Monday, June 04, 2018

'SpongeBob Musical' Tony Nominee Ethan Slater to Be Honored at Broadway Beacon Awards

The non-profit educational organization Inside Broadway will honor Tony Award-nominated SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical star Ethan Slater at its annual Broadway Beacon Awards Gala, set to take place June 25 at the JW Marriott Essex House!


Each year the Broadway Beacon Awards are presented to individuals who advocate for live theatre and the positive impact it has on young people—not only as audience members, but as participants in arts education programs in New York City’s public schools.

Tony nominee for Best Lead Actor in a Musical, Ethan Slater is currently making his Broadway debut in the World Premiere of SpongeBob SquarePants the Musical. For this performance he has also received: 2018 Outer Critics Circle Award, 2018 Theatre World Award, 2018 Drama Desk Awards, Broadway.com Awards for Favorite Leading Actor in a Musical and Favorite Breakthrough Performance (Male). Other credits: Diner (DTC, dir. Kathleen Marshall); Off Broadway: Baghdaddy (St. Luke's), PEMDAS (59E59), Claudio-Quest (NYMF); film: Lightning Bugs in a Jar (Cannes 2015), EVOL; web series: Redheads Anonymous, New Mayor of New York. Vassar graduate and member of OYL.

Honored alongside Slater will be The Band’s Visit lead producer Orin Wolf, Kenneth G. Alberstadt and Alexandra Kambouris Alberstadt.

The gala evening will feature a performance from the Broadway cast of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, as well as students from P.S. 97 in Brooklyn, who participate in Inside Broadway’s educational programs. Baruch Shemtov will host the evening.

Inside Broadway, established by Michael Presser in 1982 in cooperation with The Shubert Organization, today reaches over 70,000 New York City students in over 100 public schools each year. Their programs include an annual Equity musical production that tours to schools as well as a wide range of educational programs that allow participants to interact with professionals in the field and experience theatre hands-on in the classroom. For more information on Inside Broadway, please visit www.InsideBroadway.org. Programs of Inside Broadway are funded by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, New York City Council, New York City Department of Education, and numerous foundations and individuals. The non-profit organization brings Broadway to young audiences through a student ticket program, Broadway show study guides, educational videos about the behind-the-scenes operations at a Broadway theatre and 50-minute versions of classic Broadway musicals. Visit InsideBroadway.org.

Congrats Ethan! :)

SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical is now playing at the Palace Theatre (1564 Broadway at West 47th Street). For full information, reviews and tickets, visit http://spongebobbroadway.com.

SpongeBob SquarePants - The New Musical Original Cast Recording is available to purchase today at https://spongebobmusical.lnk.to/SpongebobMusicalRecording.

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More Nick: 'SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical' Nominated For 12 Awards In The 72nd Annual Tony Awards!

Sources: Playbill, Broadway World.
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'SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical' Soaks Up Six Wins At 2018 Drama Desk Awards

Nickelodeon's smash hit SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical was the big winner of the 2018 Drama Desk Awards, earning six wins at the June 3 ceremony hosted by Michael Urie at Town Hall in New York City, including Outstanding Musical and Outstanding Director of a Musical for Tina Landau!


The show, based on Nickelodeon's beloved animated series, also received wins for two of its performers: title player Ethan Slater and featured actor Gavin Lee (Squidward Q. Tentacles).

Below is a list of awards SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical picked up at the 63rd Annual Drama Desk Awards. A full list of 63rd Annual Drama Desk Awards winners can be found at Playbill.com.

Outstanding Musical
SpongeBob SquarePants

Outstanding Actor in a Musical
Ethan Slater, SpongeBob SquarePants

Outstanding Director of a Musical
Tina Landau, SpongeBob SquarePants

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
Gavin Lee, SpongeBob SquarePants

Outstanding Set Design for a Musical
David Zinn, SpongeBob SquarePants

Outstanding Wig and Hair
Charles G. LaPointe, SpongeBob SquarePants

Check out the acceptance speeches and reactions from the cast and crew below!:

Tina Landau, winner for Outstanding Director of a Musical for SpongeBob SquarePants:
“[I thank] my cast, my heroes for always being game. … This award is a recognition about what our show’s about and what we hold dear as a production the power of community … the need for joy in our lives always and now more than ever.”

In the press room: “I didn’t think we were going to get nominated for any awards at all. Period. Across the board. I just thought we weren’t that kind of show with that stamp of approval. So the first thing that shocked me were the reviews when we opened and the second thing was this wave of awards. It’s all icing on the cake because I’m so proud of this show, I’m so proud of what happens in that theatre every night with our audiences. I didn’t expect any of this, wasn’t wanting it, wasn’t hoping for it and what a surprise and how wonderful.”

Charles G. LaPointe, winner for Outstanding Wig and Hair for SpongeBob SquarePants:
“Thank you very much Drama Desks for recognizing our category and what we do. I get to work with my friends every single day. … I want to especially thank Tom Watson for teaching me to do what I do.”

Gavin Lee, winner for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical for SpongeBob SquarePants:
“Oh my God I’m so excited. … SpongeBob SquarePants on Broadway, who’d have thought. I had the same reaction you did when I first got my audition but boy was I wrong. It’s just the best show on Broadway to watch and to be in. We have the happiest family over at the Palace Theatre and it all starts with Tina Landau; she truly is the best leader of a company I’ve ever had. I also finally get to dance Chris Gattelli choreography. … Thank you so much Drama Desks, this is fantastic.

Ethan Slater, winner for Outstanding Actor in a Musical for SpongeBob SquarePants:
“I’m thoroughly blown away. … I think this show became something more than it had any right to be at the beginning and that’s because each step of the way we just tried to make it the best we possibly could. At the Palace Theatre I have some of the best friends. … Lilli Cooper and Danny Skinner, we get to save the world every night and that is an utter privilege.”

Later in the press room: “The first thing I did was text Danny because he’s been texting me, 'Do you know who won?' We’re freaking out via text at the moment. That feel particularly good because we’ve poured a lot of energy and positivity and creativity into this show that could be way less than what it is, and I think we’ve created something surprising and special and it’s an acknowledgment of the work of the whole company, not the individuals doing it, but the way we worked together and that’s what the show’s about.”

Susan Vargo, winner for Outstanding Musical for SpongeBob SquarePants:
“Before any of you people asked why we wanted to do this, we asked ourselves how and then we found the incomparable Tina Landau. Every human who has come in contact with our show has brought an open mind and an open heart and every inch of optimism they had.”


A huge congratulations to the cast and crew of SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical! :)

Make sure to tune into The View on Tuesday, June 5 at 11am ET/PT for a special performance of "(Just A) Simple Sponge"!

In additional news:

- Ethan Slater was really named Favorite Leading Actor In A Musical and Favorite Breakthrough Performance at the 2018 Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards!:

YTV in Canada to Debut 'Star Falls' in September 2018

Corus Entertainment today announced during its 2018 Usfront that YTV will premiere the brand-new live-action series Star Falls in September 2018!


Created by George Doty IV (iCarly, Victorious, Drake & Josh, Max & Shred, Scooby Doo and the Loch Ness Monster), Star Falls centers on Sophia, a strong-willed teen who persuades a Hollywood movie star and his family to live in her house while he shoots a movie in town, all with the hopes of setting him up with her mom. But the star’s three kids find their new rural life is a drastic change from the L.A. lifestyle they’re accustomed to. Everyone’s lives are hilariously turned upside down as the kids struggle to help their parents find love and adjust to what could be their new life. Co-produced by Nickelodeon and YTV, season one of Star Falls features twenty 30-minute episodes. Star Falls was filmed in Canada by Breakthrough Entertainment during summer 2017.


Below is Corus' official show description for Star Falls:

"Star Falls is a single camera family comedy set in an idyllic small town. The show revolves around a mom and daughter who are best friends, but whose lives are upended when a big Hollywood movie shoots in their quaint town and the daughter schemes to create a romance between her mom and the film’s superstar male lead. Only the daughter’s plan works a little too well and suddenly she’s forced to share a house with not only the actor, but his three celebrity children as well!"


In the series premiere, "The Celebrity Setup" (#101), when Sophia rescues the dog of Hollywood star Craig Brooks, she seizes the opportunity to set her mom up with him. When that doesn't work, she takes things a step further and has the star and his three kids move in with them!


Star Falls stars Siena Agudong (Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn, Alex & Me) as Sophia Miller, Kamaia Fairburn (Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B) as Diamond Brooks, Tomaso Sanelli (The Passenger) as Nate Rex, Jadiel Dowlin (Annedroids) as Phoenix Brooks and Marcus Cornwall as Bo Brooks.



Star Falls made its world premiere on Nickelodeon USA on Saturday 31st March 2018, and is currently rolling out onto Nickelodeon channels around the world.

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Nickelodeon and Nelvana Partner for New Animated Preschool Series 'Corn & Peg'

Nickelodeon has partnered with the Canadian animation company Nelvana for a brand-new animated preschool series, titled Corn & Peg!


Do Gooders Unite! Saddle up for the hilarious adventures of Corn & Peg – the dynamic duo of doing good! These inseparable best friends, a young uniCORN and PEGasus, share an unbridled excitement and enthusiasm to help make their community of Galloping Grove a better place! And holy hay bales, it’s pretty amazing what practicing kindness can lead to! Along the way these steeds of good deeds also explore a school readiness curriculum with things like colors, math, directions, heath & wellness and emotional intelligence. So gallop into the world of Corn & Peg for some irresistible DO-GOODERY!

Produced by Nelvana in association with Nickelodeon, the Canadian Original is slated to debut on Treehouse later this year. Season one of Corn & Peg will feature 40 × 11-minute episodes.


Corn & Peg is based on a animated Nickelodeon Preschool short of the same name made in 2015. In the short, the role of CORN was voiced by Colin Critchley (Nickelodeon's Legends of the Hidden Temple TV movie):

Corn & Peg will feature episodes written by Anthony Artibello (Max & Ruby) and Ethan Banville.

According to Ava Close's resume on IMDbPro listing, the actor voices two characters on Corn & Peg, Principal and Clarissa, under the direction of Sean Jeffrey, however, it is currently unknown whether the credit refers to the original pilot episode or the series.

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Additional source: Kidscreen.
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Nickelodeon Central And Eastern Europe To Premiere 'Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie' On Sunday 8th July 2018

NICKELODEON’S HEY ARNOLD! THE JUNGLE MOVIE

PREMIERES SUNDAY 8TH JULY 2018 ON NICKELODEON CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE


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Arnold finally gets answers about the whereabouts of his missing parents in the highly anticipated, brand-new Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie, premiering Sunday 8th July 2018 at 11:40 (CET) on Nickelodeon Central and Eastern Europe! Featuring a storyline picking up where the original TV series ended in the episode "The Journal", Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie follows the kids on the field trip of a lifetime, where Arnold and his friends embark on a quest to achieve his dream of finding his missing parents.

Co-written and executive produced by the TV series’ original creator Craig Bartlett, the US-English dub of Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie features original voice cast members Francesca Marie Smith (The Prince of Egypt) as Helga and Anndi McAfee (Tom and Jerry: The Movie) as Phoebe, alongside dynamic new voice talent Mason Vale Cotton (Mad Men) as Arnold and Benjamin “Lil’ P-Nut” Flores, Jr. (Game Shakers) as Gerald.

Lane Toran (original voice of Arnold) and Jamil Walker Smith (original voice of Gerald) are also amongst the returning cast members, lending their voices as Che and Paulo, two members of the boat crew in San Lorenzo. Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2) stars as resident villain, Lasombra.


To celebrate Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie, Gyerek-Vilag recently got the fantastic chance to interview Craig Bartlett. You can read their super interview here!


Viewers can visit the Hey Arnold! Facebook page and Instagram, and follow Nickelodeon Hungary and Nickelodeon Romania on Facebook to get a look at Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie. Fans can also visit nickelodeon.hu to watch full-length episodes of Hé, Arnold!.


Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie made its world premiere on Friday 24th November 2017 on Nickelodeon USA, and is expected to roll out on Nickelodeon channels and programming blocks globally in the first half of 2018. The movie was released on DVD in the USA (Region 1) on Tuesday 13th February 2018.

Nickelodeon Central and Eastern Europe is broadcast in Romania, Croatia, Bulgaria, Serbia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Moldova, Malta, Montenegro, Ukraine, Slovenia, Estonia, Lithuania, and Latvia, and is broadcast with English, Romanian, Croatian, Bulgarian, Serbian, Czech, Hungarian, Slovenian, Russian, Polish, Estonian, Lithuanian and Latvian soundtracks.

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Originally published: Monday, May 4, 2018.

Original source: Gyerek-Vilag.
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Poland Bans 'The Loud House' Episodes Featuring Harold And Howard McBride

Following the homosexuality-in-children controversy in Africa over the last couple of years, which resulted in the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) "banning" several children's television shows, including Nickelodeon's The Loud House, The Legend of Korra and Hey Arnold! as they ridiculously ruled that the shows 'promoted homosexuality' last year, and Nickelodeon Africa being forced to censor The Loud House episode “Overnight Success”, in which Lincoln's best friend Clyde is dropped off for a sleepover by his two dads, Harold and Howard McBride, a year earlier, another country has decided to follow suit - Poland.


When the Polish conservative group Ordo Iuris - which is sort of a Polish equivalent of One Million Moms - found out that The Loud House (locally titled Harmidom) was portraying a family with two dads in a positive light, they applied to the Krajowej Rady Radiofonii i Telewizji, Poland's National Broadcasting Council (KRRiT) for a response, claiming that the series was corrupting family values. Ordo Iuris argued that portraying homosexuality in a positive light went against Article 18 of the Konstytucji RP, the Constitution of the Republic of Poland, which states that a "marriage, being a union of a man and a woman, as well as the family, motherhood and parenthood, shall be placed under the protection and care of the Republic of Poland". Ordo Iuris also argued that The Loud House contravened article 18 of Poland's radio and television broadcasting act, which states that "programmes or other broadcasts shall respect the religious beliefs of viewers/listeners, particularly the Christian system of values".

Unfortunately, Ordo Iuris' arguments against The Loud House were successful, resulting in the Krajowej Rady Radiofonii i Telewizji asking Nickelodeon Polska to 'avoid the broadcast of materials presenting a family model contrary to the model that is protected in Poland', barring Nickelodeon Polska from airing any episodes of The Loud House featuring Harold and Howard McBride.

H/T: ToonZone Forums /@RandomMe; Additional source: Google Translate.
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Viacom Announces Leadership Transition at Nickelodeon Group

Original Viacom Inc. Press Release via Business Wire:

Viacom Announces Leadership Transition at Nickelodeon Group


Cyma Zarghami to Step Down as President


Sarah Levy to Lead Nickelodeon on Interim Basis as Search Process Commences


June 04, 2018 02:10 PM Eastern Daylight Time


Cyma Zarghami (Credit: Justin Stephens Photography)

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA) today announced that Cyma Zarghami is stepping down as President of Nickelodeon Group after more than thirty years with the network. While Viacom conducts a comprehensive search for a successor to lead Nickelodeon, Sarah Levy, Chief Operating Officer of Viacom Media Networks, will lead the brand on an interim basis.

“Over the course of her career, Cyma has played an integral role in growing Nickelodeon into the dominant force in kids’ entertainment. Her instincts for creating content and experiences that kids love have been vital to the brand’s success around the world,” said Bob Bakish, President and CEO of Viacom. “Looking to the future, we are excited to build on this strong foundation as we continue to evolve the business and connect with young audiences in new and innovative ways. I want to extend my deepest gratitude to Cyma for her leadership and wish her every success.”

During the transition, Levy will work closely with Nickelodeon’s leadership team to manage the brand’s operations. Their focus will be to successfully launch Nickelodeon’s largest-ever content pipeline of more than 800 new episodes and accelerate the brand’s push into new and next-generation viewing platforms, film, live experiences and consumer products.

Zarghami joined Nickelodeon in 1985 and was named its President in 2006. Under her leadership, Nickelodeon has become a leading global brand for kids, spanning linear and multiplatform programming, film, live experiences and consumer products. Along the way, Zarghami recruited and cultivated high-performing, diverse talent that always reflected the next generation of kids, and the brand continues to attract the industry’s leading creatives and personalities. Today, Nickelodeon has the highest share of total viewing in kids’ television.

About Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon, now in its 39th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, digital, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in more than 90 million households and has been the number-one-rated kids’ basic cable network for 22 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB).

About Viacom

Viacom is home to premier global media brands that create compelling entertainment content - including television programs, motion pictures, short-form content, games, consumer products, podcasts, live events and social media experiences – for audiences in 183 countries. Viacom's media networks, including Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., MTV, BET, Comedy Central, Paramount Network, VH1, TV Land, CMT, Logo, Channel 5 (UK), Telefe (Argentina), Colors (India) and Paramount Channel, reach approximately 4.3 billion cumulative television subscribers worldwide. Paramount Pictures is a major global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment. Paramount Television develops, finances and produces original programming for television and digital platforms.

For more information about Viacom and its businesses, visit www.viacom.com. Keep up with Viacom news by following Viacom's blog at blog.viacom.com and Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/viacom.

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NickALive! wishes Cyma Zarghami all the best in her future endeavours.

Here are Bakish’s internal memos to the Nickelodeon and Viacom staffs:

The Loud House Theme Song is Changing?!? | #MusicMonday | Nickelodeon

The Loud House theme song is going through some… changes. Like randomly speeding up, slowing down, disappearing, reappearing, and other unusual stuff. I'm not quite sure what's going on! ๐ŸŽถ Watch this video to see what I'm talking about. Tell me what your favorite version is in the comments below! Catch more of The Loud House on Nickelodeon!



Which Loud House theme was YOUR favorite?! ๐Ÿก

More Nickelodeon: Nickelodeon USA's June 2018 Premiere Highlights!
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Henry "Hart" Throb ๐Ÿ’– Sweetest Moments | Henry Danger | Nickelodeon

Not only does Kid Danger (Jace Norman) fight crime, he also happens to be the sweetest superhero sidekick in Swellview! Try not to fall for him (even more than you already have) with some of his sweetest moments, and then stick around for a special Bonus Clip at the end! Catch more Henry Danger on Nickelodeon!



LOVE the Valentine’s Day limo scene with Babe from Game Shakers?! ๐Ÿ’ž Check out the entire clip here: http://nickalive.blogspot.com/2018/02/jace-norman-cree-cicchinos-valentines.html

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How to Make a Magical Mermaid Braid ๐ŸงœStyle Files Hair Tutorial | Sunny Day | Nick Jr.

It’s time to get styling with Sunny Day’s Style Files! Parents, get your kids ready for a day at the beach, and learn how Sunny makes a magical mermaid braid by watching this hair tutorial! All you’ll need is a hairbrush, a spray bottle filled with water, and some hair elastics to get your kids ready for the summer sun. Once you’ve gathered all the hair supplies you’ll need, follow along with the hairstyling instructions to learn how to braid your child’s hair in a few easy steps. Watch the full video for tips and pointers on how to complete this summer hairstyle. Soon, your little mermaid’s hair will look just like cartoon characters Sunny, Rox, and Blair from the animated TV series, Sunny Day. For more DIY hair tutorial video clips, visit the FREE Nick Jr. App or go to NickJr.com. You’ll also find Sunny Day full episodes, games, and a collection of kids’ songs!



Kids can watch their favorite Nick Jr. shows weekdays on Nickelodeon and all week long on the Nick Jr. channel: http://nickjr.com/tvschedule/

Preschoolers can watch full episodes online, play games, and discover silly surprises at NickJr.com and in the free Nick Jr. App: iTunes | Google Play | Amazon.

Stream Nick Jr. for free in the Nick Jr. App on Roku and Apple TV or download full episodes for offline viewing on iTunes or Google Play

You can also download premium apps featuring your child's favorite Nick Jr. shows on iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon.

Draw and Play: iPhone | iPad | Google Play: Phone / Tablet | Amazon

Nick Jr. Let’s Learn: iPhone | iPad

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Victorious | Jade Dumps Beck | Nickelodeon UK

Jade (Elizabeth Gillies) decides to dump Beck (Avan Jogia) in the school hallway, but not before pulling Tori (Victoria Justice) into the drama.



Watch more Victorious and Cat & Sam on Nickelodeon and Nick@Nite!

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The Loud House | Master of Convincing | Nickelodeon UK

Lincoln does his very best to convince his parents that they should buy him a ticket to go and see Smooch.



Watch more The Loud House on Nickelodeon!

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JoJo Siwa is Going to Slimefest ๐Ÿ’š, BTS w/ Jack Griffo, DIY Crafts & More! | #WinYourWeek | Nickelodeon

Win another week with Nickelodeon’s tips for slimy festival style, BFF character mashups for Best Friends Day, and mesmerizing edible glitter treats! Plus, Owen Joyner (Knight Squad) reads a joke from one of our awesome YouTube fans, and Jack Griffo (The Thundermans) clowns around on the set of Knight Squad!



Which Nick BFF duo is YOUR favorite?! Cast your vote in the comments on YouTube and check back next week to find out the results! ๐Ÿ‘ซ๐Ÿ‘ญ๐Ÿ‘ฌ

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Kally's Mashup | Batalha de bandas | Nickelodeon Brasil

Assista ร  Kally's Mashup de segunda a sexta, ร s 19h!



Mais: http://mundonick.uol.com.br/programas/kallys-mashup/bin4jl

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Planet Nickelodeon Video Round-Up | NickTube | Monday 4th June 2018

Check out a selection of video clips featuring your favourite Nickelodeon shows and stars from Nickelodeon channels around the world!

'Mr. Krabs' Tells Saint James, MD Graduates: Follow Your Passion

Actor Clancy Brown, best known as the voice of Mr. Krabs on Nickelodeon's hit animated series SpongeBob SquarePants, surprised Saint James School's Class of 2018 on Sunday when, near the end of his keynote speech, he switched to Mr. Krabs voice!


Many graduates couldn't help but burst into grins and laughter.

Then Brown asked them to sing a chorus of "Class of 18" after every line he sang from a version of the iconic SpongeBob SquarePants theme song, rewritten for the occasion.

"Who's listened and studied and written and read?," Brown sang in Krabs' voice.

"With big ol' ideas knockin' round in your head?"

"If this speech being over is something you wish,"

"Then drop on the deck and flop like a fish."

Brown reminded the audience that this graduating class doesn't know a world without the animated show SpongeBob SquarePants, which made its debut in 1999.

The Rev. D. Stuart Dunnan, the headmaster, said he invited his friend and St. Albans School graduating classmate to give the commencement address because Brown exemplifies the value of a liberal-arts education. Brown is hasn't been corrupted by his success, Dunnan said.

In addition to his voice work for SpongeBob, Thor: Ragnarok, and various video games, Brown was in the films The Shawshank Redemption, Starship Troopers and Highlander.

Brown, who recently saw his daughter graduate from college, talked about the hopes, dreams and academic accolades parents wish for their children.

Those thoughts assuage parents' fears and anxiety over the "unknowable future" for their children, he told the graduates.

"I'm sure my parents had no idea that I would be making funny voices for the rest of my life," Brown said.

He encouraged graduates to explore their options and find their passion in life.

Referring to their education at Saint James in Maryland, Brown said, "You have the tools now to do that."

Alexia Tiches, 18, of Hagerstown has some exploring to do.

The daughter of Charles and Tess Tiches told the Herald-Mail Media that she's planning to study English at Kenyon College in Ohio, but has varied interests, so she hasn't decided on a major yet.

Thinking of the moment, Alexia said she is "happy to leave, but also sad at the same time because I've been here for five years."

"I guess I'm feeling loved, which is, like, kind of corny but it's true," she said.

Tiches was one of 44 graduates from the private, co-ed, Episcopalian boarding school south of Hagerstown. Thirteen grads were from the local area, mostly from Washington County.

Eric Fishkin, 18, the son of David and Judy Fishkin, said he's "grown a lot as a person here." The Hagerstown resident said he'll miss friends and relationships he made at Saint James the most.

Joseph George, 18, of Williamsport, plans to pursue a pre-med track at Davidson College in North Carolina. He wants to be a doctor, perhaps a flight surgeon.

Whether he also joins the military might depend on his medical eligibility, said Joseph, the son of Joe and Catherine Ann George.

George had open-heart surgery about two years ago to address a birth defect.

"The community just surrounded me and really helped me through it," he said.

Congrats Class of 2018! :)

Watch SpongeBob SquarePants on Nickelodeon and Nicktoons, and get your tickets for Nickelodeon's critically acclaimed SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical at SpongeBobBroadway.com!

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