Musical Play: “Theseus and the Minotaur”

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What is this?An easy, flexible, 40-minute musical play for grades 2-7. Comes with the script, audio recording (with both a vocal and instrumental version of each song), and a teacher's guide. No music or drama experience needed!
Story & ContentFunny script ✓ Catchy tunes ✓ Flexible casting ✓ Dumb jokes
The Minotaur has eaten so many Athenians that it's getting tough to organize a softball game. Can young prince Theseus save the day? Learn more!
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Synopsis

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? 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.

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Key Concepts

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!

Aligned with national standards! View the standards and vocabulary. 

Publication Info

Author: Ron Fink (Composer) and John Heath (Book and Lyrics)

ISBN:
978-1-886588-12-7

© 1998
Bad Wolf Press, LLC

1 review for Musical Play: “Theseus and the Minotaur”

  1. Sue (verified owner)

    I love this musical. It is funny, but still gets the real story across. There are parts for students who want "big" parts and solos, and parts for students who want just one line.

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The Show

We want you to know what you're getting, so the cast list and first third of the script are available here! Bad Wolf shows are written for flexibility and can be edited however you like to meet the needs of your actors, school, curriculum, parents, astrological chart, latest whim, etc. If you have questions about the portions of the script not shown, please contact us.

Casting

Flexible casting from 12-40 students. Use as many Athenians, Messengers, Nereids, etc. as desired. Actors can easily play several roles, or a single role can be divided between multiple actors. All parts can be played by any gender.

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.

Script

This is the first one-third of the script.

(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

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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

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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.)

The Songs

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Standards

Common Core and Other National Standards

Language Arts

History/Social Studies

National Core Arts Standards

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