Perseus, Son of Zeus

Perseus and the Gorgon Medusa

This is the popular story from Greek Mythology about Perseus' quest to defeat the evil Medusa.

Now retired, this puppetry play was initially one of three stories performed as Heroes Past and Present, which received a Commendation for Design in Puppetry Theatre from the Arlyn Award Society. The show premiered at the Puppets Up International Festival in 2006. The Perseus story was also performed separately at locations throughout the Ottawa area, including the Canadian Museum of Civilization.

Mike is a long time fan of the original Clash of the Titans movie, which introduced him to the adventures of Perseus. He is presently working on a Comic Book version of the Perseus puppet show.

Characters

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Perseus, Son of Zeus

Stats
Type: Human
Traits: Bound by honour and duty, he is brave and just a little naive.
Special Powers: Is assisted by the Gods Hermes and Athena who give him the ability to fly, a golden sword and shield, a magic golden pouch, and in some versions of the story, a helmet of invisibility.
Weakness: Self-doubt and a very likely prospect of certain doom.
Origin: Born to the princess Danae of Argos after Zeus visited her in the form of golden rain.
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Hermes, Messenger of the Gods

Stats
Type: God
Traits: Likes to party, go cloud surfing, and provide godly assistance to his many mortal brothers.
Special Powers: Has an awesome magical scepter upon which he can play music that sounds, quite oddly, like an electric guitar.
Weakness: He is forgetful and sometimes parties too much.
Origin: His father is Zeus and his mother is Maia, daughter of Atlas. He is known as Mercury in Roman Mythology.
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Athena, Goddess of Justice

Stats
Type: Goddess
Traits: She wears a unique helmet and an armoured breastplate. Her designer sandals are from Nike.
Special Powers: Let's just say… what is there that she can't do?
Weakness: Pastry puffs with those little candy sprinkles on top.
Origin: Also known as Pallas Athena, she is the daughter of Zeus alone and sprung from his head. She did not have a mother. She is known as Minerva in Roman Mythology.
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Roman Guard

Stats
Type: Human
Traits: Bravery, shiny armour, determination.
Special Powers: An excellent swordsman
Weakness: Cannot resist a quest, regardless of how insane it might be.
Origin: Ancient Rome
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Medusa the Gorgon

Stats
Type:Gorgon
Traits:Has slithering snakes on her head in place of hair.
Special Powers:Any living creature will be turned to stone if it looks upon her face!
Weakness:She is so self-absorbed and over confident that she thinks she doesn't need body armour.
Origin:Her father was Phorcys, the son of the Sea and the Earth. In some stories she is one of three Gorgons, all sisters, but Medusa is the only one that is mortal.
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Graiae / Gray Women

Stats
Type:Unknown. It is likely that they were once human.
Traits:These three sisters are evil sorceresses who dwell deep within a cave.
Special Powers:Dark Magic
Weakness:They are all blind with only one eye between them. Ewe, that's gross!
Origin:Unknown
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King Polydectes

Stats
Type:Human
Traits:Greedy, deceptive, selfish, dishonest, manipulative…. basically, he's the opposite of being a nice guy!
Special Powers:He uses his position as ruler to influence the outcome of events so that they will be in his favour.
Weakness:His deceptive tricks and lies come back to haunt him.
Origin:Unknown