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Broadway’s Award-Winning Hit “The SpongeBob Musical” Opens December 8 at UMW

November 2, 2023

The University of Montana Western’s Theatre Department and Bank of Commerce Performing Arts Series is excited to present "The SpongeBob Musical" from December 8-17, 2023.

Plunge into this stunning all-singing, all-dancing, dynamic stage show! When the citizens of Bikini Bottom discover that a volcano will soon erupt and destroy their humble home, SpongeBob and his friends must come together to save the fate of their undersea world. With lives hanging in the balance and all hope lost, a most unexpected hero rises up. The power of optimism really can save the world!

“The SpongeBob Musical” is based on the beloved animated series created by Stephen Hillenburg and features a book by Kyle Jarrow, with original songs by Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alexander Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, Lady A, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants and T.I., and songs by David Bowie, Tom Kenny and Andy Paley. Additional lyrics are by Jonathan Coulton, with additional music by Tom Kitt. The musical production was conceived by Tina Landau.

“The purpose of this fun for all ages show is to tell a story about community and the value of togetherness while in the face of calamity. And what better way to do that than assemble a mixed group of thespians! Our cast and crew are comprised of UMW students, faculty, staff, as well as Dillon locals and middle school and high school students,” said Director Stephen Seder.

The creative staff includes professional Music Director Lindsey Nussbaum, Choreographer Megan Chilson, Costume Designer Judy Ulrich, and scenic, light, and media by Daniel Chapman.

Performances will be held on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from December 8 through 17. Shows will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays, and 2:30 p.m. on Sundays in Montana Western’s Beier Auditorium located in Main Hall.

To purchase tickets, please visit the BOC Performing Arts Series Box Office webpage ( Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for senior, youth, and military, and free for UMW students who present their Bulldog Cards.

For more information on the BOC Performing Arts Series, visit or contact Adjunct Assistant Professor of Theatre, Stephen Seder: [email protected] or 406-683-7038.