Poster of Hades adapted from an illustration in D’Aulaires Book of Greek Myths

I created this poster of Hades with his bride, Persephone as part of a prop for the play, Demeter and Persephone that I am directing for a fourth grade class at one of the two schools where I teach art. We were studying Greek architecture about a month ago when I mentioned to the students that I had a really cool play that I had produced when I was teaching fifth grade in Fairfax County, VA.

The students clamored for me to let them read it, then they insisted on doing the play. Since I only have the students for one forty minute class a week I thought it would be quite a challenge but I absolutely love drama and doing a play is a blast.

The students fourth grade teacher tells me she has never seen them so engaged in a school project before. They are checking Greek Mythology books out of the school library and getting together on their own to practice their lines.

The kids have memorized their lines and learned some drama lingo to boot. They know that on the stage they must “cheat”, they should never “step on each other’s lines, they need to play to the lady in row Z and if they forget their lines say whatever they can think.

I am working on finishing up the scenery in the next two days because the play is this coming Thursday.

It’s funny that the word Cerberus has been in the news lately. In Greek mythology, Cerberus is a monstrous three headed dog that guards the gates of Hades. In our modern day culture the private equity firm, Cerberus just bought out the Chrysler Group from Daimler.