Walton Arts Center Audiences Will Be First to See National Tour of The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS, December 3, 2018 – Audiences in Northwest Arkansas will have the first chance to see the national tour of The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical when it comes to Walton Arts Center on Friday, Jan. 4 at 7pm and Saturday, Jan. 5 at 2 and 8pm. Single tickets start at $25 plus applicable fees. Tickets can be purchased in-person at the Walton Arts Center Box Office, by calling 479.443.5600 or by visiting waltonartscenter.org. An adaption of Rick Riordan’s New York Times best-selling novel, The Lightning Thief has found a new home on the live stage as a clever, hip and irreverent rock musical that merges teenage angst with Greek mythology. It tells the story of a boy who discovers not only that his absent father is the Greek god Poseidon, but that he has super powers himself. Percy meets and befriends other “demi-gods” and goes on a quest to save humanity from the warring gods.

In preparation to take the musical out on a national tour, the 50 members of the cast, crew, management and production teams along with about 50 staff and local crew members will spend the week before the show opens building the sets and in technical rehearsals at Walton Arts Center.

Technical rehearsals focus on integrating the live performers with production elements such as scenery, audio, lights, rigging, special effects, props and costumes. These rehearsals allow the traveling cast and crew to spend time in one location together, preparing the show.

The cast includes four members of the original cast reprising their roles on the road: Chris McCarrell as Percy Jackson, Kristen Stokes as Annabeth, James Hayden Rodriguez as Luke and others, and Sarah Beth Pfeifer as Clarice and others.

The full cast album has just been released on Spotify for streaming. The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical is produced by TheaterworksUSA, Martian Entertainment, Greg Schaffert Productions, Lang Entertainment Group and in partnership with The Road Company.

Walton Arts Center is Arkansas’ largest and busiest performing arts presenter. Each year more than 195,000 people from Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma and beyond attend more than 400 events at Walton Arts Center, including performances, rehearsals, community gatherings, receptions, weddings and more. Approximately 45,000 students and teachers participate annually in arts learning programs at Walton Arts Center, and almost 200 volunteers donate 21,000 hours of time each year to its operations. Walton Arts Center presents entertainers and artists from around the world including Broadway musicals, renowned dance companies, international artists, up-and-coming jazz musicians and more. As a non-profit organization, Walton Arts Center enjoys the generous support of public sector funding, corporate sponsorship and private donors who help bring world-class arts experiences to Northwest Arkansas. To learn more about Walton Arts Center, visit www.waltonartscenter.org.