Meet the Shinn Family

Our lovable Mayor Shinn and his wife Eulalie along with daughters Zaneeta and Grace provide a little humor to our Music Man family!

Mike Gainor (Mayor George Shinn) ~ Mike was a theater kid back in high school, then took a 20-year hiatus before getting back onstage as Potiphar in 2011’s “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” He’s thrilled to be part of this great play with such an amazing, talented, hilarious cast (especially performing with stepson David Briski) and wants people to know that he doesn’t shout nearly as often in real life.

Laura Michels (Eulalie MacKechnie Shinn) ~ This is Laura’s first production with the PCHP. She attended college at BYU-Idaho where she majored in Technical Theatre, specializing in scenic art. She has worked backstage and painted for a variety of shows including: Annie, You Can’t Take It With You, Romeo & Juliet, & Something’s Afoot. More recently she has been performing vocally with the Minnesota Mormon Chorale and is the President of the choir. Laura wishes to thank her husband for his encouragement and support during this production.

Emily Elliot (Zaneeta Shinn) ~ Emily is 15 and plays Zaneeta Shinn in the show. Some past roles include Wiley in Wiley and the Hairy Man and Rusty in Footloose. Her favorite part of this show is working alongside such talented mentors. She aspires to become a professional actress, and she would like to thank Becky, her friends, and her family for supporting her.

Lydia Blatz (Gracie Shinn) ~ My name is Lydia Blatz, I’m 11 years old this is my second production. My first production was Schoolhouse Rocks Jr. My talents are softball,volleyball, and singing. I like to go camping with my family and going on bike rides. My favorite song from the show is the Wells Fargo Wagon. I would like to thank my parents for giving me rides to practice.

Meet the Quartet

Nathan Kleppe, Scott Kleppe, Glen Kleppe & Ken Southorn bring together four amazing voices in the Music Man Quartet.

Nathan Kleppe (Jacey Squires) ~ I’m really loving being on stage and singing and Music Man is no exception! I’ve also been in Snow White, Joseph and Footloose! When not singing I’m shooting hoops which is my other love! Thank you for joining me family!

Scott Kleppe (Oliver Hix) ~ This is only my second time on stage!!( I LOVE singing not acting) I am going to be a junior at Concordia University. I’m studying music education with the plan to be a choir director. Singing with my family in church has always been a favorite . A special shout out to my girlfriend Carrie for her love and support!

Glenn Kleppe (Ewart Dunlop) ~ Mostly known as Pastor Kleppe or ‘dad’ to my six children! I love to sing and have been in many shows over the years. Joseph,the most recent, was a summer family favorite in 2011. Singing with two of my sons Scott and Nathan has been a joy!

Ken Southorn (Olin Britt) ~ Ken has a long singing career as a soloist and with The Apollo Male Chorus, South Metro Chorale, Suburbans Quartet, and East Central Chorale in Minnesota. In the Winter months he sings with the West Valley Chorale, the Westernaires and previously with Orpheus Male Chorus of Phoenix. His last role was Jacob in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat.

Meet the Paroo Family

The Paroo Family

Rachel Bigelow (Marian)  ~ Rachel is excited to be performing in her second Heritage Players production, having previously played Belinda in Noises Off last Spring. Rachel has a BA in Theatre Arts from the University of Minnesota where she studied acting, scenic artistry, and stage management. She currently works as a special education teacher and directs high school plays. She has enjoyed playing opposite her husband, Jon, (for the first time ever!) and thanks you for supporting Heritage Players.

Gavin Schueller (Winthrop) ~ The Heritage Players welcomes Gavin for his first on stage role in a community theater production. Although he is no stranger to volunteering with this group! Gavin has spent many hours helping with stage crew work and set construction. He previously performed in “School House Rock Live, Jr”, the elementary musical earlier this spring. His favorite part about this show… having Rachel play his big sister “Marian”.

Joni Nelson (Mrs. Paroo) ~ Joni’s previous plays with Heritage Players are “She Loves Me” and “Quilters.” She has been playing piano and singing for what seems like forever. Including doing music ministry and giving piano and voice lessons. She has enjoyed doing this play with two of her awesome children and she would love to thank the rest of my family for painfully listening to her experimentation with an Irish accent.

Be part of your Community Theater

As of today we have just one month remaining before our summer production of “The Music Man” hits the stage for opening night in Pine City.  We’ve been in rehearsals now for about three weeks and we’ve come a long way in just three weeks.  But the real work begins now…

As your local community theater, we want to continue providing great theater opportunities for the area.  But launching a full scale musical is a lot more work than just the two hour show that we all enjoy at the end of the process.  We’ve got sets to build, costume to find (fit to the cast, or sew something new), posters to distribute, ad space to sell, photos to take, program to design, t-shirts to order, and the list goes on…

Don’t get me wrong… WE LOVE THIS… it’s the reason that we do what we do each year.  Even with a cast of 40 people there is room for even more volunteers!

So… consider this your invitation to BECOME PART OF THE COMMUNITY… and join the Heritage Players for a summer of adventure… behind the scenes in creating Music Man!  We aren’t asking for a lifelong commitment, an hour or two of your time makes all the difference in the world.

Your first opportunity?   Here are a few ideas:

  • Distribute and hang posters at locations around the community.
  • Set construction begins this weekend:  Friday, July 22 from Noon – 8:00 PM or Saturday, July 23rd from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.   (No skills in building or painting?  We’d love a few volunteers to organize a potluck meal or snacks on Friday or Saturday)
  • We will be looking for box office ticket sale crew, ushers, concessions, lobby decor team, etc for the run of the show as well.

If you are interested in helping out in any way, simply use the contact us form on this website or email me at

Look forward to hearing from you!

Becky Schueller, Heritage Players President


Music Man Auditions

MusicMan Auditions

The first evening of auditions went well, but we’ve still got a lot of room for more community members to join us.  We selected “The Music Man” as our show this year in order to encourage a diverse group of actors to hit the stage.  Young or old… new to the stage or veteran actors… there truly is room for any talent level to be a part of this show.

We’ll be back in the 7th Grade Commons tonight from 6:00 – 8:00 PM looking for YOU to join us for auditions!

A few questions that we’ve been asked this week:

Q: When does the show perform?

A: We are planning to have 4 performances: August 18 – August 21.  Three evening performances and a matinee on Sunday afternoon.

Q: What does the rehearsal schedule look like?

A: We’ll be rehearsing 3 nights each week.  It will vary a bit with a few Sundays OR a few Mondays, plus every Tuesday and every Thursday.  We won’t start until June 27th.  The first few weeks will be learning music, and we’ll try to group songs for the same actor into as few nights as possible.  The same will be done as blocking starts.  August rehearsals will be for the FULL cast.

If you have more questions… email us:

Hope you’ll consider joining us!


Songs of the Stage Returns!

Back in January we tried something new for the Heritage Players and hosted a “Songs of the Stage” event at the Pine Center for the Arts.  A sold-out crowd enjoyed hearing some of our favorite Broadway Musical songs.  Shrek: The Musical, Les Miserables, Nunsense, Little Shop of Horrors, and Wicked were just a few of the shows that were highlighted during an evening of song.

This spring we have a new line-up of songs and some new talent to add to the stage.  We’ve also moved our event to a new location this time around in order to accommodate a larger audience, but still keep the intimate feel of the “Songs of the Stage” cabaret.

Tickets are on sale today for this special evening, coming to Pine City on Saturday, May 21st at 7:00 PM.  Tickets are available from Cabin Coffees and the Pine City Chamber Office.  Advance tickets are $10.  Purchases at the door will be $15 per ticket.  Guests that are from outside the community can email us at for reservation options.


Backstage, Performance Collide on Pine City Stage

Special thanks to our marketing assistant, Sarah Odendahl, for preparing the first press release for the upcoming production.  If you see this article in your local paper… be sure to let us know so that we can thank the editors!


Enjoy the behind-the-scenes actions of Noises Off, a comedy about the foils, fights, and follies of producing a play. Written by Michael Frayn, this play-within-a-play explores the concept that theater can be “funnier from behind” than what is seen by the audience.

The cast of 9 local actors will bring to life three different moments in the development of the fictional play “Nothing On” – the final dress rehearsal, one month into the run, and one of the final performances. The zany antics of “Nothing On” are no comparison for the actors’ backstage confusion, deteriorating relationships, and general incoherence. Led by the direction of Jay Schueller, Noises Off shows April 2nd, 3rd, 7th, 8th, and 9th at 7:00pm and April 3rd at 2:00pm. All performances will take place in Pine City High School’s Fine Arts Auditorium.

Advance ticket prices are $8 for adults, $6 for students and seniors. Advance tickets are available at Pine City Area Chamber of Commerce, Cabin Coffees, and online. Tickets at the door are two dollars more.

Noises Off is made possible by a grant from the East Central Regional Arts Council through an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the state’s General Fund. The Pine City Heritage Players’ mission is to enrich, educate, and entertain our community by providing a superior theater experience.

Advertise With Us!

The Pine City Heritage Players is busy preparing for the upcoming production of “Noises Off”, coming to the Fine Arts Auditorium in Pine City the first two weekends in April.  We are looking for businesses and organizations that are seeking new promotional opportunities, or simply have an interest in supporting the arts in our community.

Become a SHOW SPONSOR for any one of the 6 performance dates.  Your sponsorship includes 2 tickets to see the show, lobby promotional signage, and an ad spot on the back cover of the program.  In addition… we welcome our SHOW SPONSOR to set up an informational booth in the lobby prior to the start of the show and during intermission.  A great way to meet new customers!

We also have ADVERTISING spots in the program available for local businesses and organizations.  For as little as $25 you can reach 500+ guest during the run of “Noises Off”.

If you’d like more information about advertising with us for our spring production, email us at or contact Becky (320-298-0014) or Sarah (320-237-7119)  for more information.

Noises Off Poster

“Noises Off” Rehearsals Begin


True love for the theater brings together a wild bunch of actors and actresses on this Valentine’s Day as they enjoy the Sunday rehearsals for the spring production of “Noises Off”.  The spring production for the Heritage Players is being directed by Jay Schueller and he is thrilled with the casting of the production.  “We have a wonderful group of actors and actresses for this production, many of which are making a debut performance on the Heritage Players stage,” says Schueller.

So… what is the show about… so glad you asked!

“Noises Off” is a play that highlights the development of the fictional production ‘Nothing On’ and the relationships of the cast both on and off stage.  As the show begins we meet the production director and the cast and crew in their final dress rehearsal and quickly learn that they are nowhere near ready for opening night.  Missed lines, missed cues, and missing actors make for a frazzled director.

In the second act of the show the audience will be given a different view of the production as we catch up with the cast one month into the run of the production.  The view from backstage reveals deteriorating relationships, offstage shenanigans, and onstage bedlam.  The chaotic action will cause nothing but laughs for the audience in attendance.

“Directing a play-within-a-play creates some wonderful challenges and this cast has embraced the show with enthusiasm,” says Schueller, “There is no shortage of laughs with this show and this cast.”




As the Heritage Players begins a new year, we are excited about the plans that are coming together for a great year ahead.  Our board of directors has expanded to include some new faces as well as many returning members and we are excited to work together on creating more theater opportunities in our community.

In order to accomplish that goal, we will be busy creating some new ways to communicate with our friends and fans!  The first of which, will be this new website.  We hope that you’ll find this tool valuable… and share it with your friends and family to help our organization to grow.  And be a little patient with us as we get new content added to the site over the next several weeks.

We’d love to hear from you… about your ideas for future shows or your interest in being a part of our volunteer team.  Email us at

“Anything can happen… if you let it.” ~ Mary Poppins

Until next time…

Becky ~ Heritage Players President