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Closing the curtain

Pendragon co-founder takes a final bow

December 31, 2012
By JESSICA COLLIER - Staff Writer ( , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

SARANAC LAKE - As the curtain closes on the year 2012 , so too this weekend on the stage career of one of Saranac Lake's most recognized actors.

Bob Pettee took his final bow on the Pendragon Theatre stage Saturday night after playing the role of Ebenezer Scrooge in this year's production of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol."

"Tonight marked a very special night for us," cast member Matt Sorensen said at the end of the show. "This was Bob Pettee's last scheduled performance here at Pendragon Theatre."

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Pendragon Theatre co-founders Bob Pettee and Susan Neal stand in the center of the cast of “A Christmas Carol” Saturday night after Pettee’s last performance on the Pendragon stage.
(Enterprise photo — Jessica Collier)

Several members of the cast listed off Pettee's more memorable characters, including Atticus from "To Kill a Mockingbird," Charlie Baker from "The Foreigner" and Louis de Rougemont from this summer's production of "Shipwrecked! An Entertainment: The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (As Told by Himself)."

"And for so many, many more, please accept our heartfelt thanks," one cast member said.

The full house rose to a standing ovation for Pettee.

Pettee had his wife, Susan Neal, who started Pendragon with Pettee more than three decades ago, join him on stage as she wiped away tears from her face.

The couple plan to move to Maine in the coming months and start a new adventure.

Pettee said they leave the theatre in the good hands of people who have been part of the Pendragon family for years, including the new administrators who are set to take over, executive/artistic director Karen Lordi-Kirkham and managing director David Zwierankin.

"We know that things are going to kind of just continue to move onward and upward, and we wish you all the best of luck and so many thanks for the many, many years of great shows we've had together," Pettee said. "Thank you."


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