The Highlands Summer Festival announced its 2020 season lineup at McKecks this past Sunday, with The Sound of Music kicking things off.

“This has to be one of the most crowd-pleasing musicals the world has ever enjoyed,” artistic producer Scot Denton said Nov. 17.

They presented the show in 2004 and Denton said, “It was such an overwhelming success then, we thought it was time to bring this inspiring, family-friendly musical back.” It opens on June 29 for 10 performances.

The second show on the schedule is the Importance of Being Earnest. “The script is one of [Oscar] Wilde’s best, full of wit, satire, comedy and a biting commentary on the mores and manners of Edwardian England,” Denton said. It opens July 13 for eight performances.

The third show is Every Brilliant Thing. It’s an interactive theatre experience set in the round, featuring one actor. It opens July 27 for five performances.


It’s followed by Lucien, the story of a New Brunswick mill worker, July 22-24.

The season closes with Across the Pond. It celebrates more than 50 years of British pop and rock music with tributes to acts across the era.

“We have put together an interesting and entertaining schedule for the summer,” festival president Brian Kipping said after the announcement. “I think everybody will discover something special in each of the productions this year.”

Season passes, now on sale, are $160. Single tickets are $37.50. Season pass purchases can be made by phoning 705-457-9933 or toll free at 855-457-9933, online at or by mail: Box 938, Haliburton, ON, K0M 1SO.

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