Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Young Playwrights Festival at Pendragon Theatre

Pendragon Theatre CampPendragon Theatre has always been one of my family’s favorite places to see a theatre performance in the Adirondack Park. In addition to an intimate theatre experience, there are always opportunities for children to gain professional theatre skills.

Pendragon hosts kids’ camps, live productions and internships throughout the year. Their latest event is bringing not just the stage alive for young adults, but hopefully their words as well.

According to Pendragon Theatre’s Executive Artistic Director Karen Lordi-Kirkham the concept for this first annual Young Playwrights Festival came from her own experience as part of the Playwrights Project in San Diego.

“A play is the blueprint for the production,” says Lordi-Kirkham. “It is an opportunity of having your play chosen and having actors embody your words. We’ll have a panel of local playwrights, workshops and events to make it an event. I am a bit loose with the idea of the Blue Line. We want to encourage local high school students to participate.”

Neither of my children fit the criteria as the rules are open to any Adirondack Park high school student to submit their original one-act play or musical. Each play must be between 10 and 30 pages long, though the subject matter is up to the writer. The deadline has been extended to February 1, 2014.

There is no fee to enter, but there is a three-play limit for each individual playwright or playwright teams. The winning playwrights will work with a director, designer and actors from Pendragon’s professional staff to rewrite, develop and stage the script. The Festival’s finale will be a full performance of all winning plays on a professional stage and public readings of all the runners-up on April 5-6, 2014.

Pendragon is also holding open auditions for their 2014 season on January 4-5 at their Saranac Lake location for anyone wishing to add a professional theatre credit to his/her resume.

Happy New Year!

Pendragon Theatre Camp photo used with the permission of Diane Chase, AdirondackFamilyTime.com

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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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