A philosopher once called theater “the mask of convention over the face of society in the mirror of the unknown reflecting the rear-view of the sports car of destiny.” Simplify this theory with today’s theatrical Groupon: for $10, you get one ticket to Crowns or Proof (up to a $20 value) at the Temple Theatre in Sanford. For more than 16 half-decades, the intimate Temple Theatre has educated and entertained patrons of every ilk via vaudeville, films, black box shows, and Shakespeare. Seated under the gilded chandelier and wooden trim, theatergoers lose themselves in the thoughtful dramas enacted upon the stage. Crowns, which runs from January 28 to February 6, highlights the cultural heritage of the African-American church community, and Proof (March 3 to March 20) centers on the inner turmoil of a budding mathematician confronted with the fear that she may have inherited both her father’s genius and his mental illness.
Built in 1925, the Temple Theatre first served as a vaudeville venue, later becoming a host for road shows, burlesque, and movies. However, the theatre closed in 1965, and would be subjected to disrepair, vandalism, and skeleton xylophone recitals for more than 15 years. A 1981 restoration project returned the theatre to its former glory. Today, seated under the gilded chandelier and wooden trim, theatergoers lose themselves in the thoughtful dramas enacted upon the stage.