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UPCOMING 2023 Musical is……… Sponge Bob Square Pants

“SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical” will be performed in the Nikiski Middle/High School auditorium on April 28 and 29, as well as May 5 and 6.

Director Carla Jenness said Tuesday that the musical appealed because it has some color, fun and silliness — but it also brings “chops.”

The songs in the musical were written by recognizable names including David Bowie, Sara Bareilles, Steven Tyler, Cyndi Lauper, the Plain White T’s and Panic! at the Disco.

Though SpongeBob is of course pretty goofy, Jenness said “it’s a real musical.”

Nikiski’s drama program also boasts strong numbers. Jenness said the cast features around 50 students, with another 10 working stagecraft.

Jenness took the reins of Nikiski’s program two years ago. She said her goal is to make participation accessible to any student, to break down divisions between “a jock” or “a theater kid.” To that end, the first musical she put on was “High School Musical.”

“Which was super obvious — this is the theme of what we’re doing. But that brought a bunch of kids that maybe didn’t think that theater was for them,” she said. “We rolled a basketball hoop onto the stage and were shooting hoops down in the auditorium all semester. It made a different group of kids feel comfortable down there.”

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