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Spin:  A Musical Myth - Full Length Musical, Drama

Spin: A Musical Myth

M. Kilburg Reedy, Jonathan Dinerstein

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Full Length Musical, Drama

3m, 6f

ISBN: 9780573633553

Book, Music and Lyrics by M. Kilburg Reedy
Additional Music by Jonathan Dinerstein
Inspired by the classical myth about a girl whose brilliant weaving rivals that of the gods, this exciting musical is set in ancient Greece but employs modern language and imagery.

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Full Length Musical


Adaptations (Literature), Fables/Folktales

105 Minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, Greek; Roman & Biblical

Settings Of Play - Ancient Greece. The story takes place in a location between heaven and earth; Arachne's family farm in a small town in Greece, on Mount Olympus; and in Athens.


No intermission, Puppetry, Special Effects

Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Opportunity for Spectacle

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Elaborate / High Volume Costumes, Fantasy Costumes, Period Costumes


Mild Adult Themes


Adult, Senior, Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18)


High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Outdoor, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

When a headstrong teenage girl challenges the goddess Athena to a weaving competition, the resulting showdown of mythic proportions forever changes the girl’s world. Inspired by a classical myth (recently made famous by Julie Taymor’s SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK), Spin is a modern rock/gospel musical that gives a new twist to an ancient tale.

Arachne is a young artist determined to achieve success and fame. Four of the Muses visit her, to give her encouragement. Following her defeat in a local contest, and criticism from her father, the Muses persuade Arachne to leave her village for the big city. When she arrives there, Athena challenges Arachne to prove her skills, then destroys the tapesty Arachne has created.

Crushed by her failures, Arachne vows never to weave again, but a new friend helps her to heal and reclaim the joy of creating.

Visit Spin's website to hear the music: Spin: A Musical Myth Website

"Spin is awesome - one of those special productions that only comes along once in a while." - Blake Williams, Drama Teacher, Alhambra High School

Spin was a hit! The cast was wonderful! Spring Hill High School thanks you for a great musical.” – Laura Langham, Music Director, Spring Hill High School

"Spin was my favorite musical I did in high school!" - Aaron Tiscareno, "Cosmo", Rancho Alamitos High School

"Arachne's boldness has inspired me to be stronger and to "save my own life". She is so inspiring!! What an amazing character!! She taught me so much." - Dani Apple, "Arachne", Cleveland Play House

"Spin rocks! The spirit it left behind is so strong!" - Brandon De Santiago, "Cosmo", Alhambra High School

November 2001 AEA 29-hour staged reading at Douglas Fairbanks Theater, produced by Amy Herzog/The Assistants Theater Company, directed by Matt Morrow.


3m, 6f


Ensemble cast, Non-Traditional casting, Expandable casting, Features Teens, Flexible casting, Room for Extras, Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)


Can be cast with any race or mixed races. Amateur groups may wish to expand the cast to include additional Muses, dividing up the existing Muses’ lines among the larger group as the director sees fit, either reassigning whole lines or splitti



ARACHNE - Female; a teenage artist; any race; soprano. Though on the surface she is confident and even at times abrasive, Arachne is vulnerable and eager to please, sincerely wishing for recognition of her talents while pretending to disdain a need for approval. Passionate about her convictions and her art, she also has a playful, witty and charming side when she lets her guard down. She has star quality, with a powerful, charismatic presence.
CALLIOPE - Female; Muse of epic poetry and eloquence; any race. Serious-minded but compassionate, Calliope is intelligent and a well-spoken, crisply enunciated speaker.
MELPOMENE - Female; Muse of tragedy; any race. Melpomene, a comic character role, is a whining deadpan who sees the world as a gloomy place. For her, the glass is always half empty.
THALIA - Female; Muse of comedy; any race. Thalia, a comic character role, is a breezy cut-up with a smart mouth and an irreverent manner.
EUTERPE - Female; Muse of music or lyric poetry; any race. Euterpe, a comic character role, is a bit dim but very lovable and loving.
THEODORE - Male; a teenage friend of Arachne since childhood; any rac; high baritone or tenor. Theodore is bursting with boyish energy and is always in motion. He is optimistic, sincere, and a true and loyal friend. In love with Arachne, he has a playful, flirtatious, and competitive relationship with her in which he tries to get under her skin to get her to pay attention to him.
IDMON - Male; Arachne’s father and a shepherd; any race; high baritone. An earthy and rugged man with a hard quality born of years of endurance, he is fearful of what others will think of him and his family, and this fear keeps him from being able to love his daughter unconditionally. Stern and impatient with the headstrong Arachne, there are nevertheless moments when he is able to appreciate her uniqueness and tease her affectionately.
ATHENA - Female; Goddess of wisdom; a mother figure to Arachne; any race; mezzo-soprano belt. Athena is a larger-than-life diva whose actions, like Idmon’s, are motivated by unconscious fears. A narcissistic mother figure in Arachne’s, life, the only way that Athena can cope with her feelings of jealousy about the girl’s beauty and talent is by attempting to take credit for fostering Arachne’s achievements. Yet Athena also symbolizes the unyielding nature of the universe, helping Arachne to learn that she cannot control the events that befall her, she can only control her response to those events. She is soulful and vibrant, with (like Arachne) a powerful presence.
COSMO - Male; Athena’s servant; He is an owl, and Athena's familiar; any race; high baritone or tenor. A comic foil to the egotistical goddess, Cosmo is also sensitive and intelligent. Sarcastic when first seen, he grows into a warm and supportive presence in Arachne’s life until finally, through his gentle guidance, he helps Arachne reclaim her creativity. Cosmo is a butler type, bookish yet confident in his nerdiness.
Rental Materials




Pop/Rock, Jazz, Folk



1 Keyboard/Conductor Score
9 Vocal Chorus Books

Song Samples


The Dreams You Dreamed


Bite the Hand that Feeds


Selfish (Doo-Wop Reprise)



Big City

All I Want From You


Give Me a God I Can Respect

Suicide Waltz


Save Your Own Life

No One Does It Alone

M. Kilburg  Reedy

M. Kilburg Reedy

M. Kilburg Reedy is an award-winning playwright and a songwriter whose best-known play, Second Lady, was originally produced off-Broadway starring Judith Ivey. Second Lady has been seen in Los Angeles (Drama Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Leading Performance and 3 Drama-Logue Awards, including one for Writing), the Edinburgh Fringe (Assembly Rooms), and in numerous other productions ... view full profile

Jonathan Dinerstein

Jonathan Dinerstein is a composer for film, television, and theater whose credits include music for award-winning short and feature films, national television broadcast, and diverse other projects. His work includes the score for the independent feature comedy Drones (2010), scores for the television series In The Moment (2009-2010) and the Emmy-winning web series Satacracy 88, and compositions ... view full profile

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