"Three Anansi Stories" is a short (about ten minutes) play based on the West African folk figure, Anansi. Anansi's stories are passed down in the oral tradition, making performance the perfect vehicle to tell them. The stories in this play are "How Anansi Got His Stories," "How Anansi Became a Spider," and "Anansi and the Witch Named 5."
This play can either be performed informally in the classroom, or on a larger scale onstage. It is designed for grades K-3, although it could be performed by older students for a young audience. As written, it can be performed by as few as eight actors, or by a very large group. There are parts for all comfort level, including ensemble and nonspeaking parts.
These stories are great for gaining confidence with speech and reading, for cultural exploration, learning about movement and staging, or just for something fun to do in the classroom!