Oct. 5, 2023 By Nevine Salameh
Queens Theatre is bringing the beloved book, “The Lightning Thief,” by Rick Riordan, to life on stage with an animated rock-style play on Sunday, Oct. 15.
Join Percy Jackson, a boarding school student facing expulsion, as his life takes a mythic twist when he is shoved into a world filled with Greek gods and creatures, all while being accused of stealing the lightning bolt of Zeus, the ruler of Mount Olympus.
“It’s a high-energy retelling of the first Percy Jackson saga with a pulsing rock score, exciting choreography, colorful costumes and inventive staging,” said Jay Rogers, general manager and director of operations at the Queens Theatre.
The one-hour performance is suitable for families with children ages 8-12 and promises to deliver a captivating and fast-paced experience filled with action. The production has showtimes at 1 and 4 p.m. on Oct. 15, with the second being ASL-interpreted.
Queens Theatre is further emphasizing its mission of inclusivity with its “tactile tours” as part of its upcoming performances of the Tout á Trac Theatre’s production of “Pinocchio” in April 2024, which will offer audience members with vision impairments an opportunity to “touch and feel costumes, props and set pieces,” providing a better “context for the show and familiarize themselves with the space before the show itself,” as explained by Rogers.
“Live theater is the chance to share a real, tangible experience with everyone else in the audience,” Rogers said.
This production marks Tout á Trac Theatre’s second time at the Claire Shulman Theater, which was “rapturously received” in 2018.
“We’re thrilled to bring it back five years later to introduce it to a whole new audience,” Rogers said.
Catch “The Lightning Thief” as it lights up the stage at the Claire Shulman Theater — located at 14 United Nations Ave. South in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
“To borrow a turn of phrase from ‘Hamilton’ – there’s nothing that compares to being in the room where it happens,” said Rogers.
Tickets, with fees included, are available for $20 at queenstheatre.org.