Highlands Summer Festival announces 2017 lineup
|By Alex Coop - Staff Writer | Nov. 20, 2016|
Multiple award-winning shows, including a Broadway Pulitzer Prize winner, are scheduled for the Highlands Summer Festival’s 2017 season.
The festival’s artistic producer, Scot Denton, made the announcement this afternoon at the McKeck’s Tap and Grill in Haliburton.
The scheduled performances for the 2017 season are:
- A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, a musical comedy by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart
- Pulitzer Prize-winner Proof by David Auburn
- Jake’s Gift
- Hilda’s Yard by Norm Foster
- Three Men in a Boat, a stage adaptation of Jerome K. Jerome’s 18889 British travelogue
“The biggest challenge is finding a product that includes as many of our people as possible,” Denton told The Highlander after revealing the lineup of shows to a couple dozen people at the restaurant.
He emphasized the importance of attracting and retaining young talent.
“It was hard for me this year, because last year for Oliver, we had 14 young people between the ages of eight and 16, and unfortunately we won’t be able to use some of them this year,” he said.
But Denton says he is excited about this season, and expects some great reactions from audiences.
“It’s going to be so valuable for Canadians to see Jake’s Gift, apparently it’s quite emotional,” he said, adding he wasn’t sure which production he was going to direct.
Jake’s Gift is a one woman show about a veteran revisiting the shores of Juno beach for the 60th Anniversary of the D-Day landings.
It will be performed by playwright and actor Julia Mackey.
Two of the festival’s youngest members, Seamus Lynch and Finn Tentrees, were present for Denton’s announcement.
The two students attend Haliburton Highlands Secondary School and are enjoying their time with the festival.
They encourage other young people to sign up for one of the shows.
“There is a huge sense of community here,” Lynch said. “And there is plenty to do both onstage and behind the scenes.”
Tentrees says he enjoys the adrenaline rush of performing on stage.
“You feel great coming off the stage after performing,” he said. “You get that boost when you’re backstage, too.”
ALEX COOP is a reporter for The Highlander.