Students of Willow Wind's Performance Class will present four plays based on the African folktales of Anansi the Spider on Saturday, May 24, at 2 and 4 p.m. at Oregon Stage Works.




They will perform "How Anansi Got a Thin Waist," "Anansi and the Fisherwoman," "Why Anansi Lives in Ceilings" and "How the World Got Wisdom" make up this 40-minute production. "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. Smyth also teaches acting and improv at Ashland Children's Theatre, where she has written and directed several plays for their productions.




"Tales of Anansi the Spider" performs two shows only. 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.