Anansi's Carnival Adventure
An Afro-Latina spider, Anansi, helps Felipe and his friends save the forest when the mayor of the Caribbean Island town of San Pedro sells the surrounding forest to developers. In a rescue attempt, a group of kids join Anansi, the Spider, and his animal friends in seeking the help for Hurracan the Taino God of the wind to rid the forest of the developers.
The motley crew encounters boxing turtles, and giant serpents and trick themselves out of a dangerous situation in pursuit of their mission.
Humans and animals band together to save the wilderness from wanton destruction!
Music by Gary Rue.
© Copyright 2012 New Music Arts ® dba Musicals 4 Young Audiences
Originally produced by SteppingStone Theatre For Youth Development, St. Paul, Minnesota, Richard Hitchler, Artistic Director
Location: Somewhere in the Caribbean
Note: The African, Latino and indigenous heritage in this piece should be reflected in the set. If possible the mask should be of African design as well as the carnival costumes. The Cemi should be a replica of a Puerto Rican Taino Cemi. The music is essential to the African and indigenous feel of this play. One possibility to highlight Anansi’s identity as a spider would be to give the audience a sense that they are watching the play through a hole on a giant spider web.
Anansi - A trickster spider
Felipe - A young boy, The Maskarator
Joan - Felipe’s older sister
Carmen - A bright young girl who knows it all
Rebecca - A young girl with a rather negative outlook on things
Mario - A young boy who is scared of things
Julio - The youngest kid
Pedro - A young boy
Don Francisco - The mayor of San Pedro
Don Marlo - A developer
3 Construction Workers - Themselves
Queen Snake - A giant snake
Little Snakes - Queen Snake’s children
The Turtle - A boxer turtle without a shell
The Tiger - A ferocious tiger
Hurracan - The Taino Indian’s Spirit of the Wind
Baby Winds - Small winds
Smarty - A raccoon
Crocky - A crocodile
Owly - An owl
Weasel - Himself
Wolfy - A wolf
Foxy - A fox
Beaver - A beaver
Parrot - A parrot
"We Are The Animals"
"We Are the Animals" Sung by members of the Rose Ensemble, whistle by Laura MacKenzie