Theseus and the Minotaur

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Theseus and the Minotaur

An Easy-to-Use Mythology Play for Elementary and Middle School

Grades 3-8
45 minutes
$39.95
(2 or more Book/CD sets @ $30 each)

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Includes script, teacher's guide, and audio CD. The CD has all the songs recorded twice: first with singing, so you and your students can learn the songs, and then without voices so your students can perform without us singing along.

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This 40-minute musical play can be done as a complete play, skits, reader's theater, or you can just sing songs. No music or drama experience needed!

The Cretan Minotaur---half man, half bull---has been devouring so many Athenians that it's getting impossible to organize a softball game. Can the young prince Theseus, son of Poseidon, save the day? This may be his last chance to prove himself: Hercules has already cleared out most of the "really good monsters." With the help of the clever Ariadne, daughter of evil King Minos, Theseus enters the labyrinth. Will he find his way out, or will his unreliable sidekick use the ball of yarn to knit a sweater? Will Daedalus and Icarus fly too close to the sun and have a meltdown? Theseus and the Minotaur has the answers, and has been developed to work closely with your ancient history curriculum.

Theseus and the Minotaur is a great complement to your curriculum resources in elementary and middle school language arts and ancient studies. And, like all of our plays, this show can be used to improve reading, vocabulary, reading comprehension, performance and music skills, class camaraderie and teamwork, and numerous social skills (read about it!) -- all while enabling students to be part of a truly fun and creative experience they will never forget!

Author: Ron Fink (Composer) and John Heath (Book and Lyrics)
ISBN: 978-1-886588-12-7
© 1998 Bad Wolf Press, LLC

"Although my class is only second graders, we chose this play because we study Ancient Greece. They are doing a fabulous job with this play. The benifits were enrichment of subject matter, an opportunity for children to practice some of the creative intelligences, and confidence building.

The script is clever and engaging and easy for them to follow. I love the fact that the guide was so clear and helpful. The songs are fun, especially 'I'm Bad' and 'Give me that Twinkie.' My class is so excited and motivated to present this play! The enthusiasm from the audience was fantastic.

My students have kids from kindergarten through fifth grade stopping them in the halls to tell them how much they loved the play. My parents were estatic! As one mom put it, Performing this play has created a memory for the students and their families they will treasure.' Thank you. I had been looking for plays for some time. This one is perfect! Thanks again for such a teacher-friendly, fun play to perform!"

---Trish Brown, Teacher, (2nd grade), Olive Chapel School, Apex, NC

"The music is catchy, so the kids never forgot the lyrics. They learned key concepts while having fun. I can't wait until the next one! I teach the kids in the gifted program in my system. Some love to be center-stage while others have no desire to perform solo. These plays allow me to give them opportunities to participate at a level at which each chld is comfortable."

---Shelia Cain, Teacher, (4th-5th grade, gifted and talented), Petham Elementary, Petham, GA

"Yesterday my sixth-graders performed 'Theseus and the Minotaur' for about 150 children, parents, and administrators. I am still reeling from the total pride and joy I felt with their performance! The songs were wonderful and the script kept the audience attentive."

---Joy Brilliant, Teacher (6th grade), Ventnor Middle School, Ventnor, NJ

"I loved Theseus and the Minotaur. My 4th grade boys (who think they're pretty sophisticated) grumbled a little. Then I started playing the music during classtime. Enthusiasm began. When I assigned parts, it was great to see so many kids get so much stage time. The music was the greatest, and the jokes were right on with the boys and parents. I received lots of compliments; here are a few: 'Best play I've seen at Gilman." "Kids were fabulous---even the ones who don't usually come forward.' "I laughed 'til my sides hurt.'"

---Jennie Iglehart, Teacher (4th grade), Gilman School, Baltimore, MD

"My 6th grade class just finished three back to back presentations of 'Theseus and the Minotaur' yesterday: it was a hit! The school just loved it! And as you advertise, our kit makes it nearly impossible for a Musical not to work! Because we didn't practice much, I was worried sick about the performances. But the kids pulled it off and were awesome. The play fit perfectly with our 6th grade curriculum and standards. I enjoyed tying this aspect of multiple intelligences into my curriculum."

---Seu Hee Kim, Teacher (6th grade), Horizon Elementary, Glendale, AZ

"The music was catchy, and it had a lot of humor. Also, I liked the change in the ending from the original. Your guide had lots of good suggestions. The CD was great! For those of us who can't play well enough, having the music was wonderful. The price was reasonable. Your website with previews was very helpful...I have seen so many extremely shy kids just blossom into confident, poised speakers."

---Stacy Sakimoto, Teacher (2nd-6th grades) King Liholiho Elementary, Honolulu, HI

"Although my class is only second graders, we chose this play because we study Ancient Greece. They are doing a fabulous job with this play. The benifits were enrichment of subject matter, an opportunity for children to practice some of the creative intelligences, and confidence building. The script is clever and engaging and easy for them to follow. I love the fact that the guide was so clear and helpful. The songs are fun, especially 'I'm Bad' and 'Give me that Twinkie.' My class is so excited and motivated to present this play! The enthusiasm from the audience was fantastic. My students have kids from kindergarten through fifth grade stopping them in the halls to tell them how much they loved the play. My parents were estatic! As one mom put it, 'Performing this play has created a memory for the students and their families they will treasure.' Thank you. I had been looking for plays for some time. This one is perfect! Thanks againg for such a teacher-friendly, fun play to perform!"

---Trish Brown, Teacher, (2nd grade), Olive Chapel School, Apex, NC

Casting

Flexible casting from 12-40 students.
Use as many Athenians, Messengers, Nereids, etc. as desired;
one student can also play more than one role. Note that roles
are not gender-specific: Theseus and/or the Minotaur can easily
be played by a girl, for example; see our comments on page
39 of the Teacher's Guide.

Script

This is the first one-third of the script:

CHARACTERS:

Theseus (THEE-see-us), son of Aegeus
Bill (BILL), friend of Theseus
Aegeus (EE-jee-us), King of Athens
Athenians
Athena (uh-THEE-nuh), Goddess of Athens
Messengers from Crete
Minos (MIGH-nus), King of Crete
Poseidon (Poe-SIGHD'n), God of the Sea
Nereids (NIR-ee-ids), Goddesses of the Sea
A Ray (as in fish)
Daedalus (DEDD-l-us), builder of the labyrinth and slave of Minos
Icarus (ICK-er-us), son of Daedalus
Ariadne (ar-ee-AD-nee), daughter of Minos
Maidens, attendants of Ariadne
Minotaur (MINN-uh-tor)
Two Bards (or two small groups), narrators of the story

and a Chorus made up of all students who are not playing
roles at the time.

(The CLASS enters, or is already on stage, forming a semi-circle facing
the audience. The music starts. As it builds, a member of the CHORUS
quickly strides forward to the very front of the stage, facing the audience;
then another CHORUS member moves forward, then another, until there
are THREE standing by themselves in front)

Song 1

THREE:
Long ago and far away in ancient Greece
The folks just had one name.
Socrates and Sophocles and Sosicles
They start to sound the same.

Someone chased a Gorgon, someone fought at Troy
And one guy roamed the sea
Gotta be a genius just to keep it straight
It all is Greek to me.

CHORUS: THREE SINGERS:
Theseus and the Minotaur
It's got a familiar ring
Theseus and the Minotaur
Something 'bout a ball of string?
CHORUS and THREE:
Theseus and the Minotaur
It's no mythological fluff
This one is classic stuff.

CHORUS: THREE SINGERS:
Long ago and far away in ancient Greece
La la la
The folks just had one name.
La la la la la la la la
Socrates and Sophocles and Sosicles
La la la
They start to sound the same.
La la la

CHORUS:
Someone chased a Gorgon, someone fought at Troy

THREE SINGERS: Oh yeah he did

CHORUS:

And one guy roamed the sea

THREE SINGERS:
Bee dee dee, bee dee dee, bee dee dee

CHORUS:
Gotta be a genius just to keep it straight

THREE SINGERS:
I wish I could

CHORUS and THREE SINGERS:
It all is Greek to me.

CHORUS: THREE SINGERS:
Theseus and the Minotaur
It's got a familiar ring
Theseus and the Minotaur
Something 'bout a ball of string?
CHORUS and THREE:
Theseus and the Minotaur
It's no mythological fluff
This one is classic stuff.

(CHORUS exits or sits down. BARDS enter, carrying large books from
which THEY read with appropriate drama. There can be two BARDS
(A and B), or two small groups of BARDS (groups A and B). The two
different bards or groups of bards wear different colors-e.g. one blue,
the other yellow. If there is more than one bard in a group, the spoken
parts should be distributed among them.)

BARD A: Ancient Athens was once ruled by good king Aegeus. He
had a son named Theseus, who wanted to become a famous hero.

BARD B: Lo, I see Theseus now with his trusty sidekick, Bill.

BARD A (Looking startled, HE drops formal presentation and addresses
BARD B): Bill? That can't be right. All the rest of the Athenians have long,
complicated names. Erichthonius. Philomela. But "Bill"? Are you sure?

BARD B: Of course I'm sure. What---you think I didn't read the story?
You think I'm making this up as we go along?

BARD A: It wouldn't be the first time. Didn't you once tell how the
Greeks captured Troy by hiding themselves inside a giant wooden weasel?

BARD B: What's wrong with that? I'm an artiste! I will not let tradition
cramp my genius.

BARD A: Your brain has got a cramp. Come on, let's go. Theseus and...
(pause, looks at BARD B with disgust)
... "Bill" are here.

(THEY exit. THESEUS and BILL enter)

BILL: Theseus, you've got to cheer up. Your chance to be a hero
will come.

THESEUS: Like the time you said I could leap tall buildings in a single
bound? I was in the hospital for a month.

BILL: I didn't mean it literally. It was a metaphor.

THESEUS: You're not helping, Bill. A trusty sidekick is supposed to help.
Breaking into this hero business is no piece of cake.

Song 2 - Listen now!

THESEUS: :
It's tough to be a hero these days
It's hard to find employment that pays
So few monsters to awaken
All the good ones have been taken
It's tough, it's tough
BILL: Shoo bee doo doo bop
It's tough, it's tough
BILL: Shah la la la
It's tough, it's tough
BILL: Shoo bee doo doo bop
It's tough to be a hero these days.

I want all of Greece to resound with my name
But Hercules gets all the press and the fame.

He's laying waste cities while I waste my prime
While he's killing hydras I'm just killing time.

THESEUS and BILL:
It's tough to be a hero these days
It's hard to find employment that pays
So few monsters to awaken
All the good ones have been taken
It's tough, it's tough
CHORUS: Shoo bee doo doo bop
It's tough, it's tough
CHORUS: Shah la la la
THESEUS and BILL:

It's tough, it's tough
CHORUS: Shoo bee doo doo bop

THESEUS:

It's tough to be a hero these days.

I just missed Medusa
BILL: He had a sore throat
The Golden Fleece called
BILL: But he just missed the boat

THESEUS and BILL:

The Sphinx is deriddled and stuck in a zoo
I/He's gotta find something heroic to do.

THESEUS, BILL, and CHORUS:

It's tough, it's tough
Shoo bee doo doo bop
It's tough, it's tough
Shah la la la
It's tough, it's tough
Shoo bee doo doo bop

CHORUS and BILL
(holding out the word "days"):

It's tough to be a hero these days...

THESEUS:
I wanna
I wanna
I wanna
I wanna be a hero.

(THEY exit. BARDS enter)

BARD A: So Theseus and Bill tour the countryside looking in vain for
epic adventures. They've completely forgotten that today is the day that
Minos, evil King of Crete, arrives in Athens. Each year Minos comes to
take young Athenians back to Crete to be eaten by the Minotaur.

BARD B (surprised): You're kidding.

BARD A: Well, what did you think was happening each spring when the
finest young Athenians disappeared?

BARD B: You mean they weren't going to Florida for spring training?

BARD A: No! Baseball hasn't been invented yet.

BARD B: Then what's all this talk about a Homer?

(Enter AEGEUS and ATHENIANS)

BARD A: I knew you hadn't read the story.
(to audience)
Now here comes the father of Theseus, the good King Aegeus.

(BARDS exit)

AEGEUS: Come along, Athenians. I'm sorry that you must be handed
over to Minos and his terrible Minotaur.

AN ATHENIAN: But why do we have to go? Can't you just send a box
of chocolates or something?

AEGEUS: Minos demands the children of the most respected citizens of
Athens as victims for the Minotaur.

ANOTHER ATHENIAN: I swear my parents aren't respected. Nobody
even likes them.

ANOTHER ATHENIAN: Me too. Dad cheats on his taxes. I don't qualify.

(This concludes the first one-third of the script.)

Sample Songs

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Full Song List

1. "Theseus and the Minotaur"
2. "It's Tough to be a Hero"
3. "The Minotaur"
4. "You’re a Bronze Age Prince"
5A. "King Minos is Here"
5B. "I’m Bad"
6. "Underwater Family"
7. "Come With Us"
8. "I’m Leaving"
9. "Give Me That Twinkie"
10. "Theseus and the Minotaur" (Reprised Version)

Common Core and Other National Standards

Language Arts

History/Social Studies

Fine Arts

  • National Music Standards 1, 2, 6, 7, and 8 for K-4th, Standard 1 for 5th-8th
  • National Theater Standards 2, 3, 6, 7, and 8 for K-4th, Standards 2 and 6 for 5th-8th
  • National Dance Standards 1 and 2 for K-4th

Vocabulary

Socrates
Sophocles
Sosicles
Gorgon
Troy
mythological
literally
metaphor
prime
hydra
Medusa
The Golden Fleece
Sphinx
vain
matador
olé
Bronze Age
Titanium
Zinc
bust
monarch
labyrinth
sultan
renown
boast
Grecian
reign
corduroy
weft
woof
centaur
Cyclops
brimming
eclair

Vocabulary From Stage Directions
stride
distributed
formal
ponder