The Lightning Thief

Come see the Middle School show!

As the half-blood son of a Greek god, Percy Jackson 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 on 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. Adapted from the best-selling book The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan and featuring a thrilling original rock score, The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical is an action-packed mythical adventure “worthy of the gods” (Time Out New York).

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Show Dates:

Thursday, June 16th @ 7 pm

Friday, June 17th @ 7 pm

Saturday, June 18th @ 2 pm & 7 pm

Juneteenth Celebration

Manhattan Youth is excited to celebrate Juneteenth at an event on Pier 25, from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, on Sunday, June 19th. 

The celebration will include vendors, music, art, food, youth activities and more! Manhattan Youth wants to commemorate and celebrate Juneteenth with the community. 

As part of this event, MY would love to hear from the PPAS middle school students – especially what Juneteenth means to them. If your child would like to submit a creative expression, they would love to showcase it at the event. This can be a song or poem, an essay or story, a painting or photograph — all types of artistic expression are welcomed! 

Submit student submissions.  (Middle School Students Only)

If your child is interested in submitting their work, they have to submit it no later than Tuesday, June 14th.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Matthew McGlennen at

Drama 1 Showcase

Drama 1’s Jury showcase is coming up on June 9 and 10! They will be performing their Juries in front of their peers and the PPAS community (parents/staff). This is their “rehearsal project” for the year, since as freshmen they do not get a fully produced show, like they do in 10th-12th grade. 

Parents/families and teachers/staff are welcome to attend the showcase but reservations are required. 

Thurs. June 9th @7pm in The Blackbox

Fri. June 10th. @ 7pm in the Blackbox.

Please RSVP now!

*You do not need to attend both nights, it will be the same performances happening on each night.

AileyPPAS Spring Concert

Be sure to catch our Ailey dancers at the AileyPPAS Spring Concert. Performances are on Friday, June 3, at 7:30 pm and Saturday, June 4, at 3:00 and at 7:30. The performances will take place at the Citigroup Theater, which is situated in the Ailey building located at 405 West 55th Street. Please note that only fully vaccinated people will be allowed to attend the performance and that masks must be worn inside the Ailey building at all times. Order tickets now.

Waterwell Wins High School Festival

From Heather Lanza:

I am proud to share that the Waterwell Drama Program has won the prestigious Shubert Foundation High School Theater Festival for the second year in a row!

The Festival is a city-wide competition in which five productions are selected from among all the year’s High School shows from all five boroughs. I am thrilled that our community of young artists is being recognized in this way and am inspired by their commitment to making theater with excellence and empathy in challenging conditions.

Last year, Waterwell students’ virtual rendition of Romeo and Juliet, directed by our own Cherie Corinne Rice, was selected as a festival winner. This year, our production of Paula Vogel’s Indecent, which I directed and which was featured on stage at the Winter Garden Broadway theater on May 23, made us back-to-back winners.

The thriving creativity, artistry, and success of Waterwell students demonstrates the relevance and power of arts education rooted in empathy and engagement with civic issues that touch students’ lives.

PPAS Musical Theater Shows

Please join us for our Musical Theater’s exciting play festival next week–

All tickets are $10.
PPAS Staff and Students are free.
All tickets will be available at the entrance to each show.

“Batboy” – the Musical!
PPAS Auditorium
Thursday 7pm
Friday 7pm
Saturday 2pm & 7pm

“Unspeakable Acts” – a collection of short plays
PPAS Blackbox
Thursday 7pm
Friday 7pm
Saturday 7pm

“The Thugs” – a play by Adam Bock
RTKids Performance Studio
445 West 45 Street (bet 9 and 10 Aves)
Thursday 7pm
Friday 7pm
Saturday 7pm

Performing Arts Conservatory

The Performing Arts Conservatory introduces and cultivates a love of performing arts in third- to eighth-grade students (children ages 8 to 14) by emphasizing dedication, discipline, and enjoyment in dance and musical theater. Students are exposed to a multidisciplinary arts education while building our three core values of confidence, character, and community.

The Conservatory is devoted to delivering quality instruction in dance (ballet, jazz, hip hop, modern and contemporary) and musical theater in a safe, nurturing, and fun-filled environment. Over the course of seven weeks each summer, students of all skill levels learn the magic of dance, stage presence, vocal technique, and ensemble work. Students also have opportunities to experience the rich artistic vibrancy of their city on local field trips.

The Conservatory’s multidisciplinary curriculum is taught by professional New York City-based artists and led by experienced artists and arts educators; our Dance Director has over 20 years of professional experience in teaching and performing and our Musical Theater Director is an arts educator and Broadway performer. Students receive additional support from an enthusiastic, talented, and dedicated team of youth counselors who combine a love of theater and dance with a desire to help young people achieve their highest potential.The Conservatory concludes with a showcase performance and celebration. Family, friends, and community members are invited to watch students share the fruits of their hard work throughout the summer.

Get more info and register.