The State Fair Community College Theatre Arts program will present the children’s musical “The SpongeBob Musical” at 7 p.m. April 21-23 and April 28-30 and at 2 p.m. April 24 and May 1.

A character dinner theatre will be held at 6 p.m. April 23 and 30. Performances will take place in the Stauffacher Theatre on the Sedalia campus.

The musical is based on Nickelodeon’s number one children’s cartoon series, “SpongeBob SquarePants,” by Stephen Hillenburg from 1999 to 2016.

Kyle Jarrow, award-winning author and musician, wrote the book for Broadway’s “The SpongeBob Musical," for which he received a Tony nomination. Tina Landau developed the musical production of the book.

SFCC’s Theatre Arts program coordinator Ryan P. Mahannah is the director, and Jan Turley is the musical director. Torrie Shelly is the choreography director.

The story finds SpongeBob and the citizens of Bikini Bottom in a struggle to save their undersea world from destruction. When it seems they are losing the battle, an unexpected, optimistic hero comes forward to save the day. Original songs by numerous artists such as Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, David Bowie, and others are a popular feature of the musical.

Tickets can be purchased at or by calling the Box Office at (660) 530-5814 from 2-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Tickets are $5 and seating is reserved.

Tickets for the character dinner and performance on April 23 and 30 are $18.

Seniors over 60 years may get a free ticket to the 2 p.m. performances on April 24 and May 1.

Wheelchair seating is available upon request. For special accommodations, email Mahannah at
SpongeBob SquarePants - Avory Nail, Lexington
Patrick Star - Peter Stevens, Warrensburg
Sandy Cheeks - Ainsley McKellips, Coffeyville, Kansas
Squidward Tentacles - Kaden Green, Sedalia
Sheldon J. Plankton - Braden Miller, Platte City
Karen - Audrey Phillips, Higginsville
Eugene H. Krabs - Quincy Wilson, Oak Grove
Pearl - Annie Henson, Clever
Perch - Walker Schotte, Sedalia
Patchy - Garrett Lampert, Kansas City, Missouri
Old Man Jenkins - Ethan Courter, Knob Noster
Buster - Addie Hunsaker, Sedalia
Larry the Lobster - Tyler Klenschmitt, Trenton
Johnny the Bartender/Gary’s Voice - Carri Macek, Sedalia
Mayor - Kennedy Keele, Sedalia
Mrs. Puff - Sarah Hensel, Provencal, Louisiana
Security Guard 1 - Miranda Duryee, Warrensburg
Security Guard 2 - Taylor Kremer, Loose Creek
Electric Skates - Ethan Courter, Taylor Kremer, Miranda Duryee

Director - Ryan Mahannah, SFCC Theatre Arts program coordinator
Music Direction - Jan Turley, Sedalia
Choreography - Torrie Shelly, Warrensburg
Technical Direction - Tim Wells, SFCC faculty
Assistant Director/Stage Manager - Elise Hawley, Sedalia
Assistant Stage Managers - Bailey Mitchell, Columbia; Payton Lawrence, Norborne
Costume Designers - Kennedy Keele, Annie Henson
Make and Hair Designer - Miranda Duryee
Props Master - Sarah Hensel
Assistant Scene Design/Master Carpenter - Quincy Wilson
Fly Master - Payton Lawrence
Light Board Operator - Levi Norman, Sedalia
Sound Board Operator - Haley Gulley

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State Fair Community College’s Theatre Arts program will perform “The SpongeBob Musical” at 7 p.m. April 21-23 and April 28-30 and at 2 p.m. April 24 and May 1 in Stauffacher Theatre.  A character dinner theatre will be held at 6 p.m. April 23 and 30. SFCC students Avory Nail (SpongeBob) and Ainsley McKellips (Sandy Cheeks) rehearse with the “citizens” of Bikini Bottom.  

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