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The Community Arts Center soon will accept video auditions for its 2021 Student Summer Stock production of “The SpongeBob Musical.”

Directed by Lycoming College theater professor C. Austin Hill (who also directed the 2019 summer production of “Newsies”), the show will explode onto the CAC stage July 30-Aug. 1 (COVID permitting).

"The SpongeBob Musical"“We are incredibly excited to be planning one of the very first productions of ‘The SpongeBob Musical’ in this area – one of the first productions of the show anywhere, really,” Hill said. “On the heels of our production of ‘Newsies’ in 2019, canceling the Student Summer Stock in 2020 was difficult and sad for everyone involved. We thought it would be a great idea to bring the project back with a huge title like this one.

“But even more, we wanted a production that had some important things to say. ‘The SpongeBob Musical!’ feels like it was written in response to all of the things that we’ve all been dealing with throughout 2020 – from the COVID pandemic and shutdown to the important social justice movements – somehow this 2016 show is even more viscerally relevant than it was when it was written. And best of all, it will provide wonderful opportunities for our 7-12th grade actors/singers/dancers. The show is fun, funny, clever, colorful and wildly inventive. It’s the perfect way to spend our summer.”

Auditions are open to everyone in grades 7-12, as Hill is seeking a diverse cast that represents the population of Lycoming and surrounding counties. All auditions will be via video, with callbacks taking place on Zoom. Submissions will be due by May 1 and full instructions will be available shortly on the CAC website. Rehearsals will begin June 1.

Questions may be emailed to Hill.

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