Raising the roof

Just back from today’s rehearsal of Mary Poppins. The hall was snapping with energy as the performers went through their paces in anticipation of the June 30 opening. This is one musical you should not miss!

Beth Robertson, centre, as Mary Poppins, is surrounded by fellow cast members  during last Sunday’s rehearsal

Kate Campbell returns to the Northern Lights Performing Arts Pavilion Stage

We are pleased to see that one of Highlands Summer Festival’s favourite actors, Kate Campbell, will be presenting a concert in Haliburton in early June. Kate, who was the first actress  to appear in a Highlands Summer Festival production, will be singing many of her Jazz and Blues  and timeless Standards, accompanied by the Nick Mancini Trio. We are pleased to support her effort, which will benefit the YWCA Shelter for Women and Children in Minden and her production company which is preparing to shoot a six part television series called Boundless. The series will tell the often overlooked story of the female pilots who helped in repositioning aircraft in Canada and overseas during the Second World War. Here is a copy of the poster promoting the concert. Hope you can make it.

Mary Poppins begins rehearsal

Excitement is building as the Highlands Summer Festival’s lead musical, Mary Poppins, began rehearsals this past weekend. Amid a lot of banter, the room was thick with British accents as the cast rehearsed a number of the musical numbers and read and sang through the entire play. The shot below shows the large cast during the read-through on Sunday afternoon, April 28. The enthusiasm shown by the players is a good indication that the play will be a lively performance.

 

Meet the Banks children, Jane and Michael

Tate Itani Smith and Duncan Evans-Fockler, who play the Banks children, Jane and Michael in the show Mary Poppins, were introduced to the community this week with a great article in the Haliburton County Echo. Thanks to Darren Lum for his profile of the two young actors. You can read the story at: http://www.haliburtonecho.ca/mary-poppins-kicks-off-theatre-dreams?id=876

Annual General Meeting scheduled for April 8

The annual General Meeting of the Highlands Summer Festival is scheduled for Monday, April 8 at the Rails End Gallery in Haliburton, starting at 1 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend to hear reports on the past season and a look ahead to the 2019 summer of live theatre and concerts. Those who generously made donations to the Festival will also be entitled to vote at this meeting. Hope to see you there.

Everyone is welcome

We are just a week away from auditions for the 2019 summer productions. If you haven’t noticed, there are links on the home page directing you to all the details. Highlands Summer Festival is one big family of community theatre enthusiast. We welcome everyone who shares our interest, even if you haven’t been on stage or helped out backstage before. Connect with us through the audition link on our home page, (there is a section for behind the scenes helpers and Early Stages participants to sign up too). You may discover a whole new you with Highlands Summer Festival.