 p.m. with two other performances on July 8 & 9.

To ensure you have a seat for all of these productions this summer, now is the time to buy your season pass. The season pass includes all five shows in one neat package for only $125. This is the only time the season pass discount will be available. After January 15, 2013, single ticket prices will be $29.50. The season pass pricing saves you close to 15%….it’s almost like seeing one of the productions for free.

It is easy to purchase passes for the 2013 Highlands Summer Festival season:

By Mail: Complete the enclosed form and mail it to Box 938, Haliburton, Ontario K0M 1S0. Please include $125 (cheque or with credit card information) for each pass purchased.

Call 705-457-9933 and we can take your order over the phone. Please have your credit card information ready before you call.

 • By FAX: Send us your completed order form by fax to 705-457-2534. Be sure to include your credit card information.

 • By EMAIL: Contact us by email and we can can make arrangements to accept your order.

While those requesting season passes will receive a document suitable for gift giving, many of our patrons prefer to “Cut To The Chase” and order their tickets when they purchase their passes. We appreciate the opportunity to expedite your order and the reduction in paperwork. Requests for seats will be filled in the order in which they are received, with donors receiving priority service. Please note: tickets will not be mailed out until April 2013.

When purchasing your season passes, please consider making a donation to the Highlands Summer Festival one of the most vibrant community theatre companies in Ontario. As a not-for-profit registered charity, we will provide you with a receipt which you can use for income tax purposes. The more than 150 artists and volunteers who make the annual Highlands Summer Festival season happen are heartened by endorsement of their efforts through the purchase of season passes. However, additional funds are needed to ensure the continued viability of the company.

Your donation has additional benefits for you, including front of line ticket ordering priority, recognition on our website and in the program and the satisfaction of supporting one of Ontario’s outstanding summer theatre companies. Note: donations are receipted for the tax year in which they are received.

Season greetings from everyone at Highlands Summer Festival.

See you at the theatre

Jack Brezina



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