Theseus without his Minotaur is like Superman without his Lex Luthor. Otherwise, the hero just gets the girl and lives happily ever after.
A happy ending, yes, but not all that dramatic.
At Jordan Middle School last year, music students retold the Theseus myth with a musical production that complemented a day of Greek history-themed activities. They wanted a Minotaur with real menace — an ox mask that at one glance represented the life-or-death challenge Theseus faced as he wandered the labyrinth in search of his love, King Minos' daughter.
Jordan music director Christine DeMore wanted to get it right — that meant investing in a high-quality costume, but on an educator's budget, she was at a loss. Specialty items don't figure into the district budget.
A visit from a gift shop owner changed that.
At the beginning of the school year, Theresa Hanna, owner of Bell Cottage on Magnolia Street, visited a parent meeting for Jordan's music program with a check for $1,296. The money came from the sale of Brighton charm bracelets at her shop — a word-of-mouth effort last summer among Jordan parents.