If there’s one show I’ve been waiting to see with a shocking amount of anticipation, it’s The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical. Shown to sold-out, thrilled audiences across the country, this musical (based on the hit book series) lands in Atlanta on Friday, June 7th – Sunday, June 9th. I spoke with Jalynn Steele (“Sally”) about her experience performing in the show, and what we can expect at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre this weekend!

W: How exciting is it to bring The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical to the Atlanta area?

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J: So exciting, fun, and a bit of a challenge–to have all these characters in your mind as you read the books, plus the image of these characters in other people’s minds who read the books, and mix that with what these characters mean to everyone; it’s a delicate balance but an awesome experience to bring this story to life every night. 

Chris McCarrell & Jalynn Steele (Photo: Jeremy Daniel)

W: Often, “stans” of certain book series don’t appreciate an adaptation of the same on stage or on film. How does this show satisfy audience expectations?

J: Joe Tracz and Rob Rokicki did such a great job with the storytelling and the music, which Percy fans who see the show have been loving. Some of the dialogue and lyrics are lifted right out of the book itself. We give the audience exactly what The Lightning Thief is. Also, it’s Rick Riordan (“Uncle Rick”) approved!

W: There’s so much excitement packed into this theatrical adventure, how in the world do you keep yourself energized for each performance?

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J: I get lots of rest, and when it’s a 2 show day, I pace myself and have a vitamin B12 gummy.

W: What’s one take of the show you think will hit home for audiences (especially teens/young adults) seeing this show for the first time?

J: One thought that will hit home is the fact the our “faults” or differences make us stronger. It’s in the lyrics of a song I sing in the first part of the show and it’s seen throughout the musical.

W: In one sentence, sell this show with your most cringe-worthy “lightning” pun.

J: Come see The Lightning Thief, it’s Lit! 


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The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical strikes down on Friday at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. To find out more information, and to get your tickets–click here!