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NTPA Repertory Announces Cast for The Spongebob Musical

The award-winning North Texas Performing Arts Repertory Theatre is proud to announce their cast for The Spongebob Musical, part of the Plano Summer Musical Series, performing July 15-24 at the Rodenbaugh Theatre at Willow Bend Center of the Arts.

Dive under the sea to the world of Bikini Bottom to see SpongeBob, Patrick and more hit the stage in this new musical based on the popular cartoon. Stakes are higher than ever before as SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face the total annihilation of their undersea world. Chaos erupts. Lives hang in the balance. And just when all hope seems lost, a most unexpected hero rises up and takes center stage. Get ready to dive to all-new depths of theatrical innovation at SpongeBob SquarePants, where the power of optimism really can save the world!

The Spongebob Musical features music from superstar songwriters.

The Spongebob Musical was nominated for 12 Tony Awards and features original songs by superstar songwriters including Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alexander Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants, T.I., David Bowie, Tom Kenny and Andy Paley. 

The amazing creative team includes direction by Daniel Dean Miranda, choreography by Leah Flores and music direction by Sophia Garcia.  

Miranda says the show pulls at the heartstrings of actors and audiences alike. “SpongeBob has been a huge part of my life,” says Miranda. “I have been watching it since it premiered in 1999. My first car was a powder blue Jeep Grand Cherokee, and it was decked out in SpongeBob gear. Not only is it nostalgic, but it also touches on many topics that need to be talked about, in a fun and colorful way! If you haven’t seen this show, you have to make sure to watch our production. Not only will it make you smile and laugh, but it will also touch your heart!”

The cast includes the return of NTPA Repertory’s Summer Stock actors, most recently seen in Legally Blonde the Musical that performed to sold out audiences last month, as well as veteran actors that are back to share the magic of The Spongebob Musical. BFF duo SpongeBob SquarePants is played by Connor Bailey and Patrick Star by AJ DePetris. Sandy is played by Noelle Saul, Eugene Krabs by Johnathan Seiders, Plankton by Caleb Dean, and Squidward Tentacles by Nicole Kimbrell. The cast is rounded out by Benjamin Sims, Titan Carlman, Austin Hines, Elliot Koch, Dalton Walker, Jessica Vanek, Fernanda Schoening Velez, Cammi Collins, Leah Flores, Bailey Lund, Marissa Ovenshire, and Devin Johnson.

The Spongebob Musical performs July 15-24 in the Rodenbaugh Theatre at Willow Bend Center of the Arts, 6121 W. Park Blvd. B216, Plano, TX 75093. Matinees are at 2:30 pm and evening performances are at 8 pm. Tickets start at $20 with premium seating available at $30. Discounts available for groups of 15 or more.

For full performance dates and tickets go to ntparep.org.

Nickelodeon ™ THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL | Based on the series by Stephen Hillenburg | Book by Kyle Jarrow | Original Songs by Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara

Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants, T.I. | And Songs by David Bowie, Tom Kenny & Andy Paley | Additional Lyrics by Jonathan Coulton | Additional Music by Tom Kitt | Musical Production Conceived by Tina Landau | Nickelodeon, SpongeBob SquarePants, and all related titles, logos and characters are trademarks of Viacom International Inc.

About North Texas Performing Arts

North Texas Performing Arts (NTPA) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to developing the character of youth through quality performing arts education and family entertainment. NTPA evolved from Plano Children’s Theatre founded three decades ago and is now the largest youth theatre organization in the country. NTPA is headquartered at Willow Bend Center of the Arts in Plano and has additional performance and educational spaces in Fairview, Frisco, and Dallas. Each year NTPA provides opportunities to more than 11,000 students ages three to 18 through its “Ten Characters” leadership development program. NTPA’s professional artistic staff uses theatre, dance, music, voice, film and TV to ignite a lifelong passion for the performing arts and guide young people on a path to becoming better citizens in our community and our world. 

About North Texas Performing Arts Repertory Theatre

North Texas Performing Arts Repertory Theatre is the professional adult theatre company within the 501(c)3 non-profit North Texas Performing Arts family of theatres. The mission of the NTPA Repertory Theatre is to deliver professional-quality theatrical entertainment that inspires audiences and empowers artists from Broadway to the ‘Burbs. NTPA Repertory was named the 2019 Best Adult Theatre Company of Plano.

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