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Students from Beekmantown and Saranac Lake gathered at Pendragon Theatre this month for a playwrighting festival, led by      Executive Artistic Director Karen Lordi-Kirkham (right).  Photo: David Zwierankin
Students from Beekmantown and Saranac Lake gathered at Pendragon Theatre this month for a playwrighting festival, led by Executive Artistic Director Karen Lordi-Kirkham (right). Photo: David Zwierankin

Saranac Lake's Pendragon Theatre taps next generation of playwrights

High school writers gathered in Saranac Lake this month to learn more about theater and writing plays. Pendragon Theatre hosted a day of playing with words and acting as part of its newly revived Young Playwrights Festival.

More than 30 young writers from across the region entered their original one-act plays that were judged by a panel of experts. Two plays were given public performances. It's part of Pendragon's mission to help foster the next generation of theatre artists.  Go to full article
Saranac Lake's Witter Swanson (center) and the cast from his winning play, "Elmer", at Pendragon Theatre.  Photo:  Karen Lordi-Kirkham
Saranac Lake's Witter Swanson (center) and the cast from his winning play, "Elmer", at Pendragon Theatre. Photo: Karen Lordi-Kirkham

In Saranac Lake, young playwrights take a bow

Two North Country teens got the chance to see their plays performed on stage at Pendragon Theatre in Saranac Lake last weekend. Witter Swanson, a student at Saranac Lake High School, received a full production of his one-act play "Elmer." The runner-up, Amber Baker, a student at Beekmantown, received a reading of her play "The Esteemed Institute." The two playwrights were the winners of this year's Young Playwrights contest at Pendragon.  Go to full article

Pendragon Theatre looking for young playwrights

Pendragon Theatre will hold its first annual Young Playwrights' Festival the first week in April. 7th grade, 8th grade and high-school aged playwrights across the region are being asked to submit original one-act plays and musicals for a chance to have it presented on Pendragon's stage in Saranac Lake.

The deadline for submissions is February 1st, and the winning play will be performed by a cast and crew of professionals. Pendragon's artistic director Karen Lordi Kirkham shares some playwriting tips and suggestions.  Go to full article
Deborah Dunleavy as Bea Tompkins in <i>At the Canoe Club Dance</i>. The show opens Friday night (8 pm) at the Ourtown Theatre in Gananoque, Ontario.  Photo: Deborah Dunleavy
Deborah Dunleavy as Bea Tompkins in At the Canoe Club Dance. The show opens Friday night (8 pm) at the Ourtown Theatre in Gananoque, Ontario. Photo: Deborah Dunleavy

Preview: "At the Canoe Club Dance" in Gananoque

Brockville storyteller Deborah Dunleavy tells us about creating and performing her one-woman show, "At the Canoe Club Dance". She collected stories from seniors about life along the St. Lawrence in the 1940's, and her show includes stories, songs and music from the Swing Era. It opens in Gananoque on Friday night.  Go to full article

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Image: Funding campaign logo for the State's digital conversion
Image: Funding campaign logo for the State's digital conversion

Fund goal met, Tupper Lake theater will go digital rather than dark

The owner of Tupper Lake's cinema, Sally Strasser says community donations have raised enough money for the State Theater to pay for the costly conversion to new digital equipment. That's according to a report in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise.

Movie theaters across the Adirondacks have been struggling to raise money to pay for digital projectors that will be required as Hollywood phases out the use of traditional film.  Go to full article
Peter Shelburne (center) and the cast/crew of <i>Stealing the Packard</i>.  It'll be performed Friday, August 2nd and Saturday, August 3rd at 7:30pm at the Russell Opera House. Photo:  Grasse River Players
Peter Shelburne (center) and the cast/crew of Stealing the Packard. It'll be performed Friday, August 2nd and Saturday, August 3rd at 7:30pm at the Russell Opera House. Photo: Grasse River Players

Preview: "Stealing the Packard"

It's in the title, but the 1952 Packard -- a classic, luxury car -- is no where to be found in the play. That's the premise of Peter Shelburne's newest comedic drama. The show gets its world premiere by the Grasse River Players at the historic Russell Opera House this weekend. The entire show is set in a family's garage and includes a multi-generational cast. Todd Moe talks with playwright Peter Shelburne, actor Libby Brandt and director Dorothy Mallam.  Go to full article
Pendragon's new executive/artistic director Karen Lordi-Kirkham and managing director David Zwierankin. Photo: Mark Kurtz
Pendragon's new executive/artistic director Karen Lordi-Kirkham and managing director David Zwierankin. Photo: Mark Kurtz

Pendragon's new leadership team

Last week, Pendragon Theatre co-founders Susan Neal and Bob Pettee shared thoughts about starting Saranac Lake's professional theater group more than 30 years ago. Earlier this year, they moved to Maine and handed over management of the theatre to a new leadership team. Todd Moe talks with Pendragon's new Artistic Director Karen Lordi-Kirkham and Managing Director David Zwierankin.  Go to full article
Eric Craig as Hamlet, Paul Rainville as the Gravedigger in <i>Hamlet</i>. Photo: St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival
Eric Craig as Hamlet, Paul Rainville as the Gravedigger in Hamlet. Photo: St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival

Another summer of Shakespeare on the St. Lawrence

Comedy, tragedy and history are all part of this summer's lineup at the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival in Prescott, Ontario. Todd Moe crossed the border to talk with artistic director Ian Farthing and some of the Canadian actors in this season's productions of Hamlet and Maid for a Musket.  Go to full article
Bob Pettee and Susan Neal, co-founders of Pendragon Theatre in Saranac Lake.  Photo: Mark Kurtz
Bob Pettee and Susan Neal, co-founders of Pendragon Theatre in Saranac Lake. Photo: Mark Kurtz

How Pendragon carved its niche in the world of regional theatres

Even though the co-founders of Pendragon Theatre in Saranac Lake, Susan Neal and Bob Pettee, have moved to Maine, the show goes on with new leadership and a full calendar of productions this summer. Pettee took his final bow on the Pendragon stage last December in a production of A Christmas Carol. Pettee and Neal founded Pendragon Theatre in 1981 and have handed it off to a new management team. We'll hear from executive/artistic director Karen Lordi-Kirkham and managing director David Zwierankin next week.

Earlier this year, Todd Moe sat down with Susan Neal and Bob Pettee at SUNY-Potsdam, as Susan was finishing her final semester of teaching drama. They talked about favorite memories at Pendragon and their plans for the future.  Go to full article

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