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By 3rd Year Productions

Written by Shelley Whitehead

From Mankato, MN

SHINE is the story of a little girl who stands up to bullying in her school and changes everything. Using everyday situations, humor, songs and dance, SHINE is good advice for kids facing bullies anywhere.

Kids show (12 and under), Opera/New Music, Modern Dance

Audience participation, First-time Minnesota Fringe Festival producer, Greater Minnesota company (outside the metro area), Includes artists of color

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 7 and up.

Friday, 8/2 5:30 p.m.
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Sunday, 8/4 7:00 p.m.
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Monday, 8/5 10:00 p.m.
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Wednesday, 8/7 8:30 p.m.
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Saturday, 8/10 7:00 p.m.
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Minneapolis Theatre Garage

711 W Franklin Ave.

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Audience reviews

Well Done!

By S Coste / August 8, 2013
This user has reviewed 2 shows

This is a tight, well performed show.
The lead, Maria, as Shine is a true talent and provides a genuineness in her performance that is particularly refreshing in young people's theater. The cast , as a whole, bring an energy to their performance in movement and voice that is very engaging. Well done!

Great Show!

By Minrod Mier / August 5, 2013
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Yeah, show for Kids, anti-bulling, blah, blah, blah. These college aged kids light up the stage with original music, dancing in a cute "afternoon special" (NOT meant negatively) of a show, and high energy acting. Miss Perez was a incredible Spark that always lit the stage supported by a very strong cast and crew. Kids, take your adult to see this show! You won't be sorry. Kudos to the writer and composer! I'm wearing MY color today!

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Hidden gem

By Pj Doyle / August 6, 2013
This user has reviewed 11 shows

Great chance to introduce Fringe to younger audiences -- the kids love it and it is a great message. I had fun, too.

So much fun!!

By Rachel Martinez / August 2, 2013
This user has reviewed 4 shows

Took my daughter to see this today, and upon walking in and seeing only a few other people in the audience, I expected it to be a mediocre (or at least not very talked-about) show. Boy was I wrong -- this show was a blast to see! Songs that are actually clever and interesting, singing and dancing that was skillful and heartfelt, and acting that was engaging and believable. Every single cast member was impressive and perfect for their role. The subject matter is dealt with in a bright, saccharine way, but it was still very genuine. Yes, this is easily classified as a kids show, but as an adult I really enjoyed it. I think I smiled the whole time. Highly recommended for all audiences!!

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It gets the job done.

By Charliey Libra / August 5, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

Kids need to see Shine. Bullying is a problem of every generation and your kids are not immune. However, if you're looking for a good night on the town, or possibly an idea for date night, see something else. If you do decide to take your lover out for a nice, romantic evening, you will leave the theater thinking, "well, that was nice."


By Emily Robertson / August 2, 2013
This user has reviewed 4 shows

Whatever you do, don't skip this show just because it is a kids' show! I probably wouldn't have given it a chance if I didn't have a kid in tow -- but I am so glad I did! I don't even really like musicals, but this whole concept was really well done. The performers were all fantastic, the music was great - I smiled and laughed through the whole show. I think I probably enjoyed it more than the kids in the room.

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Background information + more

Written and Directed by Shelley Whitehead

Music and Lyrics by Robb Krueger

Choreography by Sophia Pimsler

Costumes by Tylinn Farnhi

Set Design by Arthur Seifert

SHINE is a fun, light-hearted children's musical that takes on a serious problem: bullying in our schools.  First-time Fringe producer Shelley Whitehead, the show's librettist and director, based the script on her own experiences as a child, those of her two sons, and those shared by the members of the cast.  Composer and lyricist Robb Krueger uses the songs of the show to examine different aspects of bullying--the mob mentality, the insults, the peer pressure, and the defenselessness that bullying's victims feel as well as the joy one experiences when celebrating individual expression.  The show presents positive ways to face bullies and sets out ideas for creating an environment in which everyone is included and valued.

SHINE was originally written as the 2013 Children's Touring Show for the Minnesota State University, Mankato, Department of Theatre and Dance.  SHINE was performed for a record number of schools and was ultimately seen by over 8,500 students.  The department received more requests for performances in schools than could be met.  Post-show discussions allowed students and teachers to talk about bullying experiences.  The show has contributed to the awareness of the problems and complications that arise from bullying if the issue is not confronted by those with the power to change it.

SHINE is the story of a colorful little girl named Shine, who is bullied by a gang of kids on her first day of school.  Dressed in gray and spitting jeering insults, the gang makes fun of her for looking different than them.  Even though she feels hurt, she stands up to the gang, led by the mean-spirited Lee, and tells them she doesn't like what they are saying and wants them to stop.  The gang just walks away laughing, but one member, a boy named Chance, is touched by Shine and decides to be her friend.  Shine's big brother Gage offers encouragement and offers to get involved if she needs him.  But the next day Chance is no longer gray, but is wearing a color!  He and Shine become good friends, but this makes him a target of the gang as well.  But Shine's strength and positive attitude one by one change the other members of the gang-Hope, Turner and Bridget-into her friends as well.  As the group becomes more colorful and self-expressive, Lee erupts in a shocking act of violence that turns his former friends against him.  Can Shine bridge the anger and help everyone be friends?  

SHINE is recommended for kids of all ages.  Everyone is welcome, especially kids who have been bullied, friends of kids who have been bullied, parents of kids who have been bullied, teachers of kids who have been bullied, friends of bullies, even bullies themselves.  

For more information about SHINE, cast photos and videos, links to other websites about stopping bullying, fun stuff and pictures of our garish orange hoodies, check out our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/shineatfringe?.

Performances are at the Minneapolis Theatre Garage, 711 W. Frankin Ave., Minneapolis, MN.  Show dates are:

Friday, August 2 @ 5:30 PM

Sunday, August 4 @ 7:00 PM

Monday, August 5 @ 10:00 PM

Wednesday, August 7 @ 8:30 PM

Saturday, August 10 @ 7:00 PM

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Cast + crew bios

Rachel Howard


Rachel Howard is beyond thrilled to make her debut on the Twin Cities theatre scene in this Fringe Festival production of SHINE at the Minneapolis Theatre Garage! Rachel is about to enter her sophomore year at MSU Mankato, where she works to better herself at all aspects of theatre and dance surrounded by incredibly talented students and faculty. Recent roles include Babette in the Pierre Players production of "Beauty and the Beast," Diana Bingley in MSU's studio production of "I Love You Because," a Delta Nu sister in MSU's "Legally Blonde," and most recently as a chorus member of the fabulous "Spamalot" with Highland Summer Theatre. Rachel is obsessed with musical theatre in all of its flashy, outrageous glory-- the sparklier, the better! When she isn't singing along to show tunes, Rachel spends her free time working out, reading nerdy fantasy novels, and spending time with her beautiful family.

Chris Jimmy


Chris Jimmy is excited to make his debut at the Minneapolis Theatre Garage in this production of SHINE. A rising sophomore of the MSU theatre program, Chris has had roles in MSU’s productions of "A Chorus Line" and "Legally Blonde." Chris has been a member of Harbor Theatre Group and Penumbra Theatre’s Summer Institute program, and has also performed in Steppingstone Theater’s "The Disappearance of Daniel Hand." Personal interests include karate, playing saxophone, and making videos. It’s quite rare to find him not sing singing or dancing along to music of any sort.

Sophie Jones


Sophie Jones is ecstatic to make her debut at the Minneapolis Theatre Garage in this production of SHINE. A sophomore Theatre Generalist from Minnesota State University, Mankato, she was seen previously in roles including Hodel in Merely Player's production of Fiddler on the Roof and DA Joyce Riley in Minnesota State University, Mankato's production of Legally Blonde. A native to Mankato, Sophie enjoys classic rock music, all kinds of literature, and the occasional pint of Ben and Jerry's Chocolate Therapy.

Robb Krueger


Robb Krueger is excited to return to the Minneapolis Fringe Festival with this production of SHINE. He previously served as composer and co-lyricist on the 2011 Fringe Festival production of "Robot Lincoln: The Revengeance." Robb recently completed his MFA in Theatre (Acting) at Minnesota State University, Mankato, where he played a wide variety of roles including Callahan in "Legally Blonde," Lord Nicia in "The Mandrake," John Barrymore in "I Hate Hamlet," Harry Roat in "Wait Until Dark" and George in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf." Previous roles include Anthony Anderson in "The Devil's Disciple" at Theatre in the Round, Antonio in "The Tempest" for Cromulent Shakespeare Company, as well as Truffaldino in "The Servant of Two Masters," Touchstone in "As You Like It," and Lord Ross in "Richard II," all for Shakespeare and Company. He wrote the music and lyrics for the 2010 MSU Children's Touring Show "Rikkie Recycle and the Eko-Kidz." His play "Welcome Home" will be produced locally this fall. Robb would like to thank this wonderful cast of hard working young people for making this show such a great experience; his friend Shelley Whitehead for making him face his demons to grow in this experience; the wonderful faculty, staff and student body of the Department of Theatre and Dance at Minnesota State University, Mankato; and most of all, his parents Tom and Betty Krueger, for all their love and support. I could never have gotten through life without all of you.

Ian Lah


Ian Lah is thrilled to be making his debut at the Fringe Festival, and at the Minneapolis Theatre Garage. Ian Lah is an actor, singer, dancer, songwriter studying theatre at MNSU, Mankato. Ian Lah recently played Austin Bennett in a production of "I Love You Because," a dancer in "A Chorus Line" and Jet Blue in "Legally Blonde." Ian preoccupies his time by working hard to achieve his dreams, and when he isn't rehearsing Ian enjoys writing music, cooking with his family and enjoying everything. Remember happiness is everywhere you look you just have to find it! Follow Ian on twitter at @IanFLah

Maria Camila Perez


Maria Camila Perez is delighted to come back from her home country, Colombia, to make her debut in the 2013 Fringe Festival at the Minneapolis Theatre Garage in this production of SHINE. Maria is a sophomore Theatre Generalist from Minnesota State University, Mankato. In Columbia she was part of MISI, a recognized musical theatre academy. Recent roles include Luz in Arcoiris’ production of “Aquella Magica Navidad” and chorus roles in MSU’s productions of "A Chorus Line" and "Legally Blonde." As a foreign actress, Maria enjoys learning about this country and loves to share her culture. She is crazy for chocolate of all kinds and, as you can tell, she is a really spirited person. She came following a dream that she had since she was ten years old and step by step is becoming true!

Sophia Pimsler


Sophia Cecile Pimsler is a senior at Minnesota State University, Mankato majoring in dance and alcohol & drug studies. Sophia has danced with several artists including choreographers, Bill T. Jones and Mikhail Baryshnikov. She has choreographed for multiple years, with professional shows in New York and Minnesota. Sophia has been commissioned twice by MSU, Mankato's Music Department to choreograph works for their faculty and graduate students' performances. Sophia's pieces have been selected to perform in the Regional American College Dance Festivals both in 2012 (Wisconsin) and 2013 (Minnesota). Sophia has spent the past two summers in Atlanta, mastering the modern dance technique, gaga. In addition to dance, Sophia is becoming a certified addictions counselor.

Jake Sullivan


Jake Sullivan is grateful to be involved with the Minnesota Fringe Festival once again, with this production of SHINE at the Minneapolis Theatre Garage. Jake is a sophomore at MSU Mankato, pursuing his BFA in Musical Theatre and a Film Studies Minor. Past roles have included Action in "West Side Story" with Anoka Community Theatre, Robert in Anoka High School’s production of "Proof," James Larrabee in "Sherlock Holmes" at Lyric Arts Main Street Stage, Callimaco in MSU’s "The Mandrake," Nikos in MSU’s "Legally Blonde," Young Hunter Warner in the upcoming Aequitas Entertainment feature film "Ultimate Redemption," and most recently was involved in the area premiere of "Spamalot" with Highland Summer Theatre in Mankato. Jake is an active writer, amateur filmmaker, avid puppeteer, and an adequate airbrush tattoo artist on the side. He thanks, along with his amazingly supportive family, the creative team of SHINE for their unconditional support and drive, which has brought this fantastic show from a southern Minnesota kiddie tour all the way to Fringe 2013!

Dillon Swanson


Dillon Swanson is excited and thrilled to be making his debut in the Fringe Festival at the Minneapolis Theatre Garage in this production of SHINE. As a sophmore Theatre Generalist at Minnesota State University, Mankato, he is delighted to be given this opportunity. Previous roles include J.B Biggley in "How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," Coach Roger Dunbar in "Footloose" as well as being a participant in many acting workshops and community theatre. Dillon enjoys all aspects of the production process including set and lighting design, costumes, and the pit orchestra. Interests include playing the piano, watching old movies, trying to dance, and working with some of the greatest people a guy could ask for! Dillon would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of his family and friends for their overwhelming love and support. "Always do your Best!"

Shelley Whitehead


Shelley Whitehead is a recent graduate of Minnesota State University, Mankato, with her MFA in Theatre. The Minnesota Fringe Festival is a perfect platform to professionally debut "Shine," a labor of love. Given the opportunity to write the musical with her talented partner Robb Krueger, she feels this is a story everyone can identify with and that can create a better school experience for children.
Shelley's degree has an emphasis in directing and she is using it with purpose by working with The Rocky Mountain Kids Theatre in Boulder, CO this summer directing one of their theater camps. She hopes to continue this work by developing a children's theater in Mankato with several other talented individuals in that area.

Tylinn Grace Farnhi


Tylinn Grace Fahrni is a recent graduate from MSU Mankato majoring in theatre. She is currently hard at work performing at Valley Fair. In addition to design for Shine, she has directed and designed three shows, including the high school world premiere of 4 am the musical.

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