Friday, March 25, 2011

Good, old-fashioned fun at Kingsborough

By Alex Rush

This is one theater troupe that can act its way out of a paper bag!

The Paper Bag Players, a kid-friendly musical theater ensemble, has delighted audiences around the globe with sets and costumes made out of cardboard boxes and brown wrapping paper. And this month, it brings its newest makeshift musical, “Whoop-De-Doo,” to the Kingsborough Performing Arts Center.

“Kids love the look of our set because it reminds them of when they end up playing with the box and wrapping paper after opening up presents,” said artistic director and performer Ted Brackett, who comes to the Manhattan Beach theater on March 27. “And parents love the show because it takes them back to their childhood.”

But “Whoop-De-Doo” is more than just an exercise in recycling. The show features 10 skits, which include puppetry, original songs backed by a live keyboardist and even an interactive game show.

“It’s a great way to keep the audience jumping around,” said Brackett. “There’s no fourth wall to separate the audience at our show.”

“Whoop-De-Doo” performed by the Paper Bag Players at the Kingsborough Performing Arts Center at Kingsborough Community College [2001 Oriental Blvd. at Decatur Avenue in Manhattan Beach, (718) 368-5596], March 27 at 2 pm. Tickets $12. For info, visit


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