|The Educational Theatre Collaborative
(ETC) will celebrate its 11th season with the
presentation of “Ananse the Spider Man.”
ETC is a community arts organization sponsored by
Plymouth State University (PSU), Friends of the Arts and
Plymouth Elementary School, and has twice been a Moss
Hart Award winner for excellence in community and
“Ananse” is an original musical production
based on the Caldecott Award-winning children’s book
“A Story, A Story” by Gail E. Haley.
The show explores the rich tradition of storytelling in
the African culture.
Performances will be January 26 – 30 in the
Hanaway Theatre at PSU’s Silver Cultural Arts Center
on Main Street in Plymouth.
||According to ETC Artistic Director and
“Ananse” author Trish Lindberg, “Ananse
the Spider Man” is a glorious African folktale which
explores how stories, once the exclusive property of the
gods, became the language of the world through the
cleverness of Ananse. Lindberg says, “Gail Haley’s
beautiful retelling of this folktale and her exquisite
illustrations were the inspiration for this musical,
which brings together African dance, drumming and
costuming in one vibrant production.”
Sixty community members, PSU students and area
school children have been cast in “Ananse
the Spider Man.” Lindberg says, “We are
thrilled to have Robin Marcotte, a graduate of PSU,
returning to reprise the role of Ananse, which he
originally created two years ago at Kearsarge Arts
Theatre Company. Robin is a brilliant performer. We also
have the great fortune to bring Bamidele and his exciting
African drumming to this musical.”
In addition to the performance, ETC offers a Children’s
Arts Festival on Saturday, January 15,
after-school workshops at both Plymouth Elementary School
and New Hampton Community School for students in grades
one through five throughout the month of January, an
extensive art exhibition incorporating themes from the
production and an Integrated Arts Conference for
artists and educators on Saturday, January 29.
For information about ETC programs, contact ETC’s
Managing Director, Sue Keefe at email@example.com
or(603) 535-2453. Additional information is online at
Performance dates and times are: January 26
– 29 at 7:30 p.m. and January 29 and 30 at 2 p.m.
Ticket prices range from $12-14 for A and B seating with
discounts for youth and seniors. Call the box office at
(603) 535-ARTS to purchase tickets.
Box Office hours are noon to 6 p.m. Monday through
Friday, and prior to performances.