Schaumburg’s summer theater causes a stir with ‘SpongeBob Musical’


The Schaumburg Summer Theater presents the award-winning Broadway musical ‘The SpongeBob Musical’ for three more performances August 5-7 at the Al Larson Prairie Center for the Arts, 201 Schaumburg Court, Schaumburg.

Based on the Nickelodeon animated series created by Stephen Hillenburg, “The SpongeBob Musical” finds SpongeBob, Patrick, Sandy, Squidward and all of Bikini Bottom facing the destruction of their underwater world, until a most unexpected hero rises to take center stage.

“The SpongeBob Musical” is Schaumburg Summer Theater’s (SST) 32nd production and marks the company’s renewal after a three-year hiatus due to the COVID pandemic.

By turns visually stunning and hilarious, director Melissa Crabtree says the series also delivers an uplifting message.

“Our goal as a company during this production has been to find and spread joy,” Crabtree said. “The show encourages the same, reminding us that hope, positivity and courage have the power to change the world.”

For Rolling Meadows’ Joshua Dizon, playing SpongeBob is a “dream come true. ‘SpongeBob’ was my favorite show growing up. Being in the role lets me act like a little kid again,” Dizon said. . “The character’s optimism is something that has definitely rubbed off on me over the past few weeks.”

Dominic Anthony of Hoffman Estates as Patrick and Gurnee resident Courtney San Pedro as Sandy also feature in the musical. Chicago’s Matthew Schufreider plays the hapless Squidward, Palatine’s Tim Eterno plays Mr. Krabs, Palatine’s John Delany portrays Plankton, and Bloomingdale’s Aneesa Phillips plays Pearl.


        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

A cast of sea creatures, backed by a 17-piece orchestra, includes Algonquin’s Sam Albrecht; Fae Logan and Vienna Loga of Barrington; Russell Levin of Elgin; Jules Furgal of Elmwood Park; Samantha Knapp, Anthony Luzwick, Vincent Luzwick, Natalia Morales and Marcus Pallan, residents of Hoffman Estates; Lilith Myers of Lake in the Hills; Lombard’s Owen Peterson; Claire Jolie Goodman and Micki Smolenski of Mount Prospect; Megan Smid and Sawyer Hauk of Naperville; Bob DiLeo of the Palatine; Hailey Benoit of Roselle; Paige Zapinski of Schaumburg; and Kailianna Smith of Wood Dale.

“The SpongeBob Musical” is directed by Melissa Crabtree, with vocal direction by Sarah Inendino, orchestral direction by Vinny Inendino, costumes by Donica Seminaro, set design by Phil Seifritz, lighting design by John Scrip and production. audio design by Austin Meyer. Mike Frale is the assistant director.

“The SpongeBob Musical” features a book by Kyle Jarrow, with original songs by Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler & Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alexander Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, Lady A, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants and TI, and songs by David Bowie, Tom Kenny and Andy Paley.

Additional lyrics are by Jonathan Coulton, with additional music by Tom Kitt.

Weekend two performances for “The SpongeBob Musical” will be at 7 p.m. on August 5 and 6, with a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. on August 7.

Tickets, $24 for adults and $18 for students and seniors, can be ordered by calling the Prairie Center box office at (847) 895-3600 weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or by visiting www.prairiecenter.org.

Nickelodeon, SpongeBob SquarePants and all related titles, logos and characters are trademarks of Viacom International Inc. “The SpongeBob Musical” is presented under special agreement with Concord Theatricals, www.concordtheatricals.com

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