The Paper Bag Players are making their annual trek to Middletown for a winter performance of their new play The Paper Bag Players “Pop-Pop-Popcorn!” This wonderful family/children’s theatre event takes place on Sunday, Jan. 17, at 2 p.m. in Orange Hall Theatre, SUNY Orange.
Each year this award-winning theatre company creates an original fun-filled play with underlying life lessons, and this year is no exception. Conceived by the actors themselves for great family entertainment — especially 3 to 9 year olds — the fast-paced show is filled with new songs, funny stories, adventure, dancing, and paper bag sets, plus audience participation opportunities.
“Pop-Pop-Popcorn!” is an uproarious combination of brand new material together with classic favorites of “The Bags.” To emphasize the title, a popping dance has been choreographed and the entire audience is invited to stand up and sing, dance, and pop in order to become a jumbo-sized popcorn. The hour is wrapped up with a lively and colorful group painting made not with brushes but handprints. The Paper Bag Players dance as they paint, transforming a wild, wet landscape into a beautiful rainbow.
The Paper Bag Players promise that theatregoers, young and old, will be singing and laughing, hoppin’ and poppin’ from start to finish. They have been successfully engaging their audiences for 57 years. Artistic director, Ted Brackett, has been performing with “The Bags” for 28 years. Composer and music director John Stone has been with the troupe 16 years. He has a personal remembrance because as a child, he attended Paper Bag Players performances. In addition to Brackett, actors Kevin Richard Woodall, Kathy D. Harrison, and Caroline Carden perform on stage while Stone plays his compositions live on his electric keyboard.
Tickets can be purchased online anytime at sunyorange.edu/arts_comm/ticketing.shtml
Prices: children/students $6; adults $8.50; seniors, faculty, staff, alumni $7.50; SUNY Orange students with ID admitted free.
Orange Hall is located at the corner of Wawayanda and Grandview Avenues, Middletown, where free parking is available in the adjacent lot.