18th annual Pioneer Theatre Guild’s FutureStars a chart-topping success

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The 18th annual Pioneer Theatre Guild’s FutureStars 2020 was a huge success both on and off the stage. The citywide talent search was held Jan. 17-18 with the finals on Jan. 25 at Pioneer High School.

The event featured students from Ann Arbor’s public high schools as they sang, rapped and played music. The students performed to a sold-out house – 1,600 people in Schreiber Auditorium!

Bridget Roberts and Monty Granderson singing “Beauty & The Beast” (both seniors at Pioneer)

Maya Boyd singing “Put Your Records On”
Bridget Roberts singing “Home Sweet Home”
Kat Stanczak singing “What About Love”
Cali Hill singing “Carry On Wayward Son”

Christopher Taylor, Mayor of Ann Arbor
Matthew Altruda, 107.1 Host of Tree Town Sound & Sonic Lunch Talent Buyer
Marci Rosenberg, Speech Pathologist & Voice Singing Specialist at UM
Ashley Nics, WKQI 955 on-air personality
Geoff Packard, Acting/Playwriting Professor at UM & Broadway Performer
Hassan Haskins, UM Football Running Back
Sammy Faustin, UM Football Defensive Back

Here is a list of performances from the night.

Company Medley –

I Gotta Feeling (The Black Eyed Peas), Rock and Roll All Nite (Kiss), Old Town Road (Lil Nas X, Billy Ray Cyrus), Be Our Guest (Beauty and the Beast)  Full Ensemble
Arranged by Ryan M Lewis
Choreographed by Maya Alwan

Welcome to the Jungle (Guns N’ Roses)  Suri Gaiana, Mazey Perry

Love Song (Sara Bareilles)  Ella Maki

A Whole New World (Aladdin)  Nate Frison, Zoe Resendez

Put Your Records On (Corinne Bailey-Rae)  Maya Boyd

Any Way You Want It (Journey)  Lila Harris, Elena Tucker

Dancing With a Stranger (Sam Smith & Normani)  Monty Granderson

Love Is An Open Door (Frozen)  Tony Birchler, Carli Starman

Reflection (Mulan)  Jasmine Williams

What If I Never Get Over You (Lady Antebellum)  Luke Andoni-Savas, Talia Milliman

Home Sweet Home (Motlëy Crüe)  Bridget Roberts

Disney Medley –
Kiss The Girl (The Little Mermaid)/ I Wan’na Be Like You (The Jungle Book)/ Circle of Life (The Lion King)  


Smooth (Santana ft. RobThomas)  Kiyan Aslani, Landon Brimacombe, Etai Smotrich-Barr

What About Love (Heart)  Kat Stanczak

7 Rings (Ariana Grande)  Simone Mahler, Ella Maki, Zoe Resendez, Shyannne Wilson

Don’t Stop Believin’ (Journey)  Maya Boyd, Jasmine Williams

Haven’t Met You Yet (Michael Bublé)  Aidan McCoy

Carry On Wayward Son (Kansas)  Cali Hill

I Don’t Care (Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber)  Aidan Jelic

Beauty And The Beast  (Beauty and the Beast)  Monty Granderson, Bridget Roberts

Pour Some Sugar On Me (Def Leppard)  Nadia Ajlouny, Ileana Oeschger, Dana Steiner, Aliya Szutz

Queen Medley –
We Will Rock You/Another One Bites The Dust/We Are The Champions/Bohemian Rhapsody 

In addition to this list, a group of six talented and entertaining hosts performed a few skits and MC’d the entire evening. Those students were:

Pioneer Senior Asha Coy
Pioneer Senior Kayla Ford
Skyline Senior Andrew Laffertry
Pioneer Junior Brad O’Brien
Pioneer Senior Maggie Packard
Community Senior Bao Polkowski

By Terry Jacoby