By Terry Jacoby/weloveannarbor.com
Lulu Burbo-Charron first walked on a stage at the age of 6 – and it was life changing, even at that young age.
“It was my first dance recital at the Power Center,” recalls the Pioneer senior. “I didn’t like being on stage because I was nervous that I would mess up in front of so many people. I loved being involved with the performance, though.”
Not only did she stick with dance until high school but she joined the highly respected Pioneer Theatre Guild in ninth grade where she had the opportunity to be involved backstage – where she found a home.
How is this all life changing?
Well, Burbo-Charron is going to attend U-M next year where she will major in Film, Television, and Media. So, yeah, this is pretty serious stuff and will be a big part of her life for at least the foreseeable future.
In the very near future – Saturday, to be exact – Burbo-Charron will be the Head Stage Manager for Pioneer Theatre Guild’s FutureStars 2023 at the newly renovated Schreiber Auditorium at Pioneer High School (see details below). And Saturday can’t get here fast enough.
“This is my first show as head stage manager and I’m super excited,” she said. “I’ve never worked in the booth before, I’ve always been backstage. It will definitely be a challenge to learn a whole new aspect of stage management in a week.”
Burbo-Charron says she is “most excited” to see this show come together during tech week.
“FutureStars is so different from the other shows PTG does because until tech week everyone rehearses separately so you really have no idea what the show looks like,” she says. “I’m also super excited to have FutureStars in Schreiber Auditorium this year!”
Lulu, 17, is the daughter of Heather Charron and Michael Burbo and also performs well in the classroom. She has a 3.93 GPA and also is interested in music, writing and art.
Burbo-Charron was the First Assistant Stage Manager for FutureStars 2022. “I worked backstage and most of my job was to bring mics on and off stage between each song and make sure everything was running smoothly,” she said. Things must have run smoothly to earn the job as the head stage manager.
Burbo-Charron has been stage managing since ninth grade when PTG first attempted to put on Les Mis, and also has worked on the crew for other shows. “I love being backstage and working with the cast and crew so that’s what I usually do,” she says. “My favorite thing about stage managing FutureStars is getting to see the show come together during tech week with the performers, hosts and crew all working together to make a great show. Everyone involved in the show is super talented and it’s amazing to see it all showcased at once.”
Show Date: Saturday, Feb. 11 at 7:30 pm
Location: Schreiber Auditorium, Pioneer High School (601 West Stadium Boulevard)
Reserved Seating Tickets on sale now: https://www.showtix4u.com/events/ptg
$15 Students/65+ Seniors/Pioneer Staff $20 Adults
Historically, FutureStars tickets sell out so advance purchase is encouraged. If there are tickets available, the box office will be open one hour prior to the performance.
For more information about PTG, visit https://a2ptguild.org
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