The Spongebob Musical

Based on the series by Stephen Hillenburg
Book by Kyle Jarrow
Musical Production Conceived by Tina Landau

Original Songs by Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alex 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, T.I.

And Songs by David Bowie, Tom Kenny & Andy Paley
Additional Lyrics by Jonathan Coulton / Additional Music by Tom Kitt

Nickelodeon, SpongeBob SquarePants, and all related titles, logos and characters are trademarks of Viacom International Inc.

Adapted from the iconic Nickelodeon series! SpongeBob, Patrick, Sandy, Squidward and all of Bikini Bottom face total annihilation—until a most unexpected hero rises to take center stage.

San Diego Premiere of Broadway’s Award-Winning Hit!

February 3 – February 27, 2022
Thursday-Saturday @ 7pm, Sunday @ 2pm

Co-Directed & Choreographed by Marc Caro & Erin Peterson
with Additional Choreography by Morgen Keim-Lopez
Musical Direction by Nina Gilbert


Season Ticket Renewals begin August 23, 2021
New Subscriptions Available October 11


Single Tickets Available November 22

As of July 2022


In alignment with the State of California, which has removed mask and vaccine requirements for indoor events, Coronado Playhouse will not require patrons to provide proof of vaccination or to wear masks while attending shows or events. However, we strongly recommend mask-wearing while at the Playhouse.

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Thank you again for supporting Coronado Playhouse!

The stakes are higher than ever in this dynamic stage musical, as SpongeBob and all 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!

Since its launch in 1999, SpongeBob SquarePants has reigned as the number one kids’ animated series on TV, while generating a universe of beloved characters, theatrical releases, consumer products, and now a Tony award-winning Broadway musical.

The SpongeBob Musical was named Best Musical by the Drama Desk Awards and Outer Critics Circle and earned 12 Tony Award nominations – the most nominated musical of the 2017-2018 theatre season.

While children will delight in recognizing their favorite characters, the musical’s creative team took care to infuse the show with elements specifically targeting adults, including the eclectic musical score. The SpongeBob Musical boasts a rare collection of original tunes written by a slew of today’s top music stars, including John Legend, Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Panic at the Disco and more.


“Adults as well as children are likely to find SpongeBob absorbing.” – The Telegraph

“Effervescent candy for the spirit!” – New York Magazine

“Brilliant” – The New York Times

“The music in the show is…spectacular” – The Daily Beast

“It wants you to have fun. Soak it in.” – Time Out New York

Cast Bios:

COLE ATENCIO (Squidward Q. Tentacles) is ecstatic to be making his Coronado Playhouse debut! His previous roles include The Baker in Into The Woods (Grossmont College), Scuttle in The Little Mermaid (Grossmont College), and Bobby in Urinetown (Helix Charter High). Off stage, he can be found playing music with his colleagues Tyler and Vincent. He would like to thank his mom, friends, and coworkers for being there to lift him up through the past couple years. @musicole19

OLIVER CARO-WILLCOX (Sheldon J. Plankton) was most recently seen in Clue as an (Auxiliary Player) at Coronado Playhouse. Oliver’s other CPH credits include Seussical (General Schmitz), A Chorus Line (Bobby *Aubrey Award Nominee), James and The Giant Peach (Ensemble), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Wig Designer). Other credits include Avenue Q (Rod, Bad Idea Bear) and Grease (Eugene *Aubrey Award Winner) at OnStage Playhouse.

ROBERTO CASTILLO (Perch Perkins/Ensemble) is thrilled to be part of the San Diego premiere of The SpongeBob Musical! His most recent credits include ensemble in Matilda at Coronado Playhouse and Jack in Into the Woods at OB Playhouse (latter cancelled for COVID). He would like to thank his friends for their unending encouragement, and the audience for their continued support of community theater.

GABRIELLA CEBREROS (Ensemble/Dance Captain) is excited to return to the Coronado Playhouse stage for this undersea adventure. Previous appearances include Hot Box Girl in Guys and Dolls (Coronado Playhouse) and ensemble roles in In the Heights (2016), Thoroughly Modern Millie (2015) and Legally Blonde (2014) with UCLA’s HOOLIGAN Theatre Company.

LU GARCIA (Patchy the Pirate/Old Man Jenkins/Ensemble) is very excited to be joining the cast for his first production with Coronado Playhouse. Growing up in Philadelphia, Lu has always had a passion for music and theater, majoring in Classical Guitar at Eastern University. He gives his thanks to his vocal coach, Kimberly Moller, for her expertise and encouragement, Coronado Playhouse for providing this invaluable opportunity, and his three amazing daughters for being a constant support and the driving force for his desire to give back to the world through creating art. 

JOHNNY HAYES (Patrick Star) is beyond excited to return for their second show here at Coronado Playhouse after The World Goes ‘Round (2021). A recent graduate from Wesleyan University, they are eager to help bring live theater safely back to the San Diego community. Other theater credits include The Laramie Project (2019), God’s Ear (2019), Bat Boy (2017), and Spring Awakening (2017).

SYDNEY JOYNER (Sandy Cheeks) is pleased as punch to be back on the Coronado Playhouse stage! Selected credits: Riff Raff in The Rocky Horror Show (OB Playhouse), Sister Chantelle in Bare: A Pop Opera (Coronado Playhouse), Joan in Fun Home (Patio Playhouse), and Joanie in The Full Monty (San Diego Musical Theater). Sydney would like to thank the entire SpongeSquad, her parents, siblings, and all the loved ones in her life for their continued love and support.

GIOVANNA MARS (Mrs. Puff/Ensemble) is ecstatic to be back on stage for the first time since the pandemic as Mrs. Puff in The SpongeBob the Musical! This is her first show on the Coronado Playhouse stage, after years of attendance and aspiration to be on their stage. She was last seen as Grandma Helene in Freaky Friday: The Musical at Young Actor’s Theatre. Giovanna is working towards becoming an actor on film, recently performing in the “1996 Film” as leading lady Julie Odell. She’d like to thank the entire production team and her supportive loved ones for pushing her to do her best!

ALAN RAMOS (Larry The Lobster/Ensemble) is a local San Diego actor and is excited to be in his first production at Coronado Playhouse! His performance experience includes Ram Sweeney in Heathers the Musical, Miss Trunchbull in Matilda the Musical, and The Narrator in Puffs by Matt Cox. He’d like to thank his family, friends, and girlfriend for being so supportive and loving.

LAUREN REAL Y VASQUEZ (Pearl Krabs) is thrilled to be playing Pearl Krabs in The SpongeBob Musical! This is her first show in eight years and is so happy to be back on stage. Lauren is a graduate from The Berklee College of Music! She wants to thank Coronado Playhouse for being so welcoming and her family for their endless support!

WILLIAM RICKMAN (French Narrator/Foley) joined the world of community theater in 2010. Utilizing a background in Art, Graphics, Landscape Architecture, Environmental Design, and Construction have led to opportunities contributing in a variety of production disciplines, both on stage and behind the scenes. His theatre experience includes performing, set and prop design, set construction, live Foley work, technical assistance, box office, concessions, and house manager duties. Past credits include Coronado Playhouse:The Comedy of Errors (2021); Pickwick Players: Disney’s Freaky Friday-the Musical (2020), Treasure
(2019), Jill Costanzo Production: A Hillbilly Shack and a Couple of Nuns (premier production 2018), La Jolla Theatre Ensemble’s A Christmas Carol-A Classic Radio Play (2016), and Point Loma Playhouse’s The Complete History of Theater abridged (2016). William is also an avid hiker, involved with local not-for-profit organizations, art, cartooning, photography, and volunteering.

JANA RUSSICK (The Mayor/Gary/Ensemble) is ecstatic to be journeying to Bikini Bottom for her first show at Coronado Playhouse. Some of her favorite past roles include Shelly in Evil Dead (10th Ave Arts), Kira in Xanadu (Young Actors Theatre), Margot in Legally Blonde (Star Rep Escondido), Torrey in Freaky Friday (Pickwick Players), and Marianne in Tartuffe (Point Loma Nazarene University). Off stage Jana is a freelance costume designer, writer, and podcaster (DCOM Divas podcast) who can often be found thrift shopping in Hillcrest. Jana dedicates this show to her soulmate, best friend, and occasional acting coach Christian who always supports her theater dreams.

ALYSSA RENAE SALACUP (Karen the Computer) is extremely exited to grace Coronado Playhouse’s stage once again with such a dedicated and fun group of artists! She is also thrilled to be starting the new year the best way one can: bringing passion and love for live theatre! You may have last seen her in the remount of The Rocky Horror Show at OB Playhouse this past fall. Other honorable mentions include: Dogfight (Ensemble), Heathers the Musical (Veronica), Love, Sex, and the IRS (Connie), and James and the Giant Peach (Ensemble) with SDCC, GCC, and Coronado Playhouse. She hopes you enjoy the show & continue to have a safe year supporting the arts!

SUSAN SHELTON (Ensemble) is making her Coronado playhouse debut in The SpongeBob Musical. She graduated from AMDA college and conservatory of the performing arts just before the pandemic and is thrilled to finally be performing again.

FRED STRACK (Eugene H. Krabs) is thrilled to be performing in his first musical at Coronado Playhouse. He has recently performed at the playhouse in Clue (Mr. Green), Alice in Wonderland (White Rabbit) at Grossmont College and Les Miserables (Enjolras) with CYC Theater. Other credits include Hairspray (Link Larkin), Beauty and the Beast (Lumiere), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (VP Panch), and The Crucible (Reverend Parris) with SDJT.

KYLER WAITLEY (SpongeBob SquarePants) is very excited to be back performing at Coronado Playhouse. Some of his previous credits include: Gabe (Next To Normal), Peter (Bare: A Pop Opera), Bernstein (Dogfight), and Voice 3 (35 MM). Kyler would like to thank Teri Ang for giving him this once in a lifetime opportunity, Marc and Erin for all of their guidance, this amazing cast for being such a great family, as well as his voice coach, the divine Leigh Scarritt, for everything she has done and continues to do for him. “If you believe in yourself, and with a tiny pinch of magic, all your dreams can come true” – SpongeBob SquarePants.

Production Bios:

MARC CARO (Director) is a San Diego native actor, director, and choreographer. Directorial credits: Vanities the Musical (CPH), The Wiz (VSPA). Choreographic credits: She Loves Me (SRT), Mamma Mia! (CPH), Reefer Madness (OB Playhouse), Newsies, Tuck Everlasting, Seussical the Musical (SDJT), The Wizard of Oz, Willy Wonka (YAT). Performance credits include: Shockheaded Peter (Cygnet), Supers (Cygnet), She Loves Me (SRT), La Posada Magica (Hispanic Arts Theatre) and numerous productions at CPH. Marc is a teaching artist at San Diego Junior Theatre as well as choreographer of the show choir program at Helix Charter High School. He has previously worked as a dance teacher at The New Conservatory Theatre of San Francisco and currently serves as the vice-president of the Board of Directors at Coronado Playhouse.

ERIN PETERSON (Director) was a Resident Artist and Education Program Manager for Intrepid Theatre for over a decade. Acting credits include Honey (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf), Perdita (A Winter’s Tale), Hero (Much Ado), Juliet (Romeo & Juliet), Lady Macbeth (Macbeth). Other credits include Skinless, HickoryDickory andTen Cent Night, All My Sons, An Enemy of the People. When not on stage, Erin enjoys working as a director, choreographer, and teaching artist.

NINA GILBERT ​(Music Director)’s background ranges from Kenya (Peace Corps), where she directed her students in ​You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown​, to Carnegie Hall (Associate Conductor, New York Choral Society), to Boston (Education Director, Boston Lyric Opera). In San Diego since 2016, Nina has music-directed ​Avenue Q​ (New Village Arts), The Fantasticks​ (Point Loma Playhouse), and Dogfight and Matilda for CPH. Nina has offered NPR music commentaries and lectured on the history and science of chocolate. She serves as music director for the Congregational Church of La Jolla. Her degrees are from Princeton, Indiana, and Stanford.

KEVIN “BLAX” BURROUGHS (Lighting Designer) is a performer, director, choreographer, and lighting designer. He has worked with companies all over San Diego. Directorial Credits: Songs…New World, Carrie, Next To Normal & others. Choreographer Credits: Little Shop of Horrors, In The Heights, Legally Blonde, James…Giant Peach, Matilda, The Addams Family, and others. Performance Credits: Armand/Once On This Island, Multiple Roles/Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Benny/In The Heights, Seaweed/Hairspray, Judas/Jesus Christ Superstar, Enjolras/Les Miserables, and others. Lighting Design Credits: Songs…New World, The Addams Family, Matilda, Next To Normal, The Little Mermaid, Carrie and others. Co-Founder of Teatro San Diego. Instagram: @kevinblaxburroughs @teatrosandiego

ALYSSA HAYDEN (Stage Manager) is thrilled to be the Stage Manager for SpongeBob the Musical at Coronado Playhouse! This is her first time working with this company and is very grateful and excited to be a part of such an amazing show! Her past stage management credits include Heathers the Musical, She Kills Monsters, and Metamorphoses. She would like to thank her family, friends, and boyfriend for supporting her through her stage management career. She also wants to give a huge shoutout to the cast and crew of Spongebob for their amazing hard work and dedication to make this show possible!

CYNTHIA BLOODGOOD (Scenic Designer) is a Technical Direction MFA candidate at San Diego State University and a graduate from BYU with a degree in Technical Theatre and Design.  She designs lighting and scenery and is a technical theater educator for youth.  Her work includes collaborations with San Diego Junior Theater, the School of Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA), and Canyon Crest Academy.  She is also a freelance carpenter, painter, and stage electrician. She sends love to her family.

NANCY HOWE (Costume Designer) is excited to design costumes for Coronado Playhouse for the first time. Previously, she could be found costuming for Pickwick Players with her costume partner, Rebekah. Together, they’ve designed a range of shows, from Aladdin, Jr to Freaky Friday. Thanks to Coronado Playhouse for the opportunity to participate, and thanks to the cast for their patience and enthusiasm. Love to Guy, Lorelei, and Griffin.

REBEKAH PAYNE (Costume Designer)is excited to join the production team at Coronado Playhouse for the first time. Together with Nancy Howe, recent projects for Pickwick Players include: Freaky FridayAladdin Jr.A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play (Aubrey Nominated), as well as Footloose, Alice in Wonderland, and The Diary of Anne Frank. Rebekah is a graduate of FIDM Los Angeles who loves fashion and history and has been sewing since the age of 10. She would like to thank family and friends for their amazing support and encouragement!

BLAKE McCARTY (Production Manager) is a multidisciplinary artist whose original work includes large-scale immersive projects, new musicals, devised theatre, and documentary plays. He is a two-time recipient of Outstanding Projection Design from the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle and his work has been developed or commissioned by La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, California Center for the Arts, Cygnet Theatre, New Village Arts, New York Theatre Barn, and New York University. He currently serves as the Production Manager for Coronado Playhouse and the Director of Artistic Development for Blindspot Collective.

Press images from Ken Jacques

Ticket Pricing:

SINGLE TICKETS: Thursday $24, Friday $27, Saturday $30, Sunday $27.

Children $12.50 each performance. Active Military, Student & Senior Discounts. Great Group Rates.

Group discounts available for parties of 8 or more. (Pricing will automatically adjust when 8 or more Adult Tickets are purchased together. Group rates only apply to adult ticket pricing).

For questions, call the Box Office (619) 435-4856 or email

Special Events:

There are no special events currently scheduled for this production.

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