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Edgy and candy ‘The Lightning Thief’ delights at Silhouette Levels


Followers of Rick Riordan’s ebook The Lightning Thief might be delighted with Silhouette Levels’ The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical, enjoying at Slayton Home Theater via October 23. The musical, which is customized from the ebook and initially commissioned, created, and produced Off-Broadway by TheaterWorks USA, is directed right here by TJ Lukacsina as a barely edgy but nonetheless candy story of a boy who finds out he’s really a demi-god, often known as a “half-blood.”

The Lightning Thief is filled with catchy rock n’ roll music, beginning with the opening quantity, “The Day I Obtained Expelled.” The center college–model angst is obvious instantly. Reid Murphy as Percy completely captures a pissed off child who’s candy, however aggravated at, effectively, every part. We study that Percy resides together with his single mother and smelly stepfather in “Sturdy,” the place one phrase from the lyrics units up a key message for the remainder of the musical: being regular is a fantasy. Murphy’s Percy connects with the viewers and is pleasant to observe all through the musical.

Reid Murphy as Percy Jackson (standing) with Leah Freeman as Annabeth Chase, Nick Thompson as Grover the Satyr, and Otega Okurume as Luke Castellan in ‘The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical.’ Photograph by Stasia Steuart Images.

The plot is fast-paced, and the viewers is shortly handled to Percy’s first interplay with a legendary creature (a Minotaur) and his arrival at Camp Half Blood, a secure haven for the results of gods and people, shall we embrace, intermingling. Ethan Kintsler gave a powerful efficiency as Mr. D (in addition to different characters just like the aforementioned malodorous stepfather), who’s a cranky and dismissive Dionysis begrudgingly serving because the camp’s director.

A power of the present is the supporting solid members who play a number of memorable roles. Julia L. Williams is a villainess extraordinaire as Clarisse La Rue (daughter of Ares, god of Struggle), Medusa, and Ms. Dobbs, the mathematics trainer who is definitely a Fury in disguise. Otega Okurume’s facial expressions and stage presence endeared him to me as Luke, Percy’s counselor. And each time Imani Corbin was on the stage, her dance expertise, which stood out among the many solid, caught my consideration. Cheryl Campo commanded the stage as Sally, Percy’s mother, but in addition because the Oracle and Charon. As Mr. Brunner and Poseidon, Christopher Kabara offered a plethora of comedian aid among the many overflowing emotion from the tweens and youths.

Different highlights from the primary act included “The Campfire Music,” a comfy tune the place we see the camaraderie among the many campers as they commiserate about their trials and tribulations as often-neglected kids of gods, and the temporary however well-executed “The Oracle.” Hats off to Costume Designer Deana Cruz-Conner for making a intelligent and mesmerizing expertise for the viewers throughout that quantity!

Cheryl Campo because the Oracle in ‘The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical.’ Photograph by Stasia Steuart Images.

After intermission, the musical focuses on the search itself, and once more the pacing and vitality pack a stable punch, however we do get some slower ballads as effectively. In “My Grand Plan,” which I assumed was probably the greatest songs within the musical, Leah Freeman as Annabeth stood out along with her hauntingly stunning vocals. “Drive” has an virtually Mumford and Sons–esque high quality to it, and the battle is made extra advanced by Percy’s greatest pal and protector Grover, performed by the charmingly earnest Nick Thompson, sharing an emotional flashback in “The Tree on the Hill.”

The solid of ‘The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical’ performing ‘Killer Quest.’ Photograph by Stasia Steuart Images.

The second act additionally takes us on a wacky journey via the woods in New Jersey, to Vegas, to a Los Angeles report firm headquarters, which serves as the doorway to the underworld, and to Hades’ lair itself. All of this with hefty doses of humor and lightheartedness to maintain issues pleasing and largely age-appropriate for the upper-elementary via highschool set.

As Director TJ Lukacsina tells us within the playbill’s Director’s Observe, “…gods and heroes can seem like any of us.” This manufacturing, with its numerous and proficient actors, a foremost character who’s explicitly neurodiverse (Percy has ADHD and dyslexia), rock n’ roll music, and interesting plot, is a must-see for followers of the ebook, and I think about even those that haven’t learn it’s going to completely get pleasure from it, too.

Working Time: Two hours, together with a 15-minute intermission.

The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical performs Friday and Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 3 pm via October 23, 2022, introduced by Silhouette Levels acting at Slayton Home Theater at Wilde Lake Village Heart, 10400 Cross Fox Lane, Columbia, MD. Tickets ($24/adults, $20/college students/navy/educators, $15/kids 0-12 ) might be bought on-line.

COVID Security: Proof of full vaccination is required and masks should be worn always contained in the constructing. Silhouette Levels’ full COVID-19 Security Plan is right here. 

The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical The Lightning Thief
E-book by Joe Tracz
Music and Lyrics by Rob Rokicki

Solid
Percy Jackson – Reid Murphy
Annabeth Chase – Leah Freeman
Grover the Satyr – Nick Thompson
Luke Castellan – Otega Okurume
Sally Jackson – Cheryl Campo
Mr. Brunner – Christopher Kabara
Clarisse La Rue – Julia L. Williams
Katie Gardner – Imani Corbin
Mr. D. – Ethan Kinstler

Manufacturing
Director – TJ Lukacsina
Assistant Director – MarQuis Truthful
Music Administrators – Ginny Moses & Carolyn Freel
Choreographer – Rikki Howie
Stage Supervisor – Rebecca Hanauer
Assistant Stage Supervisor – Tyler Hart
Combat Choreographer – Russell Rinker
Costume Designer – Deana Cruz-Conner
Properties Designer – Jessie Krupkin
Set Designer – Stephen Foreman
Sound Designers – Ethan Hogarty and PJ Jani
Sound Results – Brent Tomchik
Projection Design – Amy and Richard Atha-Nicholls
Manufacturing Photographer – Ana Johns

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