In the continued uncertainty of safety around Covid-19, it is with a heavy heart that the Highlands Summer Festival will postpone our 2021 season. The decision was made amid growing uncertainty about the Covid-19 restrictions that could continue in July and August. “The health and safety of our patrons, talented actors and volunteers has always been our utmost priority, and we want to ensure that when the community is next able to gather for the quality productions we’re known for, it is with confidence and celebration”, Artistic Director Scot Denton stated.
“It is with reluctance that we make this announcement,” said President Brian Kipping. “This is not where we wanted to be following last season’s closure. Our first concern, however, is for the safety of our patrons and staff,” he reiterated. Kipping noted that the lack of predictability of the restrictions on public gatherings leaves the organization with little choice.
However, the shuttering of the traditional season does not mean the popular Haliburton theatre company will be inactive in the coming months.
“We are exploring the possibility of hosting our Early Stages program, if conditions allow,” Scot Denton indicated. “Watch for announcements as we get closer to the summer.” Early Stages in a highly popular four-week intensive theatre education program for young people aged 10 to 14.
Denton said there are also plans in the works for more virtual presentations. “Following on the heels of our very popular ‘Memories’ video, we have several initiatives in the works that we’ll release on our website.” (www.highlandssummerfestival.on.ca)
“Patrons who have left their tickets with us will have them honoured for the 2022 season,” Kipping stated. “We will respect that commitment when we are allowed to step back into the theatre and onto the stage.”
Kipping also paid tribute to the many people in the community who responded to the company’s donation request a month ago. (see details below) “Even though there have been no performances, we have ongoing expenses, and these donations help to keep the Highlands Summer Festival alive and ready to go when conditions allow. Thank you for your support.”