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‘The SpongeBob Musical’

In April, the Department of Theatre, Film, and Creative Writing tackled one of its most ambitious projects – “The SpongeBob Musical” based on the wildly popular and occasionally subversive animated series.

The challenges were many for the 120 students, faculty, staff, and community members who brought SpongeBob to life, said Darrin Pufall Purdy, director of University Theatre and Costume Design.

They contended with the wavering end of a pandemic, mask mandates, a uniquely demanding production that required building every prop, stage set, and costume from scratch, and the challenge of adding artistry and dimension to well-known pop culture characters. True to the university’s innovative spirit, Boise State was one of the first schools in the country to present the musical.

Pufall Purdy is already looking ahead to the upcoming season, one that will explore the intersection of politics and superstitions, beginning with “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” in October.