Advertise With Us!

The Pine City Heritage Players are seeking advertisers for the upcoming production of  “Shrek: The Musical”. The production will be performed in the Pine City High School Performing Arts Center.  The show will be performing July 19, 20, 21 & 22, 2018.

We are selling ad space in the production programs to defray the expenses for this production.  We are anticipating an audience of 200+ visitors to each of the performances. 

Download a copy of our Advertising Form here.

Cast Announcement for Summer 2018


Congratulations to the cast for the Heritage Players summer production of Shrek: The Musical .

Scott Tolzmann  ~ Shrek
Rachel Bigelow ~ Adult Fiona
Zach Fluegel ~ Donkey
Jon Bigelow ~ Lord Farquaad
Alexandria “Ali” Gosen ~ Dragon/Bluebird/Blind Mice
Miranda Burger ~ Gingy/Sugar Plum Fairy/Papa Ogre
Ruth Elkerton ~ Pinocchio/Blind Mice
Calvin Cheney ~ Big Bad Wolf/Knight/Thelonius
Anna Savage ~ Straw Pig
Thomas Yoder ~ Stick Pig/Knight
Brandon Moua ~ Brick Pig/Knight
Cece Bredeson ~ White Rabbit
Isabella Bredeson ~ Mad Hatter
Angel Kidd ~ Peter Pan
Peyton St. Germain ~ Ugly Duckling
Laura Michels ~ Mama Ogre/Wicked Witch/Blind Mice
Elisa Mill ~ Papa Bear/Bishop
Brooklyn Shellito ~ Elf
Cheyenne Sandell ~ Dwarf/Happy Family
Keith Bredeson ~ Captain of the Guard
Kodie Maki ~ Teen Fiona/Fairy Godmother
Vivian Lahti ~ Youth Fiona/Humpty Dumpty
Brecken Reiser ~ Youth Shrek/Baby Bear
BeckaJo Bredeson ~ Mama Bear/Happy Family
Hannah Theisen ~ Happy Family
Chase Holmstom ~ Guard
Hailey Magnison ~ Guard
Brooke Simonson ~ Guard
Amelia Prokop ~ Guard
Lena Roubinek ~ Guard
Jaylynn Maurstad-Rock ~ Guard

Bye Bye Birdie will hit the Pine City stage in July

The 2017 Summer Musical in Pine City will be “Bye Bye Birdie”, directed by Rachel Bigelow. Performance dates are July 13 – 16 with three evening performances and the closing matinee on Sunday.

The show is set in 1958 and the story was inspired by the phenomenon of popular singer Elvis Presley and his draft notice into the Army in 1957.  Teen heartthrob Conrad Birdie has been drafted, so he chooses All-American girl Kim McAfee for a very public farewell kiss.

Audiences will love the rock-n-roll sound, loveable and laughable characters, and truly have a good time this summer with the cast and crew of “Bye Bye Birdie”.

We are welcoming back a few returning actors and actresses from last summer’s musical “The Music Man” and welcoming many new faces from the Rush City and North Branch communities this year!



ROSE ALVAREZ – Allie Gosen
CONRAD BIRDIE – Paul Willard
MRS. MAE PETERSON – Laura Michels
KIM MACAFEE – Emily Elliot
MRS. DORIS MACAFEE – Miranda Burger
MRS. MERKLE – Jenny Simonson
HUGO PEABODY – Nathan Kleppe
GLORIA RASPUTIN – Allison Hammill
MAYOR –  Brian Scholin
MAYOR’S WIFE – Elisa Mill

NANCY- Laura Meissner
ALICE- Emily Schueller
MARGIE- Kodie Maki
DEBORAH SUE- Lydia Struss
HELEN – Sarah Schmidt
SUZIE – Alixe Waxberg
PENELOPE – Emma Johnson
RUTH – Anna Savage

Lena Roubinek
Hannah Theisen
Alana Mangan
Carolyn Mangan
Ashley Peters
Gavin Schueller
Robert Sandell
Andrew Belland
Mikayla May
Kyle Peters
Brandon Strohecker

Up Next: Songs of the Stage ~ April 8th

Our next Songs of the Stage fundraiser concert at the Pizza Pub of Pine City is going to be great! Be sure to join us to hear music from:  Hamilton, Beauty and the Beast, Music Man, Chess, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Shrek, Guys and Dolls, Wicked and many more!

Tickets are now available at Cabin Coffee’s and the Pine City Area Chamber of Commerce office.  Advance ticket discounts are available through Friday, April 7th.


Nunsense Returns to Pine City Stage

It was 1995 when “Nunsense” was first performed on the Pine City stage.  The original script was performed and 5 fabulous ladies were cast as Mother Superior and the Little Sisters of Hoboken.  The show had great success and is remains a favorite for many long-time members of the Heritage Players team.  Just a few short years later, the organization would experience a drop in participation that resulted in a five year hiatus from the stage.

In 2005, a small group of theater-lovers began cooking up a plan to bring the Heritage Players organization back to life and jump start new interest in the arts and community theater.  Interestingly enough, a few of those same ladies approached a novice director about putting on a show…. and in December of that year, “Nuncrackers” was performed with a few of the same faces.

Fast forward to 2017 and the “most popular musical series in theater history” will make a return to the stage.  This time around the show will be directed by Jay Schueller with vocal direction by Laura Michels and orchestra direction by Joni Nelson.  The Heritage Players have also chosen to perform the “Nunsense: Mega Musical Version” this year to allow for more cast members to join the fun!

The cast includes:

  • Elisa Mill as Reverend Mother Mary Regina
  • Mary Ellen Sauser as Sister Mary Hubert
  • Dawn Barstad-Carpenter as Sister Robert Anne
  • Jennifer Hansmann as Sister Mary Amnesia
  • Vanessa Alm as Sister Mary Leo
  • Dennis Howard
  • Cassandra Olson
  • Bethany Cleary


Auditions for “Nunsense” THIS WEEK!

The Heritage Players are excited to share details about the upcoming auditions for the winter production this year.  “Nunsense ~ The Mega-Musical” will perform for ONE WEEKEND ONLY in February 2017.

Auditions for the production are scheduled for this week, December 14th or 15th, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  Auditions will be held in the Pine City High School Auditorium.

Auditions Details:

  • Prepare to sing a song of your own choosing, 16-32 measures is sufficient.
  • Bring a copy of your theatrical resume (if you have one).  If you don’t have one, an audition form will be available for you to complete.
  • Reading of scene or two with others

Those interested in auditioning are asked to arrive at 6:00 PM on either Wednesday or Thursday evening and plan to stay for the 2-hour time slot.  If you are not able to arrive at 6pm, please be sure to let us know so that we plan accordingly for staff.

If you have questions regarding the audition process, please email us at

Nunsense ~ The Mega-Musical will be directed by Jay Schueller, with musical direction from Laura Michels.


Tickets on sale for “Songs of the Stage”

Tickets for the next “Songs of the Stage” event are now on sale at More Than Sprouts, Cabin Coffees or the Chamber Office.  Advance ticket purchases provide guests with a $5 discount per ticket as long as they are purchased by Friday, December 2nd.

The “Songs of the Stage” series has been hosted as a fundraising night to provide us with the opportunity to produce additional theatrical shows throughout the year.  Be sure to attend on December 3rd as we’ll make the “official” announcement of our next production!


‘Songs of the Stage’ Planning Begins

The Heritage Players are excited to announce our next Songs of the Stage event, coming up on Saturday, December 3rd at 7:30pm. We are looking for singers to join in on this fun concert.

Our theme for this show is a bit different than usual. Think “A Very Forties Christmas.” In honor of the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor, we will be highlighting music from the 1940s, along with Christmas songs.

If you are interested in performing for this fundraiser performance, please respond to this email or call Cassandra Olson at 612-616-3748 by this Sunday, October 23. Please include which song you would like to sing.

We will be planning a couple rehearsals with our accompanist, dates to be determined. Participants must be 16 or older. Anyone underage must have parental consent and a parent/guardian must be present at the Legion for the event on the day of performance.

Thank you for your participation with the Heritage Players. We are happy to support the Arts in our community and could not do it without you!

The Young Ladies of River City


The young ladies of River City will bring a smile to your face as you enjoy the show!

Ashley Peters (Amaryllis) ~ This is Ashley’s third production. You might have seen her previously in the 5th & 6th grade musical School House Rock Live Jr. or the Rockin Tales of Snow White. Ashley enjoys playing Basketball, drawing, and playing outside. Ashley would like to say thank you to family and friends who supported her.


As singers and dancers these girls  have an enormous amount of talent and we look forward to many future productions with these young ladies in them!

Stella Helseth ~ My name is Stella and I am 9 years old. I will be starting fourth grade this year. Some of the things I enjoy are competing with my dance team, singing and playing the piano. I have enjoyed being in the Music Man- this is my first show with the Heritage Players. I would like to thank Becky Schueller, Jennifer Hansman and my parents for bringing me to practice. And thanks to the cast for being so funny and fun to be around. I hope you enjoy the musical- I know I will!

Emma Johnson ~ Emma is excited for her upcoming appearance in the Heritage Players production of “The Music Man”, having previously made her acting debut with Pine City Elementary fifth and sixth grade performance of “Schoolhouse Rock Live Junior”. In addition to acting and singing Emma enjoys photography, snowboarding, hanging out with friends, and playing the piano, French horn, and trumpet. Emma would like to thank her family and friends for all their support and encouragement.

Lena Roubinek ~ I am very excited to be part of my first Heritage Players Musical! I am going into the 5th grade and LOVE everything about Science. I hope to be on TV as a Meteorologist. I also LOVE hockey and everything about our farm. A BIG shout of thanks to my Mom for letting be part of the show and getting me to practices and to the best Director and cast ever!!!!

Neveah Anderson ~ This is her first performance and she is quite enjoying it. She is new to the area and will be entering 4th grade in North Branch. She took a year of hula lessons in Lehi Utah that gave her a love for dancing. She’s passionate about art of all kinds…drawing, painting, clay, and just creating. Along with art she enjoys reading and spending time with her 3 brothers, sister, and parents.

Peyton Perreault ~ This is my first time being part of a play. I have always wanted to try being on stage and with friends in the show, I finally decided to give it a try. I loved learning the Shipoopi song and dance it has been so much fun. I am also active in Girl Scouts, Gymnastics, Hockey and Religious Ed. Thank you so much to Mom and Dad for getting me to rehearsals and thank you to Becky for giving me this opportunity.

Madison Perreault ~ I love being a part of a team so I was very excited to join this show with my sister and friends. This is my first play and I have loved everything about it so far. I am also in Girl Scouts, Gymnastics, Hockey and Religious Ed. Thank you to Anna Reiser for asking me to join the cast and to Becky for finding a place for me. Also, thank you to my Mom and Dad for driving me to play practice.

Brynna Reiser ~ Brynna has been growing an love of the stage since her early on-stage experience as Little Miss Pine City Princess. She absolutely loves performing and is very happy that the Music Man has introduced her to such a wonderful group of actors and musicians, from who she is learning so much!

Brecken Reiser ~ Brecken has been having so much fun being part of The Music Man. Her favorite song is The Shipoopi. Her most memorable role on stage was as Joy, a spiderling, in Charlotte’s Web. Brecken is very thankful to her family and friends for attending the show and hopes they all love it! Shipoopi!