December 03, 2008

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Paper Bag Players will present "Make a Little Room for Me!" on Saturday, Dec. 13, at 1 p.m. in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University.

Tickets are not required for the family matinee, which is 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.

The Paper Bag Players are turning 50 and they're marking their birthday with a show for children ages 4 through 9 that is a celebration from beginning to end.

This collection of short plays includes "Hot Feet"; an amazing bicycle race; a musical ride on a crowded subway; the poetic tale of "The Lady and the Storm" drawn as you watch; and "Dots & Spots," a rousing, wild, paint-flying finale.

"As with all Paper Bag Players productions, 'Make a Little Room for Me!' 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.

Fifty years of performances
Judith Martin, founder and artistic director of The Paper Bag Players, said, "For this year's show, we had 50 years of stories, jokes, songs and dances to choose from and I think with 'Make A Little Room For Me!' we have hit the mark." 

The Paper Bag Players are based in New York City and perform all over the country with props and costumes made of ordinary household objects, cardboard cartons, plain brown paper, and paper bags.

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.

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