The Best Audition Songs for The Lightning Thief – by Character
Do you have an upcoming audition for The Lightning Thief? Well unless you have specifically been asked to sing a song from the show that you’re auditioning for, it’s generally best not to. That said, you should still show off similar vocals and personality. So here’s our list of audition songs for The Lightning Thief, broken down by character.
Since The Lightning Thief is a contemporary musical, the following songs are from contemporary musicals as well. In addition, there are lots of youthful and pop/rock vibes below in order to match the style of the show.
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Step 1: Read your audition details
Please read your audition details carefully, as they sometimes specify the type of song they’d like to hear (a ballad, something uptempo, etc.). Make sure to select a song that’s appropriate for your specific casting call.
Step 2: Get to know the show
In casting calls, they often ask for you to be “familiar with the show”. And even if it’s not requested, it’s generally assumed. One way to do this is to listen to the The Lightning Thief cast album➝ while reading through the synopsis.
Step 3: Pick an audition song
Next, based on your personality and vocal type, decide whether you’d like to audition for the ensemble or a specific character. Just keep in mind that if you audition for a specific character, you still might not be chosen for that particular role.
There’s usually a spot on the audition form asking if you are open to being in the ensemble or accepting a different role. I would suggest ticking that box and taking whatever you are offered. Every role is important, and you will earn valuable experience in a show.
And on that same note, even if you audition for the ensemble (and not a specific character), there’s always a chance you might get chosen for a leading/supporting role!
To summarize, keep an open mind and try not to take the process too seriously. And when you’re ready, choose the song that you feel most comfortable with from the list below.
“Alyssa Greene” – The Prom
“Home” – Beetlejuice
“I See Stars” – Mean Girls
“Superboy and the Invisible Girl” – Next to Normal
“Loser Geek Whatever” – Be More Chill
“Michael in the Bathroom” – Be More Chill
“Purpose” – Avenue Q
“World’s Greatest Dad” – Elf
“Aftershocks” – Next to Normal
“Freeze Your Brain” – Heathers
“I’m Alive” – Next to Normal
“There’s a World” – Next to Normal
“Didn’t I See This Movie?” – Next to Normal
“On Monday” – 35mm: A Musical Exhibition
“Parents Lie” – Freaky Friday
“The Pants Song” – Be More Chill
“Vows” – Freaky Friday
“Whatsername” – Green Day/American Idiot
“Keep on Standing” – Rocky
“This Is Not An Exit” – American Psycho
“We Look to You” – The Prom
“Come Back” – Dogfight
“Scream” – High School Musical 3 [2000s film/non-theatre]
“Turn Off the Dark” – Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark
Psst… Here’s where you can find out your vocal type!
“Dead Mom” – Beetlejuice
“Invisible” – Beetlejuice
“Requiem” – Dear Evan Hansen
“He’s Not Here” – Next to Normal
“The Seraph” – 35mm: A Musical Exhibition
“You Tore My Heart Out” – The Toxic Avenger
Step 4: Select a monologue
If requested, here are a few audition monologues for The Lightning Thief:
• “Heir Apparently Not” in Kids’ Comedic Monologues That Are Actually Funny➝
• “Ismene” in The Best Men’s Monologues from New Plays, 2019➝
• “Moon Man Walk” in The Best Men’s Monologues from New Plays, 2019➝
• “The Face of God” in Audition Arsenal for Men in Their 20s➝
• “Thoughts” in Fantasy Monologues for Young Actors➝
• “Trolling 101” in The Best Men’s Monologues from New Plays, 2019➝
Final Step: Prepare for your audition
After collecting your materials and getting familiar with the show, it’s time to move forward with the actual preparation. If you’re in need of some guidance on this step, you can always go through this FREE audition prep checklist!
Want more songs? Check out these DIY Rep Books for EVERY vocal type!
The Lightning Thief Song List
Here’s a list of the musical numbers in The Lightning Thief, along with which characters sing in each of them. Unless you have been asked to, do not choose from the below songs for your audition! The following is more intended to be used for character research purposes.
* That said, if you’ve specifically been asked to sing a song from the show, you can find the sheet music for the best possible audition songs below.
“Prologue / The Day I Got Expelled” – Percy, Mr. Brunner, Mrs. Dodds, Grover, Company
“Strong” – Sally, Percy
“The Weirdest Dream” – Percy, Ensemble
“Another Terrible Day” – Mr. D
“Their Sign” – Chiron, Percy, Luke
“Put You in Your Place” – Clarisse, Annabeth, Percy, Ensemble
“The Campfire Song” – Luke, Annabeth, Percy, Grover, Katie, Silena, Chiron
“The Oracle” – Oracle, Ensemble
“Good Kid” – Percy, Ensemble
“Killer Quest!” – Percy, Grover, Annabeth, Company
“Lost!” – Percy, Annabeth, Grover
“My Grand Plan” – Annabeth
“Drive” – Grover, Annabeth, Percy, Ares, Ensemble
“The Weirdest Dream (Reprise)” – Percy, Kronos, Luke
“The Tree on the Hill” – Grover, Thalia, Annabeth, Luke, Percy, Ensemble
“D.O.A.” – Charon, Ensemble
“Son of Poseidon” – Percy, Ares, Annabeth, Grover, Sally, Ensemble
“The Last Day of Summer” – Percy, Luke, Ensemble
“Bring on the Monsters” – Percy, Annabeth, Grover, Clarisse, Chiron, Silena, Luke
Which of these audition songs for The Lightning Thief did you choose?
And what role are you auditioning for? We would love to hear all about it in the comments! And in the meantime, you can check out our database of best audition songs for other musicals.
Need extra help? Just go through this free audition prep checklist!
Author: Stacy Karyn
Stacy Karyn is the founder of Theatre Trip, author of The Thespian’s Bucket List, and creator of The Cast Album List. She has a TESOL drama certificate, a BA in theatre, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.