On Wednesday Nov. 6, the Drama I class at Laramie High School put on a Greek festival, following their study of Greek drama, with multiple Greek plays being written and performed by small groups within the class. 

“There is an antagonist, a protagonist, usually with three actors, masks, and a costume that they create using duct tape and other assorted materials,” said theatre and drama teacher Michael Hancey.

The first play, “Freaky Friday,” was about the Greek Goddess’ Persephone and Hera switching bodies because of their dissatisfaction with their lives. With Zeus being drunk all the time and Persephone not knowing how to handle it, it led to a possibly worse situation for both of them. This play proved the saying, “the grass is always greener on the other side.” 

The second play was called “Medalia and the Nine Challenges.” It was about how Eris, the god of chaos, tricked Medalia into challenging multiple gods in their special fields. 

The god of comedy, Thalia, the god of music, Euterpes, and the god of tragedy, Melephine, all put Medalia in her place, losing her eyebrows, her voice, and her life at the hands of Melephine. It showed how it is pointless to resist otherworldly powers or to try and control things that you can’t.

The third play was called “The Fall of Hades,” and it showed how, instead of Kronos eating his children,he locked his children up for 16 years until Zeus broke them free. Meanwhile Hades runs away, and hatches a plan to get revenge on Kronos.

On the way, he saved a cyclops and got a helmet of invisibility as a reward. 

He then met Moana and Michael Jackson on the way, who helped him in his quest until the end, when Michael Jackson betrayed Hades in his attempt to kill Kronos. This caused Kronos to banish Hades and two pigs to the Underworld. 

This tale shows the perils of revenge and how it usually doesn’t work out the way it is expected. It also touched on the idea of knowing who you can trust.

Overall, these three plays were judged on adherence to the criteria for Greek theatre, time and the acting/overall performance.

“Medalia and the Nine Challenges” won first place, with creative costumes made of duct tape, thin white plastic white tablecloth liners, masks and headdresses made of cardboard and paint. 

“Freaky Friday” came in second, with choreographed dances and in depth characterization that fit the time frame of 10 minutes. 

“The Fall of Hades”  took third place, with a well developed plot line and creative interpretations of a classic myth.

“What I enjoyed the most about it was when we first wrote the story and started practicing, and figured out who would play which role,” said Elias Martin, who played Eris in “Medalia and the Nine Challenges.”

The students in the drama class seemed to enjoy the performance of different Greek myths along with learning the elements of Greek theatre.