Magic, music and adventures of Potato Chip Boy at concert

Posted: Thursday, February 15, 2001

"The Adventures of Potato Chip Boy" may be a little too hard for adults to understand, but kids don't seem to have a problem.

Juneau storyteller Grace Elliott will share her original tale at Zip A Dee Doo Dah, the family concert sponsored each year by the Juneau Community Co-op Preschool. The concert, which runs a little more than an hour, will start at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Centennial Hall.

"I hesitate to tell it sometimes because grownups don't always get it," Elliott said. "But kids adore it."

Elliott, also known as Amazing Grace, began her career as a professional storyteller 13 years ago. She has worked for many years with the Juneau School District, and teaches and performs in classrooms and libraries throughout Juneau. She made up "The Adventures of Potato Chip Boy" at the start of the current school year. She was inspired when a kid popped a potato chip bag by squeezing it.

Magician Jeff Brown will serve as master of ceremonies. Also performing will be the Fantastic Mr. F., aka Harborview Elementary kindergarten teacher and Juneau musician Jack Fontanella, the Zip A Dee Doo Dah Singers and musician Julie Pigott.

This is Pigott's fifth year performing at the concert.

"It's a fun family concert," she said. "The

focus is for the preschool kids, but if you enjoy laughing and the family environment you'll have a blast."

Pigott said there were middle school-age audience members who came to the show last year because they went to the school years earlier.

"It's very playful," she said.

The annual event is a fund-raiser for the nonprofit preschool. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children, and $15 for families, and will be available at the door only.

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