‘The Lightning Thief’ comes to DPAC

By Hollyann Gardner
Times-News correspondent 

   ”The Lightning Thief,” a musical based on the novel by Rick Riordan, will be performed this week at the Durham Performing Arts Center in Durham.
Sarah Beth Pfeifer plays rough-and-tough female fighter Clarisse, as well as eight other characters including Katie Gardner, Mrs. Dodds, and even a squirrel.
“The show is so much fun,” Pfeifer said in a recent phone interview. “It really captures the spirit of Rick Riordan’s novel with all the teen angst.” She also said her favorite part of doing the show is her “custom-made double sword.”
Pfeifer has been with this show for five years — since its first readings — so she has seen it all come together.
   “The writers do an amazing job adapting from the original book- something fans will really appreciate,” she said.
Fans also will appreciate and be entertained by Pfeifer’s portrayal of Clarisse.
“Clarisse is tough and just barrels through life,” she said.
Even if audiences aren’t at all familiar with the Percy Jackson novels, they will still thoroughly enjoy the show, Pfeifer said.
“The songs are amazing, the cast is incredible, and it’s just hilarious,” she said. “It genuinely rocks.”

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, 2019, and 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, at the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC), 123 Vivian St., Durham. Tickets are $20 and up and can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com or www.dpacnc.com.

Hollyann Gardner is a high school junior at Alamance Community College and a Teens & 20s writer.

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