The 2016 Season is Announced

Highlands Summer Festival Artistic Producer, Scot Denton, is excited to announce the line-up for the 2016 theatre season. “This season has something for everyone,” Denton said as he revealed the shows at a reception Sunday, November 15 at McKeck’s Tap and Grill.

“We open with one of the most popular musicals ever, Oliver!,” Denton said. “With its story, based on the writings of Charles Dickens, and filled with familiar melodies, Oliver! features a delightful cast of characters who eke out a hard-scrabble life on the mean streets of London in the early 1800s.”

The second production this coming summer is the Norm Foster comedy Old Love. The play tells the story of a rekindling of emotions between two people of a certain age who have lost their spouses but aren’t sure they want to get on the romantic roller-coaster one more time. “Norm Foster has often been called Canada’s Neil Simon. It is with plays like Old Love that earns that compliment.”

Our third in-house production is the Noel Coward play Fallen Angels. First produced in 1925, this rip-roaring farce takes full advantage of the sea change in mores which followed World War One. “With themes that resonate today, this much celebrated playwright allows his characters to wander deeper into the weeds as they attempt to discover what is the right thing to do.”

This season we welcome back CBC Radio Two personality Tom Allen with his new production of the Judgment of Paris. The story unfolds in World War One. Tom sets up a musical duel between two composers of that time, Maurice Ravel and Claude Debussy as they attempt to win the hearts of Parisians. With music and story telling the riveting story unfolds. Tom is joined on stage by Kevin Fox, Lori Gemmell, Bryce Kulak and Patricia O’Callaghan.

Peggy Ann Douglas has a dream. She wants to be a movie star and she is convinced that her first step to stardom is to win the Miss Caledolnia contest in her rural community north of Toronto. Award winning actor Melody Johnson brings this fun and poignant story to life. Accompanied by fiddler Alison Porter, Johnson weaves her magic as the young girl’s quest for the Caledonia crown unfolds.

“As you can see, it is a great line-up. We are looking forward to another entertaining season of live theatre next summer,” Denton concluded.

Highlands Summer Festival season passes are now on sale. A pass, which includes all five shows for the season, is $150. With a single ticket price of $34, a season pass is almost like getting one show for free. Season pass holders also get priority seating, and, if your make a donation, your order gets front of line attention. Single tickets (when available) for all shows can be ordered at any time, however Season Passes will be processed first. After April 1 you will be able to order your own seats on-line from our secure ticketing service.

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

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