November 30, 2007

The Paper Bag Players 'Lost in the Mall'

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Paper Bag Players will present On Top of Spaghetti Saturday, Dec. 8, 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.

Lively and fun

"As with all Paper Bag Players productions, On Top of Spaghetti 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 collection of short plays, suitable for children ages 4 through 9, touches on friendship, being lost in a shopping mall, a magician who makes people disappear, why you should never put the kitty in the bathtub, a plumber's battle with an extraordinary leak, and, of course, a runaway meatball," added Iris Rifkin-Gainer, the Weis Center's outreach coordinator.

On Top of Spaghetti is written and directed by Judith Martin and incorporates music played by John Stone on the electric piano.

Props and costumes from household objects

Founded nearly 50 years ago by Martin, The Paper Bag Players are based in New York City but perform all over the country with props and costumes made of ordinary household objects, cardboard cartons, plain brown paper, and paper bags. Each year the Players' shows are seen by more than 70,000 children in the United States.

The Players have received numerous awards including an OBIE (the only children's theater to be so honored), three awards from the American Association for Theater and Education, two American Theater Wing Awards, a New York State Artists Award and The Children's Theater Foundation Medallion. The Paper Bag Players were the first children's theater to perform at Lincoln Center and to receive a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Since its founding in 1958, The Paper Bag Players have performed in 37 states, toured internationally to Canada, England, Scotland, Wales, Israel, Iran, Egypt, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Japan, and have been seen by more than 5 million children.

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Posted Nov. 30, 2007