Historic Folsom’s Sutter Street Theatre is bringing a combination of suspense and musical entertainment with a brand-new show starting this Saturday.

“The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical” begins a month-long run this Saturday, March 9, at the community theatre venue located in the heart of Folsom’s Historic District.

According to the show billing, 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’ master lightning bolt is stolen and Percy becomes the prime suspect, he must find and return the bolt to prove his innocence and prevent a war between the gods. But to succeed in 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,” according to Time Out New York. Performances will be held Saturdays and Sundays at 1 p.m. through April 7.

In addition to the opening of Percy Jackson, “Cotton Patch Gospel” continues at Sutter Street with performances on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through the end of the month. With music and lyrics by Harry Chapin and based on the book “The Cotton Patch Version of Matthew and John” by Clarence Jordan, this bluegrass musical is a southern reinterpretation of the gospel story, retelling the life of Jesus in modern-day rural Georgia, according to the Sutter Street Theatre playbill.

Cotton Patch Gospel continues at Sutter Street Theatre.

Originally produced by Gary Musick Productions and Troupe America Inc., the “Greatest Story Ever Retold” is the only Off-Broadway play to be praised by both Rolling Stone and Christianity Today and hailed as “A Joyous Triumph” by the New York Times. This local version of the production is being directed and choreographed by Sam Williams. Musical direction is by Sutter Street Theatre’s own Connie Mockenhaupt. The show takes the stage on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and on Sundays at 4:30 p.m.

Sutter Street Theatre is located at 717 Sutter Street. The popular community theatre venue is nestled in the heart of Folsom’s Historic District. Tickets and more information for all shows can be found at www.sutterstreettheatre.com or by calling the box office at (916) 353-1001.

Sutter Street Theatre provides the perfect setting for a “night out,” where you can enjoy an afternoon of shopping at the many stores on and around Sutter Street, enjoy dinner at one of the many restaurants, and partake in grabbing a sweet treat or cocktails nearby following a night of entertainment. Learn more about Historic Folsom at www.historicfolsom.org.

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