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Props: Knitters, yarn, cloths or tapestries, two chairs in the middle of stage.
Costumes: The girls wear long white dresses and tiaras. Arachne wears a long black dress, a long black wig, a big spider placed on her back. Athena wears a long white dress and a tiara, and a long robe with hood.
ACT I – AT MOUNT OLYMPUS
(Girl 1, 2, 3, and 4 are on the right side of stage/room sitting on the floor talking. Arachne is weaving on the left side of stage/room)
GIRL 1: (to Girl 2) What are you looking at?.
GIRL 2: (pointing to Arachne) I’m watching the way she knits… look at her!. She’s weaving a beautiful tapestry.
GIRL 3: Arachne is beautiful and talented, but she’s so vain and arrogant.
GIRL 4: I heard she weaves better than Athena!.
ATHENA: (angry) That’s nonsense!. Who is that girl you’re talking about?.
GIRL 1: She’s the daughter of a wool dyer, and she’s well known for her work.
ATHENA: Mmmm, so I believe she’s a poor and simple girl!.
GIRL 2: Yes, she is. But people from all around come to see the beautiful pictures she weaves into her cloth. They are impressed by her talent!.
GIRL 3: I wonder how a mortal can weave so beautifully!.
ATHENA: (leaving furiously) We’ll see about that!.
GIRL 2: Let’s go see her.
(Girl 1, 2, 3, and 4 stand, and approach Arachne. They stand behind her admiring her work)
GIRL 1: You are a very good weaver and spinner!. Were you blessed by Athena with her gift of weaving?.
ARACHNE: Of course not!. I learned to weave all by myself.
GIRL 2: Well, you weave as beautiful as Athena does.
ARACHNE: (stands up) There’s no one in the world that can weave as beautiful as me!.
GIRL 3: You can’t compare yourself to Athena. She’s the goddess of the skills and crafts!.
ARACHNE: I can compare myself to Athena, and win her with ease!.
(Arachne sits, and keeps on weaving. Athena disguised as an Old Woman enters. She wears a long robe covering her head and tiara. She walks slowly and approaches Arachne)
OLD WOMAN: My dear,I’ll give you an advise. Don’t ever mess up with a goddess. No mortal can compete against Athena. Take back your words and ask for forgiveness.
(Arachne stands up)
ARACHNE: I don’t need your advise!. I know I can beat her, besides, if Athena really dares… why isn’t she here to compete against me?.
ATHENA:(uncovering her head) We’ll see who can create the most beautiful tapestry. Let’s compete!.
GIRL 1: She’s here!.
(Girl 1, 2, 3, and 4 kneel down frightened and cover their mouths when they see Athena)
ARACHNE: I have been waiting for this moment for a long time!.
(Athena and Arachne sit on the two chairs and start to weave. After a few seconds, Athena stands and shows her work. Girl 1, 2, 3, and 3 clap)
GIRL 1: Just beautiful!.
GIRL 2: Remarkable!.
GIRL 3: Wonderful!.
GIRL 4: Unbelievable!.
ARACHNE: Ha, ha, ha, ha, tthat’s your work!. Ha, ha, ha, ha, that’s the best you can do?. (showing her work) Now, look at my beautiful tapestry!.
ATHENA: Oh, no!.
GIRL 1: It’s a work of art!.
GIRL 2: It is clearly better than yours, Athena!.
GIRL 3: That’s the most beautiful tapestry in the world!.
GIRL 4: Look closely. It’s Zeus. He looks like a bull!.
ATHENA: You’re making fun of my father Zeus, the King of Gods! (furiously destroys the tapestry, and points her finger to Arachne, and casts a spell) Shider Mider turn yourself into a spider!. (Arachne makes strong movements with her arms and legs and falls to the floor). You want to spin?. Go ahead… and spin forever . I now give you eternal life!. From now on, you can weave anything you want with your webs, and people will always destroy them, just like I have just destroyed your tapestry!. Ha, ha, ha, ha.