‘SpongeBob’ musical starts tonight

PHOTO PROVIDED Cast members rehearse for “SpongeBob! The Musical,” which opens tonight at the Community Arts Center on West Fourth Street. Shows will end July 31. Tickets are available at www.caclive.com or by calling the box office at 570-326-2424.

Tonight is opening night for “The SpongeBob Musical” at the Community Arts Center, according to a news release.

Open until July 31, the musical offers audiences a trip to Bikini Bottom. “The SpongeBob Musical” features high school students from schools all over the area. The production is part of the Community Arts Center’s Student Summer Stock Program and is directed by Lycoming College professor C. Austin Hill.

The production begins tonight at 7:30 p.m., with a performance on July 30 at 7:30 p.m. and two on July 31 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

C. Austin Hill is no stranger to the Community Arts Center, as he directed the latest Student Summer Stock production of Newsies in 2019.

The Student Summer Stock Program allows for students to come together and work alongside professional theatre-makers to bring new passion and skills to their community. Productions in the past have included shows such as “Peter Pan,” “Oklahoma!,” “Man of La Mancha” and “Jesus Christ Superstar.”

“It’s a great way for students to express themselves and participate in theatre at a professional level during the summer,” the news release said. “The program is a favorite in the community for this reason.

“The SpongeBob Musical” is a heartfelt story following the beloved happy-go-lucky sea sponge, SpongeBob SquarePants. SpongeBob and the other citizens of Bikini Bottom learn that a nearby volcano is soon to erupt, sending everyone into a panic. SpongeBob takes it upon himself to save the town from destruction when everyone else has lost all hope.

” ‘The SpongeBob Musical’ feels like it was written in response to all of the things that we’ve all been dealing with throughout 2020 – from the COVID pandemic and shutdown to the important social justice movements – somehow, this 2016 show is even more viscerally relevant than it was when it was written,” director C. Austin Hill said, according to the news release.

This summer’s production is following the COVID shutdown, which forced these kids to miss out on performing at their schools or even in last years Student Summer Stock. This summer’s program has not only allowed students an opportunity to perform on a large stage, but it also gave them the opportunity to get back to some normalcy and allowing them to perform.

“It’s been a pleasure to have them in our theater, and for them to be back doing the things they love,” coordinator of marketing communications Courtney Fowler said, according to the news release. “The kids have seemed to have a blast during this production, so we’re all excited for people to come out and see the show. They’ve worked really hard for this.”

Tickets are available online at www.caclive.com or by contacting the box office at 570-326-2424.


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