2021-2022 Season

The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical

A rocking update of the myth of Perseus, performed May 13–29, 2022.

Book by Joe Tracz
Music & Lyrics by Rob Rokicki
Based on the novel by Rick Riordan

About This Production

When teenager Percy Jackson discovers he’s a demigod, he and his friends embark on an epic journey in search of Zeus’ stolen lightning bolt to prevent a war among the gods. Myths and monsters take the stage in a hilarious and spectacular rock show not to be missed!

Much like the Percy Jackson & the Olympians book series by Rick Riordan, this rock musical and its songs have earned a cult following of their own. The show’s Off-Broadway debut (2014) earned critical praise and Drama Desk Award nominations, including Best Musical, before moving on to national tours and a brief Broadway run. Its themes of kids dealing with absentee parents, academic struggles, social shunning, and facing the “monsters” of the real world all hit home in a modern take on ancient Greek myths.

Director’s Note

From the playbill:

When I took my first look at The Lighting Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical less than a year ago, I was already late to the party. Unlike millions of readers of all ages, I wasn’t up on the series of young adult novels by Rick Riordan. I was barely aware that the two CGI-stuffed film adaptations of his stories were generally disliked both by the author and by his fans. Upon reading the first volume, I found that the musical sticks much closer to the voice and focus of The Lightning Thief than the screen version does.

Maybe it helps for the stage-bound version of this story to serve as a first impression for some of us. A focus not on magic and escape, but on real kids dealing with common problems—especially neglectful and absentee parents—is in your face right from the opening number. Our main character is also the champion of anyone challenged by dyslexia, ADHD, and/or the struggles of a social misfit. Percy gives anyone with cognitive differences a hero to recognize, showing that most of our differences are gifts rather than curses.

It has been a joy to work with this kind, smart, and tireless cast, where the work and talent of every last one of them was key to bringing this adventure story to life. I’m also thankful to the entire production team and to all the Spotlight Family, starting with Artistic Director, Kenny Grossman, who, when planning the season last year, thought I was the one apt to direct “the crazy show with the monsters and puppets.” I hope he was right.

Enjoy the show!
Bobby Sample, Director


Percy JacksonOwen Donsker
Annabeth ChaseZoie Moller
Grover UnderwoodLandon Kalin
Luke / Hades / MinotaurBraiden Lee
Sally Jackson / The OracleLauren Youngstedt
Mr. Brunner / Chiron / AresAndrei Igdanes
Clarisse La Rue / SquirrelZoey Waller
Mr. DCalvin Corey
Silena Beauregard / CharonTabi Momeyer
Katie GardnerLee Conort
Gabe / PoseidonTJ Brumbaugh
Mrs. Dodds / Fury / Kurt Cobain / Ocean SpiritKiera Crouch
Aunty Em / Medusa / Nancy BobofitOlivia Martinez
Thalia / Sister FuryAddi Lauder
James Brown / UPS GuyAJ King
Janis Joplin / NewscasterMia Hurley
Mozart / Bus PassengerJay Schwab
Echidna / DJ Cerberus / Sister FuryEmmy Lange
Train Conductor / Bus Driver / Ocean SpiritChris Brown
Farmer / Uncle FerdinandOwen Morris
Bianca / Bus PassengerAnna Parker
Campmates / Classmates / GhoulsCompany
Dance EnsembleChris Brown
Mia Hurley
AJ King
Emmy Lange
Addi Lauder
Olivia Martinez
Owen Morris
Jay Schwab
Anna Parker

Production Team

Role(s)Team Member(s)
Director / Scenic & Projection Design / AnimationBobby Sample
Musical DirectorElisa W. Kurbat
Choreographer / Hair & Makeup DesignFalin Ossipinsky
Assistant Director / Fight ChoreographerJack Taylor
Stage ManagementMaria Cruz
Kenny Grossman
Costume DesignSamantha Utpadel
Lighting DesignAnthony Rozzen
Josh Hontz
Jack Taylor
Sound DesignJack Taylor
Sound ProgrammingAnthony Rozzen
Properties ArtisansKenny Grossman
Vicki Grossman
Monsters & Puppet DesignBobby Sample
Dance CaptainMia Hurley
Tech TeamEllie Little
Nevaeh Monk
Lilly Belle Lange
Keyboard / ConductorElisa W. Kurbat
PercussionNico Viquesney
BassIan Nussdorfer
GuitarsGage Diehl-Gonzales
Miles Naffah

Awards & Recognitions for This Production

2021-2022 ariZoni Theatre Awards of Excellence

  • Actor in a Supporting Role – Youth Musical (Won): Landon Kalin
  • Director – Youth Musical (Won): Bobby Sample, Jack Taylor
  • Musical Direction – Youth Theatre (Won): Elise Kurbat
  • Choreography – Youth Theatre (Won): Falin Ossipinsky
  • Specialized Choreography – Youth Theatre (Won): Jack Taylor (Fight Choreography)
  • Lighting Design – Youth Theatre (Won): Anthony Rozzen, Josh Hontz, Jack Taylor
  • Sound Design – Youth Theatre (Won): Jack Taylor, Anthony Rozzen
  • Artistic Specialization – Youth Theatre (Won): Bobby Sample (Puppet and Masks)
  • Media Design – Youth Theatre (Won): Bobby Sample, Josh Hontz, Anthony Rozzen
  • Actress in a Major Role – Youth Musical (Nominated): Zoie Moller
  • Actor in a Major Role – Youth Musical: (Nominated) Owen Donsker
  • Actress in a Supporting Role – Youth Musical (Nominated): Zoey Waller
  • Actress in a Supporting Role – Youth Musical (Nominated): Lauren Youngstedt
  • Costume Design – Youth Theatre (Nominated): Samantha Utpadel
  • Hair and Makeup Design – Youth Theatre (Nominated): Falin Ossipinsky
  • Property Design – Youth Theatre (Nominated): Kenny Grossman, Vicki Grossman, Bobby Sample