THE MUSIC OF PERCY JACKSON playing at the San Diego Junior Theater


There’s only one person powerful enough to be in charge of theater kids and Greek gods at the same time, and that would be Jason Blitman. Not only was he part of the original production team of THE LIGHTNING THIEF: THE MUSIC OF PERCY JACKSON but now he’s also the production manager playing at the San Diego Junior Theater through May 15. Jason Blitman talks about creating the show, some of his favorite moments, and the joy of working with young artists in San Diego.

Jason Blitman comes to San Diego after years in New York and brings with him all of his experience working with theater, including Public Theater, TheatreworksUSA, and on shows like the pre-production workshop for what is finally became DEAR EVAN HANSEN, and as the cast director and part of the production team of THE LIGHTNING THIEF: THE MUSIC OF PERCY JACKSON. The musical based on the popular “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” book series by Rick Riordan follows the first book, where a normal teenager named Percy Jackson discovers that one of his parents is really a good Greek, which means that he has demigod powers, and a quest to complete – to find out who stole Zeus’ lightning bolt and why.

BWW Interview: Jason Blitman Talks Theater Children and Greek Gods in THE LIGHTNING THIEF: THE PERCY JACKSON MUSICAL at San Diego Junior Theater

Blitman says creating a show like this is special because it’s designed for audiences of all ages. The challenge and the triumph is to please all those kids who grew up reading the books because they aren’t afraid to come clean with their opinions.

“Part of the joy has been seeing how fans connect with the material. The goal was always to tell the story filled with heart and honesty, with real stakes, and frankly, not belittle an audience younger.

The best thing about a show suitable for audiences of all ages is that the younger ones aren’t shy about telling you when something is working or not working. Joe Tracz (the series book writer) and Rob Rocki (music and lyrics) are also huge fans of the books, so this was truly a fan-written labor of love. I wouldn’t say we ever made any decisions because of the fans of the books, but we certainly always had them in mind – hoping they’d like what we were creating and have them in mind as we went along. road.”

BWW Interview: Jason Blitman Talks Theater Children and Greek Gods in THE LIGHTNING THIEF: THE PERCY JACKSON MUSICAL at San Diego Junior Theater

Bringing the show and directing it to the San Diego Junior Theater is an extension of Blitman’s love of theatre, this musical and working with younger audiences who were the target audience for LIGHTNING THIEF.

“This show has been a part of my life for 5 years – and the young people at Junior Theater are the target demographic that we knew would love the show. So working on it with them is really a looping moment for me. Working with them on a show created for these kids. AND they’re just awesome, so that’s the icing on the cake.”

BWW Interview: Jason Blitman Talks Theater Children and Greek Gods in THE LIGHTNING THIEF: THE PERCY JACKSON MUSICAL at San Diego Junior Theater
Blitman in rehearsal with the performers

Jason says working with young performers as they discover and perfect the different facets of theater is an exciting opportunity and reminds him why he continues to create theatre.

“Kids do theater because it’s fun. So being around kids who do theater for fun is the perfect reminder of why I fell in love with it in the first place. They also bring so much grit and honesty to these characters, not to mention their most authentic in the rehearsal room, which is so cool.

Play is scary. You have to show up and be vulnerable to strangers who in some cases (like auditions) are literally there to judge you. I’m grateful for this group of young people to share with the community – and that’s also exciting.”

How to get tickets

You can see these talented young performers bring THE LIGHTNING THIEF: THE MUSIC OF PERCY JACKSON on stage until May 15 at the San Diego Junior Theater. For information on tickets and timetables, go to www.juniortheatre.com

Photo credit: The cast of THE LIGHTNING THIEF: THE MUSIC OF PERCY JACKSON by Ken Jacques.

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