As Seagle Festival begins selling tickets for its 2021 series of live-streamed performances, we know there are many questions people have about the how’s and why’s of this summer – especially since this season is so very different from our past in-person seasons. So, we put together answers to some frequently asked questions. If you have a question that’s not answered here, feel free to comment below, or contact us at (518) 532-7875 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: What is a live-stream performance?
A: In live-stream performances like Seagle Festival will be producing this summer, artists are performing live on-stage, in our case at the Oscar Seagle Memorial Theater. Their performance is captured by cameras and microphones, and that information is sent directly to the internet in real time. From there, audience members who have logged in to watch the live-stream on their computer, laptop, smartphone, etc., receive the information from the internet in real-time and watch the capture on their screens. You can think of it as a live TV broadcast like your local news, but using different technology.
Q: How is a live-stream different than an on-demand video, or something on Netflix?
A: On-demand videos, or shows like you watch on Netflix or other online content providers, are playing a pre-recorded version of the show. In a live-stream, the performance of the show is happening at the same time the show is being watched online.
Q: Why produce live-streams and not on-demand content?
A: Seagle Festival’s decision to offer live-stream performances for 2021 is most directly related to our mission. While virtual performances will never replace the experience of live theater for both performers and audience members, offering live-streamed performances will most closely replicate a live performance for both performers and audiences. Our mission to bring quality performances to our audiences and offer exceptional training and performance experiences to our artists drove us to this decision.
Q: Are there examples of live-streamed performances?
A: The most well-known examples of live-streamed performances, especially in our field, are the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD performances seen in movie theaters across the country. These performances, happing in NYC on the Met’s stage, are live-streamed to screens around the world. Often, the recordings of these performances are then re-broadcast later in the week at the same theater, or are available on-demand via the Met’s website.[Read more…] about Live-Stream Performances & Ticketing FAQ’s