Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Battling COVID-19 boredom? Make your own puppets!

During the quarantine, Pendragon Theatre is hosting a “Germ-Free Season” series of virtual events, productions, and alternative performance formats. First up is an encore presentation of Pendragon’s 2015 production of “The Snow Queen” by Hans Christian Andersen. Streaming 24/7 at

“The Snow Queen” is directed by Matt Sorensen and features his own puppet creations. In fact, he credits that show as launching his interest in puppet making. In that vein, Sorensen has produced and posted two stay-at-home puppet camp sessions, sponsored by Adirondack Health. Children can learn how to build and perform with shadow puppets, rod puppets, sock puppets and toy theater, using common household supplies.

To find the puppet lessons you can visit the following links: Hand Puppets, and Toy Theatre Puppets.

Join Sorensen for a unique “Sock and Sip” online event on Friday May 1, from 6-8 p.m. Sorensen will walk step by step through making a sock puppet, using basic supplies (which can be found here). It costs $25 to sign up via zoom, and all proceeds go to support Pendragon’s free virtual workshops. Click here to sign up.

Young Playwright Festival

This Saturday at 2 PM begins the streaming of Pendragon’s annual Young Playwright Festival. This year, instead of live productions, readings of the winning plays have been recorded using ZOOM, the online video conferencing service. This technology has allowed the theater to use local actors as well as Pendragon veterans from New York City and beyond to assist in the presentation of the works of these talented young playwrights.

Last fall, they put out the call to middle and high school students to submit original ten minute plays. After reading through nearly 50 submissions, a team of actors, directors and writers chose the winners of the contest. The plays were assigned directors, who worked with the playwrights to refine their plays and who handled the casting and directing via ZOOM. The winning plays to be presented are “The Meaning of Love” by Galen Halasz, a homeschooler from Saranac Lake; “Trapped” by Ruby LaDue, a 10th grader from Tupper Lake High School; “The Nerds” by Inyene Bell, a student from the North Country School in Lake Placid; and “The End of the World” by the team of Olivia Marocco, a homeschooler, and Lucy Thill, a student from Saranac Lake Middle School.

Tune in to Facebook or beginning Saturday a 2PM to access the link to the Festival.


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