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Posted on Thu, Jan 12, 2012 : 1:05 p.m.

Pioneer Theatre Guild hosts FutureStars 2012 this weekend

By Staff


The audience at the finals of FutureStars 2011

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The most popular local high school talent show around is celebrating its 10th anniversary, as the Pioneer Theatre Guild presents FutureStars 2012.

Talented teens from all over Ann Arbor will be singing, dancing, breaking, and rapping in four preliminary shows with different themes in front of an "American Idol"-style panel of judges that includes teachers, alumni, and local celebrities.

In honor of the event's 10 year anniversary, this year's themes include “Best of FutureStars Part 1,” on Friday, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m.; “Best of FutureStars Part 2,” on Friday, Jan. 13 at 9:30 p.m. (students only); “On Broadway NOW!”, on Saturday, Jan. 14 at 7 p.m.; and “On the Radio NOW!” on Saturday, Jan. 14 at 9:30 p.m. (students only). Together, the judges and the audience will choose the best 3 numbers from each show to continue on to the finals (happening Saturday, Jan. 21 at 7:30 p.m.), where one performer will be named FutureStar 2012!

Last year, over 5000 people attended the FutureStars performances, with finals night selling out. This year's FutureStars program is directed by 6 University of Michigan musical theater and dance students: Joel Sparks, Sadie Yarrington, Ashley Park, Dorothy Yarrington, Mary Little and Adam Quinn.

All performances happen in Pioneer's Schreiber Auditorium, at 601 W. Stadium Blvd. Tickets are available at the door 30 minutes before each show. Reserve your tickets early at for the 7 p.m. preliminary shows and final competition.

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Mon, Jan 16, 2012 : 1:39 p.m.

Its too bad this was not promoted more by! There are so many non stories put on the "news" page that pale in comparison to this. Shame on!

Lisa Dengiz

Thu, Jan 12, 2012 : 10:27 p.m.

This is such a fantastic show that is not to be missed! Congratulations and Kudos to Susan Hurwitz, Misty Plumber and the rest of the supremely hardworking, talented and visionary Pioneer Theater Guild staff, students, parents and other AAPS staff for supporting such a fun, memorable and inclusive show. Special thanks also goes to those amazingly talented UM Musical Theater students ( a number of whom are former talents show stars! ) for directing and mentoring the many glorious, outstanding performances!