STEPHENVILLE — The Theatre at Tarleton and the Department of Performing Arts will present The SpongeBob Musical at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22-25 and 2 p.m. Feb. 26 in the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center Auditorium.
Tickets are $10 for adults; $8 for senior citizens, children and Tarleton faculty and staff; and $5 for students.
When the citizens of Bikini Bottom discover that a volcano will soon erupt and destroy their humble home, SpongeBob and his friends must come together to save their undersea world. With lives hanging in the balance and all hope lost, a most unexpected hero arises. The power of optimism really can save the world.
The cast features John David Dvorak as SpongeBob, Charlie Smith as Eugene H. Krabs, Clay Luton as Patrick Star, Benny Brown as Sandy Cheeks, Sarah Adams as Sheldon J. Plankton, Tiffany Wynne as Squidward Q. Tentacles, Phillip Skinner as Patchy the Pirate, Anna Lee Williams as Pearl Krabs and Lexi LaCour as Perch Perkins.
Bella Jarmon is the Mayor of Bikini Bottom, Paizlee Haby is Old Man Jenkins, Cassidy Early is Mrs. Puff, Jakob Matthews is Larry the Lobster, and Reyna Trujillo is Karen the Computer.
Ensemble performers are J. Roland Crady IV, Andrew Rocha, Lily Peltz, Jakayla Daniels, Alexandra Sanders, Rilee Pinson, Rebecca Franco, Luke Thomas, Emma Brockelman, Jax Malsam, Kalia Bushey and Jocelyn Brockelman.
Behind the scenes, Associate Professor Prudence Jones is directing the play, complemented by scenic designer Andrea Alvair and costume designers Tiffany Wynne and April Garcia. Kyllie Avery is lighting designer, Marcos Garcia the sound designer, Alexandra Shaffer the stage foley and Ethan Hollinger projections designer.
Sarah Adams designed hair and makeup, vocal direction is from Tarleton Vocal Professor Iwao Asakura, the music director is Tarleton Director of Bands David Robinson, and the choreographer is Chanell Dayton.
The SpongeBob Musical is based on the animated series created by Stephen Hillenburg with a book by Kyle Jarrow; original songs by Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alexander Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, Lady A, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants and T.I.; and more songs by David Bowie, Tom Kenny and Andy Paley. Additional lyrics are by Jonathan Coulton, with additional music by Tom Kitt. The musical production was conceived by Tina Landau.