The regional premiere of “The Lighting Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical” is set to open at the Corbett Theater from February 25-March 6, 2022.
“The Lighting Thief: The Percy Jackson musical,” tells the story of Poseidon’s son, Percy Jackson, and his newly discovered powers as he tries to find the lightning bolt that was stolen to prevent war with the gods Greeks. The musical features an all-rock score, providing a unique experience for audience members.
Alex Simpson, junior major in musical theater and Percy Jackson in “The Lighting Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical,” is thrilled to take the stage for his second post-pandemic show.
“I love the casting, the whole process is fun and there’s never a dull moment where I get bored or don’t want to go to rehearsal,” Simpson said.
This excitement, however, has not changed due to the uncertainty of COVID-19. Simpson described the adjustments he and the rest of the cast and crew have made to prevent the spread of COVID-19, doing all they can to protect themselves and others. With that in rehearsals comes some challenges.
“When you play those high notes, you drop your jaw as far as you can, and sometimes the mask will come with it. Or it will go up and cover your eyes and you have to keep moving it,” Simpson said.
Jamey Strawn, director and head of the musical theater program, is grateful to be able to do the show despite it being pushed back and possibly pushed into spring break.
“Because college was pushed back a week, we kind of had to go into emergency mode and talk to the cast about who was available, because if we pushed the show back, it would result in the vacation of spring,” Strawn said.
Luckily though, Strawn mentioned how the entire cast was able to adjust to the show’s postponement.
“We were lucky that no one had a conflict and we could push the show back. The alternative would have been to cut the rehearsals down by a week, which would have been really difficult,” Strawn said.
Strawn explained why he thinks this show would be hard to do without that extra week of rehearsal, outlining all of the emotional puzzle pieces of this show.
“There is a lot to do and a lot to put together very, very quickly. We use projections, stage fights, chants and there’s a rock band, so there’s a lot going on, so putting it all together in a short amount of time would have been very difficult,” Strawn said.
Je’Shaun Jackson, senior musical theater major and Grover on “The Lighting Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical,” is thrilled to be able to bring out his inner child self in this show.
“It’s hard to tap into that younger side of myself and explore what it’s like to walk around in that youth again and have fun with it,” Jackson said. “It’s fun, it’s campy and it’s not meant to be taken seriously, but it has serious messages that are fun to type.”
Jackson mentioned the things he’s most passionate about about this particular production.
“I’m excited to be on the NKU stage. I’m also excited for everyone to see the graphics and all the cool things we’re doing for this specific production. It’s also the regional premiere, so it’s really exciting too,” Jackson said.
For more information about the show or to purchase tickets, visit https://www.nku.edu/academics/sota/theatre/season/2021-2022.html.