Is Hero Your Middle Name?
April 14 - 23, 2023
At the Florence Events Center
The stakes are higher than ever in this dynamic stage musical, as SpongeBob and all of the creatures of Bikini Bottom face the total annihilation of their undersea world. Chaos erupts. Lives hang in the balance. And just when all hope seems lost, a most unexpected hero rises up and takes center stage. The power of optimism really can save the world!
Not familiar with the stage version?
The SpongeBob Musical is based on the beloved and well-known animated series, but it is NOT performed with "mascot style" costuming and is actually quite different than the cartoon. It is an uplifting and upbeat show with a lot of heart and humor. The themes include unlikely heroism, friendship, pushing past boundaries, diversity and acceptance, and small town pride. Plus!!! This amazing musical features a contemporary Broadway score with original songs by:
Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith
Alexander Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
The Flaming Lips
Panic! At the Disco
Plain White T’s
They Might Be Giants and T.I.
Tom Kenny and Andy Paley
For a taste of the musical, CLICK HERE.
The Original Broadway Cast
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Audition Dates: Auditions will be held January 9 & 10, 2023 at 6:30 PM. Invited callbacks will be held on January 11. 2023 at 6:30 PM. Auditions will be at C.R.O.W. Center for the Performing Arts: 3120 Hwy 101 in Florence.
**Note: It is not necessary to attend both days of the initial audition.
"Telegrammer" Hopefuls (ages 4-6) should arrive promptly at 6:30 either day. You will sing a short song for us first, and then be excused. Visit our FAQ page or scroll down for information on the role of "Telegrammers."
Performance Dates: April 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, & 23 & Livestream option. TWO weekends!
Rehearsals Begin: January 23
Approximate Main Cast Size: 35 - Not every person who auditions will be cast. Be prepared to "wow" us!
PLEASE READ ALL OF THIS INFORMATION CAREFULLY!
Mainstage Musical Auditions are open to all youth - ages 7 - 21+. Telegrammers can also audition for this show (ages 4-7).
No experience is required to participate in a C.R.O.W. show!
For a list of available roles, please see character breakdown (below).
Participants should prepare a short song (about 1 minute, or about 16-32 bars). Please bring sheet music, or your music as an instrumental track (no background vocals) on an MP3 player, phone, iPod, etc. We will provide an aux cord to plug your device into our speaker. If you wish to bring your own small speaker, connected to your device, you may. Song should reflect your best vocal abilities and be "themed" like the songs from the show. We do not recommend auditioning with a song from the show. If you have questions, feel free to email email@example.com for advice on your audition prep. We are here to help you!
Please bring water in a closed container with a tightly fitting lid.
There will be a short dance audition for some performers. You will sing for us first, and then may be asked to wait to learn the dance. Please wear or bring shoes/clothes you can move in.
We are sorry, but parents and guests may NOT observe the audition. It is closed to all except those auditioning for a role and members of the production team.
If you are given a callback slip, you should return on January 11th at 6:30. If not, you will be notified if you are cast/not cast by EMAIL. Even if you don't receive a callback slip, you may receive a role in the show.
Participating in a C.R.O.W. show is a definite commitment. It is important that you are aware of our expectations PRIOR to auditioning:
Rehearsals begin January 23 and are held evenings approx. 6:30 pm to 8:45 pm. Sometimes rehearsals run late, but we try not to! Casting will be announced by EMAIL. NOT EVERY CAST MEMBER IS CALLED FOR EVERY REHEARSAL. We try hard to release cast members when they are no longer needed, and don't call them in unless we plan to use them.
A mandatory meeting will be held on January 23. All cast members and a parent/guardian MUST attend this meeting to participate in the show. Your child can NOT participate if you do not attend this meeting!
All cast members MUST attend all required rehearsals and shows. Participation in this production means that you are putting it first, above all other extra-curricular activities such as sports, choir, band, etc. Unless you are ill or have had a family emergency, you MUST be there if you are called. A complete rehearsal schedule will be provided at first meeting. You may not "just be late on Tuesdays" for example, unless a specific exception has been made by the production team. Ask us if you have questions.
Public Performance Dates: April 14 at 7 pm, 15 at 7 pm, and 16 at 2 pm and April 21 at 7 pm, 22 at 7 pm, and 23 at 2 pm. Outreach performances are April 13 at approx. 9 am and 12. There are 6 public shows and two outreach shows. We are planning to livestream this show for those who cannot or do not wish to attend a live performance in the theatre. No rehearsals may be missed during tech week for any reason.
Cast members who do not practice their songs, dances, and lines at home may be removed from the production.
There is no cost to participate in the show. If cast, you will be responsible for providing your own hair accessories, footwear, stage make-up, and undergarments.
There are limited roles available. Unfortunately, not every child who auditions will be cast in our show. Our educational philosophy stems from the concept that hard work=reward. Think of it like a job interview…there are only so many jobs available...and if you want to beat out the competition, you must show us your best!
Cast member families must help by A) volunteering in one or more areas and B) participating in the show fundraiser. In order to provide this show at no cost to you, we do require volunteer time and your concentrated effort on a fundraiser. Details are provided at first meeting. Our non-profit C.R.O.W. organization is like a family, and we ask everyone to please do their part!
For general audition tips, CLICK HERE. If you have never auditioned for us, you should read them!
To read C.R.O.W.'s FAQ's, CLICK HERE.
The SpongeBob Musical
Eugene Krabs - (Range: B2-Bb4) The greedy owner of the Krusty Krab, and employer of SpongeBob and Squidward. While everyone is off panicking about Bikini Bottom's imminent doom, he decides to strike the iron while it's hot and puts on a huge "apocalypse sale" at his restaurant, exploiting the fear of his fellow fish to make him even richer.
Patrick Star - (Range: Bb2-Bb4) SpongeBob's simple-minded starfish friend and an unlikely hero. He may be dumb and lazy on the outside, but inside, he just wants someone to listen to what he has to say. He becomes a sort of deity and leader of the Sardines, who beg to hear his every word. Must have excellent comic timing.
Sandy Cheeks - (Range: A3-E5) A brainy and athletic Texan squirrel who came to Bikini Bottom for a research project. She acts as SpongeBob's most trusted ally on their quest to stop the volcano from erupting, using her vast amount of scientific knowledge and brilliant inventions to aid the mission. Quirky, energetic, and cute.
Sheldon J. Plankton - (Range: B2-G#4) The scheming owner of the Chum Bucket who has big plans for world domination. He uses the Mount Humongous disaster to his advantage by convincing everyone to leave Bikini Bottom and settle into a new town, where he'll tyrannically take them over as their new Evil Overlord. But they don't know that, of course.
SpongeBob SquarePants - (Range: C3-B4) Everyone's favorite yellow sponge, and the hero of our story. Bright, cheery, and always optimistic, SpongeBob knows how to maintain a positive attitude, even when a deadly volcano threatens to destroy his beloved town. Must be a triple threat, and extremely likeable. Must have great body awareness and able to do a wide variety of stage physicality.
Squidward Q. Tentacles - (Range: A2-F#4) SpongeBob and Patrick's cranky, clarinet-playing neighbor. He has a very gloomy outlook on life, believing the world’s “a horrible place filled with fear, suffering, and despair", but nonetheless, he dreams of becoming a famous stage star for the sake of his late mother, and is willing to do just about anything to achieve his big break. This performer will wear fake "tentacle" legs, and must be comfortable with wearing a legs attachment throughout rehearsals and performances. In a perfect world, this performer can tap dance, but it is not mandatory.
Pearl Krabs - (Range:Bb3-F#5) Mr. Krabs' adopted teenage daughter who is a whale. Even though her father spoils her silly, she deeply detests his greed and wants him to prioritize his family, not his profits. She's also a huge fan of the famous rock band the Electric Skates, and eventually plans to run away with them after she's had enough of her dad's neglect. Must be a skilled vocalist with a strong belt.
Karen the Computer - (Range: G#3-F#5) A waterproof supercomputer who is Plankton's snarky sidekick and wife. She aids her husband in his plot to take everything over after realizing that his evil plan is putting the spark back into their relationship. Karen is sassy and sarcastic!
Mrs. Puff - SpongeBob's teacher at Boating School, an underwater school where students learn to drive boats like cars. She slowly evolves into a drunken wreck as she drinks more kelp juice.
Patchy the Pirate - (Range: D3-F4 (F5 falsetto)) The Pirate President of the SpongeBob fan club. Eager to see his idol star in his very own Broadway musical, Patchy sets up his own little VIP seat right in front of the stage, before getting booted out by security guards. He constantly tries sneaking his way back into the theater throughout the majority of the show. Looking for an actor with tremendous comic timing and the ability to command an audience. Must be a strong vocalist, have strong Improv skills, and able to affect pirate speech and physicality.
Perch Perkins - (Range: E2-E4) The head news anchor of Bikini Bottom News. He keeps everyone up-to-date on the current state of their doomed hometown. Deep voice and sings opening stanza of "No Control."
The Electric Skates - A famous rock band who's hired to perform at the Bikini Bottom benefit concert. Stereotypical "rock stars" with cool dude attitudes and speech. They're known to rock out while zipping across the stage on skateboards and roller skates, hence the name. In a perfect world, these performers will know how to roller-skate, ride a hoverboard, or rollerblade!
Larry the Lobster - A muscular dim-witted lobster who spends most of his time "getting his claws swole." He eventually becomes the Mayor's bodyguard.
The French Narrator - traditional cartoon-esque voice-over. A very funny featured role.
The Mayor of Bikini Bottom - (Range: F#4-B5) The overbearing Mayor of Bikini Bottom. She claims that everything is under control as the apocalypse draws nearer, but it's pretty clear that she has absolutely no idea what to do... so she decides to become a dictator.
Old Man Jenkins - A cranky old man fish who leads an angry mob against Sandy for being a land creature. Must be a very good comedian, and able to seize the hilarious moments in this funny featured role.
ENSEMBLE (These are some of the possible roles and characters):
Hip-Hop Dancers / Featured Dancers
Angry Mob Fish
Sardines (Patrick Star's Fan Club)
Electric Skates Fans
Blacklight Sponges (will wear all black and create stage pictures with sponge props)
Jellyfish Wranglers (will wear all black and manipulate large jellyfish umbrella props)
Mt. Humongous Wranglers (will wear all black and move large rolling set pieces to represent the erupting volcano)
Gary the Snail (may be a puppet with a voiceover or may be a teeny actor in a costume TBD)
Johnny the Bartender
Pirates - we are open to the idea of including a few C.R.O.W. adults in these roles. Talk to us if you're interested!
Various Sea Creatures and Aquatic Characters of Bikini Bottom
The Conductor (hands props on and off stage from the pit)
Foley Fish (creates sound effects live onstage)
& More TBD!!!
TELEGRAMMERS - An opportunity for our youngest performers (ages 4-7) to dip their toes into the water without the full commitment of the mainstage musical. Telegrammers perform a short song/dance before Act One and Act Two, and deliver "telegrams" (handwritten personal messages to cast/crew members) during Pre-Show and Intermission. The rehearsal schedule for Telegrammers is reduced to only one night per week, with the exception of tech week.
If you have questions, feel free to email Melanie Heard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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