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2015 Update: A Tribute to You

2015 Update: A Tribute to You

Due to the generosity of our loyal donors and passionate patrons,
Pendragon Theatre continues to prosper as an iconic North Country
cultural jewel. As we make plans for an even-brighter artistic tomorrow,
here are some things we’d like you to know:

The 2015 Season
The theme of the 2015 season has been Tributes, to acknowledge
and honor the contribution of both the late Binnie Ritchie Holum,
and the major role so many of you have played in making Pendragon
the grand success story it is today. This year’s season has included
Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, a 2013 Tony Award winner for best play;
Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia, and Tintypes, both Tony-nominated; the family
classic Snow Queen; and opening September 3 and continuing for the
Arts in Education tour, Anton Chekhov’s timeless masterpiece
The Seagull.

From NCPR to the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, the reviews have
been excellent. Under the leadership of Executive Artistic Director
Karen Lordi-Kirkham, and with so many wonderful actors and
directors on board – both admired Pendragon veterans and
talented new faces – who could have doubted it?

Exciting Recent Accomplishments
•  Thanks to you and to so many other ardent supporters,
our three-year Campaign to Secure the Future exceeded our
very ambitious goal of $200,000. This is a tremendous achievement,
and shows that you believe in the promise of Pendragon’s future
as passionately as we do.

•  New Managing Director Tara Palen brings 20 years of theatrical
management experience to the Pendragon team. Tara’s personable
and steady professionalism adds an important new voice to the mix.

•  Music @ Pendragon has brought us lively music and new patrons,
filling the theatre with enthusiastic capacity crowds over the winter.

•  The re-energized Young Playwrights Festival culminated with an
exciting series of workshops and public performances on April 11,
and resulted in excited and motivated students.

•  Two very popular youth summer camps, one for teens and
another for younger children, helped develop the thespians
of the future.

•  We have received a grant from the Charles R. Wood Foundation
to partially fund replacement of the aging lighting system.
Designed to move into any new facility as well, the new lighting
will improve the safety, reliability, and flexibility of the current system.

A Bright and Ambitious Future

To ensure the sustainability of the theatre, the board is now investigating
the feasibility of a new home for Pendragon, one which resolves the
sizable issues with the current site, reflects the quality of the performances
we create, and potentially creates a community arts center as the heart of
a vibrant downtown area. Phase 1 of our study, integrating community
requirements and looking at comparable facilities, is almost complete
and has generated tremendous community interest. It was funded by a
state grant and the generosity of some loyal donors, and has been in
conjunction with North Country Community College, the Village of
Saranac Lake, and Saranac Lake ArtWorks. Phase 2 will include
market assessment and a pro forma business plan. We have received a
matching grant from Cloudsplitter Foundation and will begin once matching
funds are identified. We do not expect to make any change until 2017.
But we do know that we must do something with our facility, and
that the journey of the next few years will be a very exciting one.

We are counting on you to be there with us — every step of the way.


OUR MISSION: Pendragon Theatre is an ensemble of artists, based in the Adirondacks, dedicated to preserving the vitality and enhancing the quality of professional theatre through year-round performance and educational programs. nysca