Photos and videos by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor
The 15th annual Pioneer Theatre Guild’s FutureStars talent competition was held Saturday night before a sold-out crowd which cheered on dozens of AAPS student singers, dancers and musicians.
More than 90 high school students from throughout the district tried out for the competition last week, with the finalists taking the stage at Pioneer High School.
For the first time in the competition’s history, there was a tie for first place. Singer Nia Blair shared the honor with singer Chloe LaPorte and pianist/singer Rishi Nemorin.
Also honored was the show’s founder, Susan Hurwitz, who was recognized for her dedication to the arts at AAPS, as well as the many hours she has devoted to the show year after year.
This year the staff also included:
Director: Barrett Riggins
Assistant Director: Halli Toland
Dance Coach: Claire Crause
Host Coach: Ben Ahlers
Future Stars Coach: Daniel Schwartzberg
Future Stars Coach: Grace Bydalek
Future Stars Coach: Tom Sweeney
Future Stars Coach: Justin Showell
Rising Stars Music Director: Carly Snyder
Rising Stars Choreographer: Aidan Ziegler-Hansen