Home plays were a big part of my childhood. There were living room engagements of The Wizard of Oz, A Christmas Carol, even the EPCOT Center “American Adventure” history-through-robots show. (We grew up in Orlando; that’s all you should know), with whomever my brother and I could talk into donning a wig or a mustache. There’s something about costumes and silliness that seems to bring out the best in family, no matter how young or old. Maybe you have a similar tradition? Here’s something new – Reader’s Theater for Friday Shorts!
Today’s play stars Anansi the Spider, a hero of folk tales from the Ashanti people of what is now the African nation of Ghana. He is a classic trickster, and his tales often involve Anansi using his wiles to take advantage of his friends. Often, however, the tables are turned when Anansi’s friends are fed up with his mischief. The author Eric Kimmel has a series of picture books retelling Anansi tales which my children have particularly loved, including Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock and Anansi and the Talking Melon. I hope you and your family enjoy gathering together to perform this light-hearted Reader’s Theater version of “Anansi’s Feast.”
I’ve attached a PDF form of the script through the link below, so you can save or print as need be. Enjoy! – GM