When You Give A Mouse A Cookie

By Claire McNeill

Last night, our dress rehearsal for Cinderella ended, and the young actors were released to their dressing rooms to clean up for the evening. When I walked into the boys’ dressing room, I found a mess and a group of boys playing. Instead of scolding them, I said, “okay boys, let’s play a game…the first person to have their belongings picked up and packed up wins! I have cookies waiting for the winner.” In an instant, the boys were sent into a cleaning frenzy. A moment later, I realized that an eight year old boy who plays a mouse character in the show was standing next to me. He was so quiet and calm that I didn’t notice he was already completely packed up for the evening. I suddenly said, “oh! It looks like we already have a winner!” Most of the other boys in the room immediately started complaining, as most children do when they perceive something to be “NOT FAIR!” I explained to the children that they all had an equal amount of time to get packed up but it looked like the mouse made the most of his time and quickly finished his tasks. I turned and walked away to grab the cookies that I promised. When I returned to the dressing room, another adult in the room informed me that the boys complained and whined to the mouse the entire time I was gone. In order to separate the mouse from the complaints, I handed the cookies to him and said, “come on, let’s go back in the theatre.” The mouse took the three cookies from me, handed one of them to the chief of complaints, and silently walked away. The complainer was left stunned and speechless in the dressing room.

Are you feeling surrounded by complainers today? Be like a mouse, silently hand them a cookie, and walk away.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:43-45

Congratulations to the Cast of Noel at Shine!

Noel: A Shine Homeschool Show Choir Show
Performances are November 30-December 2 and December 7-9.

Ashley Cooke
Jonathan Horne
Josiah Horne
Nicolas Horne
Sarah Jensen
Hannah Patterson
Joshua Patterson
Shiloh Petersen
Dane Reece
Jack Reece
Layla Rorem
Jordan Sapp
David Scherm
Jefferson Schonhoff
Juliet Schonhoff
Emma Schwartz
Olivia Smith
Jason Steele
Jenna Steele
Andrew Sullivan
Christine Sullivan
Allie Turner
Penelope Welch
Jereme Wolff

Congratulations to the Cast of Mary Poppins at Shine!

Mary Poppins runs November 2-4 at the Courtyard Theatre in Downtown Plano.

Mary Poppins Kendall Cousins
Bert Jonathan Horne
George Banks Jack Schonhoff
Winifred Banks Jordan Sapp
Jane Banks Samantha Pocsik
Michael Banks Josiah Horne
Miss Andrew Emily Arden Seggerman
Mrs. Brill Olivia Yarbrough
Robertson Ay David Scherm
Katie Nanna Jewel Schonhoff
Neleus Jason Steele
Bird Woman Jenna Steele
Miss Smythe Sophie Dryden
Chairman Jereme Wolff
Von Hussler Jeff Schonhoff
John Northbrook Jacob Ward
Mrs. Corry Catelyn Lawrence
Music Box Ballerina Penelope Welch
Raggedy Ann Jewel Schonhoff
Toy Soldier Jack Reece
Statues Mattie Bingham
Sophie Dryden
Honeybees Christine Sullivan
Claire Perlick
Olivia Smith
Shiloh Petersen
Chimney Sweeps and Customers Allie Turner
Avery Lytle
Bryson Coker
Catelyn Lawrence
Christina Contoveros
Christine Sullivan
Claire Perlick
Emily Arden Seggerman
Jack Reece
Jacob Ward
Jason Steele
Jeff Schonhoff
Jenna Steele
Jewel Schonhoff
Joshua Patterson
Mattie Bingham
Olivia Smith
Penelope Welch
Shiloh Petersen
Sophie Dryden
Park Strollers; Vagrants, Buskers, and Passersby; Kite Flyers; Clerks Abbie Sutton
Braxton Dietz
Dane Reece
Elizabeth Contoveros
Jereme Wolff
Kaleb Law
Kate Pritchett
Kinley Kitchens
Liv Loughry
Malachi Havens
Nicolas Horne
Nicole Bruner
Sarah Grace Seggerman
Sophia Quartaro
Tabitha Thompson
Dance Captain Jewel Schonhoff

Congratulations to the Cast of Cinderella at Shine!

Cinderella runs October 19-21 and 26-28, 2018.


Narrator 1 Isabel Bonilla
Narrator 2 Carina Kenefick
Narrator 3 Katherine Broyles
Narrator 4 Elisabeth Summer
Anastasia Lainey Gerard
Drizella Julianne Hightower
Cinderella Riley Unterbug
Step-mother Avery Cousins
Town Crier 1 Reagan Schueler
Town Crier 2 Caroline Broyles
Town Crier 3 Lyla Lively
Town Crier 4 Tiffany Chan
Featured Mice:
Jaq Jonathan Rizzo
Perla Gabby Dillard
Gus Kayden Kawi
Suzy Josey Choate
Other mice:
Mary Sarah Raishe
Berta Emily Quartaro
Bennie Lucy Alter
Mert Joey Fisher
Fairy godmother Karena Bunch
Herald Isabel Bonilla
Prince Toby Laird
Queen Peyton Maggard
Grand Duchess Sara Quartaro
Young Maidens Carina Kenifick, Tiffany Chan, Katherine Broyles
Ensemble Isabel Bonilla, Carina Kenefick, Reagan Schueler, Katherine Broyles, Caroline Broyles, Tiffany Chan, Peyton Maggard, Elisabeth Summer, Lyla Lively, Sara Quartaro

Congratulations to the Cast of Seussical at Shine!

Seussical runs July 13-15, 2018 at the Courtyard Theatre in Downtown Plano.

Jojo Christine Sullivan
Cat in the Hat Layla Rorem
Horton Bryson Coker
Mr. Mayor Andrew Sullivan
Mrs. Mayor Shiloh Petersen
Gertrude McFuzz Catelyn Lawrence
Mayzie Emma Kay Clay
Sour Kangaroo Sophie Dryden
Young Kangaroo Carina Kenefick
Wickershams Lainey Gerard
Allison Harp
Camila Kenefick
Quinn Rorem
David Scherm
Bird Girls Georgia Bryant
Olivia Domingez
Emma Foughty
Jewel Schonhoff
Vald Vladikoff Emma Foughty
Yertle the Turtle David Scherm
Who’s Joey Fisher
Kate Pritchett
Sarah Raishe
Jonathan Rizzo
Riley Unterbug
Dance Captain Jewel Schonhoff

Congratulations to the Cast of Shrek at Shine!

In Order of Appearance
Mama Ogre Phoebe Choate
Papa Ogre Bryson Coker
Little Ogre Josiah Horne
Shrek Jonathan Horne
Captain of the Guards Jason Steele
Pinocchio David Scherm
Big Bad Wolf Kaleb Law
Pig 1 Lliam Mattingly
Pig 2 Joshua Patterson
Pig 3 Josiah Horne
Wicked Witch Olivia Smith
Peter Pan Emma Foughty
Ugly Duckling Christina Contoveros
Mama Bear Nicole Vogler
Papa Bear Jack Reece
Baby Bear Carina Kenefick
Pied Piper Dane Reece
Shoemaker’s Elf Lainey Gerard
Fairy Godmother Skyler Gerard
Tinkerbell Kristen Coleman
White Rabbit Allison Harp
Alice Shiloh Petersen
Red Riding Hood Jillian Conaway
Jiminy Cricket William Choate
Humpty Dumpty Abbie Sutton
Donkey Nicolas Horne
Lord Farquaad Jefferson Schonhoff
Gingy Jenna Steele
Young Fiona Evelyn Parsley
Teen Fiona Kendall Cousins
Princess Fiona Juliet Schonhoff
Knight 1 Jack Reece
Knight 2 Bryson Coker
Knight 3 Jason Steele
Knight 4 Aidan Laird
Dragon Sophie Dryden
Rats Eyan Choate
Kendall Cousins
Braxton Dietz
Camila Kenefick
Evelyn Parsley
Miette Rodriguez
Bishop Eyan Choate
Dwarf Aidan Laird
Duloc Dancers Braxton Dietz
Phoebe Choate
Emma Foughty
Camila Kenefick
Joshua Patterson
Shiloh Petersen
Miette Rodriguez
Jenna Steele

Congratulations to the Cast of Willy Wonka at Shine!

Willy Wonka runs May 18-20 at the Cox Playhouse in Downtown Plano. Tickets will go on sale on March 23.

Willy Wonka Aidan Laird
Candy Man Carina Kenefick
Charlie Bucket Toby Laird
Grandpa Joe Damon White
Mrs. Bucket Claire Perlick
Cherry Street Sarah Raishe
Augustus Gloop Quinn Rorem
Mrs. Gloop Avery Cousins
Meg Teavee Sara Quartaro
Ms. Teavee Peyton Maggard
Violet Beauredarde Kate Pritchett
Veruca Salt Lainey Gerard
Grandma Josephina/Oompa Loompa Rachel Avila
Grandma Georgina/Oompa Loompa Tiffany Chan
Grandpa George/Oompa Loompa Luke Miller
Jamie Sophia Zapata
Matilda Lucy Alter
Mrs. Beauregarde Emily Couch
Ms. Salt Isabelle Bonilla
The Candy Man Kids and Oompa Loompas Lauren Avila
Karena Bunch
Cin-Hui Chan

Congratulations to the cast of Les Miserables at Shine

Show runs May 26-28 at The Courtyard Theatre in Downtown Plano. Click here to purchase tickets.

In Order of Appearance
Jean Valjean Jack Schonhoff
Javert Jason Steele
Constables Andrew Sullivan
Gabriel Anderson
Farmer David Scherm
Laborer Braxton Dietz
Bishop/Jean Provaire Jack Reece
Fantine Jolie Lambert
Factory Foreman/Grantaire Jereme Wolf
Old Woman Layla Rorem
Bamatabois/Courfeyrac/Convict Bryson Coker
Young Cosette Riley Unterbug
Young Epoinine Arianna Teixeira
Madame Thenardier Olivia Yarborough
Thenardier/Convict 4 Jefferson Schonhoff
Pimp/Convict/Montparnasse Kaleb Law
Fauchelevent Josiah Horne
Eponine Olivia Smith
Enjolras/Convict Jacob Ward
Marius/Convict 1 Jonathan Horne
Cosette Juliet Schonhoff
Gavroche Jonathan Rizzo
Combeferre/Worker 1/Convict 5 Nicolas Horne
Joly/Worker 2 Joshua Patterson
Factory Girl 1 Skyler Gerard
Factory Girl 2 Kendall Cousins
Factory Girl 3 Hannah Patterson
Factory Girl 4 Jenna Steele
Factory Girl 5 Emily Arden Seggerman
Babet Cora Avila
Brujon/Convict 3 Malachi Havens
Claquesous Sophia Quartaro
Urchin Christine Sullivan
Major Domo Gabriel Anderson
Farm Laborers, Factory Workers, Courtroom Ensemble, Street People Skyler Gerard, Hannah Rhodes, Kendall Cousins, Jenna Steele, Emily Arden Seggerman, David Scherm, Braxton Deitz, Joshua Patterson, Hannah Patterson, Jereme Wolff
Onlookers Lovely Ladies/Customers/Sailors, Inn Customers, One Day More Chorus Layla Rorem, Bryson Coker, Will Singleton, Kaleb Law, Mattie Bingham, Phoebe Choate, Elizabeth Contoveros, Jordan Sapp, Catelyn Lawrence, Sarah Grace Seggerman
The Poor Jonathan Rizzo, Malachi Havens, Lliam Mattingly, Liv Loughry, Christine Sullivan, Sophia Quartaro, Brooklyn Downs, Cora Avila, Allison Harp, Kylie Simmons, Josiah Horne
Revolutionaries Braxton Dietz, David Scherm
Barricade Girls Liv Loughry, Sarah Grace Seggerman, Sophia Quartaro, Cora Avila, Allison Harp, Kylie Simmons
French Army Gabriel Anderson, Dane Reece, Andrew Sullivan, Josiah Horne, Lliam Mattingly, Malachi Havens
Turning Girls Skyler Gerard, Kendall Cousins, Jenna Steele, Emily Arden Seggerman, Hannah Patterson, Catelyn Lawrence, Layla Rorem
Wedding Guests Mattie Bingham, Phoebe Choate, Elizabeth Contoveros, Jordan Sapp, Christine Sullivan, Dane Reece, Andrew Sullivan, Josiah Horne, Lliam Mattingly, Malachi Havens

Congratulations to the Cast of Fiddler on the Roof at Shine!

Click here to purchase tickets for the show.

Tevye Jackson Schonhoff
Golde Emily Arden Seggerman
Tzeitel Catelyn Lawrence
Hodel Sarah Jensen
Chava Sophie Dryden
Shprintze Christine Sullivan
Bielke Emily Owens
Motel Noah Sowalskie
Perchik Jereme Wolff
Lazar Wolf Gebriel Anderson
The Fiddler Ellis Permann
Yente Sarah Grace Seggerman
Fyedka Jefferson Schonhoff
Constable Geoffrey Choate
Grandma Tzeitel Juliet Schonhoff
Fruma Sarah Hannah Rhodes
Mordcha Jack Reece
Yussel Dane Reece
Avram David Scherm
Mendel Jason Steele
Rabbi Kaleb Law
Sasha Jake Foughty
Russian Soldier Lliam Mattingly
Bottle Dancers Josiah Horne
Joshua Patterson
Dane Reece
Jack Reece
David Scherm
Jason Steele
Sons Toby Laird
Jonathan Rizzo
Josiah Horne
Joshua Patterson
Jason Steele
Papas Jack Reece
Dane Reece
David Scherm
Daughters Tiffany Chan
Rachel Childers
Christina Contoveros
Elizabeth Contoveros
Emily Couch
Kendall Cousins
Brooklyn Downs
Claire Perlick
Shiloh Petersen
Kate Pritchett
Jordan Sapp
Olivia Smith
Abbie Sutton
Arianna Sy
Allie Turner
Riley Unterbug
Mamas Sabra Armstrong
Allison Harp
Hannah Jones
Olivia Loughry
Hannah Patterson
Kylie Simmons
Jenna Steele
Olivia Yarbrough

Congratulations to the Main Stage Cast of The Sound of Music!


Performances are November 3-5, 2017 at the Courtyard Theatre.
Click here to purchase tickets.

Maria Rainer Danielle Sullivan
The Mother Abbess Catelyn Lawrence
Sister Berthe Olivia Yarborough
Sister Margaretta Layla Rorem
Sister Sophia Elizabeth Contoveros
Captain Georg Von Trapp Jackson Schonhoff
Franz Jefferson Schonhoff
Frau Schmidt Ellis Permann
Liesel Juliet Schonhoff
Friedrich Jack Reece
Louisa Olivia Smith
Kurt Jonathan Rizzo
Brigitta Riley Unterbug
Marta Sarah Raishe
Gretl Ryn Unterbug
Rolf Gruber Noah Sowalskie
Max Detweiler Jereme Wolff
Herr Zeller Aaron Jensen
Baron Elberfeld Dane Reece
Admiral Von Schreiber TBD
Trio of the Saengerbund of Herwegen Shiloh Petersen
Sophia Quartaro
Christine Sullivan
Fraulein Schweiger Christina Contoveros
Goat: Featured Dancer Claire Perlick
Girl in the Pale Pink Coat: Featured Dancer Emily Owens
Mama: Featured Dancer Hannah Rhodes
Vaughn Merriman
Abbie Sutton
Rachael Childers
Kylie Simmons
Jillian Conaway