Kennesaw State University Department of
Theatre and Performance Studies presents
"The SpongeBob Musical"

Directed by Amanda Wansa Morgan
Music Directed by John Michael d’Haviland
Choreographed byTimothy Ellis
Book by Kyle Jarrow
Musical Production conceived by Tina Landau

April 7-17 | $14-$20
Thursday 7:30 p.m.; Friday - Saturday 8 p.m.; Sunday 3 p.m.
Stillwell Theater, KSU Kennesaw Campus

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THE STORY

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The power of optimism really can save the world!

Adapted from the beloved animated series SpongeBob SquarePants, this colorful and vibrant musical is an uplifting tale of overcoming the odds and celebrating the joy of life. SpongeBob and the sea creatures who inhabit Bikini Bottom are confronted with the total annihilation of their world. All hope seems lost, but our unlikely hero saves the day. An affectionate and timely satire of our individual and political foibles that affirms community, teamwork, and trust in one’s full potential. This production is the Atlanta-area premiere.

 

THE STORYTELLERS

  • Amanda Morgan

    Amanda Wansa Morgan is an Atlanta-based music director, composer, director, and actor who serves as Coordinator of Musical Theatre & Associate Professor at Kennesaw State University. At KSU, she teaches classes in musical theatre performance, voice, acting, and musical theatre history and literature. In recent years at KSU, she has directed productions of Ragtime, Heathers, and A Man of No Importance; and music directed productions of The Spitfire Grill, Bring It On and Thumbelina (world premiere). Amanda previously served on faculty at The University of Mississippi and also as Director of Music Education at Charleston Stage. Additionally, she has professionally music directed at The Alliance Theatre, Six Flags Over Georgia, Atlanta Lyric Theatre, Jennie T. Anderson Theatre, Actor’s Express, Synchronicity Theater, Wallace Buice Theatre Company & Buicentennial Productions, Playhouse on the Square, Post Playhouse, and Osceola Center for the Arts. She occasionally serves as a Teaching Artist for The Alliance Theatre, The Atlanta Lyric Theatre, and the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre. 

    Favorite professional Music Direction credits include The Color Purple (2018 Suzi Bass Award for Music Direction, 2018 BroadwayWorld Award in Music Direction), Jesus Christ Superstar, Songs for a New World, Hairspray, Avenue Q, Always Patsy Cline, and The 25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee. As composer, her original musicals have been fully produced at Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, Charleston Stage, Young Harris College, and Kennesaw State University. Amanda has an MFA in Acting from The University of Central Florida and undergraduate degrees in Music and Theatre from The Florida State University. She has also worked as a professional actor throughout the Southeast since 2001 in shows such as Urinetown (Pennywise), The 25th Annual…Bee (Rona Lisa Peretti), Love’s Labours Lost (Princess of France), and Tony & Tina’s Wedding (Tina).  Amanda has a Certificate of Figure Proficiency from Estill Voice Systems and she is an active member of Musical Theatre Educators Alliance (MTEA), currently serving as Secretary to the Executive Committee until 2022. She is also a member of the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC), National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), Dramatist’s Guild, and ASCAP. Amanda is the author of book chapter “Women in CCM (Contemporary Commercial Music) in the Rowan & Littlefield book So You Want to Sing Music by Womenwww.amandawansamorgan.com

  • Amanda Wansa MorganJohn-Michael holds extensive credits as an award-winning Music Director, Vocal Coach, and Conductor. A faculty member and teacher at the Cobb County Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts at Pebblebrook High School, he serves as a repertoire and audition coach, an associate choral director, collaborative pianist and accompanist for the Ballet and Drama classes. John-Michael relocated to Atlanta, in 2014, from Washington, DC. His many theatre credits include — Cabaret (The Keegan Theatre/DC), Caroline, or Change (NextStop Theatre/VA), A Little Night Music (The Arlington Players at Arena Stage/DC), Violet, Into The Woods, Disaster, Baby, Rent (Concert), (Act3 Productions/GA), Altarboyz, (Marietta Theatre Company/GA), Mirandy and Brother Wind (Synchronicity Theatre/GA), Once On This Island, Songs of Cinema, (Atlanta Lyric Theatre/GA).
  • Timothy Ellis

    Timothy Ellis (Choreographer) is in his third year on the Musical Theatre faculty at KSU.  He teaches Private Voice lessons, Acting for Musical Theatre, Musical Theatre Ensemble, and Musical Theatre Dance Workshop.  Tim is also the advisor for Student Musical Theatre Company - who produce their own performances of scenes and cabarets. At KSU, he served as director for The Spitfire Grill and choreographer for Bring It On!  Tim's performance career spans thirty-five years and includes appearances on Broadway (Annie Get Your Gun), National Tours (Best Little Whorehouse..., Show Boat), European tours (Evita), regional stages across the US, on cruise ships, and a Broadway Revue in Hong Kong.  Other director/choreographer credits include Camelot (Atlanta Lyric), Show Boat, A Chorus LineDebbie Does Dallas (Dad's Garage), Beehive (Theatrical Outfit),  West Side Story,  Rocky Horror Show, A Simple Song, and more. 
    A big shout out and thank you to my Assistant Choreographer/Dance Captain, Matthew Weeks! www.timothyellis.com

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COMPOSERS/SONGWRITERS 

 Jonathan Coulton
  • “Bikini Bottom Day” and “Reprise”
  • Works on NPR’s “Ask Me Another”

Plain White T’s

  • “BFF”
  • American rock band from 1997
  • Known for “Hey There Delilah”

Panic at the Disco!

  • “Just a Simple Sponge”
  • Formerly a pop rock band in 2004, currently Brendon Urie’s solo project
  • Known for “I Write Sins Not Tragedies”

Alex Ebert

  • “Daddy Knows Best”
  • Best known for his group Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and song “Home”
 David Bowie and Brian Eno
  • “No Control”
  • The song was originally released in 1995 and performed by Bowie

T.I.

  • “When The Going Gets Tough”
  • Best known for his work as a rapper
  • Has won 3 Grammy awards

Cyndi Lauper

  • ”Hero is My Middle Name”
  • Previously Written for the musical Kinky Boots
  • Second SpongeBob project, cowrote “Secret to the Formula” for The Spongebob Movie Sponge on the Run
  • Known for “Girls Just Want to Have Fun”

THE CAST

Cast of Characters

Spongebob Squarepants
Patrick Star
Sandy Cheeks
Squidward Q. Tentacles
Sheldon J. Plankto
Karen The Computer                    
Brooklyn Norrington
Abby Folds
Jessica Hilliard
Matthew Weeks
Lance Avery Brown
Ceci Delañuez

Ensemble

Mr. Eugene Krabs
Pearl Krabs
Ms.Mayor
Patchy the Pirate
Perch Perkin
Larry The Lobster
Johnny the Bartender
Buster Bluetang
Old Man Jenkins
Mrs. Puff
Foley Artist Fish
The French Narrator
Electric Skates

Sardine Devotees

Sierra Benning
Ra’Mya Aikens
Kayla Green
Ulises Colina
Connor Maguire
Robin Marton
Deshawn Williams
Andrew Hunt
Lauren Campbell
Alisa Milan
Jacob Craig
Jacqueline Springfield
Jenna Livingston
Riley Borst
Nick Gilomen
Coriana Raynor
Eshé Likens
Kee Horton
Jasmyn Francis
Mya Burns

Understudies/Swings

Mitchell Witcher
Spongebob, Squidward, Old Man Jenkins, Perch Perkins
Kamryn Jones
Pearl, Sandy, Plankton
Taylor Mancil
Patrick Star, Karen, Mayor, Mrs. Puff, Mr. Krabs, Ensemble
Christopher Cohorst
Patchy the Pirate, Larry The Lobster, Johnny, Buster, Ensemble

Danielle Montgomery

Electric Skates, Ensemble

CREATIVE TEAM

Director
Choreographer
Music Director
Assistant Director
Assistant Choreographer
Assistant Music Director
Dramaturgs
Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Managers 
Amanda Wansa Morgan
Timothy Ellis
John Michael d’Haviland
Danielle Montgomery
Matt Weeks
JT Butler
Dr. Jim Davis and Katie Nelson
Riley Tagliatela
Eliza Craft and Madeline Conrad
Scenic Designer      
Costume Designer      
Lighting Designer      
Sound Designer & Prod. Sound Engineer  
Projection Designer     
Properties Manager     
Asst. Scenic Designers  
Ming Chen
Summer Jack
Brandon Bagwell
Mikaela Fraser
Milton Cordero
Christopher Dills
Cammie Con, Eliza Craft, Les Valdez, Latia Cunningham-Moore, Christine Giacomo, Michelle Lee, Mackenzie Scales
Asst. Costume Designer
Asst. Lighting Designer
Asst. Sound Designer
Asst. Properties  
Issa Solis
Mackenzie Scales
Jade Roman
Oliver Brooks, Macy Gallagher, Alexia Hughes, Raechel Sigur
Production Manager   
Technical Director     
Costume Shop Manager   
Facilities Manager/ Master Electrician  Lighting Programmer
Scenic Charge     
Trevor Carrier
Daniel Terry
Brittany Johnson
Steven Love
Ben Holmes
Jess Ford

Design Behind the Scenes

Scenic
Designed by Ming Chen

Professor Ming Chen's scenic design was inspired by her research on the ocean floor, coral reefs, and the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Her designs are also informed by the belief that the moral of Spongebob the Musical is that our actions have consequences. The Rube Goldberg machine, named after the influential 20th century cartoonist, in this way, inspired the physical design for the set because it symbolizes a chain reaction.

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Costume
Designed by Summer Lee Jack

SpongeBob the Musical's unique, colorful costume designs are by Professor Summer Lee Jack. As the script specifically calls for stylized designs, as opposed to imitations of the cartoon characters, Professor Jack was inspired by high fashion. Her designs look like they might be seen on a runway. This sort of expression heightens the spectacle of this extraordinary musical full of fictional characters that we love.

 

sandy costume design
sponge bob costume design

Lighting
Designed by Brandon Bagwell

Lighting designer Brandon Bagwell has helped to create a colorful, fun, and fluid world with his design choices. Taking inspiration from sources such as interactions between water & light and rock concerts, the lighting for The SpongeBob Musical is shaping up to be exciting!

Spongebob
Spongebob

Projection
Designed by Milton Cordero

Projection design “is the creation and integration of film, motion graphics, and video technology into the theater, dance, opera, fashion shows, concerts, architecture... You name it!”

production
production

SpongeBob SquarePants debuted on Nickelodeon in 1999.  For the first SpongeBob Ever!--the first five minutes of the pilot episode

Signature SpongeBob Gags

Something that makes the Spongebob cartoon notably unique are its use of gags that aren’t commonly seen in children’s animated shows. Here are a few types that you might recognize:

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“Gross Ups”

Gross Ups are a term coined by one of the show’s creators that refers to still images shown on screen for usually only a couple of seconds at a time, that often reveal an uncomfortably harsh close-up depiction of the characters. This is usually seen in Spongebob in terms of close-ups of body parts or gross food or waste items.

 

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Live Action Moments

The Spongebob cartoon and its spin-off movies are known for using occasional strategically-placed live action characters, most famously Patchy the Pirate who features in some episodes and David Haselhoff’s appearance in The Spongebob Movie. These exemplify Spongebob’s loose relationship with the “fourth wall” as the show isn’t afraid to admit that it is a fictional cartoon universe.

Unrealistic Passage of Time

Out of Place Sound Effects

A recurring joke in the SpongeBob television show is the use of seemingly out of place sound effects. This includes everything from the Wilhelm Scream to real dolphin noises dubbed over and treated like bad language in the SpongeBob universe. The show also created some of its own running audio jokes, such as a deep unidentified male voice screaming “my leg!

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Unrealistic Passage of Time

Even though the exact time that SpongeBob takes place in is rarely mentioned, and the show has never been afraid to show unrealistic things, a running gag in the show is the use of occasional still-image shots of text displaying how much time has passed between scenes. Sometimes it’s realistic units of time like “one hour later” or “the next morning”, but the show has been known to have time skips as long as years or centuries later.

Bikini Atoll

Spongebob Squarepants and his friends are radioactive mutants?

“Bikini Atoll" is a coral island in the Pacific Ocean, consisting of a ring-shaped reef surrounding a 25-mile by 15-mile oval lagoon. The US government started testing nuclear bombs in the area in 1946, just after World War I. There were more than 20 nuclear devices tested at Bikini Atoll and residual radioactivity still remains today at Bikini Atoll.

Fans theorized that Spongebob’s “Bikini Bottom” was based of off the Bikini Atoll and that the creatures who lived there were mutations as a result of the radioactivity from nuclear bomb testing. In 2015, the Spongebob voice actor Tom Kenny confirmed the theory, however he denied the radioactive mutant theory. 

Nevertheless, there are visual choices that seem to confirm the Bikini Atoll theory. For example, Spongebob’s television set looks like the scuba gear that would have been used during the nuclear testing period.

Gary Snail
Under Sea

 

Rehearsal Photos (by Katie Nelson):

The Crew

The Cast

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