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New York Daily News - July 25, 2014 - The Lightning Thief Theatre Review


Stage Adaptation of THE LIGHTNING THIEF to Strike Off-Broadway this Summer


Theatreworks USA, the nation's leading not-for-profit professional theatre for young audiences, presents the Off-Broadway premiere of the new musical THE LIGHTNING THIEF as the featured production of its 26th annual Free Summer Theatre Program in New York City.

THE LIGHTNING THIEF begins performances on Monday, July 21, 2014 at Off-Broadway's Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street) and continues through Friday, August 22, 2014.

Opening night is set for Thursday, July 24 at 6:30 p.m.

Adapted from the book The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, THE LIGHTNING THIEF is the story of Percy, a 12-year-old boy who journeys into a world of mythological monsters and Greek Gods as he struggles with dyslexia and ADHD -- as well as coming to terms with a father he has never known -- while solving the mystery of Zeus' stolen lightning bolt.

Directed by Stephen Brackett (Buyer and Cellar) and choreographed by Sam Pinkleton (Machinal; Natasha, Pierre and the Comet of 1812), THE LIGHTNING THIEF features a book by Joe Tracz (Epic feature film) with music, lyrics and orchestrations by Rob Rokicki (Strange Trails).

THE LIGHTNING THIEF stars Eric Meyers (Lord of the Flies) as Percy Jackson, Jordan Stanley (At the Edge) as Grover, Graham Stevens (Peter and the Starcatcher) as Chiron,Kristin Stokes (Fly by Night) as Annabeth and Zakiya Young (Stick Fly; The Little Mermaid) as Sally/Clarisse. Additional casting will be announced soon.

The production features scenic design by Lee Savage (Satchmo at the Waldorf), costume design by Sydney Maresca (Hand to God), lighting design by Drama Desk Award winner David Lander (Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo), and sound design by Carl Casella (A Night with Janis Joplin). Rokicki also serves as music director. The production stage manager is Eileen Lalley.

Launched in 1989, the mission of Theatreworks USA's Free Summer Theatre Program is to provide New York City youth with their own theatre tradition that not only entertains, but also educates and fosters positive values and an appreciation for theatre. This summer 15,000 FREE tickets will be distributed to THE LIGHTNING THIEF.

"Grey's Anatomy" star Kevin McKidd serves as the Honorary Chair for this year's Free Summer Theatre Program. McKidd starred as Poseidon in the 2010 Fox Pictures feature film adaptation Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief."

Tickets for THE LIGHTNING THIEF are FREE and are available on a first-come, first-served basis in-person at theLucille Lortel Theatre Box Office (121 Christopher Street) on the day of the performance. Tickets for each day's performances will be distributed beginning one hour prior to the first performance of the day. There is a limit of four (4) tickets per adult per day.



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Blog from the Road

Follow Theatreworks USA's touring companies as they travel across the country!

Storytelling in Newark, NJ

Just because our tours are on hiatus for the summer doesn't mean we get a vacation!  Even when school is out, we are constantly trying to find ways to bring the unique experience of theatre to as many kids as we can.  This summer, we've teamed up with The Prudential Foundation to bring two outstanding artists-in-residence to three different camps in Newark, New Jersey.  Queen Nur, an African-American storyteller, and Felix Pitre, a Latin American storyteller, musician, and author, are working with over 130 kids ranging from 4 to 13 years old in a series of workshops that encourage the exploration of storytelling, singing, music, dance, language, and culture.  We were excited to see all of the kids jump right in from Day 1 and can't wait to see how far they will have come by the end!

Check out some pictures from the very first workshop with Felix Pitre at La Casa De Don Pedro!  And to see more pictures, you can view the entire album on Facebook.



The Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe cast goes to Disneyland!

So this is what happens when the boys go away, and the girls get to play...

I'm celebrating VACATION!!!

The ladies doing the Muppet Dance!

Mouse Butt Ears

Minnie Mouse Brown

Who you callin' Goofy?

LWW et Leur Petit Castle

Birthday Ears!

The most sparkly wonderful fireworks EVER!!!

The Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe cast takes on the Grand Canyon!

So, after last week's craziness, I will only send good news and fun from this week. We had lots of good shows, and took ourselves on a ride up to the Grand Canyon.

We spent the night in Flagstaff and bought groceries for a cook-out at the Canyon... much to our chagrin, there are NOT any grills at the Grand Canyon...

so we bought Hamburgers and Hot Dogs just before low blood sugar gave rise to mutiny. Here are pics from the day. :-)

                  - Nellie Beavers

Gary taking photos of Sunset Crater and Mt. Humphrey - AZ's highest point, 12,000 + feet

Jennifer and Kristin at the Painted Desert

Jennifer and David peeping out of the Pueblo Ruins


TJ taking in the beginnings of the Grand Canyon


Our picnic-remix with Aramark Burgers

and El-Dub-Dub (LWW) Fixins

Kristin certainly did NOT feed this raven a baked Cheetoh

Nellie at Watchtower - Desert View, Grand Canyon



Desert View, Grand Canyon - See the                             

Colorado River winding its way through?


Letter of the Week

Here you'll find featured letters from the fan mail we receive each week from students and teachers across the country who have enjoyed our performances.

This week's letter is from Rachel.

This week's letter is from Cierra.

This week's letter is from Kaitlyn.

: This week's letter is from Cynthia.

This week's letter is from Ryan.

: This week's letter is from Gabrielle Compton, a Kindergarten teacher at PS 108Q in Queens.

This week's letter is from Maranda.

: This week's letter is from Sarah.

This week's letter is from Lanisha.





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