INDIAN LAKE - Over 100 people came to the Indian Lake Theater the weekend of January 10-11 for a special showing of the movie Mamma Mia! as a fundraiser for the Cabin Fever Players.
The benefit raised over $850 for an upcoming March 27-29 community production of South Pacific.
"We were so grateful to the movie theater for helping us raise the needed funds to put on this show. South Pacific is on Broadway right now, and getting the rights to musicals is expensive," play Director Mary Leach, said.
Johnsburg High School senior Hannah Jay, who has the leading role of Ensign Nellie Forbush in the upcoming musical, and other Cabin Fever Players actors were on hand Saturday night to sell raffle tickets and get viewers in a tropical mood. She is just one of over fifty residents of Indian Lake, Long Lake, Blue Mt. Lake and North Creek who are working to put on the play.
"Every year when we do a show it is a miracle how many people step up to take part in putting it together. From the actors, to band members, to the set design and lighting volunteers. It really is a community effort, and a fun way to get together through a long winter," play Producer Vonnie Liddle, said.
The Indian Lake Theater reopened in May of 2008 as a non-profit community stage and screen. Board President Ben Strader said that fundraisers like this are a core part of the theater's mission.
"This is a great chance for the Theater to support other valuable community groups that add to the richness of our lives," he noted. "Mary has a unique skill for bringing people together for a great show. People remember their productions of Fiddle on the Roof, Jesus Christ Superstar and The Wizard of Oz very fondly."
Strader mentioned that the Indian Lake Theater hopes to work with other community organizations to host benefits through the winter season.
"We have been talking with the Indian Lake Fire Department and the Tri-County Nursing Home to do shows that will raise money for these important groups, and raise awareness of the critical services they provide. In these difficult economic times, we need to work together to support our community institutions, because help might not always be coming from afar."
On Jan. 20, the Indian Lake Theater and the Indian Lake High School's Global Issues class will be hosting a free live internet-streaming of the Presidential Inauguration. The public is welcome to join the students for this public event and discuss it's ramifications and importance. The theater will open at 11:30 AM for this special event on Tuesday, Jan. 20.
For more information visit www.indianlaketheater.org or contact Ben Strader at (518) 352-7391.