'Tales of Anansi the Spider'

Students of Willow Wind's Performance Class will present four plays based on the African folktales of "Anansi the Spider."

Performances will be at 2 and 4 p.m. Saturday, May 24, at Oregon Stage Works, 191 A St., Ashland.

Poor Anansi the spider tries to be clever, but so often his greed gets in his way. Fortunately he's always ready to try again another day.

The tales tell why spiders have thin waists and live on ceilings. And why we have wisdom. And whether they like fish.

The 40-minute performance includes four short plays: "How Anansi Got a Thin Waist," "Anansi and the Fisherwoman," "Why Anansi Lives in Ceilings" and "How the World Got Wisdom."

"Tales of Anansi the Spider" is directed by Eve Smyth and performed by 14 Willow Wind students between the ages of 9 and 13.

Smyth is an instructor at Willow Wind and the co-director of Oregon Stage Works' Ashland Children's Theatre along with Kate Sullivan.

In addition to teaching theater classes at Willow Wind, Smyth also teaches acting

and improv at Ashland Children's Theatre, where she has written and directed several plays for their productions.

She received her degree in theater from San Francisco State University and, while in the Bay Area, she taught and performed with BATS Improv.

Smyth is a member of the comedy improv troupe The Hamazons.

Admission is free on

a first-come, first-serve basis.

Donations for the Willow Wind Barn Raising Project and the Ashland Children's Theatre Scholarship fund are appreciated.

For more information, call 482-2334, ext. 2.

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