By Allison Friedman
“The Gods are real, like the Greek Gods… like the ones you learned about but didn't pay attention to...yeah the Gods are real and they have kids and those kids have issues!”
Based on Rick Riordan’s best selling book “Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief,” this modern rock musical shares the tale of Percy Jackson (8th grader Viktor Straesser) who just discovered he is a half-blood (half human, half God). He and his friends Annabeth (8th grader Charlotte Walz) and Grover (8th grader Gabriel Jaffe) set off to try to find Zeus' missing lightning bolt and prevent a war among the gods. Percy also learns that the things that made him feel like he didn’t belong (having ADHD and Dyslexia) are actually his superpowers and the show celebrates that “the things that make you different are the things that make you strong.”
In addition to traditional singing, acting, and dancing, cast members were also trained in stage combat by former student, and Weber Drama Club alumni, Lily Welsh. (Lily is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and holds 7 stage combat certifications!!)
Weber Middle School’s production of The Lightning Thief is directed by Weber English teacher Mrs. Stacey Portmore-Davies, musically directed by Weber music teacher Mrs. Allison Friedman, and choreographed by Danceworks owner/teacher Ms. Trish Gargani. The show features over 150 talented students in the cast and crew! Performances will be held on Friday, March 24th at 7:30pm, Saturday, March 25th at 7:30pm, and Sunday, March 26th at 2:00pm in the Weber Middle School auditorium. Tickets are $9 online/$8 at the door for Adults, $6 online/$5 at the door for students (K-12) and senior citizens (65+), and children five and under are free! Tickets may be purchased online (http://weberms.seatyourself.biz) and will also be available at the door.
The Lightning Thief 2023 Promotional Video: https://tinyurl.com/weberLTpromo