What Happened to The Fresh Beat’s Marina?

Nick Jr.'s The Fresh Beat BandMiss A loves The Fresh Beat Band on Nick Jr. and secretly so does Daddy B. {Shhh don’t tell him I told you.} Nick Jr. first shared this fun show with American families in August of 2009. Since then, the musical fun that Kiki, Twist, Shout and Marina bring have taught and continue to teach valuable lessons to preschool viewers, like getting along, not giving up, and solving problems as a team.

The Fresh Beat Band, was originally planned to be called, “The JumpArounds,” however before the show officially aired the name was changed. Following suit, in this past season, season two, some of The Junior Beats {the mini Fresh Beat kids} and the actor who played Reed, the owner of the Good Note Music Store were replaced. Is it me or does it seem like Nick Jr. is mixing things up with The Fresh Beat Band from season to season? Now that the third season of Fresh Beat band is upon us, things are no different.

Tara Perry The Fresh Beat Band MarinaRecent clips for the show’s next “new” season have sprung up on Nick Jr. touting lots of new things for the show, while also showing off a new cast member, Tara Perry. Perry will take on the role of Marina, who was originally played by Shayna Rose.

Allegidly, Shayna Rose is getting married and perusing other career options that are taking her away from The Fresh Beat Band. I know Miss A and maybe Daddy B too, will miss her dearly.

What do we know about the “new” Marina, Tara Perry though? Perry, age 25, has directed and stared in quite a few youtube videos, and had a tv appearance here and there, but her “claim to fame” is that she is The Movie Maven on Sci-Fi’s Mania.com. For more on Perry, check out her IMDB page she doesn’t have a wikipedia page yet, but now that she’s on Nick Jr. I assume that will be coming soon.

Although the “new” Marina still has red hair {noticeably darker}, and a turquoise and purple outfit, you can’t pull one over my kiddo. I’m not sure if it’s an effort to help Marina blend in or some new duds for season three, but all four of the Fresh Beats have new outfits, and on a side note hubby thinks that Shout has gained some muscle {that’s debatable, I think it was just covered by the collegiate sweater}.

While I’m not a huge fan of change, especially when it comes to television characters, she is a fellow Sagittarius so maybe I’ll cut her a little slack. Honestly though, I’m not really sure how a different Marina will affect the show, personally, I don’t think that it will, especially when it comes to the kids. I think they’ll be confused for a minute, get over it, and be dancing all over the room like with any other episode.

For NEW Season 3 Fresh Beat Band Episode Synopsis and to weigh in with your thoughts, check out http://www.mommybknowsbest.com/fresh-beat-band-season-3-episodes/.

I’d love to hear your opinions on the topic. What are your thoughts on the new Marina? Do you like the changes that are coming to Nick Jr.’s Fresh Beat Band? Is your child {or someone else in your household} excited for season three?

Who is your favorite Marina?

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*******Check out my interview with Shayna Rose and her partner Elizabeth Shea talking about her new direction in life.*********

Interview Shayna Rose Marina Elizabeth Shea

Go here for Part 1 of the interview: http://www.mommybknowsbest.com/interview-with-2carats-shayna-rose-elizabeth-shea-part-1/

and check out these other Nickelodeon posts:

Shayna Rose and Liz Shea – 2Carats Trailer by MommyBKnowsBest

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  • Our family likes the old Marina, we even went to see the FBB when it came to our town….she was very hard to work in….and had an edge that did not seem to be cool with the kids. The drum solo she did was so lacking that there was no response from the audience afterward. oops. something is going on there…..and you could tell the other cast members were pulling up the slack, also dont get me wrong, I want to see all kids get a break, but this one should be on the sci- fi channel….thanks jw

  • Personally, I love the old Marina. I don’t think my 3 year old can tell the difference tho. A lot of the comments here praised new Marina’s singing voice. Have you guys heard her sing?

  • Well to be honest, I dont really mind the new Marina, the only thing that bothers me, is well, she seems smaller and well small boned and thin. The “old” Marina looked like a normal,healthy women. I would pefer my children see that. They havent seemed to notice, so, oh well. Oh and I love the songs, well most of them. There are fun for my kids, we are going to see them live tomorrow.

  • Personally, I thought the old Marina, while cute and sweet, was a little stiff with the dancing – very little rhythm. The new Marina does seem to have a better singing voice and better moves. BUT, I still liked the old Marina – she was adorable!

  • The new Marina is the BEST!

    She makes for a much better Marina.

    She sings, acts and dances better she has more rhythm and spunk.

    The old marina never seemed to fit in, while Tara Perry seems to excel in this role.

    The comment about her being skinnier is just not true. She may be a tiny bit shorter but she is a powerhouse. She has a dancers body. She has thicker legs then the old marina bigger bottom and more toned arms and legs. Personally I would want my daughter to look up to a physically fit muscular dancer.

    Also we have to remember the most important thing of all. Shayna Rose left this show to pursue her “music career”.

    She did not appreciate or think that entertaining our children everyday was good enough for her.

    So I personally love the new Marina!

    Long Live the new Marina I hope she does not leave as well.


    • The old Marina filled the bill JUST fine, when they keep on changing the cast members to this one or that one, all that they are accomplishing by DOING this is simply CONFUSING the youngsters, who, need I remind everyone, are the main reason for this show in the first place?
      This show wasn’t written or started to please the older set, was it not, or was it..? Because now you’ve got ME confused!!! I want Shayna Rose BACK!!!

  • The new Marina is just as good as the old..the issue I have is that they have made her a copy of the old in a lame attempt to fool kids into thinking she is the same girl. Kind of creepy and they are not falling for it, especially when the networks play episodes with one girl in the am and the other in the pm. Give her a new name and have the original girl say goodbye!

  • I thought I was the only one that noticed….my kids don’t necessarily watch fresh beat band
    I think I watch it more than they do, they watch it if its on. But for me to notice a new cast member I thought was unusual. Im glad im not the only parent to have noticed.

  • we love the “new” Marina. To my family she is a much better fit with the show. We love the way the sound of the music changed with the changes too. We loved Fresh Beat as it was in the beginning, but love it much more now! We watch all Fresh Beat episodes in the end regardless of who is playing Marina.

  • Love the new Marina! She fits in with the show much better than the original actress. Her acting, singing, and dancing are more natural and not forced as seemed with Shayna Rose. My son doesn’t know the difference between the two actresses but as a parent that has seen both versions of Marina, the new Marina is a keeper.

  • I NEVER liked old marina, she wasn’t a good/energetic actress or dancer. I don’t like new marina either, she looks like she’s 30. Way too mature looking.

  • I like the old Marina better and My children know the difference and the difference’s in they way the song’s sound.. But I guess we got to get use to it

  • My girls just got into season 3 yesterday, and my 4 year old just asked my wife this morning why Marina’s voice is different. Ha!

    I joked with my wife that people can’t tell the difference between red heads (she has lots of read heads in her family, and I have a red beard). But seriously, couldn’t they have given the old Marina a farewell and then introduced an entirely new character? They even could have had Tara Perry be Marina’s sister or something.

  • Uhg. My younger sister just said she likes miss ‘big mouth’ tara better than Shayna. Uhg. I loved Shayna but know she`s gone for good(well in this case it`s gone for bad but youn know what i mean) First of all tara cannot keep beat and sings to quietly and screams to loudly. She really needs sing lessons in my opinion. I mean listen to her sing in stomp the house or the go banana songs. Soooooo off beat.Tara also smiles weirdly because if you add bigfoot with giant it adds to be TARA`S BIG MOUTH. Tara also is the most quiet singer. like in the wizard of song episode when she and twist started sing music really keeps me moving together you can hear her and twist equaly but when kiki joins you can`t tell tara`s there.Have you noticed that Yvette gonzalez-nacer took the place of tara`s vocolizing. Shayna also had a much stronger voice. She chanted like One, Two, Three, Four but tara`s like this one two three—-hey lets go get cupcakes.I likes Shayna. Tara does not deserve the title of marina she is just called tara nothing else special. I personally like both girls the best…..Or at least when Shayna was there not tara. Also what do most the people have against kiki(A.K.A. Yvette gonzalez-nace) What did she ever do. i mean why don`t you forgive her for who she is not who she was. I mean not that she ever did anything…..now true or false: hadley is a girl name, Shayna has a daughter named tua, and yvette has a daughter named hadley. With tara gone everything would be right as rain but know shayna`s happy sun has gotten covered by tara`s clouds. but one day the sky wil clear and shayna`s sun will shina again next to a rainbow of happiness. if only she came back….

  • I misa the old marina and I knew something was fishy about the new one. Anyway and yea Im a teen and I teen and I remember when they first came out I remeber them being named the jump around or bounce arounds..anyway I told my friend and she was like: ” waaaa no they always been the fresh beat band” I was like: ” um no I know I’m not imaging becaue I remeber that clear as day! Anyway thank you for refreshing my meomry and telling me what happen to the old marina I miss her 🙁

  • My Grandkids and I love the Fresh Beat Band but we havent seen any new shows in ages. Has the show been cancelled or are they just on tour. Such a great show for kids who love to dance and sing. We love both Marinas.

  • I preferred the old Marina but I like the new Marina. The problem isn’t so much their replacement, it’s the direction of the show. I stopped watching the new episodes since Shayna and Reed left because they introduced some very annoying characters and the focus seems to be on them rather than the message and music in each show. My kids also lost interest after the second season.

  • In “Step It Up” episode, it looks like Shayna Rose was pregnant. This would explain why she was not allow to do the harder steps.

      • Did she comment about the mistery about her leaving Fresh Street Band? I seen her advertisement about starring in a new family series. I actually comment “I like” filor the new series.

        • Dee, you’ll have to check out my 3 part interview with Shayna Rose on this blog, one of which I ask her some questions about FBB.

  • I like the original Marina , I watched The Fresh Beat Band as a kid and its not the same anymore. The new Marina frazzled my little sister and she noticed it at the age of 6. People notice change and I think if she was going to get off the show then what’s the point. Don’t start something you can’t finish. Big fan but for real though.

  • My 5 year old son totally noticed the change. Hence, how I ended up on this page trying to find out why so I can explain to him what happened.

  • quite honestly I was disturbed with the replacement cast member that replaced marina I thought she was very much more upbeat perky and full of life she voice of her own she was original and she blended very well with the rest of the band with your sense of humor and her kid like hands on approach whereas this new one may do the job but she doesn’t have have to spunk, personality and so welcoming characteristics whereas if you were a parent or child felt she was approachable kind have had a positive attitude towards life that reflected in the show. thank God mychild is older now and doesn’t watch Fresh Beat Band as often as he used after having a conversation with my 6 year old and he could tell the difference and the change of character I felt that it took away from his interests in the show. she was very talented she will be missed from the show and I hope and has led to bigger and better things because she was a positive role model that I can even respect and wish i could have some of the qualities thatseememd to have.

  • I loved the old Marina better because she had a sweeter personality and she made The Fresh Beat Band more fun to watch! I hated Tara Perry and I never watch any episodes with her in them. Shayna Rose should definitely reunite with The Fresh Beat Band as Marina one more time for a tour and in a movie so we can see the original Marina with the fresh beat band for one last time. Let me know when Tara’s contract expires so Shayna can be Marina again one more time! Peace out everyone.

  • I love the new Marina so much that when I saw the old Marina I thought she was a sucky replacement lol. The new Marina fits in much better. Tara Perry is a much better actor, singer and by far a better dancer than Shayna Rose. The other band members also seems to have better chemistry with the new Marina. The old Marina looks like a tolerated group member by comparison. Change sometimes goes wrong but Tara was by far an upgrade.

  • I like the old marina but the new marina is OK I guess. I think her mouth takes up like half her face though. She is a better singer but I dont like how she tries to act as if she’s been there for awhile like in Graduation Day she said she couldn’t believe they wouldn’t go to music school anymore and I was like… But u just got here?! So I like the old marina better.

  • Don’t care either, you can tell what episodes have the old or new Marina by watching them or by them singing their theme songs. The old theme song is with no harmonies, they all sing the lyrics and everything together. The new theme: dance and move—to our songs, (moooove-Kiki) join the band and play along—–(join the band and play aloooong) With the beat-the fresh beats, feel the beat-fresh beats. Lalalalala (descant: lalalalala)-Fresh. Lalalalala- Fresh Beats, lalalalalaaaaaaaaa. What is in parentheses is sang by Kiki as the harmony, you can tell the difference either watching their theme song and listening to it. So that gives me heads up, watching old Marina, heads up, watching new Marina. I enjoy both, I like the old, funnier Marina and the new musicianed Marina. Either is fine, all up to you!!

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