SARANAC LAKE - Pendragon Theatre's summer series is opening with a Mother's Day show that reminds its audience that holding onto dreams is important.
The play "The Little Prince" is about a young prince who falls to Earth from Asteroid B-612 and lands in a desert, which makes him believe the planet is uninhabited. After speaking with a rose, the prince climbs a mountain, the highest he has ever seen, only to be greeted by the enormity of the barren landscape surrounding him. The boy calls out and interprets the echo as mocking voices.
The rest of the tale is a tribute to the imagination. The prince talks to plants and animals as the narrator, an aviator who meets the prince after he crashes his plane in the desert, examines the adult tendency of forsaking creativity and wonder for more "serious" matters.
From left, Jason Amrhein as Aviator, Noah Cordes as the Little Prince and Kent Streed as King practice for this Sunday’s opening performance of “The Little Prince” at Pendragon Theatre.
(Photo — Bonnie Brewer)
Various of characters are encountered along the way, and the prince soon learns that the world is not as small as he initially thought.
"The little prince befriends this stranded aviator and sort of teaches him the importance of being a child, being able to see with that sort of vision and not to give up on your dreams," Pendragon's Executive Artistic Director Karen Lordi-Kirkham said. "He takes him on this magical trip through some of the different stories of his experiences, and he really gets this aviator to have a new sense of the important things in life."
The aviator can relate to some of these lessons. He recalls that, as a child, he once drew a picture of a snake digesting an elephant. The narrator notes that adults often failed to see the illustration through his eyes, and they instead thought the picture was of a hat.
The play is directed by Matt Sorensen and is based on a 1943 French novella of the same name by Antoine de Saint-Exupry.
"The Little Prince" is suited for children and their parents, especially those who might need a gentle reminder that magic still exists well into adulthood.
"There's definitely that theme, especially with artists, the idea that you'd need to be able to tap into that inner child again, and that sometimes we forget the importance of looking at the world through a child's eyes," Lordi-Kirkham said. "In some ways, 'The Little Prince' emphasizes the theme of, 'Take some time with your children,' because when you take that time you'll see life in this wonderful way."
If you go ...
What: "The Little Prince" play. Adapted from the book by the famed French author Antoine de Saint-Exupry. The Little Prince visits Earth and befriends a stranded aviator teaching him to never give up on his dreams. Appropriate for ages 6 and up.
When: 1 p.m. Sunday (Mother's Day)
Where: Pendragon Theatre, 15 Brandy Brook Ave., Saranac Lake
How much: Moms admitted free.
More info: 518-891-1854 or www.pendragontheatre.org
A preview of Pendragon's summer series, "Dream":
"Red" opens June 12
"Man of La Mancha" opens July 10
"Harvey" opens July 31
"Death of a Salesman" opens Aug. 28
"The Little Prince" opens at 1 p.m. Mother's Day and will run throughout the summer series: May 11, 17, 24-26 and 31; June 15 and 30; July 1, 15 and 16; and Aug. 5, 6, 13, 20, 22 and 23.
In addition to the performance, Pendragon is offering a special Mother's Day package. For $15 all moms can be a part of a carnation and beauty product giveaway, take a ride at the Adirondack Carousel and have brunch at Nonna Fina restaurant. All dads and anyone over 12 years of age can get the same package for $30, children between the ages of 5 and 12 get the package for $20, and children under 5 years old receive the entire package for free.