SpongeBob The Musical

Alex Schmidt, Digital Editor

The SpongeBob Musical will be taking place on April 28 and 29 at 7 pm, and April 30 at 4 pm. The tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students. You purchase these tickets at utica.ludus.com, tickets can be bought at the door.

“I work in tech crew, helping with the tech stuff. I chose to audition because I was in the last play and enjoyed it very much, so I’d like to join again,” junior Brooklyn Coleman said.

Between the tech crew and cast members, this musical will be full of Utica High students.

“The musical is about SpongeBob SquarePants, a typical sea sponge journeying out with his friends to help stop the volcano from erupting to save Bikini Bottom,” senior Ashlynn Gazaway said.

This will be the first musical but the second after-school drama of the school year.

“It is challenging working on so many technical elements for this show. It has a lot of properties, sound effects, special effects, and projections. The scenery is a challenge because the set needs to be minimalistic but interesting to suggest a water sea world. Costumes must suggest characters but may not copy the cartoon characters from the show due to copyright law,” teacher Joel Kaczmarcyz said. “I have always felt great about the casting decisions made. We take great time and care to find the right actor who needs to be the best fit for each and every part to contribute to the success of the production. When you have the right actor playing each part, directing them becomes much easier because they have already demonstrated a good understanding of the character to play the part naturally. I hope they will be excited to see a fresh musical (SpongeBob is very new) and enjoy the high-energy performance.”

Not only will the drama teacher be teaching but the choir teacher as well.

“The show is The SpongeBob Musical and follows the classic characters through a catastrophe of the city. The show is a huge commitment and takes a lot of hard work, as does every show to be successful. I’m looking forward to the show and am having a good time working as a tech and as the French Narrator. I’m sad that it’s my last show but proud to have come this far,” senior Em Phillips said.

All of the members are excited and eager to get this show on the road.

“The musical is about SpongeBob and Bikini Bottom, it will include dancing, singing, and acting. The musical is in spring and I really enjoy working on it. I’m excited to see how the play turns out,” junior Marissa Gillespie said.