After producing Shrek the Musical and Hedwig and the Angry Inch over the summer, Dingbat Theater Project will tackle another large-scale musical: the regional premiere of The SpongeBob Musical.
The world-famous sea sponge and its exotic lineup of aquatic compatriots will take the stage inside the bazaar on Apricot & Lime in December. The musical is based on the 1999 television series Nickelodeon. The musical, which premiered on Broadway in 2017, won twelve Tony nominations, including Best Musical. The show was designed by Tina Landau, with a book by Kyle Jarrow, and original music by a variety of popular musicians including Aerosmith, David Bowie, Cyndi Lauper, Sara Bareilles, John Legend, Panic! At the disco, and others.
The Dingbat production features a multitalented cast of twelve playing several roles similar to their production of Shrek the Musical in May 2021. The cast is made up of a group of four musicians who fill roles in the ensemble. The production is directed by the management team of Brian F. Finnerty, who also choreographs, and Luke Manual McFatrich. They both collaborate on the design of costumes, stages and props. The show is music directed by Michelle Kasanofsky and directed by Gretchen Beaumier.
The citizens of “Bikini Bottom” are led by Jamie Molina as SpongeBob SquarePants, Luke Manual McFatrich as Patrick Star and Noelia Altamirano as Sandy Cheeks. All of them appeared in Shrek’s Company production, and McFatrich portrayed Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch’s Dingbat production. Molina has also appeared locally at the Florida Studio Theater and The Players Center, while Altamirano has been seen in many other local productions.
The professional company is complemented by other Dingbat returns like Amanda Heisey as Squidward Q. Tentacles, Brian F. Finnerty as Mr. Eugene Krabs, Javisha Strong as Ms. Mayor and Gary, and Cory Woomert as as Perch Perkins and Patchy the Pirate. All have appeared in Shrek, Heisey has appeared in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and Finnerty acts as the company’s co-artistic director.
New faces on the Dingbat scene include Christina Capehart as Karen the Computer, Hunter Day as Sheldon J. Plankton, Austin Howeth as Mrs. Puff, Andrew Smiley as Larry the Lobster and Kiley Berkery as that of Pearl Krabs. Capehart has made a name for himself with his numerous performances at the Manatee Performing Arts Center and in the Tampa Bay area, most recently playing Fastrada in Pippin at the MPAC. Day and Smiley have been seen on local stages in The Players Center productions of Head Over Heels and [title of show] respectively. Berkery is a high school student, who was recently seen in John & Jen at the Venice Theater.
The SpongeBob Musical will perform inside the Bazaar on Apricot & Lime (821 Apricot Ave, Sarasota, FL 34237) from December 2 to 19, 2021. Tickets starting at $ 15.00 are available exclusively online at dingbattheatre.org. Dingbat Theater Project participates in #SafeArtsSarasota. Their current COVID-19 protocols can be viewed at dingbattheatre.org/safety.