Riverland Community College, which halted its theater performances for the last 18 months, returns with “The SpongeBob Musical” Oct. 13-17.

The performance, based on the decades-long “SpongeBob SquarePants” cartoon on Nickelodeon, follows the series’ main characters -- SpongeBob SquarePants, Squidward, Patrick, Sandy, Plankton, Mr. Krabs -- through a threat to their underwater city.

Not to worry -- the power of optimism will, apparently, save the undersea community.

“We are thrilled to be back performing live in our theater, and “The SpongeBob Musical” felt like the perfect show to kick off our season,” said director Lindsey Duos Williams. “It’s an uplifting story about friendship and how important it is to take care of each other in our communities.”

The musical features original songs by solo artists Sara Bareilles and Cyndi Lauper, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, and more. Tickets are $16 and on sale at www.riverland.edu/tickets. There will also be in-person sales in the theater lobby one hour before each performance. The box office is available at 507-433-0595 or by email at boxoffice@riverland.edu.

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All audience members must wear masks, as dictated by the Riverland Community College campus policy. Cast members are all vaccinated, and will wear masks when in close proximity to the audience.

If you go

What: “The Spongebob Musical”

When: 7 p.m. Oct. 13-16, 2 p.m. Oct. 17

Where: Frank W. Bridges Theatre, Riverland Community College, 1900 Eighth Ave. NW, Austin

Cost: $16, www.riverland.edu