Pendragon’s summer season: ‘Dreams’

SARANAC LAKE – This season’s dreamy line-up features the whimsical family show “The Little Prince,” adapted by Rick Cummins and John Scoullar, the artful drama “Red” by John Logan, the acclaimed musical “Man of la Mancha” by Dale Wasserman, with lyrics by Joe Darion and music by Mitch Leigh, the uproarious comedy “Harvey” by Mary Chase and ends the season with the fall classic “Death of a Salesman” by Arthur Miller. The public is welcome the night after each opening for audience talkbacks.

Special events include a collaboration with the Lake Placid Sinfonietta on “The Soldier’s Tale” on Aug. 3, “S’wonderful,” a one night only benefit cabaret featuring NYC artists on Aug. 4, Music@Pendragon presenting Jay Unger and Mollie Mason on June 7 and Danny Knicely and Bert Carlson on July 23.

In early July, Pendragon offers Camp Pendragon for teens culminating in a showing of “Little Shop of Horrors.” In early August, we will host Pendragon Kids for younger children. Finally, held the theater celebrate the summer and dream up the next season at its annual gala this year, taking place at Heaven Hill on Aug. 15.

For more information visit www.pendragontheatre.org, on Facebook or call 518-891-1854.

“The Little Prince”

Journey to Asteroid B-612 and join the Little Prince on his adventure to find answers, friendship and love. 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. On his magical expedition he meets a myriad of unusual characters and discovers that the world is not so small as he had imagined.

Directed by Matt Sorensen, Lighting Design by Bonnie Brewer, Scenic Design by Tijana Bjelajac and Costume Design by Lauren Brennan.

The cast features: Noah Cordes, Jason Amrhein, Clare Paulson, Leslie Dame and Kent Streed.

Performances will take place May 17, 24-26 & 31, June 15 & 30, July 1, 15 & 16 and August 5, 6, 13, 20, 22 & 23. ?Tickets are $8 for all seats. Children under 5 are free. All seating is general admission.

“Red”

Winner of the 2010 Tony Award for Best Play, John Logan’s “Red” plunges us into the studio of famous abstract artist Mark Rothko during 1958-59.

The play reveals the world, culture, dreams, relationships and the challenges of being an artist in those tumultuous times. Commissioned to paint murals for the Four Seasons restaurant, Rothko struggles to balance his artistic integrity and commercial interests. Ken, Rothko’s young assistant, is hired to mix paints and apply the base coats to the canvases.

To Rothko’s surprise, Ken proves to be a much more formidable assistant to work with than Rothko had imagined.

Directed by Kim Bouchard. Scenic Design by Tijana Bjelajac, Costume Design by Kent Streed.

The cast features: Burdette Parks and Tyler Nye.

Performances will take place June 12-14, 20-23 & 26-28 and July 2, 3 & 5. ? Tickets are: $22 for adults, $20 for seniors and students and $18 for children under 17. ? Matinee tickets: $15 for all ages.

“Man of La Mancha”

Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, “Man of La Mancha “is a tale of human endurance and the power of art to enlighten even the darkest of times. Written by Dale Wasserman, with lyrics by Joe Darion, music by Mitch Leigh, Man of La Mancha is an inspiring play-within-a-play. Thrown into prison during the Spanish Inquisition, Cervantes enacts the tale of Don Quixote to prisoners awaiting a hearing during the Spanish Inquisition. His ability to transform the prison into a place of dreams transforms the lives of all who participate.

Directed by Executive Artistic Director Karen Lordi-Kirkham, Musical Director Elizabeth Cordes, Lighting Design by Bonnie B. Brewer, Scenic Design by Tijana Bjelajac, Costume Design by E. Marie Barber.

The cast features: George Cordes, Sam Balzac, Lonnie Ford, Matthew Sorensen, Jason Brill, Matthew Eick, Lucky Cerutti, Sean Orman, Steven Hebert, Donna Moschek, Jessica Deeb, Cassidy Dermott, Peggy Orman and Laura Warden.

Performances will take place July 10-13, 17-20, and 24 to 26. Tickets are: $25 for adults, $22 for seniors and students and $20 for children under 17. Matinee tickets: $20 for all ages.

“Harvey”

“Harvey,” Mary Chase’s Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy of 1945, brings to the stage a hilarious and heart-warming celebration of the power of the imagination. Elwood P. Dowd and his best friend Harvey, a six-foot-three-and-a-half-inch tall white rabbit, use this power to mysteriously change the lives of those they encounter.

Directed by Jordan Hornstein, Scenic and Costume Design by Kent Streed.

The cast features: Jon Liebetrau, Leslie Dame, Cassidy Dermott, Sam Balzac, Rachel Kemp, Jason Amrhein, Jason Brill, Susan Berkowitz, Josie Good, Harrison Ewing and Matthew Eick.

Performances will take place July 31, Aug. 1, 2, 6-11, 13, 14, 16 & 17.?Tickets are: $22 for adults, $20 for seniors and students and $18 for children under 17.? Matinee tickets: $15 for all ages.

“Death of a Salesman”

The unraveling of the American Dream is at the heart of Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman.” Winner of the 1949 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play, this classic drama of the down-on-his-luck salesman Willy Loman remains one of the most profound dramas in American theatre.

Directed by Bonnie B. Brewer, Lighting Design by Bonnie B. Brewer, Scenic and Costume Design by Kent Streed.

The cast features: John Nicholson, Kathy Recchia, Brendan Gotham, Dylan Duffy, Jordan Hornstein, Eric Worthington, Steven Hebert, Harrison Ewing, Olivia Zeis, Macayla Quinn and Leslie Dame.

Performances will take place Aug. 28-31, Sept. 1, 4-7, 12, 13, 27 (7:30 p.m.) and touring to schools throughout the Adirondack Park until December. Tickets are: $22 for adults, $20 for seniors and students and $18 for children under 17. ?Matinee tickets: $15 for all ages.

“The Soldier’s Tale” (L’Histoire du Soldat)

A darkly comic fable of a common soldier’s thwarted homecoming at the hands of The Devil. Igor Stravinsky’s “The Soldier’s Tale” (“L’Histoire du Soldat”) was written in collaboration with Swiss librettist C.F. Ramuz. Performed by three actors, several dancers and a septet of instruments, the dramatic staging is accompanied by an effervescent score highlighting themes of greed, avarice and power. Bring the family to enjoy this collaborative venture between the Lake Placid Sinfonietta and Pendragon.

Directed by Karen Lordi-Kirkham. Choreography by Sarah Skaggs. Featuring John Nicholson as the narrator.

Performs at Pendragon Theatre on Aug. 3 at 2 p.m. and at LPCA at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

“S’ Wonderful!”

A one-night-only benefit cabaret, featuring a s’wellelegant evening of standards from the American Popular Songbook starring Karen Prager Balliett and friends. Directed by Mana Allen and Evan Pappas with musical direction by Mark York and special appearances by David Cady and Evan Pappas

Karen Prager Balliett, a lifelong summer denizen of Lake Placid has stepped in, out and around the limelight since she first started to sing professionally in NYC nightclubs at the age of seventeen.

Mark York is the executive producer and founder of The Ziegfeld Society and music coordinator for Jerry Herman and Jim Dale’s personal pianist and was Music Assistant to Cy Coleman.

Performance on Aug. 4 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

Camp Pendragon

Camp Pendragon is a musical theatre intensive workshop for middle-high school theatre students. This summer’s selection is the comedy horror rock musical “Little Shop of Horrors.” Pendragon company member Matt Sorensen will be directing the camp with musical direction by Elizabeth Cordes. The program is open to students from grades 7 through graduating seniors. We will have positions available for students on stage and backstage. We are looking to fill 15 acting roles and 5 technical positions, for a total of 20 campers.

Auditions to determine casting will take place on June 9 at 4 p.m. ?The camp dates are as follows: June 30 to July 25, 2014, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with two public performances on July 22 at 7 p.m and July 23 at 11 a.m. Camp fees: $300.

Pendragon Kids

Pendragon Kids is open to students from grades 1 through 6 and is a 5-day camp for young theatre enthusiasts. Workshops will encompass all aspects of theatre arts including: acting, dancing, sets, costumes and props.

The camp dates are as follows: Aug. 4-8, 2014, from 9:30 a.m. to noon, with a free public performance on Aug 8 at 12 p.m.?Camp fees: $60

Pendragon gallery

The theater lobby is the temporary home for some wonderful art by local artists. Come and meet the artist at a reception and receive $2 off your ticket if you stay to see the show! The gallery schedule:

“Little Prince”

Parmelee Tolken and Children’s Art inspired by the show. May 16 to June 9.

“Red”

The Artist’s Guild. June 10 to June 30. Reception June 20, 5 to 7 p.m.

“Man of La Mancha”

Tijana Bjelajac. July 8 to July 28. Reception July 11, 5 to 7 p.m.

“Harvey”

Burdette Parks. July 29 to Aug. 25. Reception Aug. 8, 5 to 7 p.m.

“Death of a Salesman”

TBA. Aug. 26 to Sept. 9. Reception Aug. 29, 4 to 6 p.m.

“It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play”

The classic American holiday story, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” has been transformed into a 1940s style radio broadcast-to be performed and recorded in front of a live studio audience.

Performance dates to be announced this winter.