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Bikini Bottom citizens will take center stage at Newberg High School Nov. 10-12, 17-19

PMG PHOTO: GARY ALLEN - NHS thespians rehearsed for "The SpongeBob Musical" in anticipation of the Nov. 10 unveiling of the popular play.

SpongeBob SquarePants and friends will soon be swimming over to Newberg High School.

Starting Thursday, catch them in the theater department's rendition of the acclaimed Broadway production of "The SpongeBob Musical." The play, which features actors ranging from fourth grade to seniors in high school, follows the beloved Bikini Bottom residents as they struggle to work together to save their town from destruction.

"A good message for any town at any time," theater director Mike McConaughey said via email, describing the musical as a "fun, family friendly" show.

Last year, the theater department targeted an older demographic with a production of "Mama Mia."PMG PHOTO: GARY ALLEN - The play, which features actors ranging from fourth grade to seniors in high school, follows the Bikini Bottom residents as they struggle to work together to save their town from destruction.

"This year, we have a larger group of younger students and getting to do a show like this is a lot of fun and great experience," McConaughey said. "This show does have some great themes and outstanding and crazy music, so we are having a fun time."

Altogether, around 85 students are involved in the musical, with roughly 20 working as technicians and a dozen as pit musicians.

"This show also allows for a huge level of creativity from our technical department," McConaughey said. "The scenic and prop world of Bikini Bottom don't exist in our scene shop, so we have made most things from scratch. It is a great learning experience for our tech students."

Additionally, the high school's sewing class helped with costuming and the robotics department created a Gary the Snail robot, which members will control throughout the play. PMG PHOTO: GARY ALLEN - The play offers a "good message for any town at any time," theater director Mike McConaughey said.

Performances take place at 7 p.m. Nov. 10-12 and 17-19, with a 1 p.m. matinee Nov. 12 in the Drea Ferguson Auditorium. Tickets range from $10 to $12 and can be reserved at http://bit.ly/3FWKjW5 or purchased at the door.


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