INDIANLAKE-There is no longer any need to travel great lengths or purchase expensive tickets to see theater performances. The Indian Lake Theater has recently taken pride in providing an array of cultural offerings and will soon offer a new series of popular performances captured live from the concert halls of Europe.
Shakespeare from the Globe Theatre in London, Ballet from the Bolshoi in Moscow and Opera from Italy and other European capitals will all be streamed digitally to the big screen in Indian Lake.
"Everyone likes to sit in their pajamas and enjoy Netflix," said Pat Connor, theater director. "But, we are hoping that folks will come out and join their fellow community members to see these amazing performances on the big screen, with stunning clarity and sound."
The Hamilton County New York State Council of the Arts Regrant Program and the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation have provided grant funding for the project. The series of films will play in Indian Lake year round, on the first and third Sunday of each month at 2 pm.
"There's no need to dress up, come as you are," Connor said.
The program is long-awaited and will feature dance, opera, theater and other offerings as orignally performed all over the world.
"We have been testing this program for the past six months, and the response has been very positive," said theater board chairman Ben Strader. "Now these grants will allow us to run it all year long at a discounted price."
Ticket prices have been reduced from $15 to $12, and multi-packs of five tickets are available for $50.
The program is in its primitive stage, but Strader and Connor have big plans.
"We want to build this performance series into the capstone of our programming," Strader said. "We can bring the world's greatest classical productions to Indian Lake."
It is a premiere goal of the theater to provide something for everyone. Strader said he believes this will help accomplish that.
"Our hope is that we will also develop this series into an educational tool," Connor said. "Students struggling with Shakespeare in school can see the plays come alive on the big screen, performed in the same theater where the dramas and comedies were born."
For more information about upcoming shows, visit www.indianlaketheater.org or call 648-5950.