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March 2: Children’s Theatre Tour

Musical “Shine,” which addresses kids and bullying, to be performed.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Theatre and Dance News Release, 2-13-13

The Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance will present its one public performance of its touring children’s theatre production, “Shine,” at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 2, in the Andreas Theatre of the Earley Center for Performing Arts. Tickets are $5 and available beginning at 9 a.m. at the Theatre & Dance Box Office.

Bullying is a word that has garnered a lot of attention lately, yet there is still some confusion as to what makes someone a bully. The play “Shine” is a musical about a new student in school and the bullies she encounters. Something magical happens when kids in the group decide they don't want to be a part of this gang. They lose the gray color of the bully and are able to become the bright color they were meant to be. “Shine” seeks to help define what a bully is, but also gives children tools they can use when they face these same situations themselves.

“Shine” is written by third-year MFA Directing candidate Shelley Whitehead of Waseca, with music by third-year MFA Acting candidate Robb Krueger. Scene design is by junior BFA Design/Tech candidate Arthur Seifert, costume design is by senior Theatre Generalist Tylinn Fahrni, and choreography is by junior Dance major Sophia Pimsler.

The seven first-year students who make up the cast go out every Tuesday and Thursday for at least two performances a day at southern and central Minnesota elementary schools. By the end of the tour in mid-March, more than 8,000 elementary school students will have seen the show, which is an annual Department of Theatre & Dance tradition.

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