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Saturday, May 25, 2024

Centenary Stage Company’s NEXTStage Repertory Presents  “The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical”

PRESS RELEASE: HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. – Centenary Stage Company’s (CSC) NEXTStage Repertory is currently in rehearsals for the spring musical production of “The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical.” Performances will take place from April 18 to 28 in the Sitnik Theatre on the Centenary University campus at 715 Grand Avenue, Hackettstown. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students and children under 12. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit or call the box office at (908) 979-0900.

“The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical” was written by Joe Tracz, and composed by Rob Rokicki and adapted from the best-selling book “The Lightning Thief” by Rick Riordan and features an original rock score. The musical follows the story of Percy Jackson, the half-blood son of a Greek god, who has newly-discovered powers he can’t control, a destiny he doesn’t want and a mythology textbook’s worth of monsters on his trail. When Zeus’s master lightning bolt is stolen and Percy becomes the prime suspect, he has to find and return the bolt to prove his innocence and prevent a war between the gods. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the thief. He must travel to the Underworld and back, solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend and come to terms with the father who abandoned him.

The production is co-directed by Christopher Young and Lea Antolini Lid with dance choreography by Antolini-Lid and fight chorography by Young. Antolini-Lid is the assistantpProfessor of theater and dance as well as the director of CSC’s Young Audience Series Tour, and the producer/director of the NEXTstage Repertory Summer Stock Musical Series.

Christopher Young most recently directed the NEXTstage Rep productions of “Six Rounds of Vengeance,” “Living Dead in Denmark” and Alice in Slasherland” and was seen on stage at CSC in “Meteor Shower,” “Bram Stoker’s Dracula,” “The Learned Ladies,” “Start Down,” “The Nether” and more.

The cast features students of Centenary University’s Theatre program including Matt Steen, Katie O’Shea, Chris Rice, Luis Rodriguez, Kylie Smith, Mark Squindo, Claire Finegan, Kai Vialva, Olivia Tomlin, Erin Clark, Malakii Layton, Nastaja Roman, Evan Flick and Mads Rhine.

Centenary University’s NEXTstage Repertory is the all-student performance division highlighting the close partnership between the professionally producing CSC and Centenary University’s theatre department. Under the guidance and direction of Centenary University faculty and CSC staff, all NEXTstage Repertory productions immerse Centenary University students in every aspect of production. From performance to design, NEXTstage Repertory productions serve as a greenhouse for cultivating the next generation of theatre artists by providing students with the opportunity for practical application while adhering to the professional standard of the CSC.

Performances will take place Thursday, April 18 and 2,5 at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, April 19 and 26, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, April 20 and 27, at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, April 21 and 28, at 2 p.m. with an additional matinee performance on Saturday, April 27, at 2 p.m. A school matinee for field trips is also available for Tuesday, April 23, at 10:00 a.m. and Ave. Hackettstown, NJ.

The CSC box office is open Monday through Friday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and two hours prior to performances. The box office is located in the Lackland Performing Arts Center on the campus of Centenary University at 715 Grand Avenue, Hackettstown.