Rise Up Performing Arts Brings “The SpongeBob Musical” to the Local Stage
The show’s production team consists of Hallie Thompson, Musical Director; Sam Murray, choreographer, Molly Wanko, principal costume designer, Sarah Grace McCollough, stage manager, Olivia Jones, assistant choreographer and Angie Neal, production manager.
“Really, it’s just for fun. It’s about overcoming your personal fears, supporting each other with love, and building each other up with confidence – just a few simple things that also parallel the core values we teach to Rise Up,” Neal said.
“The SpongeBob Musical” features original songs from many music scene celebrities, including Aerosmith’s Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, Sara Bareilles, John Legend, Panic! At the disco and more. There are songs by David Bowie and Brian Eno, and Tom Kenny and Andy Paley, plus additional lyrics by Jonathan Coulton and additional music by Tom Kitt.
Rise Up Performing Arts is a youth theater organization dedicated to producing theatrical productions while incorporating life lessons. This is the second year that Rise Up has produced a stage production featuring adult talent mixed with young performers ages 8-18.
Rise Up presents a main production each year as well as three to four other junior-style productions, each year. More than 125 young people auditioned for “The SpongeBob Musical”.
Neal said he and his wife, Angie, started Rise Up Performing Arts because they felt there was a need in the area for a year-round program that offered theater arts training. with different levels of education.
Additionally, Rise Up Performing Arts will begin offering a training program starting this summer called the “Triple-Threat Summer Intensive,” July 11-23. This two-week training program will be highlighted by a performance showcase, where the children will put on a show on the second weekend.
Registration for the program is now open online at RiseUpPerformingArts.com.
How to get there
What: “The SpongeBob Musical” presented by Rise Up Performing Arts
When: Four performances at 7 p.m. on April 8 and 9 and at 2 p.m. on April 9 and 10
Or: Sorg Opera House, 63 S. Main St., Middletown
Admission: $15 in advance or at the door. Buy at www.cincyticket.com
More information: RiseUpPerformingArts.com