Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Adirondack Family Activities: Pendragon’s Summer Season

fleurdisliscoverMy family enjoys going to the theatre as much as we enjoy hitting the trails. Thankfully because of the many wonderful Adirondack seasonal theatre companies we never have too far to travel to get our summer theatre fix. There is no need to drive to the ends of the Park in the other months thanks to Pendragon Theatre in Saranac Lake. As the Adirondack’s only year-round professional theatre, Pendragon has been bringing live theatre to the Adirondacks for over 30 years.  This year Pendragon Theatre has chosen the theme of “Saints and Sinners” for the upcoming 2013 season.

Pendragon’s new Executive/Artist Director Karen Lordi-Kirkham  says, “This is the first season that I’ve chosen the plays. The theme began with the fact that A Street Car Named Desire was the first play Pendragon produced. I wanted this to be a tribute to Bob and Susan. Everything else came together and followed the Saints and Sinners theme.”

Pendragon Theatre co-founders Bob Pettee and Susan Neal recently turned the administrative and artistic direction over to Pendragon veteran Kirkham and managing director David Zwierankin to pursue other interests and adventures, knowing the theatre they started was in good hands.

According to Kirkham the family show Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp will be playing all summer along with Dirty Blonde and Doubt while A Street Car Named Desire will have a more limited run due to an equity actor’s schedule. Pendragon will also bring back limited performances of the popular comedy, Complete Works of Sports.

“We produce challenging, high quality productions with professional actors,” says Kirkham. “This year we are doing more of a modified rep. The shows won’t overlap as much as in the past, but the schedule still gives people an opportunity to see all the shows.”

To purchase tickets for Pendragon Theatre either reserve online, buy a season subscription or call 518-891-1854 for reservations. Enjoy!

Opening Nights:
Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp: Mother’s Day, May 12
Dirty Blonde: June 7
Doubt: July 11
A Street Car Named Desire: July 24

Photo provided.

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Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time. She writes about ways to foster imaginative play through fun-filled events and activities in the Adirondack region.

From her home in Saranac Lake, Diane also writes a weekly family-oriented newspaper column for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and keeps her own blog Adirondack Family Time. Her writing and photography has appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines, marketing companies and advertising agencies.

She even finds time to assist her husband with Adirondack Expeditions guiding families and young adults in the High Peaks.

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