SHINE! - presented by BORN TO PERFORM WORLDWIDE - Experience the stars of tomorrow on stage today!

The Lyric Theatre, Gold Reef City
Saturday 15 September at 19h30
Sunday 16 September at 11h00 and 14h30

Image Supplied by Born to Perform Worldwide

Building on the success of their sell-out concerts in 2015 and 2016 and celebrating their 4th year, Born To Perform Worldwide (previously known as Born To Perform) now brings Jozi audiences their dynamic new production SHINE! 

Taking the show to the next level, SHINE! will be on stage at The Lyric at Gold Reef City for THREE performances only on Saturday 15 September at 19h30 and Sunday 16 September at 11h00 and 14h30.

Having seen the first Born To Perform Gala Concerts and recognizing the potential and vision of Gemma and Matthew Marinus, Maestro Extraordinaire Bryan Schimmel has joined forces with them as co-creator and director for this year’s show, and brings with him his signature ideas and expertise.

After having seen the wealth of talent at the auditions, the team has been able to put together a dazzling array of diverse young talent, not only as performers on stage, but so too, as young choreographers and music arrangers to ensure SHINE! is going to be a show like no other.

Says Bryan Schimmel; 

“As someone who champions the development of young talent, I am thrilled to get behind Matthew and Gemma Marinus’s vision to create a platform where kids not only have a platform to be creative and expressive, but also have a space where they can develop important life skills.”

He continues; 

Further supporting the vision of developing young talent, I have delegated more than half of the customised musical arrangements to two up-and-coming 22 year old arrangers, Gav Rubin and Dean Salant, who are working under my guidance and supervision, and honing their skills in the process.”

Entertainment value will be high, featuring a spectrum of musical and choreographic styles that will take the audience on a journey from pop to hip-hop, from ballet to rock ‘n roll, from opera to a classic Latin American hit Despacito which will be performed in 12 different languages.

The audience will be treated to a number of surprises and heart-tugging moments as they continue their enjoyment of hits from musicals like Dear Evan Hansen and Hamilton, to favourites from The Greatest Showman to Prince and others.

This year original numbers written by the performers will be added to the show. These songs showcase the young talent at its best, about current and relevant topics with strong positive messages to the youth.

Says Matthew Marinus; 

“It has been inspiring to see the amount of fantastic original songs that have been submitted from our performers and we are very proud to announce that we have 4 Original tracks being performed in this year’s show.”

Other highlights will include a Mozart Opera Aria set to an EDM (Electronic Dance Music) style and a Justin Timberlake song reworked in the style of Post Modern Jukebox.

Howard Audio came on board to assist with recording custom tracks. Many of South Africa’s top session musicians, as well as Kelsey Mastering, have also generously lent their support to ensure the success of the platform, and to provide the highest quality production value possible for audiences to enjoy an unforgettable experience.

Joining them on stage will be Idols winner PaxtonThe Voice Winner Craig LucasThe Voice Finalist Thembeka Mnguni and the hot new Latin sensation Miguel  Pregueiro.

Popular Born To Perform star, ZINAH will be the MC for the performances.

The Born To Perform Worldwide platform held nationwide auditions and has secured some of the most talented children and teens from around South Africa from all fields of music, dance and musical theatre, including four youngsters from Durban included in this year’s show.

For a taste of what to expect from SHINE!, watch the below video:  

Gemma Marinus states;  

“Born to Perform is not just a platform for talent. It’s a platform for transformation. It is incredible to see how the arts crosses economic and cultural boundaries in young people.”

Born To Perform Worldwide is a platform created by Gemma and Matthew Marinus to create professional opportunities in the Performing Arts Industry for young budding talented children and teens.

Originally coming from the UK, Gemma has been a major player in the musical theatre industry in SA for over 8 years before opening up an elite performing arts school  (Stageworx School Of Performing Arts) in 2009.

Passionate about growing a bright future for our budding artists Gemma and Matthew are heavily involved in training and showcasing the future stars of SA. 

Matthew is best known as the talented drummer for The Graeme Watkins Project, but most recently is fast making a name for himself as a videographer focusing on EPK’s for SA artists.  

The combination of Matthew and Gemma has led to the Born To Perform Platform, now known as Born To Perform Worldwide.

“Our aim is to uplift the young professional arts environment by kick starting the careers of young performers. In the last 4 years we have had huge success in securing positions for young people in musicals, stage shows, corporate events, television, film and the release of original music,” 

says Gemma Marinus 

The future vision of the platform is to extend opportunities to the talented youngsters participating, to provide bursaries and scholarships for the ongoing development of young talent in South Africa.

SHINE! promises to be a thrilling display of song and dance provided by a wide array of budding talent alongside some leading stars currently heating up the airwaves.

SHINE! is on stage for THREE SHOWS ONLY at The Lyric at Gold Reef City on Saturday 15 September at 19h30 and Sunday 16 September at 11h00 and 14h30.

Tickets range from R180 – R275 and can be booked online at or by calling The Lyric Theatre Box Office on 011 248 5000 or through Computicket.

Discounts for groups of 10 or more and special school bookings - Contact

Tsogo Sun Rewards cardholders can enjoy instant savings on ticket prices: 10% (Gold); 15% (Platinum); 20% (Black).

SHINE! has been made possible through the generous support of The CoLab Network, Howard Audio, Splitbeam, Kelsey Mastering, Hauser Lighting Design, Kodak Image and Print Morningside, Justine Mac Photography and Stageworx School of the Performing Arts.


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YouTube: Born To Perform TV


SHINE! is Created, produced & Directed by Bryan Schimmel, Gemma Marinus and Matthew Marinus

Design – Oliver Hauser of Hauser Lighting Design

Patrons of Born To Perform: Collett Dawson of The CoLab Network and Alan Ford

Schools involved: Redhill, Auckland Park Prep, Crawford College Lonehill, King David  Victory Park, St Vincents School of the Deaf, Stageworx School of Performing Arts.



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