Pendragon names winners of first young playwrights event

SARANAC LAKE – Pendragon Theatre has announced that Witter Swanson, a student at Saranac Lake High School, will receive a full production of his play “Elmer.”

The runner-up receiving a reading of her piece is Amber Baker, a student at Beekmantown, for her play “The Esteemed Institute.” Pendragon would like to thank all of the young playwrights who submitted their work and making this festival a success.

Swanson, Baker and the Pendragon crew will gather at the theatre on April 5 for a full day of festival activities including the following:

From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Pendragon invites children in grades 1-6 to join Jessica Deeb and Executive Artistic Director Karen Lordi-Kirkham for a workshop entitled “Playwriting on Your Feet.”

From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. join judges Fred Balzac, Karen Lewis and Karen Lordi-Kirkham for an invigorating panel discussion and workshop on playwriting.

At 7 p.m. Witter Swanson’s “Elmer” will be performed and Amber Baker’s “The Esteemed Institute” will be read for the public. Free admission. A reception will follow the performance.

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Pendragon Theatre is located at 15 Brandy Brook Ave, Saranac Lake, NY, 12983.