Barstow welcomes Patrick Star, a picky princess and a pair of fishy friends to the stage in 2023-2024. Director of Theatre Bob Kohler announced the lower, middle and upper school musical selections in May.
Upper school students will present "The SpongeBob Musical," October 19, 20 and 21, under the guest direction of Jason Chanos, associate artistic director of the KCRep. Chanos has an MFA from UMKC and was a professor at Pepperdine University before returning to Kansas City in 2015. He is also the director of the KCRep's beloved holiday production of "A Christmas Carol."
The middle school musical is "Once Upon a Mattress: Youth Edition" Jan. 18-20, 2024. The beloved musical, designed for young performers. Winifred the Woebegone is just a simple swamp princess looking to win the heart of Prince Dauntless. But can she pass the impossible test in store for her?
Whodunit? Based on the iconic 1985 movie which inspired the classic board game, this year's upper school play is "Clue: On Stage (High School Edition), Feb. 22, 23 and 24." The tale begins at a remote mansion, where six mysterious guests — Wadsworth the butler, Miss Scarlet, Professor Plum, Mrs. White, Mr. Green, Mrs. Peacock and Colonel Mustard — assemble for an unusual dinner party.
The lower school musical is "Finding Nemo KIDS," April 18-19, 2024. It's about the adventures of an lost clownfish and his forgetful, but optimistic friend, Dory.