BY: NALIA OLIVER
Are y’all ready kids? The Upstate Theatre program is holding another play and this time it’s one you all know and love, SpongeBob the Musical. Based on the series by Stephen Hillenburg, this play is fun for all ages and takes you through the crazy and chaotic adventures of SpongeBob and his friends in the Bikini Bottom.
Krischan Taylor, a freshman theatre performance student, is playing the role of SpongeBob’s best friend, Patrick Star.
“I actually took time to study the voice actor, Bill Fagerbakke, who originally did the voice to get inspiration for the vocal performance along with revisiting the show and reminding myself of Patrick’s mannerisms,” Taylor said.
Junior Upstate student, Adreon Clea, is playing multiple roles in the musical; a sea anemone, Plankton’s backup dancer, a girl fish, a pirate, and a teen fan.
“I’ve been preparing for this role by stretching more, constantly practicing the songs and dances, and doing vocal warmups. You can expect a well-rehearsed and fun show,” Clea said.
USC Upstate’s Theatre program has been recognized by people around the world and offers a multitude of opportunities for students interested in pursuing a career in the theatre. Students can gain experience by acting, writing or directing plays, and learning performance skills that they can use after graduating.
“Being a part of the theatre program has impacted me by allowing me to learn new things constantly. I didn't know how to do my own make up before theatre. It's made me more confident as an actor. It's helped me get over my severe stage fright! I do plan on continuing theatre after I graduate,” Clea says.
Taylor encouraged those interested in joining the theatre program to go for it.
“Do it. We have a program of about 30-40 students so you will be able to make amazing connections that will treat you well in the future,” Taylor said. “As long as you have a love for the arts, Upstate theatre will have a place for you."
SpongeBob the Musical performances will be held in the Main Stage Theatre of the Performing Arts Center. Shows will be on March 30th, March 31st, and April 1st, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. There will also be a show on April 2nd, 2023 at 3:00 p.m. General admission will be $10, and admission for faculty, staff, and students will be $5.