Flagler County’s youth community theatre group, Spotlight Performers, will be showing its summer production of “The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical” at the Flagler Playhouse.
“The Lightning Thief” is based on the popular youth fantasy book by Rick Riordan. Spotlight Performers co-founder and co-director Collin Sloan said he is excited to portray the adaption of one of his favorite book series. The show will run once a day from July 6-9.
“It’s crazy that we’re able to make this ... into something brand new and something more modern,” he said.
The show runs for two hours, with a 15-minute intermission.
Tickets are $22 per person, and attendees can choose to watch the 7 p.m. showing on Thursday, Friday or Saturday, or catch the final performance at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 9.
There are 11 cast members: Eric Barnum as Percy Jackson; Andrea Oliveras as Annabeth Chase; Austin Butcher as Grover and Mr. D; Seth Kirk as Luke; Sara Story as Clarisse; Nando Rivera as Chiron; Kelly Rivera as Sally Jackson and Charon; Lora Thompson as the Oracle and Medusa; Abigail Andrade as Katie; Leah Lehnertz as Silena; Tyler Lokken as the farmer and train conductor.
The show also has three dedicated technicians: Kian Mahoney on light design; Robbie Miller, sound technician; Tyler Giblin, spot operator.
Sloan founded Spotlight Performers alongside his mother — Jennifer Sloan, who is also co-director of the show — while he was a junior in high school in 2017.
Now, six years later, the Spotlight Performers are showing a nationally toured play.
Most of the cast is from the Flagler County area, Sloan said.
Jennifer Sloan said she is incredibly proud of her son for creating and running Spotlight for all these years.
“He is absolutely the visionary,” she said. “He has these insane visions of how he wants things to come together and how he sees them come alive on the stage.”
“The Lightning Thief” is an example of how theatre kids and performers often have to think on their feet to make a show work, Collin Sloan said.
The organization doesn’t have a lot of funding, Sloan said, and often builds sets from materials found at craft and thrift stores.
“You have these Greek gods and goddesses and demigods that you have to bring to life,” he said. “So it’s kind of coming up with solutions with what you have on hand.”