LONDONDERRY — She had snakes for hair and a bright green complexion.
For the Greek goddess Medusa, living under a spell was not too cool.
Medusa, according to North Elementary School fifth-grader Maddie Rankin, was not only a colorful character to research and portray during the school’s Greek Mythology Night April 18, but someone who was a bit misunderstood.
“She was a beautiful person, but a curse was put on her by Athena,” Maddie, 11, said. “She didn’t want to be evil. I guess she was bragging too much about being beautiful.”
Maddie and her classmates took on the persona of several Greek gods and goddesses, dressing the part in togas and other costumes. They presented information and even food connected to their characters.
The students gathered in the gym, set up their displays, then read biographies of their characters to the audience of parents and family members, who had to guess which god or goddess they were portraying.
The evening was the culmination of the class unit on Greek mythology.
Ashley Doyle, 10, chose the character of Pegasus, the winged stallion, who actually had Medusa as a mother and Poseidon as his dad.
“I just thought he was cool,” Ashley said.
She was dressed in all white and offered chicken as her food choice.
Kerry Daley, 11, played Pan, the god of wildlife.
Dressed in fur and some pseudo-muscle clothing, Kerry said it was fun to play the half-man, half-goat creature. He demonstrated how to play the famed pipes of Pan.
The students all had a chance to read their biographies to the audience, then parents guessed who they thought the characters were. Other gods and goddesses in attendance included Zeus, Apollo, Hera, Aphrodite, Achilles and Echo.