Arachne and Athena

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Characters:

Girl 1

Girl 2

Girl 3

Girl 4

Arachne/Old Woman

Athena

 

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)

 

SCRIPT:

 

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 enters)

 

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 moral 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 stands)

 

Arachne:  Ha, ha, ha, ha… That’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)

 

Athena:  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.

 

The End

 

Author:  K I D S I N C O based on a Greek Myth

 

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