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Jacob Benaquista, Copy Editor • September 29, 2023

‘The Lightning Thief’ production a sign of future thunder

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Arianna Zalder
The cast of Lightning Thief performs the closing song on March 24.

On April 1st, Encinal Drama held its closing night of The Lightning Thief, the musical adaptation of the novel by the same name. The story follows Percy Jackson, a teenage boy who learns he is the son of a Greek god. Unlike The Wolves, the fall semester play held in the cafeteria, The Lightning Thief was performed in Encinal’s gym in front of a sizaeble audience.

Most of the plot is demonstrated through songs, which ranged from lively to somber throughout the show.

“I always really like learning choreo because I’m not really a dancer, so it’s something very new to me,” said sophomore Inky Arneson, who played the leading role of Percy Jackson in the musical.

One unique highlight of the production was the class makeup of the cast. Much of the performers were underclassmen, with the youngest being 6th grader Leiloa Lyons.

Arneson predicts that this will cement the roots of a flourishing Drama department. “Knowing that this is gonna be the makeup of the drama department for the next however many years is really exciting,” said Arneson.

“I’ve been listening to the Lightning Thief since I was, like, 12 years old, and it’s always my dream to play the role I did,” said sophomore Sam Cleminshaw, who co-lead the show in the role of Annabeth Chase.

Closing night sold out with over 200 people in attendance.

“I’m so proud of how amazing everybody was and how many people are so committed to this, and the way that all of our actors are so young,” said senior Sophia Singa, who worked on stage crew for the production.

“Everyone was crying, but I couldn’t believe that it was over. It just felt all so unreal. Everything went so impossibly well,” said Arneson. “It was just like ‘This is really the last time I get to do this?’ I didn’t feel like I’d done five shows and it was just so strange.”

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Stella is a second year publications staff member. She is class of 2023 and joined Horizon to contribute to the school's community and preserve the memories of students. Some hobbies she enjoys are going to the gym, writing, and hiking. She is also an intern at the School-Based Health Center's Youth Advisory Board.
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