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Dec. 6, 2004

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Paper Bag Players will present its annual free holiday show Saturday, Dec. 11, at 1 p.m. at Bucknell University's Weis Center.

Aimed at children aged 4 through 9, this year's show is called "Put on Your Shoes, I've Got News," and features classic and new "Bags" skits, songs and dances.

Judith Martin — writer, director, designer and the original Paper Bag Player — takes her inspiration from her young audiences. Their simplest everyday activities — making a friend, going to a grocery store, eating lunch, riding a bike — are transformed with wit and flair into theatre that makes children giggle, smile, shout and sing along.

"Children love to come to see the Paper Bag Players. Children feel understood. The shows have costumes and scenery that look something like what children would make, and songs they sing along with and can remember," said Bill Boswell, executive director of the Weis Center.

"This yearly visit by the Paper Bag Players is a generous gift to the community from Janet Weis. It is always a big hit with family audiences. In this year's show the audience rescues a lost tug boat, there's a contest between a wave and a surfer, and the sun and wind conspire to chase winter away, along with other fun and funny tales," he said.

Admission is free. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. For more information, call the Weis Center at 570-577-3700. For information regarding the availability of services for persons with disabilities at this event, call 577-3700.

During its 46-year existence, the Paper Bag Players has performed for more than 4 million children in 38 states and eight countries including the First International Children's Festival in Taiwan. The Paper Bag Players is a non-profit company whose work is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts, along with other organizations and private donors.

This special annual family performance is made possible by a generous contribution from Janet Weis as a gift to the community and region served by the Sigmund and Claire Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell.


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