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Anansi and the Moss Colored Rock

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Casting

Flexible casting from 11-40 students.
Use as many lions, rhinos, monkeys etc. as desired.
One student can easily play several roles if needed.
Note that all roles can be played by either boys or girls;
see our comments on page 31 of the Teacher's Guide.

Script

This is the first one-third of the script:

CHARACTERS:

Anansi
Zebras
Lions
Rhinos
Monkeys
Elephants
Little Bush Deer
Storytellers
Chorus (comprised of all animals except Anansi)

All the action of the play takes place in a jungle---a backdrop with jungle
plants and animals can be used (see "Set and Staging" in the Teacher's
Guide). There is a large "rock" in the middle of the stage. On the backdrop
behind the stage there is a sign:

Warning! Magic Rock! If ANYBODY says
"Isn't this a strange moss-covered
rock" they will fall asleep for exactly one hour.

Song 1:    

ENTIRE CAST (sings as they march or dance up to stage):
It’s so hot 
It’s so hot
Hot in the jungle in July

It’s so hot
It’s so hot
It’s so hot under African skies.
The monkeys are sweating

MONKEYS: It’s so hot!

The rhinos are fretting

RHINOS: It’s so hot!

The lions are betting it’s hundred degrees.
The monkeys are sweating

MONKEYS: It’s so hot!

The rhinos are fretting

RHINOS: It’s so hot!

Gazelles are gazetting there under the trees.

It’s so hot
It’s so hot
Hot in the jungle in July
It’s so hot
It’s so hot
It’s so hot under African skies.
(soft)
It’s so hot under African skies.
(loud)
It’s so hot under African skies.

(Entire CAST freezes, looking at audience, with the last note of the song.
It is important that the audience knows the song is over and can now
applaud. See "Turning on the Applause Sign" in the Teacher’s Guide.)

STORYTELLER (spoken): Long ago, on a very hot summer day, Anansi
the Spider was crawling through the jungle when he spotted something
very strange.

(ANANSI enters as STORYTELLER talks. ANANSI looks shocked
when he notices the rock.)

Song 2:    

ANANSI: 
I know every tree in the jungle
I know each lion by its roar
I know every nook of the jungle
But I’ve never seen this before.

(ANANSI points directly at the rock on the word "this")

I know every inch of the jungle
So that’s why this is such a shock
This is quite a change
This is very strange
Isn’t this a strange moss-covered rock!

(ANANSI falls down, instantly asleep)

CHORUS:
Down down down down
Down fell Anansi
Down he fell in sleep,
Down down down down
Down fell Anansi
Slumbering so deep.

Down down down down
Down fell Anansi
One full hour went by,
He woke up some
His head was numb
And he was wondering why
He was wondering why.

ANANSI:
I wonder, I wonder what’s happening to me
I was just taking a short walk
This is quite a change
This is very strange
Isn’t this a strange moss-covered rock!

(ANANSI crashes down again in slumber)

CHORUS:
Down down down down
Down fell Anansi
Down he fell once more,
Down down down down
Down fell Anansi
Sleeping like before.

Down down down down
Down fell Anansi
One full hour went by,
He woke up some
His head was numb
And he was wondering why
He was wondering why.

(As ANANSI wakes up, ZEBRAS dance in)

Song 3:    

ZEBRAS: 
We are wise old Zebras
We’ve got wise old zebra stripes
You should listen to us
And take our wise advice.

CHORUS: Listen to them, listen to them!

We are wise old Zebras
We know wise old zebra stuff
If you listen to us
Then you’ll be wise enough.

It’s a magic rock, magic rock
We know it sounds absurd
CHORUS: Sounds absurd
Magical rock, watch your talk
Don’t say
CHORUS: Don’t say
Don’t say
CHORUS: Don’t say
Don’t say

ZEBRAS and CHORUS:
Don’t say those magical words!

ANANSI: You mean the words, "Isn’t this a strange moss-covered…?"

ZEBRAS (interrupting): SHHHHHH!

We are wise old Zebras
We’ve got wise old zebra stripes
You should listen to us
And take our wise advice.

CHORUS: Listen to them, listen to them!

It’s a magic rock, magic rock
We know it sounds absurd
CHORUS: Sounds absurd
Magical rock, watch your talk
Don’t say
CHORUS: Don’t say
Don’t say
CHORUS: Don’t say
Don’t say

ZEBRAS and CHORUS:
Don’t say those magical words!

(ZEBRAS dance off)

STORYTELLER (spoken): Anansi was delighted to learn of the magic
rock, and he came up with a clever trick. You see, Anansi loved the food
of the jungle, but he did not want to do any work to get it. He’d rather take
somebody else’s, so he went to the home of the Lions.

ANANSI: Good afternoon, Lions. What are you doing on this hot day?

Song 4:    

LIONS: 
We like the yams
We like the yams
That’s all we can say
We work so hard
Out in our backyard
Digging yams all day.

We like to roar
We like to stretch
We like leg of lamb
We like the sun
We like to have fun
But we’d rather have a yam.

Anansi the Spider
Your tricks are well-known
You’d rather steal our yams
than find some on your own.

We like the yams
We like the yams
That’s all we can say
We work so hard
Out in our backyard
Digging yams all day.

(spoken): This is our yam-digging music! Oh we like this!

(LIONS dig and dance as the CHORUS sings)

CHORUS:
They like the yams
They like the yams
That’s all they can say
They work so hard
Out in their backyard
Digging yams all day.

Anansi the Spider
Your tricks are well-known
You’d rather steal their yams than find some on your own.

LIONS:
We like the yams
We like the yams
That’s all we can say
We work so hard
Out in our backyard
Digging yams all day.

LIONS and CHORUS:
We work so hard
Out in our backyard . . .

LIONS:
. . . digging yams all day.

(This concludes the first one-third of the script.)

 

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