Catherine Ricafort on achieving Broadway dreams, starring as Karen the Computer in SpongeBob Squarepants

NEW YORK — A industrial and systems engineer turned Broadway actress has finally got a role suited to her University of Southern California degree.

Fil-Am actress Catherine Ricafort plays the role of Karen the Computer in the Tony-winning and 12-time Tony-nominated musical, SpongeBob Squarepants on Broadway.

The musical is based on the hit animated television series SpongeBob
Squarepants on Nickelodeon.

“It’s a character that many people have known and grown up with watching the tv show all these years, and so it’s a challenge to honor that original character from the tv show but also make it my own,” Ricafort says.

From Mamma Mia, Cinderella, Allegiance, to Miss Saigon – Catherine is now on her eighth Broadway show.

This time, she is showing a different side to her acting skills.

“I’m playing a computer, she is the kontrabida, she is the villain… I’m always scheming with evil plans trying to make things go wrong and yet she is funny and very likeable, so this is one of my favorite roles I’ve played on Broadway so far.”

This musical promises to give fans, especially kids, everything they would love to see in a Broadway show.

Fun characters in colorful costumes, an award-winning scenic design, and big showstopping musical numbers.

Catherine shares tips for aspiring Fil-Ams hoping to make it on Broadway.

“Embrace who you are, once people started auditioning in New York, they get intimidated and the try to exactly fit what they think the role is asking for, but I have found that just by being me, I’m just letting that shine through the material.”

SpongeBob Squarepants on Broadway will end its run at the Palace Theater on September 16.

The musical will be back for its national tour scheduled by fall of 2019.

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