November 22, 2011


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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Paper Bag Players will present its annual holiday children's show Saturday, Dec. 10, at 1 p.m. in Bucknell University's Weis Center.

Admission is free to children and accompanying adults in the community and region through the generosity of Janet Weis. No tickets or advance reservations are required. Attendees are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy or a canned good for donation to Union County Children and Youth Services in Lewisburg.

"Laugh! Laugh! Laugh!" includes a musical story about Laura's nervousness about her first day of school, and the tale of Master Salesman Kevin and his Dandy Do-Everything Dynamo that does all Laura's chores — or so she thinks.

The performance continues with the adventures of Amazing Amy who saves the day three times, the importance of looking past first impressions with the help of a tiny paper bag dragon, and Amy's quest to make the perfect bubble.

Ordinary objects and audience participation
"Laugh! Laugh! Laugh!" is created and performed by all the Paper Bag Players — Ted Brackett (who also directs), Laura Canty-Samuel, Amy Walsh, Kevin Richard Woodall and resident composer John Stone.

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.

Final performance of the semester
"Laugh! Laugh! Laugh!" wraps up the Weis Center series performance for 2011. In 2012, the spring semester performances begin Friday, Jan. 27, with a concert by the Jupiter String Quartet, with piano soloist Jon Nakamatsu, for which tickets are $20.

Contact: Division of Communications


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