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    & the Lightning Thief

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    Welcome to the 2015-2016 Student Matinee Season!

    Todays scholars and researchers say creativity is the top skill our kids will need when they

    enter the work force of the future, so we salute YOU for valuing the educational and

    inspirational power of live performance. By using this study guide you are taking an even

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    Enjoy the show!

    This guide was written & compiled by the Education Department at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts with inspiration from

    the Theatreworks Study Guide.

    Permission is granted for teachers, parents, and students who are coming to Flynn shows to copy & distribute this guide for

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    schools are significantly lower than prices for public performances. As a non-profit organization, the Flynn is

    deeply grateful to the foundations, corporations, and individuals whose generous financial support keeps

    matinees affordable for schools.

    This performance is generously sponsored by the Tim and Lynn Vallee.

    Thank you to the Flynn Matinee 2015-2016 underwriters: Andreas Legacy Fund, Champlain Investment

    Partners, LLC, Bari and Peter Dreissigacker, William Randolph Hearst Foundation, Forrest and Frances Lattner

    Foundation, Surdna Foundation, Tracy and Richard Tarrant, TD Charitable Foundation, Vermont Concert Artists

    Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation, Vermont Community Foundation, New England Foundation for

    the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Flynn Jazz Endowment.

    Additional support from the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation, Green Mountain Fund, Walter Cerf Community

    Fund, the Vermont Arts Council, the Susan Quinn Memorial Fund, and the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

    The Production & the Story

    The Production/The Story

    Things to Think About Before/During/After you see the show

    The Company: Theatreworks USA

    Lets Explore with Rick Riordan

    About the Author

    Inspiration for Percy Jackson

    Get Creative! Invent Your Own Demigod

    The Gods & Goddesses of Percy Jackson

    List of Gods & Creatures

    A Research Journey Activity

    Embracing Differences

    Rick Riordan on Dyslexia & ADHD

    Dig Deep into Embracing Differences

    Information of Dyslexia & ADHD

    Bring the Art Form to Life

    Art Form: Musical Theater

    Words Come Alive Activities:

    Moving Through Space& Movement Phrases

    Your Visit

    The Flynn Center

    Etiquette for Live Performance

    Why is Etiquette Important?

    Resources: Print and Web

    Common Core Standards

    The Common Core broadens the definition of a text, viewing performance as a form of text, so your students are experiencing and interacting with a text when they attend a Flynn show.

    Seeing live performance provides rich opportunities to write reflections, narratives, arguments, and more. By writing responses and/or using the Flynn Study Guides, all performances can be linked to Common Core:

    CC ELA: W 1-10

    You can use this performance and study guide to address the following Common Core Standards (additional standards listed by specific activities):

    CC ELA: RL1-10, RF1-4, SL2, L3-4, RH1-10

  • The Production

    Theatreworks presents a wild, fun, and bold musical

    adaptation of THE LIGHTNING THIEF. The stage is set

    with what appears to be items from a construction

    site. The cast transforms these items, creating

    monsters, water, and other essential story pieces

    throughout the performance. The scaffolding on

    stage provides a multifaceted set tool, allowing the

    actors to climb, hide, hang prop pieces, and create

    multiple environments with effective grace. The

    music is fast-paced and rocking, and the performers

    sing us into each new twist and turn of this epic

    mythical journey. This is Percy Jackson amped up!

    The Story

    Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding

    school...again. And thats the least of his troubles.

    Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount

    Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the

    pages of Percy's textbook and into his life. And

    worse, hes angered a few of them. Zeus's master

    lightning bolt has been stolen and Percy is the prime

    suspect. Now Percy has ten days to find and return

    Zeus's stolen property and bring peace to the warring

    Mount Olympus. But to succeed in his quest, Percy

    must come to terms with the father who abandoned

    him, solve the riddle of the Oracle, and unravel a

    treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.

    Before you see the show:

    Why do you think the Percy Jackson stories are so

    popular? What about them makes young readers

    so invested and connected to the stories and the


    As you watch the show:

    This is a musical version of Percy Jackson. Notice

    the moments when Theatreworks chooses to

    include songs. Why do you think they chose these

    moments? How do the songs help move the

    action forward? How do they affect the

    storytelling? Do they add to your understanding

    of and connection to the story?

    After you see the show:

    Think about the relationships in the story. What

    relationships seemed authentic and lasting? Why

    these as opposed to others? Ask students to

    think about relationships in their own life. What

    qualities, actions, and traits do they look for in a

    good friend? Come together and list the traits

    people have identified, and as a class create a

    chart or graph to demonstrate which attributes

    are most highly valued. Discuss why these might

    be important characteristics in a friend.

    After watching the show, ask students to compare

    the musical to both the book series and the movie

    version, if theyve seen it. As a class, you could

    watch the movie, noting the differences and

    similarities. What elements were included in the

    musical? What different techniques did they use

    to tell the same story? How were Percy and other

    characters portrayed in each version? Which

    Percy did students relate to the most? If students

    were going to create their own version of the

    Lightning Thief, what format would they choose?

    What would they include?

    The Company

    Theatreworks USA has a distinguished history of not only

    providing young audiences with their first taste of the performing

    arts, but also giving young actors, writers, directors and designers

    an early opportunity to work in this field. Theatreworks USA is

    Americas largest and most prolific not-for-profit theatre for

    young and family audiences. Since 1961, Theatreworks USA has

    enlightened and instructed over 90 million people in 49 states

    and Canada, performing for about three million people annually.

    Click here to learn more about TheatreworksUSA.
  • ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Rick Riordan

    Rick Riordan gets his audience, he understands them, and therefore,

    writes books that compel their imaginations, curiosity, and keep

    them clamoring for more!

    Some facts about the author:

    He is a #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

    While best known for his books for young readers, her is the

    author of an award-winning mystery series for adults.

    Rick was a middle school English and history teacher for 15


    Rick started writing when he was in middle school.

    Rick lives in Boston with his wife, his two sons, his dog, and 3


    Find more at Ricks website.

    As a class, brainstorm all the possible ways to pronounce Riordan.

    Write these on the board and vote for which pronunciation is cor-

    rect. Once all the votes have been tallied, visit this link to hear Rick

    pronounce his own name. Were you accurate with your voting?


    My son Haley asked me to tell him some bedtime stories about the Greek gods and heroes. I had taught

    Greek myths for many years at the middle school level, so I was glad to comply. When I ran out of myths, he

    was disappointed and asked me if I could make up something new with the same characters.

    I thought about it for a few minutes. Then I remembered a creative writing project I used to do with my sixt