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Heidelberg Community Music School to present ‘The Lightning Thief’




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Tiffin, Ohio — Musical theatre students from Heidelberg University’s Community Music School will bring the lively rock musical “The Lightning Thief” to the Gundlach Theatre stage on Dec. 16-18. Show times are 7:30 p.m. each night.

The cast is comprised of 20 seventh-graders through high school seniors from 10 school districts in the area, including Arcadia, Bridges Preparatory Academy, Carey, Mohawk, New Riegel, Oak Harbor, Old Fort, Seneca East, Tiffin City and Upper Sandusky. “The Lightning Thief” is directed by Dr. Elizabeth Tracy with musical direction by Dr. Greg Ramsdell, both Heidelberg School of Music & Theatre faculty members.

“The Lightning Thief” is based on the book of the same name by Joe Tracz with music and lyrics by Rob Rokicki. The show follows the challenges 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 in 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 cast is as follows: Nathan DeRodes as Percy; Madison Spiers as Annabeth; Colton Ogg as Grover; Esme Hummel-Sass as Mr. D and Ares; Matthew Strouse as Luke; Lex Luzader as Gabe; Paris Salyer as Sally Jackson; Kathryn Polcheck as Silena Beauregard, Mrs. Dodds and Hades; Katherine Albright as The Oracle and Charon; Aaron Wilson as Mr. Brunner/Chiron, Kurt Cobain, Poseidon, Aunty Em, Kronos and Bus Driver; Ally French as Clarisse and Janis Joplin; Miley Helmstetter as Katie Gardner and the Newscaster; Cayman Crim as a Fury; Liam Hartson as Mozart; Nora Kelley as a Fury, James Brown and Thalia; Miranda Fanning as Echidna and Greyhound Passenger #2; Amelia Miller as Greyhound Passenger #1; Kaiah Yonts as the Train Conductor; Mason Brickner as the Farmer; and Shia Watkins as Bianca.

The production team is comprised of Dr. Rachel Hummel-Sass, assistant director and choreography; Kyrsten Lilly, costumes; Isaac Hulbert, costume assistant; Anna Gerber, props design and stage manager; Audrey Warren, Puppet design; Ben Pollizi, lighting design; Coral Snell, assistant stage manager; and Kevin Held, sound design and set designer.

Orchestra members include Dr. Greg Ramsdell (piano) Nathan Santos (guitar), Cameron Brosius (guitar), Travis Fletcher (bass) and Autumn Sears (percussion).

Tickets are $15 per person for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens. They are available at or at the door.

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