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Kennesaw State Theater and Performance Studies will present “The SpongeBob Musical”

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March 24 – The stage at the Stillwell Theater will soon be transformed into the underwater world of Bikini Bottom as Kennesaw State University’s Theater and Drama Department

Performance Studies presents The SpongeBob Musical from April 7-17.

Adapted from the beloved animated series SpongeBob SquarePants, this colorful and vibrant musical is an uplifting story of overcoming obstacles and celebrating the joy of living. A first in the Atlanta area, this production is based on the series by Stephen Hillenburg and the book by Kyle Jarrow and is directed by TPS professor Amanda Wansa Morgan.

The story begins as SpongeBob and the sea creatures that inhabit Bikini Bottom face the total annihilation of their world. All hope seems lost, but our unlikely hero saves the day.

The characters may seem somewhat familiar, but with a twist, as they are played by college students. Musical direction is provided by guest artist John-Michael d’Haviland, an Atlanta-based professional who also teaches at the Cobb County Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts, a coeducational public school.

hosted on the campus of Pebblebrook High School in Mableton. The musicians have fun performing the musical numbers, as each one is written by a different pop/rock artist.

Some of the contributing artists include David Bowie, Panic at the Disco, Sara Bareilles, Yolanda Adams, Plain White T’s and John Legend. The choreography is led by a Broadway favourite, TPS teacher Timothy Ellis.

Turning the Stillwell Theater into Bikini Bottom took creativity, and TPS rose to the challenge. The theater lighting class, led by Brandon Bagwell, builds practical fixtures to transport the audience from sitting in the theater to sitting under the sea, all without getting wet. Another group of students work on puppets, headdresses and costume crafts. Summer Lee Jack leads the students in designing colorful costumes. Another team of students focuses only on accessories. The scenography, directed by Professor TPS and set designer Ming Chen, mimics a beautiful ocean, a nod to TPS’ attention to environmental issues, especially ocean pollution.

Tickets cost between $14 and $20 and are available online at https://ci.ovationtix.com/35355/production/1059676 or by calling Guest Services at 470-578-6650. Please purchase your tickets early as seating is limited.

This event is in-person only and will not be streamed live.