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FOR AGES 12 – 18
AUDITION

Synopsis

As the half-blood son of a Greek god, Percy Jackson 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. Adapted from the best-selling book The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan and featuring a thrilling original rock score, The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical is an action-packed mythical adventure “worthy of the gods” (Time Out New York)– Concord Theatricals

Script Content Details

Please note: the following contains plot spoilers.
Language:
● Act 2 (D.O.A.) “I’m sorry, I couldn’t hear you over this sweet-ass riff.” Staged Violence:
● Act 1 (The Day I Got Expelled): Percy strikes Mrs. Dodds with a sword
● Act 1 (Strong) Percy and Minotaur fight. Minotaur throws Percy to the ground and injures him.
● Act 1 (Strong) Minotaur attacks Sally and she falls lifeless.
● Act 1 (Strong) Percy slays Minotaur.
● Act 1 (Strong) Minotaur Hulk-punches him to the ground.
● Act 1 (I’ll Put You In Your Place) Huge sword fight ensues. Mayhem and pandemonium, all in rhythm.
● Act 1 (I’ll Put You In Your Place) Percy and Clarisse Fight, she knocks him into a toilet.
● Act 2 (Ruin A Perfectly Good Bus) Percy, Annabeth, and Grove fight the Furies.
● Act 2 (A Visit With Auntie Em) Percy cuts off Medusa’s head.
● Act 2 (The Tree On The Hill) Thalia fights a Cyclops and dies.
● Act 2 (Son of Poseidon) Percy, Annabeth, and Grover fight Ares.
● Act 2 (The Last Day of Summer) Luke stabs Percy in the shoulder.
Underage Sexual Predation/Pedophilia/Sexual Assault:
● Act 1 (Campfire Songs) The Goddess of love, my mom’s Aphrodite. She tries to be cool but mainly she’s flighty. I’ll bring home a boy and she’s there in her nightie! I’ve tried to seek help from even the fates. Cause she steals my Mascara and all of my dates!”
Mentions of Cannibalism:
● Prologue: (The Day I Got Expelled) “-feared the day his children would inherit the earth. So what did he do? Anyone? Anyone? – MRS. DODDS. (Gleefully) He ate them!
● Act 1 (Campfire Songs) “My father is Kronos. Remember my lecture, he ate his children.”
Additional Content:
Sexist Depictions:
o Act 1(Their Sign) “He’s human? But I thought…” “My mom is Athena, Goddess of wisdom. Sexist much?”
o Act 2 (My Grand Plan) Yeah but when boys screw up, they always get another chance.”
Child Abandonment:
o Act 1(Strong) “And he ditched us. No coming home for dinner. Yeah he sounds like a real winner.”
o Act 1 (Their Sign) “He showed no sign that he ever existed. No sign he might actually care. My mom raised me all on her lonesome, when I would reach out, no one else would be there”
o Act 1 (Their Sign) “The Hermes cabin takes anyone who hasn’t been claimed. You know what that means? We’re literally the reject cabin. Welcome to the dysfunctional family.”
o Act 1 (Campfire Songs) “He went for a hike to explore new frontiers, an no one has seen him for thousands of years”
o Act 1 (Campfire Songs) “So my dad is some God. That’s great I guess. Did he not want me, or not want the stress. Too bad he’s the worst and my life is a mess. o Act 1 (The Trident Appears) “You mean because he needs me? Where was he when I got kicked out of school? Or when we couldn’t pay the rent? Or when my mom…”
References to Mental Illness:
o Act 1: (Strong) Anthony says “I can’t focus, I suck at school. My A.D.D. gets the best of me, Dyslexia? Not cool.”
Mentions of Suicide/Self-harm:
○ Act 1 (Another Terrible Day) “Go talk to Hephaestus, before I take a knife to my head and start stabbin’!”
Sexual References:
○ Act 1 (Another Terrible Day) “Well technically I’m cursed. One romp in the woods with Zeus’s favorite wood nymph and you’re stuck running a summer camp for a bunch of needy half-bloods”
References to alcohol:
o Act 1 (Another Terrible Day) “Course who am I to give relationship advice? I’m literally the god of alcohol.”
o Act 1 (Another Terrible Day) “I need a drink”

Character List and Descriptions

PRINCIPALS
Percy Jackson – Son of Poseidon, a good kid with a teenage temper
Annabeth – Daughter of Athena, smarter than you
Grover – A Happy-go-lucky satyr, like a hippie kid with hooves
Luke – Son of Hermes, cool camp counselor
Sally Jackson – Percy’s hard-working mother
Mr. Brunner aka Chiron – Wise centaur, part-time Latin teacher
Clarisse – Daughter of Ares, fierce fighter with something to prove
Silena Beauregard – Daughter of Aphrodite, has issues with her mother
Katie Gardner – Daughter of Demeter, will do anything to protect trees
MYTHOLOGICAL BEINGS
Mrs. Dodds – A Fury posing as a substitute algebra teacher
Minotaur – Half-man, half-bull
Mr.D aka Dionysus – God of wine, snarky camp director
The Oracle – A hippy mummy
Aunt Em aka Medusa – Avid sculptor
Echidna – Mother of monsters
Poseidon – Percy’s Dad. God of the sea, salty beach bum
Hades – God of the dead, moody and melodramatic
Ares – God of war, rock star in leather pants
Kronos – Father of the Twelve Olympian gods, he ate some of his kids in a jealous rage, but Zeus freed his siblings from their plight and they all banded together to overthrow Kronos.
Thalia – Brave, Daughter of Zeus who passed away
Charon/DOA Dolls – The role of Charon will be split up to form a sassy group who ferries people to the Underworld
DJ Cerberus – Three-headed dog a la Daft Punk
Cyclops
UNSUSPECTING HUMANS
Gabe Ugliano – Percy’s foul, bean-dip loving stepfather
Greyhound Passenger 1
Greyhound Passenger 2
Train Conductor
Newscaster
Farmer
Bianca – a mysterious girl in 1930s clothes
IN THE AFTERLIFE
James Brown
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Kurt Cobain
Janis Joplin
CHARACTER GROUPS
Half Blood Campers
Echoes
Medusa’s Statues
Greek Gods
Underworld Ferriers
Vienna Boys Choir
Undead

INSPIRATION

Listen to the Broadway cast recording on Spotify

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FAQs – Times, Dates, Locations

Can I see some important dates?

EventDate
Audition5/13 – 5/16
Callbacks5/17 – 5/18
Rehearsals Begin7/29
Rehearsal Days
Monday and Thursdays
Cast 1 Shows12/05 – 12/08
Cast 2 Shows12/12 – 12/15

What if I can't make these auditions?

Submit a Video Online!

During registration, you’ll receive guidance to help you submit a video audition.

Will there be more auditions for The Lightning Thief

There is potential for additional auditions in August, though this possibility remains tentative and will depend on the quality of performances demonstrated in the preceding audition rounds.

When will casting take place?

There is no set date for the casting announcement. It will be released when the directors are ready.

The casting process is complex and time-consuming, and the directors want to ensure they get it right. They will be considering various factors, such as the actors’ talent, availability, and chemistry with each other. Once they have made their decision, they will announce the cast to the public.

Where are the auditions?

Auditions are held at Phoenix Youth Theatre.

16033 N 77th St, Suite C
Scottsdale, Arizona, 85260

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Where are rehearsals?

Auditions are held at Phoenix Youth Theatre.

16033 N 77th St, Suite C
Scottsdale, Arizona, 85260

Directions

Where are the shows?

Auditions are held at Phoenix Youth Theatre.

16033 N 77th St, Suite C
Scottsdale, Arizona, 85260

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FAQs – Misc

Do I have to attend all rehearsals?

We expect all actors to attend all shows and rehearsals. There is a rare chance that you may not be required to attend every rehearsal, depending on your role. If you are interested in a bigger role, please know it will require more time and availability. We will take all listed conflicts into account when making casting decisions.

Actors are required to submit all known conflicts before auditions. We understand that some conflicts may arise over time, but it is crucial to prioritize the show. Last-minute conflicts and frequent absences are not acceptable, as they can impede the progress of the production. Attendance at tech week rehearsals and performances is mandatory.

For more information, please see ‘What is a conflict?’ in the glossary below.

What is the production fee?

The production fee for participating in our show is $525* with an additional $75 costume fee.

*The production fee is conveniently divided into three manageable monthly payments of $175 each.

We pride ourselves on being transparent about costs and ensuring an inclusive experience for all our cast members and their families.

While we encourage everyone to participate in fundraising activities for PYT, we do not impose mandatory sales quotas for show tickets or any other obligations, as some other youth theaters might. With us, you can rest assured that the production fee is straightforward, and what you pay is what you pay – no hidden costs.

We do require one more commitment from each family: a parent or guardian must volunteer to contribute their time and support to help ensure the success of the production.

What Does My Production Fee Include
At least ten weeks of amazing stage training
Personal Script
Professionally produced full-scale play
At least four incredible productions
Show T-shirt
Costume
Professional Show Photos
Cast Party
DVD is available for $35/dvd subject to recording rights license availability

What to bring to your audition

A current headshot (a school picture or photo taken with your phone will do if you don’t have one)
Performance resume
Your device for playing music IF you are performing additional songs; otherwise, directors will play the pre-supplied music for you.

Can I be in more than one PYT show at one time?

Yes! The shows are planned so that students can perform in all shows. All age and other entry rules still apply.

Glossary

What is a conflict?

A conflict in youth theatre refers to a scheduling issue or a commitment clash that prevents a young actor from attending a rehearsal or performance. This type of conflict can occur when the actor has prior engagements, family trips, or other important events that coincide with the production’s schedule. It is essential for the participants and the production team to communicate openly about such conflicts so that they can plan accordingly and ensure the smooth functioning of the rehearsals and the eventual performance.

What is a slate?

A slate is a brief introduction that an actor gives at the beginning of their audition. It typically includes their name, age, and sometimes the role or roles they audition for. Slating helps the casting team keep track of who is auditioning and allows them to match the actor’s face and name for future reference. It also allows the actor to make a good first impression by showcasing their confidence, poise, and professionalism.

What is a callback?

A callback is a follow-up audition after the initial round of auditions. Callbacks are held when the casting team wants to see more from an actor or further evaluate their suitability for a particular role or roles. During a callback, actors may be asked to perform additional scenes, read lines with other actors, sing specific songs, or showcase certain skills relevant to the character they are being considered for.

Callbacks play an essential role in helping the casting team make final decisions about casting roles in the production. They offer young actors the opportunity to further demonstrate their talents and abilities and their potential chemistry with other cast members.

What is tech week?

Tech week is an essential part of the rehearsal process in youth theatre. It is typically the week leading up to the final performances where the technical elements, such as lighting, sound, and costumes, are incorporated into the production.

During tech week, actors work closely with the production team to ensure a seamless performance, making adjustments to lighting and sound cues, practicing costume changes, and perfecting their stage entrances and exits.

It is crucial that actors attend tech week as it provides an opportunity for them to fully understand and participate in the production process and build their confidence in the new theater environment. Most importantly, tech week helps actors understand how not to get injured by moving set pieces, and they can see how their individual role contributes to the overall success of the production.

FOR AGES 12 – 18
AUDITION

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