‘The Lightning Thief’ Lights up the Stage

Punahou theatre students took audiences on an epic quest through a world of Greek mythology, monsters and magic in “The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical” on Nov. 3 – 12.

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

Staged by a cast and crew of 65 students in grades 6 – 12, the production featured dancing and sword fighting directed by members of the O‘ahu drama community and a professional rock band performing live on stage.

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

The play also celebrates self-acceptance, a sense of belonging and the unique gifts each of us bring on life’s journey. “Learning differences, anxiety and ADHD are celebrated as special gifts, like super powers. So for me, the production is a mashup of Greek mythology and Marvel superheroes, in a powerhouse rock musical,” Moore said.

Performances took place Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 3 – 5, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. The Nov. 12 showing at 2 p.m. featured American Sign Language interpretation. Tickets sold online through ShowTix4U.

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