The musical ‘SpongeBob’ on stage at two Bay Area schools

Musical productions centered on the world’s most famous sponge are coming to two schools in Bay Are.

“The SpongeBob Musical” is slated for January 28 through February 5 at Clear Springs High School in League City and January 28 through February 6 at Friendswood High School in Friendswood.

The 2017 award-winning Broadway musical is based on Nickelodeon TV’s hit animated comedy “SpongeBob SquarePants,” a wacky look at life under the sea created by marine science educator Stephen Hillenberg.

“It’s incredibly fun and family-friendly,” said FHS Theater Manager Kathy Powdrell. “It’s also a witty allegory that children will enjoy, and adults will be able to read between the lines and extract even more of the musical’s message.”

“It’s fun and not too heavy,” said CSHS theater manager Mark Stonebarger. “In a world full of heavyweights, kids still love watching the TV show today.”

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“The SpongeBob Musical” will be performing at two Bay Area schools from January 28 through February 5.

Clear Springs High School Production

When: 7 p.m. Friday to Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday from January 28 to February 5

Or: 501 Palomino Lane, League City, TX 77573

Admission: $12-$16

Information: 281-284-1300

Friendswood High School Production

Or: Myrlene Kennedy Auditorium, Friendswood High School, 702 Greenbriar Drive, Friendswood, TX 77546

When: 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday January 28-30; 7 p.m. from Thursday to Saturday February 3 to 5, 2:30 p.m. on Sunday February 6.

Admission: $15; Tickets can be purchased the day of the show at the door in cash or through Friendswood Performing Arts Etix, at

Information: 281-996-6516

In Clear Springs, the show is full of energy, Stonebarger said, noting that its star, Ryan Hoxie, is a former basketball player.

“Luckily our Spongebob is in great shape,” he said. “This guy is built like a gymnast.”

Other residents of Bikini Bottom are Jayden Strawn, Alex Reyes, Grace Chauvin, Ben Sandoval, Carson Campbell, Andie Rodriguez, Helena Byerman, Alex Fletcher, Jordan Tobias, Caleb Morris, Nick Delcid, Chris Kovich, and Kyleigh Jackson.

Electric skates are represented by Sophia Guillory, Lia Nelson, Taylor Pleasant, Atsuko Price and Leyla Ruiz.

The show’s narrator, who says “Ah, the sea…”, is Ayden Moreno.

Foley Fish is played by Mahlijah Harry and Miray Tadres.

Twenty additional students embody a chorus of city fish, sea anemones, sponges, sardines and pirates.

In collaboration with Stonebarger, the show’s director, assistant director and choreographer Rozie Curtis and producer/music director Rob Phillips, who also designed and edited the programme.

Technical Director is Madison Martin, assisted by Heather Cuney.

Ethan Martin is the stage manager, assisted by Alyssa Blanco and Cole Prouty.

The business manager is Jada Rodrigues; the dance captain is Baileigh Martin.

Sound design is by Dylan Patman, with costumes designed by Rozie Curtis and Sonia Martin.

Costume assistants are: Hiro Otani, Carol Napier, Ryan Prouty, Ana Sanchez, Patty Hammer, Sarah Chauvin, Nikki Scheer, Alex Byerman, Stacy Strawn, Paige Martin, Christine Kovich, Nicole Morris, Angie Campbell and Rebecca Nepomnichy.

Rozie Curtis and Kasey Strickler designed wigs and makeup.

Trent Martin and Bryan Byerman built the set, along with students in technical theater classes.

Tech Team students include: Madeline Guillory, Dylan Patman, Stephen Cupitt, Peyton Hair, Timothy Owen, Vanessa Clark, Robert Jones, Brianna Parker, Connor Stelly, Jadyn Calvan, Jeremy LaCount, Reagan Rives, Elena Cruz, Tia Case , Olivia Benson, Kyle Waddell, Callia Haines and Aaron Fultz.

The show at CSHS wraps up a month of Clear Creek ISD high school musicals, said Sydney Hunt, senior district communications specialist.

Earlier in January, the Clear Creek High comedians performed “The Addams Family: A New Musical Comedy”; Clear Falls High performed “High School Musical”; and Clear Lake presented “The Pajama Game”.

Friendswood High School

“We are interrupting this program…”

Fans can also catch a performance of “The SpongeBob Musical” at Friendswood High School, where second Jimmy Perry leads the cast as SpongeBob SquarePants.

Maris Morgan plays Sandy Cheek, the iconic “scientist squirrel”, with Grant Newman as Patrick Star and Luke Johnstone as Eugene Krabs.

Connor Adams, a junior, portrays Squidward Q. Tentacles – “and yes, he will have four legs,” Powdrell said.

Sheldon J. Plankton is played by Jon Sims senior and his wife Karen is played by Ashley Campbell senior.

Other cast members include Mia Killian, Hayden Hobbs, Justin Paulder, Abilyse Caudle, and Dagan Ray.

“The tech team is hard at work creating the underwater world of Bikini Bottom,” Powdrell said.

Student members of the team include Coy White as head of set construction and James Nelsoto as sound engineer, and Nathan Turnbaugh is lightweight crew chief, assisted by junior Jason Enochs.

The head of the costume team is Maddie Schatzke.

The screenings are directed by senior Max Bischoff.

The pit band is led by sound artists Andrew Krebs and Taylor Wiederhold, who perform a variety of sound effects.

“The show examines and critiques modern-era politics and features an eclectic score of music, each song composed by a different musical artist, with the aim of recreating the type of musical mishmash that was exhibited by the television series original,” Poudrell said.

As SpongeBob says, “I’m ready!”

Don Maines is a freelance writer who can be contacted at [email protected]