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Pendragon performance to benefit Lift Mt. Pisgah

SARANAC LAKE - The area's most prominent amateur theatre company is joining the efforts to support revitalization of its community ski area.

Pendragon Theatre founders Bob Pettee and Susan Neal have announced they will donate 20 percent of the box office proceeds from the June 12 performance of "The Jungle Book" to benefit Lift Mount Pisgah.

"Pendragon Theatre wants to be able to do what we can to support a well-rounded child," said Petee. "Lift Mount Pisgah supports that philosophy through its continued efforts to provide a year-round outdoor recreational facility."

"The Jungle Book" is a stage adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's famous story and features all the favorite characters: Mowgli, Baloo, Bagheera, Kaa, Shere Khan, the monkies, and more.

The cast includes Silas Swanson, Brandon Patterson, Leslie Dame, Clare Paulson, Jason Amrhein, Scott Eichholz, Donna Moschek, and Chris McGovern.

Recently Lift Mount Pisgah received a $600,000 grant from the state Environmental Protection funad, though it still falls short of its $850,000 goal. The grant and fundraising efforts will be used to replace the existing 1940-era T-bar while developing a trail system for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, mountain biking and running with some dedicated handicapped accessible paths.

Tickets for Jungle Book are $10 for anyone 15 and older or $8 for anyone under 15. For more information about Pendragon Theatre's 30th year productions and for reservations, call 891-1854 or visit www.pendragontheatre.org. For more information about Lift Mount Pisgah and other fundraising activities, check out www.saranaclake.ny.gov.

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