‘The Lightning Thief’ lights up the stage

Punahou theater students take audiences on an epic quest through a world of Greek mythology, monsters and magic in “The Lighting Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical” from November 3-12.

The family-friendly rock musical, based on Rick Riordan’s popular fantasy novel series, tells the story of half-human, half-god Percy Jackson as he journeys into the underworld to find the missing lightning bolt of Zeus.

Directed by a cast and crew of 65 students in grades 6-12, the production features dances and sword fights led by members of O’ahu’s drama community and a rock band professional performing on stage.

“This is an opportunity for us to get back to the essence of live theater and celebrate all the special kids we have in our Punahou Theater program,” said director Melinda Moore. “The opening number alone gives me chicken skin because there are 49 students on stage.”

The piece also celebrates self-acceptance, a sense of belonging, and the unique gifts that each of us brings to our lives. “Learning differences, anxiety and ADHD are celebrated as special gifts, like superpowers. So for me, the production is a mix of Greek mythology and Marvel superheroes, in a powerful rock musical said Moore.

Performances take place from Thursday to Saturday, November 3 to 5, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, November 12 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. The November 12 performance at 2 p.m. will include American Sign Language interpretation. Tickets sold online via ShowTix4U.

Robert M. Larson