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River Valley Players 

Summer Youth Theatre 

St John's Community Center
1302  Second Street, Henry, Il. 

Directed by 
Robert Eckert &
Christine Gaspardo


Featuring  youth ages 
Kindergarten - Ninth Grade

Performance Dates July 22, 23, & 24. 
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River Valley Players will be plunging under the sea with The SpongeBob Musical: Youth Edition to be presented July 21, 22, and 23, under the direction of Robert Eckert and Christine Gaspardo.

The energy level is high during rehearsals featuring area youth ages 5 through 15 as they dive into the music and choreography. Many are stretching their comfort zones, with a few of them singing and acting for the very first time. The euphoria of this young cast is high, as they are seeing the show come to life.

The musical is based on the television series by Stephen Hellenberg, a book by Kyle J Jarrow, and musical production conceived by Tina Landau; about the citizens of Bikini Bottom who discover a volcano will soon erupt and destroy their home. SpongeBob and his friends must come together to save the undersea world.
Tickets are $20 and available to the public Wednesday, June 21 by calling our box office at 309 - 238 - 7878 or online at

The SpongeBob Musical: Youth Edition 

SpongeBob: Emma Kay Gaspardo

Patrick Star: Taylor Rowe

Sandy Cheeks: Isabelle Knuckey

Squidward J. Tentacles: Bobby Gaspardo

Eugene Krabs: Anna Marie Rinaldo

Pearl Krabs: Bella Hall

Sheldon Plankton: Hayden Meachum

Karen Plankton: Lexi Rowe

Perch Perkins: Chloe Ritter

Mayor of Bikini Bottom: Audrey Chambers

French Narrator: Aubrey Lentz

Larry the Lobster: Jordyn Rowe

Old Lady Jenkins: Trinity Frawley

Electric Skate #1/BFF Letter: Icie Rasmussen

Electric Skate #2/BFF Letter: Raleigh Eakins

Electric Skate #3/BFF Letter: Keira Zack

Sardine #1/Girl Trio: Leah Chambers

Sardine #2/Girl Trio: Layla Koll

Sardine #3/Girl Trio: Laylah Carlton-Boyer

Gary: Stella Rowe

Mrs. Puff: Ryen Pettett

Townfish #1: Olivia Remmel

Townfish #3: Tess Winkler

Cowgirl Fish: Amelia Boyer

Krabby Patty Fish: Miya Pahr

Stage Manager/Town Fish #2: Leaf Rackley

Ensemble: Adelyn Anderson, Darla Anderson, Caitlynn Bell, Ellie Briggs, Caroline Brown, Mason Bruch, Allie Buck, Lynz Dalrymple, Bella Dietsch, Caoimhe Dietsch, Halsey Fallon, Annie Hall, Kalysta Hicks, Avery Holocker, Ella Johnson, Logan Lentz, Ani Lucas, Beau Mogler, Gloria Mogler, Phoenix Rackley, Levi Remmel, Blake Rowe, Charlotte Rys, Oliver Rys

River Valley players is grateful for the support of the Sun Foundation and Illinois Arts Council for partially funding our summer youth arts programs.

At auditions,  each participant will be taught a vocal
excerpt from the show along with a short dance.   After this portion of the audition, they will have the opportunity to read the script for the acting portion of the audition. 
Please wear comfortable shoes and clothes, no flip-flops.   

Please note the rehearsals will be mornings and afternoons until July 14, after that,  they will be evening rehearsals.    
If you have any questions or are needing to schedule 
an alternative audition date please contact 
Robert Eckert  309 253 9295 or 
Christine Gaspardo  309 397  8772

River  Valley Players Youth Theatre is partially funded by The Sun Foundation and  The Illinois Arts Council. 


Plunge into this stunning, 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, the most unexpected hero rises up. “The power of optimism really can save the world!!” 


·       Eugene Krabs (portrays male): The greedy owner of Krusty Krab and employer of SpongeBob and Squidward. While everyone is off panicking about Bikini Bottom’s imminent doom, he decides to strike while the iron is hot, exploiting the fear of his fellow fish to make him even richer.

·       Patrick Star (portrays male: Well-intentioned but lacking common sense skills. A big softy who can be prone to sudden childlike fits of frustration.

·       Sandy Cheeks (portrays female: A brainy and athletic Texan squirrel who came to Bikini Bottom for a research project. She acts as SpongeBob’s most trusted ally on their quest to stop the volcano from erupting, using her vast amount of scientific knowledge and brilliant inventions to aid the mission.

·       Sheldon J. Plankton (portrays male): His personality outweighs his size. Slick, scheming, has the ability to charm, will do anything to get ahead in life, very greedy, but his  heart is always open to rekindle a romance with his wife (needs to dance and rap skills a plus).

·       SpongeBob Squarepants (any gender /portrays male): This actor should have the ability to move well and be an extremely physical actor. Must be naturally funny and have great comedic skills. Strong pop-type singer. 

·       Squidword Q. Tentacles (any gender/portrays male): Grumpy, cynical, dry, generally negative, but lovable. This character must be a strong, tap dancer and comedic timing skills are necessary.

·       Pearl Krabs, Mr. Krabs bratty teenage daughter: This character should have the gospel, vocal overtones.

·       Karen, the computer (portrays female): Glamorous, a robotic wife of Plankton. She’s been there for Plankton’s every scheme and plot and has become jaded – she’s been there and done that. Strong comedic actor as well, singer, and mover. 

Other featured roles:

·       Perch Perkins, The Mayor of Bikini Bottom,   Sardines,   Old Man Jenkins,  Mrs. Puff, 

  Larry the Lobster &     Electric Skates

And an impressive, diverse, multi-talented ensemble of pirates, sardines, tap-dancing squids, hip-hop dancers, lobsters, skateboarders, and more.

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