Shine Theatre Company

Shine Theatre Company is a youth focused community theatre program that seeks to teach theatre arts at all levels to all ages. The heart of this program is to help students grow and develop their talents as they grow in confidence and ability, while creating and connecting communities that become family.

People were designed to be in community with one another. As our culture becomes more disconnected and hidden behind screens, theatre provides an opportunity for students to form real, in-person friendships and experience community as they explore stories, express emotion, and encourage one another toward a common purpose.

All of Shine's productions and programs are open to anyone in the community - you don't need to be a member or attendee of Highlands Church to participate. 

Matilda the Musical

October 21st at 7:00pm
October 22nd at 2:00pm & 7:00pm
October 23rd at 5:00pm
Highlands Church | 9050 E Pinnacle Peak Rd, Scottsdale

Tickets: $15 General Admission ($22 at the door), $23 Premium Seating ($30 at the door)
Kids age 4 and under are free

Matilda the Musical is a madcap story of courage, friendship and heart driven by incredible songs and larger than life characters. Our talented cast of kids and adults brings Matilda to life as she and her friends face their circumstances, discover unexpected gifts, and unleash their full potential.

The performance will run a little over two hours and is open to all ages. There will be an intermission with concessions available for purchase.

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Watch a preview of the show from rehearsals:


A musical production for teens and adults with disabilities
January 7th | Performances at 2:00 & 7:00pm
Tickets: $10

This delightful, comedic musical takes us on a journey to Agrabah where a lowly street urchin discovers a magic lamp and learns that three wishes may get you more than you bargained for! With the help of the hilarious Genie and beautiful Princess Jasmine, Aladdin learns that friendship and love are the true treasures worth fighting for. This production features a cast made up of teens and adults with developmental and physical disabilities.

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Theatre Classes

Theatre classes are designed to develop specific skills related to acting and stage presence over the course of a 6-week period. All classes will be limited in size in order to be able to give each student the attention, instruction and feedback they need to grow and develop their talent. At the end of each class, students will have an opportunity to demonstrate what they’ve learned for friends and family at a showcase.

Shine Theatre Company Values

  • Honor and encourage one another with words and conduct at all times.
  • Create a safe environment for students to explore and create as they take chances to develop and grow in their roles.
  • Students are expected to be teachable and to continually strive to work to grow and grow to work.


Serve at Shine

Shine Theatre productions build a bridge to our community in amazing ways, and we have lots of opportunities to serve! We're always looking for people to help with costumes, hair and makeup, set-building, video, sound, lighting, concessions, ushering and more. Whatever interest you have, Shine Theatre is a place where you can get involved as we work together to create something special that inspires audiences at Highlands and beyond.

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Laura McGinnis, Director

Laura McGinnis is an experienced youth theatre director who has overseen the creation of school and community theatre programs in the Pacific Northwest. Her passion is to work with students of all ages, help them grow in confidence and ability as they discover the value of theatre, developing their gifts and talents and discovering who they were meant to be. Laura has also directed drama ministries within the church, participating at all levels from writing to acting, directing and beyond.

Off the stage, Laura’s theatre programs have brought communities together as she builds partnerships with local schools and businesses.

Questions about Shine Theatre Company? Contact Laura at .