Shine Hires New Teaching Artist

Our Fast Growing Children’s Theatre and Performing Arts Studio Gains New Acting Instructor

Clayton Sackett

Plano, TX – We are proud to announce that Clayton Sackett has joined our team as an acting instructor. Clayton lived in Tulsa, Oklahoma for the majority of his life before moving to Allen, TX in 2014. He started in the Acting program at KD Conservatory but quickly switched to Musical Theatre because, in his words, “Musical Theatre students have to be better actors.” He graduated with his degree in Musical Theatre Performance from KD Conservatory of Film and Dramatic Arts and started teaching a year after. He comments, “I’m extremely excited to be at Shine and teach each student about the joys and depths of performing.”

Clayton has been heavily involved with the DFW theatre community since moving here. Some of his favorite roles have been: Tony (West Side Story), Billy Bigelow (Carousel), The Beast (Beauty and the Beast), Willy Wonka (Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory), Cinderella’s Prince (Into The Woods).

We’re thrilled to welcome Clayton to our growing studio. His passion for the performing arts and enthusiasm for teaching will be a blessing to our wonderful students. Welcome, Clayton!

Congratulations to the Rising Star cast of Beauty and the Beast!


Belle – Phoebe Choate

Beast – Geoffrey Choate

Gaston – Kaleb Law

Cogsworth – Joshua Patterson

Maurice – Andrew Turner

Lefou – Luke Miller

Lumiere – Lainey Gerard

Mrs. Potts – Kassidy Harden

Chip – Kamille Harden

Babette – Peyton Maggard

Madame De La Grande Bouche – Sydney Saynor

Narrator – Allie Turner, Rhys Williams, Allison Howes

Silly Girls – Harper Lutz, Kenna Morris, Sara Quartaro

Old Beggar Woman/Enchantress – Jessica Howes

Rose – Addison Hoyt


Villagers –

Sophie Cho

Jacob Essig

Caitlin Farguharson

Rachel Hamby

Ryann Jenkins

Andi Howes

Katie Ma

Abigail Pierson

Sophia Shi

Michelle Tang

Congratulations to The Main Stage Cast of The Lion King!


The Lion King Runs November 4-6 at The Courtyard Theatre in Downtown Plano.

Rafiki – Olivia Smith

Young Simba – Jonathan Rizzo

Simba – Joshua Patterson

Young Nala – Keegan McAleer

Nala – Kendall Cousins

Mufasa – Cooper Ragle

Sarabi –Jillian Conaway

Scar – Katka Durcanska

Zazu – Shiloh Petersen

Timon – Aidan Laird

Pumbaa – Jace Tyson

Banzai – Kennedy Soffa

Shenzi – Sabra Armstrong

Ed – Claire Perlick

Sarafina – Megan Morris

Hyenas – Toby Laird, Kaleb Law, Cade Bergus

Lionesses – Sophia Quartaro, Christine Sullivan