The Dancing Granny

Spelman College
Approximately 40 minutes; no intermission.
Content is suitable for all audiences. Kids under 5 are free.
World Premiere

The Dancing Granny is a world premiere for youth and families based on the beloved children’s book by 2017 Newbery Honor winner Ashley Bryan. Kids and adults will be tapping their feet all over Atlanta as Ananse, the clever spider of African folklore, tries to trick Granny into dancing away from her garden so he can take her vegetables. But his plan backfires when he is drawn into the dance himself!This world premiere play with music is written by Alliance/Kendeda Competition alumnus Jiréh Breon Holder (Too Heavy for Your Pocket) and directed by Alliance Yale Directing Fellow Leora Morris. Presented in conjunction with the High Museum of Art exhibition Painter and Poet: The Wonderful World of Ashley Bryan, The Dancing Granny is dancing to three convenient locations around Atlanta - Oglethorpe University, The Galloway School, and Spelman College.

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  • Watch out for Ananse!

    Ananse has shown up in African folklore for centuries, and he crawls on stage in The Dancing Granny as a crafty and conniving spider (with great rhythm!). What's his deal?

  • Watch out for Ananse!

    Ananse has shown up in African folklore for centuries, and he crawls on stage in The Dancing Granny as a crafty and conniving spider (with great rhythm!). What's his deal?

Ananse has shown up in African folklore for centuries, and he crawls on stage in The Dancing Granny as a crafty and conniving spider (with great rhythm!). What's his deal?

  • Photos of The Dancing Granny in production

  • Photos of The Dancing Granny in production

  • Photos of The Dancing Granny in production

  • Photos of The Dancing Granny in production

  • Photos of The Dancing Granny in production

  • Photos of The Dancing Granny in production

  • Photos of The Dancing Granny in production

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Spelman College was founded 1881 as the Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary before changing names in 1924. Spelman is a global leader in the education of women of African descent and empowers women to engage the many cultures of the world and inspires a commitment to positive social change through service.

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"We attended Dancing Granny with our 2-yr-old granddaughter, admittedly concerned that she might be a bit too young. She was, in a word, mesmerized. The rhythm, dancing, and general energy of the production was outstanding throughout, as were the visually arresting set and costumes. After the cheering stopped and the lights came up, our granddaughter did not want to leave. What an intro to live theater!"
Larry Cox

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Cast

Akumba
Bynum-Roberson
Sun/Drummer/Percussionist/Musician
Ameenah
Kaplan
Dancing Granny/Musician
Chani
Maisonet
Wind/Musician
Breanna
Ross
Earth/Musician
Eugene
Russell IV
Old Man
Benjamin
Sims
Spider/Musician/ASM

Creative

Clay
Benning
Sound Design
Ashley
Bryan
Author
Liz
Campbell
Stage Manager
Jeff
Cone
Costume Design
Carole
D'Agostino
Puppet Design
Jiréh
Holder
Playwright
Ameenah
Kaplan
Choreographer
Christopher
Thompson
Set Design
Ken
Yunker
Lighting Design

Director

Leora
Morris
Director

Understudy

Amanda
Bonilla
Understudy for Earth/Wind/Musician
Kalah
Byrd
Understudy for Dancing Granny/Musician
Otis
Gould
Understudy for Sun/Drummer/Percussionist/Musician
Christian
Magby
Understudy for Spider/Old Man/Musician

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