‘The SpongeBob Musical’ on stage at Woodgrove this week | Entertainment

Spring musical season has arrived at Loudoun County’s middle and high schools, and this weekend, one local production will be on stage for the first time in this area.

“The SpongeBob Musical” at Woodgrove High School in Purcellville was selected by the students and their new theater director, Beverly Pruzina.

“This is the first time it has been offered in Virginia and we are excited. We had the right talent pool and they were all open to doing something new,” Pruzina said.

The musical score in the show is “tremendous,” she said, and includes songs by well-known vocal artists such as Cyndi Lauper, David Bowie, John Legend and Steven Tyler.

“We have a pit orchestra performing some difficult music and they are bringing it,” she said. “It sounds fantastic.”

Assisting Pruzina are Choral Director Jessica Morgan and Orchestra Director Samantha Oakley.

The show includes 78 students in the cast, crew and pit orchestra. Playing the main character of SpongeBob is Serena Parrish, a familiar local actor who is planning to pursue professional acting and singing full-time after she graduates in June.

Joining Parrish is Thomas Lewis as Patrick who has a “beautiful tenor voice and his comedic acting is second to none,” Pruzina said. Senior Caroline Jacobson joins the leading cast as Sandy.

“I also want to give a shout out to our ensemble who are truly the heart of the production,” Pruzina said.

The story is about the iconic characters – SpongeBob, Patrick and Sandy – who are faced with a dilemma. Their Bikini Bottom home is about to be obliterated by a volcano and there is fear among the characters. SpongeBob doesn’t want to see Bikini Bottom be destroyed, so they go on an adventure to see what they can do to stop the volcano from erupting.

“The message is you can work together to solve a problem and connect to make a difference in the community where you live,” Pruzina said.

In Pruzina’s new role at Woodgrove, she hopes to encourage more community interest in the theater productions at school and that includes performing more family-friendly shows, such as SpongeBob. Prior to Woodgrove, Pruzina worked at Eagle Ridge Middle School in Ashburn for four years, she said.

“We really want the community to know that we are here with family-friendly shows and we hope to build on that in the future. We want to offer more shows throughout the year that bring in the community,” she said.

“The SpongeBob Musical” is on stage May 4 to 7 at 7 pm and at 2 pm May 7 at the Woodgrove High School auditorium, 36811 Allder School Road in Purcellville. Tickets are available at whsva.booktix.com. For a listing of other area spring shows, check the calendar at Loudountimes.com.


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