ThinkTank Theater Postpones Opening of THE LIGHTNING THIEF

Hurricane Ian will cause the upcoming ThinkTank Theater show to be postponed for a week.

‘The Lightning Thief; The Percy Jackson Musical’ was originally scheduled to open on October 8, but now it will begin previews at the Stageworks Theater on October 14 at 7:30 p.m., regular performances will be on October 15, with a relaxed performance at 3:00 p.m. and a full opening at 7:30 p.m. and on October 16, a matinee at 3:00 p.m. will close the show’s opening weekend. The race will continue the following weekend October 21-23 with evening performances Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 3:00 p.m.

After a triumphant run of five books, a few film adaptations, and an upcoming Disney+ series, everyone’s favorite Half-Blood has now been transformed into a groundbreaking musical. ‘The Lightning Thief; The Percy Jackson Musical’ is based on the first book in the Percy Jackson series with the same title. Fans of the original series are well into adulthood, while youngsters are still falling in love with the books for the first time. “It’s a show built for its fans, [but] not to the point of excluding everyone,” Jackson McHenry (Vulture) wrote of the 2014 off-broadway series. The music and lyrics were written by Rob Rockiki and the book by Joe Tracz.

ThinkTank has established itself as Tampa’s premier professional business for youth and families. Their shows can be enjoyed by all ages from 10 to 110 and “The Lightning Thief; The Percy Jackson Musical’ is the perfect show for that. This production is sure to be a crackling blast of energy, featuring a young cast of new faces and old favorites. Johnathan O’Brien (Percy Jackson) – ‘Toxic Avenger’ and ‘Assassins’ – Madd Theater, Jaryn McCann (M.B/Chiron) – ‘Nunsense Amen’ – Straz, ‘Evil Dead’ – Stageworks, Nate Doran (Grover/ MD) – “The Addams Family” – Blake High School, and Drew Eberhard (Luke/Ares) – Artistic Director Producer of Vivid Theater. Back at ThinkTank, Kathryn Huettle (Annabeth) was last seen in Stageworks’ “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” and ThinkTank’s “All the Great Books Abridged.” ThinkTank fans will also recognize Summer Kiesel (Sally Jackson) from “Holiday Festivus” and “Drunken Shakespeare” from ThinkTank.

As always, ThinkTank will utilize its Young Artist’s Ensemble, a collective of talented high school students who play various roles and work behind the scenes at all of their shows. YAE members Annie Sardouk – Berkeley Prep, and Kaylee Tupper Miller – Bayshore Christian will both take on the role of Clarisse. Fellow YAE company members Via Shae – homeschooled, and Adeline Richardson – Academy of the Holy Name will round out the entire show. Behind the scenes, Atticus Failes – Blake High School, Carly Kuck – Alonso High School and Reese Paul – Robinson High School.

The team for “The Lightning Thief” also includes the talents of Sarah Tellier as musical director and Jessica Scruggs who choreographs the upbeat score. The show will be directed by ThinkTank’s award-winning Production Art Director, Georgia Mallory Guy.

Tickets to ‘The Lightning Thief; The Percy Jackson Musical’ can be purchased via this link – https://cloud.broadwayworld.com/rec/ticketclick.cfm?fromlink=2200207®id=101&articlelink=https%3A%2F%2Fthinktanktheatre.thundertix.com%2Fevents%2F202617%3Fonly_one%3Dtrue?utm_source=BWW2022&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign= item&utm_content=bottombuybutton1 or by calling 813-508-0884 between the following hours: Tuesday to Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 00 (show days only) . Ticket prices range from $30-$20 for adults and students (K-12) for the 14th preview and 15th casual performance and $35-$25 for adults and students (K-12) -12) for all other shows. If you are a Stageworks subscriber, you may consider adding one of the monthly subscriptions to include all of ThinkTank’s productions this 22/23 season. See subscription information on Stageworkstheatre.org for details. Those who have purchased tickets for October 7-9 should contact the box office at [email protected] to move their tickets to another date, if they have not already been contacted by a ThinkTank representative.

Robert M. Larson