FutureStars 2017 is a high energy celebration of high school talent in AAPS

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

The crowd cheers for finalists Ryan Anderson and Ella Manning.


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