Highlands Summer Festival debuts The Sound of Music

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Maria (Ali Powell) sings through the storm with the von Trapp kids. From left: Liesl (River Christiano), Kurt (Duncan Evans-Fockler), Gretl (Penelope Irvine), Friedrich (Tommy Griffith), Brigitta (Brooke Gooley) and Marta (Evelyn Mardus)

The Haliburton Highlands are alive with The Sound of Music. The Highland Summer
Festival’s (HSF) production of the classic premiered July 4 at the Northern Lights Performing
Arts Pavilion.

The premiere performance in HSF’s 2022 season is delivered by a largely local
cast and crew.

Ali Powell leads the way as Maria, a nun-to-be who ends up as the musical
governess to the von Trapp brood.

Brigitta (Brooke
Gooley) and Kurt (Duncan Evans-Fockler) dance at the von Trapp house

Tim Clarke also stars as the brooding Baron von Trapp
and Rita Jackson as Mother Abbess.

River Christiano navigates young adulthood as the fiercely independent Liesl deals with an ill-fated romance with Rolf (Mac Rider). Duncan Evans-Fockler and Tommy Griffith play the gruff but sensitive boys Kurt and Friedrich, while Brooke Gooley plays wise-beyond-her-years Brigitta.

Evelyn Mardus and PenelopeIrvine also star as Marta and Gretl.

Directed by Scot Denton, The Sound of Music plays until July 14. Tickets are available online at highlandsummerfestival.ca, over the phone at 705-
457-9933 or in-person before the show.