Carthage professor and theatre alumni unite for children’s musical
Multiple Carthage theatre alumni are participating in “The SpongeBob Musical” at First Stage, a children’s theatre in Milwaukee. Final showings are taking place Friday, March 31 through Sunday, April 2.
Based on the popular television show “SpongeBob SquarePants,” the production is directed by alumni and adjunct faculty member Tommy Novak ’11, M.M. ’20. Prof. Novak received their bachelor’s degree in directing and theatre performance in 2011 and completed their Master of Music in Music Theatre Vocal Pedagogy in 2020 at Carthage.
Prof. Novak has worked at First Stage for ten years, and this is their first time directing a mainstage production for the theatre company. They are thrilled to be part of a show with numerous Carthaginians in the cast. “It’s rare in the theatrical world for this many people from a community to be able to come together for a production, so it’s really special.”
Other Carthage alumni participating in the musical include Bree Beelow ’13, M.M. ’21; Zack Simonini ’12; Mireya Magallon ’20; Rachel Skowronski ’22; Sophie Michalski ’22; and Raven Dockery M.M. ’20, who plays the role of Mrs. Puff. Current student Gabbie Tifft ’23 is also assisting lighting designer Jason Fassl with the production.
“It’s exciting to show Carthage music theatre students the opportunities out there in theatre and make known the alumni working professionally in the area,” says Prof. Novak.
“The SpongeBob Musical” is intended for families with children ages six and up. All members of the Carthage community are encouraged to attend. For more information and tickets, visit the First Stage website.