/Mary Poppins TorQ and Trudeau part of 20th HSF season  
Highlands Summer Festival president Jack Brezina speaks during a Nov. 18 event at McKech's where the lineup for next year's festival was revealed. /DAVID ZILTSTRA Staff

Mary Poppins TorQ and Trudeau part of 20th HSF season  

By Sue Tiffin
Published Nov. 22, 2018 
magical nanny Mary Poppins is coming to Haliburton next summer, opening
the 20th season of the Highlands Summer Festival with a musical the
whole family will enjoy.
The line-up for
the Highlands Summer Festival, which begins next June, was announced on
Nov. 18 at McKeck’s Tap and Grill in Haliburton. 
to steal your heart, this tune-filled musical will be a must see for
everyone in the family,” said Scot Denton, artistic director, of the
Mary Poppins announcement. “Like the fabled nanny herself, you’ll fall
in love all over again with the practically perfect classic songs like
‘A Spoonful of Sugar,’ ‘Chim Chim Cheree,’ ‘Let’s Go Fly a Kite,’ and
the tongue-twisting ‘
ious,’ as they come to life in the beloved musical.”  
tickets for all three matinee performances of Mary Poppins will be
offered for $20, giving those 18 and under the chance to see the show at
a reduced rate. Matinees will be held July 1, 5 and 7 at 2 p.m. Evening
performances will be held June 30, July 2 to 4 and July 8 and 9 at 7:30
In mid-July, the focus will switch
from singing to dancing, with Richard Alfieri’s Six Dance Lessons in
Six Weeks taking the stage.
“The show
pairs a gay dance instructor with the elderly wife of a Baptist minister
in a Florida setting,” said Denton. As the lessons play out,
personalities clash and sparks fly until the surprising conclusion of
the show, which opened in Los Angeles before moving to Broadway.
Performances take place July 15 to 18 at 7:30 p.m., July 19 and 21 at 2
p.m. and July 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m. 
if dancing is not your thing, perhaps a round of golf has appeal,” said
Denton, introducing The Ladies Foursome, the third production of the
Highlands Summer Festival. The play, written by Norm Foster, features
three friends who head out to the links for a memorial round, following
the funeral of their golf partner. Filling the missing spot is another
acquaintance of the deceased, who is unknown to the other three. As they
chat their way through 18 holes, surprises, secrets and confessions
come to the surface during what the HSF press release says is a
hilarious and heartwarming round of golf. 
of The Ladies Foursome run from July 29 to Aug. 1 at 7:30 p.m., August 2
and 4 at 2 p.m., and Aug. 6 to 8 at 7:30 p.m. 
have some interesting offerings in our town concert slots,” said
Denton. “Trudeau Stories is a one-woman show written and performed by
Brooke Johnson.” Johnson became friends with Pierre Elliot Trudeau in
1985, and gives personal insight into their surprising friendship. The
story has been receiving acclaim throughout the country. Trudeau Stories
will be featured in the evening on July 10 and 11, and for a matinee on
July 12.
TorQ percussion quartet, one
of Canada’s premiere percussion ensembles, will make some noise on the
stage on July 24, 25 and during a matinee on July 26. The quartet is
committed to making percussion music accessible to audiences that span
“We have crafted a varied
and entertaining mix of productions this season and we think the program
will appeal to a broad cross-section of our community,” said Denton. 
for the 20th season of the Highlands Summer Festival are now on sale
for $160 for all five productions. Single ticket prices are $37.50.
Passes can be ordered by calling 705-457-9933 or 855-457-9933, or online
through a secure ticket portal at highlandssumerfestival.on.ca. Performances are held at the Northern Lights Performing Arts Pavilion in Haliburton. 
“There is something here for everyone and we look forward to seeing you at the theatre,” said Highlands Summer Festival president Jack Brezina.