This November’s On-Screen lineup at Orcas Center includes a host of offerings from The Metropolitan Opera, Stratford Theatre and National Theatre Live. Filmed live in High-definition, these on-screen events feature a diverse sampling of the world’s best performers at the height of their careers – giving you the best seat in the house from the comfort of your own island!
Nov. 2 at 1 p.m.: A Midsummer’s Night Dream from National Theatre Live. A feuding fairy King and Queen of the forest cross paths with four runaway lovers and a troupe of actors trying to rehearse a play. As their dispute grows, the magical royal couple meddle with mortal lives leading to love triangles, mistaken identities and transformations … with hilarious but dark consequences.
Nov. 3 at 11 a.m.: Manon from The Metropolitan Opera. A take on the quintessentially French tale of the beautiful young woman who is incapable of forsaking both love and luxury, Massenet’s Manon features one of the truly unforgettable, irresistible, and archetypal female characters in opera. While the story is firmly set in class and gender issues of the past, the character of Manon herself is timeless, convincing and familiar.
Nov. 8 at 1 p.m.: Turandot from The Metropolitan Opera. Puccini’s final opera is an epic fairy tale set in a China of legend, loosely based on a play by 18th-century Italian dramatist Carlo Gozzi. Featuring a most unusual score with an astounding and innovative use of chorus and orchestra, it is still recognizably Puccini, bursting with an instantly appealing melody.
Nov. 9 at 1 p.m.: The Tempest from Stratford Festival. In Shakespeare’s great drama of loss and reconciliation, a long-deposed ruler uses magical arts to bring within her power the enemies who robbed her of her throne and marooned her on a remote island. But what revenge does she mean to take?
On-screen ticket prices are $12, $25, and $47 at www.orcascenter.org. Orcas Center members receive $2 off.