November 30, 2009

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Paper Bag Players will present "The Great Mummy Adventure" on Saturday, Dec. 12, at 1 p.m. in the Weis Center at Bucknell University.

Admission is free to the community through the generosity of Janet Weis.

"This annual show continues to delight audiences of all ages," said Bill Boswell, executive director of the Weis Center, "though it is aimed at children from 4 to 9 or thereabout.

"This year's show includes the search for a mummy named Shirley, the disappearance of Amy's 8-foot-tall pet chicken, a weary postman who delivers the mail as a butterfly, and a dance-a-thon to fight off an invasion of ants at a picnic."

Ordinary objects and audience participation
The Paper Bag Players are based in New York City and perform all over the world.Their shows, based on a child's everyday experiences, combine short plays, songs, dances, audience participation, mime, and painting and drawing on stage.

Common household objects such as cardboard boxes and brown kraft paper brightened with splashes of poster paint and crayon become their sets, props and costumes.

The Players have received numerous awards including an OBIE (the only children's theater to be so honored with the Off-Broadway theater award), 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. For more information, visit Paper Bag Players.

Final performance of the semester
"The Great Mummy Adventure" is the final Weis Center series performance for the fall semester. The spring semester performances begin Friday, Jan. 29, with a concert by the Soweto Gospel Choir. Tickets are $30. For more information about events in the Weis Center Series, visit Weis Center.

Contact: Division of Communications