On Tuesday, May 31, members of the Magnolia Lower Elementary community shared an adaptation of the Greek myth, “Theseus and the Minotaur.” The play was written and directed by Magnolia students: Livia F., Nina M., and Keiji G and adapted from Jean Menzies retelling of the classic in “Greek Myths: Meet the Heroes, Gods, and Monsters of Ancient Greece.” The Magnolia class has been studying ancient Greece throughout the school year and were inspired by their studies to bring this classic myth to life.
A recording of the play can be found below. We also had a chance to sit down with several of our Magnolia students who shared a bit more about the play, its production, and the process along the way. We hope you enjoy snippets of their interview below.
“Theseus and the Minotaur” Cast: Grace F. (Narrator), Nina M. (Ariadne), Calista C. (Athena), Keiji G. (Minotaur), Livia F. (Theseus), Oliver G. (King Minos), and Benjamin L. (King Aegeus)
Interview with Magnolia Students
Interviewees: Grace, Nina, Calista, Keiji, and Livia
Interviewer: What is the name of the play?
All: “Theseus and the Minotaur”!
Interviewer: What are your names and roles in the play?
Grace: I was the narrator.
Nina: I was Ariadne.
Calista: I was acting as Athena.
Keiji: I was the Minotaur.
Livia: I was playing as Theseus.
Interviewer: Why did you select this particular myth?
Nina: Because we had trouble with the other myths.
Calista: Yeah, the other ones didn’t go that well.
Keiji: I think I had the idea of Theseus and the Minotaur, and we got it from my book. The book is actually pretty new and its about ancient Greece.
Livia: So basically, it was me, Nina, Grace, and Keiji to start, but we couldn’t find a play with just 4 roles so we thought the minotaur one was actually pretty good.
Nina: Even though we kept remembering we needed more and more people.
Livia: Yes, so we got Calista, Oliver and Benjamin, but not the whole class.
Nina: Yeah, Keiji showed the book to Livia and we went from there.
Interviewer: How did you determine the roles and characters?
Nina: I just decided that I wanted to be Ariadne.
Livia: And, there were no more spots for me, so I guess I went as Theseus.
Nina: We almost made her (Livia) a princess, but then we needed a prince.
Grace: I usually am the narrator in our plays so it wasn’t different this time. I like being the narrator because no one looks at me and I have stage fright.
Interviewer: Do you have a favorite part of the play?
Livia: yes, I kinda liked when I was defeating the minotaur.
Interviewer: Keiji, did you like the part when the Minotaur got defeated?
Keiji: I guess so.
Nina: I liked it when I got to fall down because I was so tired.
Grace: I liked all of it
Interviewer: Calista, did you have a favorite part?
Calista: No, I liked all of it too.
Interviewer: How long did it take to pull the play together?
Livia: 3 days!
Interviewer: Who wrote the script?
Livia: me and Nina, and Grace helped with ideas.
Nina: Calista watched us the whole time.
Livia: So Grace basically got the idea, and I am the one who wrote the script.
Keiji: I also helped, I wrote my lines for the Minotaur and provided the book.