Pendragon summer season tickets go on sale

SARANAC LAKE — Individual tickets for summer productions at Pendragon Theatre went on sale starting Thursday.

To kick off the 2022 summer season, Pendragon Theatre is presenting “Circle Mirror Transformation” by Annie Baker, with direction by Sarah Norris.

“Endearing, sweet and heartbreaking, the play is set in a small Vermont town where a group of strangers meet for an ‘adult acting class’ once a week and slowly reveal their triumphs and tragedies,” a news release from Pendragon reads.

Performances run Tuesday through Sunday, June 21-26, with 7 p.m. curtains and a Sunday 2 p.m. matinee.

The director, Sarah Norris, has also been hired on as artistic producer at Pendragon, where she’ll work with Managing Director Michael Aguirre to expand educational programming, produce artistic seasons and cultivate an artistic core of artists in the area and region to present innovative theater in the Adirondacks year-round.

“I’m thrilled to be a part of the Pendragon family in an official capacity and look forward to building on Pendragon’s illustrious history,” Norris said. “It is my dream to expand Pendragon’s legacy as an artistic home for a wide range of artists.”

Norris directed last summer’s “H*tler’s Tasters,” which recently completed an off-Broadway run at Theatre Row on 42nd Street, was featured in the BBC, New York Times and named a TimeOut NY Critics’ Pick. Her work has been seen around the world. She has been an artistic leader of New Light Theater Project, Access Theater — a 30 year old multi-venue institution in downtown Manhattan — and has produced both on and off Broadway.

In July, a Camp Pendragon production of the musical “Frozen Jr.,” directed by H.K. Wall, choreographed by Kendall Davison with music direction by Samuel Brown, will land at Pendragon. The production will feature more than 20 local students in grades five through 12. Camp Pendragon not only gives students the opportunity to create a show but also provides classes and workshops on theatre throughout camp, giving them the chance to also meet other peers in the area.

Performances for “Frozen Jr.” run July 22-31 with evening performances at 7 p.m. and 2 p.m. matinees on July 23, July 24 and July 31.

The main stage musical of the summer is “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” directed and choreographed by Arthur Ross.

“This musical has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor. A riotous ride, complete with audience participation, the show is a delightful den of comedic genius. Rated PG-13 for some crude humor,” a news release from Pendragon reads.

Performances are scheduled to run Aug. 9-21, Tuesdays through Saturdays, with a 7 p.m. curtain, Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

Finally, to wrap up the season, Pendragon will present a first-look new play, “The Woods,” by Jahna Ferron-Smith and directed by Colette Robert. The play examines the crisis of dwindling national park attendance and the scramble to attract persons of color to America’s great outdoors. The play contains sexually explicit content and is for mature audiences only, according to Pendragon. Performances will run Aug. 30 through Sept. 4, Tuesday through Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday, 2 p.m.

Tickets for productions range from $25-50. Rates are higher day-of and at the door, so patrons are encouraged to book in advance for discounted tickets.

A summer celebration hosted by Pendragon Theatre and supported by Skyward Hospitality is also planned. The event is scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. on July 13 at Ampersand Bay Resort with food, beverages, games and a ceremony to honor longtime staff member Kent Streed. Early bird adult tickets on sale for $75 or the family rate is $175 (2 adults, unlimited children).

Details can be found at pendragontheatre.org or via the box office at 518-891-1854.


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