November 29, 2006

Paper Bag Players

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Paper Bag Players will perform Dandelion Saturday, Dec. 9, at 1 p.m. in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University.

Tickets are not required for the performance, which is made free and open to the public through the generosity of Janet Weis. Children must be accompanied by an adult; doors open at 12:30 p.m.

"As with all Paper Bag Players productions, Dandelion is funny, lively and colorful with infectious music; fantastic sets, props and costumes; and plenty of chances for the audience to participate," said Bill Boswell, executive director of the Weis Center.

"This production touches on everything from dinosaurs to fish and frogs to humanity's first steps toward culture. Dandelion makes a profound statement about the evolution of the wonderful planet we live on by melding strikingly simple elements of the dramatic, visual and musical," he said.

The Christian Science Monitor said of the show, "Dandelion, a revue of songs, scenes and skits about the life cycle, has an underlying seriousness overlaid with great humor." The London Sunday Telegraph said, "Dandelion tells the history of the world in little more than one hour and does so amusingly, imaginatively and – most amazing of all – truthfully."

Written and directed by Judith Martin and incorporating music by her late and long-time collaborator Donald Ashwander, Dandelion is a collection of short plays including: a dance about the beginning of the world; a dinosaur complaining about being too big, too cold and too slow to get along in the changing world; an adventurous girl who learns the value of accumulating and sharing knowledge; how a fish became a frog because of a water shortage; and how the development of writing changed the world.

Posted Nov. 29, 2006

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