Vidoeo: FutureStars 2019 opens tonight: see AAPS highlights from a preliminary show dress rehearsal  


Pioneer Theatre Guild’s FutureStars 2019 returns TONIGHT for its 17th year at Pioneer High School’s Schreiber Auditorium. A citywide talent search for Ann Arbor’s next star, FutureStars features students from Ann Arbor’s public high schools as they sing, dance, rap, and play music.

Each of the four preliminary shows features a musical theme. The top three acts from each preliminary show perform at the Finals, critiqued by a panel of celebrity judges and voted on by the audience, to determine the winning “FutureStar 2019.”

The Final Competition also includes performances by the RisingStars (participating underclassmen), wildcard performances, and special guest appearances.

Here is an awesome video taken by Jo Mathis (AAPS District News Editor) of Wednesday’s rehearsals featuring some of the performers as they prepare to take the stage this weekend.


MEET Ella Manning:
MEET Dana Steiner:
MEET Samiyah Wheeler:
MEET Greer Taylor:


Friday, Jan. 18
7 pm  BeatleMania: Songs made popular by the beloved group, the Beatles (Reserved Seating)
9:30 pm*  #RESPECT Strong Women/Powerful Voices: Songs made popular by females artists (General Admission)
Saturday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m.
7 pm  Totally ‘80s: Music from the glorious ‘80s (Reserved Seating)
9:30pm*  myTunes: Top hits from the past year (General Admission)

*The 9:30pm shows are intended for high school students only. Parents of performing students are welcome to attend, but we request that they allow the students to sit nearest to the stage.


Saturday, January 26th @ 7:30pm (Reserved Seating)
Directors: Ben Ahlers & Nina White
Music Director: Billy Harrington
RisingStars Music Director: Ryan Mackenzie Lewis
Coaches: University of Michigan Musical Theatre Majors: Emma Ashford, Griffin Binnicker, Daelyn Joriff, Madi McBride, Alana Pollard, Justin Showell, Owen Smith, Christopher Washington, Nina White

Tickets are on sale now at A2Tix:
Preliminary Shows: $10 (All Tickets)
Final Competition: $10 (Students, 65+ Seniors, PHS Staff), $15 (Adults).

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