January 28, 2022
For Immediate Release
The Highlands Summer Festival is holding auditions for a variety of roles still open for this coming season. The local theatre company has a mandate to foster the growth of live theatre talent in our community. This could be the call you have been waiting for.
Auditions will be held February 26 and 27 at the Haliburton United Church. An earlier audition call has been postponed in anticipation that eased Covid restrictions will make the process easier to navigate.
“We have openings in all three shows scheduled for this summer,” Artistic Producer Scot Denton said. “That includes: the musical, The Sound of Music; the comedy, The Importance of Being Earnest; and the one person show, Every Brilliant Thing. See list below for details of roles still available.
Well, here we are…..a New Year and an old contest about to fold up our photos and go home. It all began back in May 2020 and has continued for 19 contests. Over the year and a half we have given away 36 tickets to one of the dynamic summer theatre company in Southern Ontario, with one more grand prize to give away….two season passes for the 2022 season. So as the curtain closes on the Photo Contest it rises with renewed optimism that this year will see live theatre once again on the Northern Lights Performing Arts Pavilion.
Contest #19 showed the cast of the 2019 production of Mary Poppins singing the never to be forgotten Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.
The winner of Contest # 19 - two season passes - is Laura Atkinson.
But before we go, we like to say thank you everyone for playing the game. We know you enjoyed seeing the pictures from the 20 seasons of Highlands Summer Festival productions. We look forward to seeing you this summer at the theatre where we can make more memories again!
PRESS RELEASE November 14, 2021
The Highlands will be alive with
The Sound of Music this summer
The Highlands Summer Festival will kick off the 2022 theatre season this coming July with a world famous Richard Rodger and Oscar Hammerstein musical. The announcement of the new season was made by Artistic Producer Scot Denton and Festival President Brian Kipping.
“It will be an exciting year for the Festival,” Denton said in making the announcement. “The Highlands Summer Festival will be celebrating its return to the stage leading off with the world’s favourite Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. The Sound of Music will open on Monday, July 4 for ten performances, including three matinees. Festival President Kipping added, “We are so excited to finally be presenting the Season we promised you before our theatre, and the world for that matter, went dark! We knew from your enthusiastic response to the announcement in 2019 that we should make every effort to bring that Season to you and we have.”
With the theatre dark for so long, we took the opportunity to come back with a bang! We created a whole new look for HSF. We started with the logo and went from there! Our current logo, designed more than 20 years ago when HSF was founded, needed to be updated into something a little more modern. We just wanted to tell you who we were and what we do. While we considered some pictorial graphics to show the beauty of our Highlands, we decided to shout out who we are and what we do in a simple, modern word mark. We really want you to recognize us!
Typically, at this time of the year, Highlands Summer Festival is proudly announcing next year’s season. As you know, this has not been a usual year, and so our volunteer appreciation and season announcement at McKeck’s has not taken place. The board of directors regrets missing this opportunity to meet with and thank our many volunteers, who are such a vital part of the Highlands Summer Festival. We also missed the excitement and anticipation that accompanied Artistic Producer Scot Denton's announcement of the details of the upcoming season.