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Anansi Stories

Time: Performing each of these stories will take 15 to 25 minutes

For young children Rudi will sing songs and play his guitar as part of the perfomance, and will invite the children to partake as actors playing the story.

Anansi in Debt

Anansi borrows money from Mr. Cockroach, Sister Chicken, Brother Fox, Tiger and Hunter. He arranges for them to come in that same order to get back their money. He causes Chicken to eat Cockroach, Fox to eat Chicken, Tiger to eat Fox, and Hunter to shoot Tiger. In the end Anansi is free of debts and even succeeds to get some money by blackmailing Hunter.

 

Anansi Rides on Tiger's Back

Anansi throws a bet with all the other creatures in the forest that he will use King Tiger as his horse and ride him through the woods. Knowing Tiger's pride and bad temper, they raised high bets against Anansi's plan. By staging a dramatic act with two rotten eggs, he makes King Tiger believe that he's severely ill. Thus he succeeds in getting a ride on Tiger's back to go see the dentist and wins his bets.

 

Anansi Eating Peppers

In order to marry the wealthy Princess Wrinckleface, Anansi has to pass the test of eating a bowl full of the hottest peppers without showing any signs of discomfort. By faking all the signs of severe pepper burning as the natural behavior of his kind, Anansi passes the test.

 

Anansi, Cat and Rats

Anansi visits the Rats, while carrying in a basket on his back, the best singer of the forest and his friend Brother Cat. Reassuring the Rats, Anansi explains that their natural enemy recently had a severe burning accident. Cat showes his his leggs in bandages and starts singing while Anansi plays his guitar. The Rats adore good music, and soon they forget their fears and join the swinging party that is going on. In the climax of the feast, Brother Cat suddenly takes off his bandages and kills many Rats before they understand what is happening. And so Anansi and Cat had enough food for a while.

 

Cricket helps Anansi

Anansi, on his nightly predatory expedition in King Tiger's garden, gets caught in a trap. Stuck onto the glue-doll His Majesty had placed on the path, Anansi gets helped by Grandma Cricket. But while helping Anansi, she gets glued to the doll and is left behind helpless by Anansi.......

 

How Death Came To Us

In search of food, Anansi came at a hut, in front of which there was a smoking grill full of freshly smoked meats. At the door sat a person clad in a cape, so that his face was quite hidden. Anansi politely asks for some food, but getting no answer simply serves himself a good meal and then takes some home for his family. After some more visites Anansi takes his eldest daughter there and leaves her with the old man to help him in housekeeping. Now being a relative, he had the right to share the old man's food. When on the next visit he found pieces of his daughter on the smoke table, he beat up the old man, who then revealed himself as Death and angrily chased Anansi all the way to where the Humans live....


 
 
 

 

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