Annual high school talent show in Ann Arbor goes virtual
ANN ARBOR – Pioneer Theatre Guild’s 19th annual FutureStars talent show will still take place this year, but with a twist. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, all performances from the citywide talent search featuring students from Ann Arbor’s public high schools will be going virtual. But to keep the show true to form, all 19 solo performances will be pre-recorded onstage in Pioneer High School’s Schreiber Auditorium -- the event’s venue in years past. Skyline High School senior and second year FutureStars participant Nate Frison said that the transition to virtual practice sessions was very smooth. Skyline High School Senior, Nate Frison, sings “It’s My Life” (Bon Jovi) at FutureStars 2020.
Ann Arbor high schoolers to perform 8 virtual plays this weekend
ANN ARBOR – The Pioneer Theatre Guild will be performing a series of short plays via livestream this weekend and tickets are free. In a year marked by remote learning, the PTG has also adapted the way they perform. The group dedicated the video to the outgoing senior class whose final season was marred by the pandemic. This weekend, the performances are inspired by the Play at Home project -- a national effort by a group of theatre companies to commission a series of short plays for local communities. Even through the Zoom screen, I still felt included and connected to those that were a part of the project.
Ann Arbor Pioneer students record song from canceled spring production remotely
ANN ARBOR A recent video posted by Ann Arbor Pioneers Theatre Guild gives meaning to the phrase the show must go on.When senior Dana Steiner learned that the groups spring production of Les Miserables was canceled, she pitched the performing-in-place idea. I am a senior at Pioneer and this would have been my last musical with my younger brother and my PTG family. To help everyone record their parts, I sent out an instruction video and sample recordings of every ensemble vocal track, Steiner said in a statement. Every cast member who wanted to participate recorded themselves singing their part a cappella while listening to the accompaniment in headphones. I got sent each video individually -- 35 total -- at the beginning of May and spent weeks editing them all together.Wed say it was a big success.
Pioneer High School to present Roald Dahl's 'Matilda the Musical'
ANN ARBOR - Pioneer Theatre Guild will be the first high school in Michigan to present Roald Dahl's "Matilda the Musical" at Schreiber Auditorium beginning in November. The school's headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, is a mean woman who hates children and enjoys punishing rule breakers. Wolfe has previously worked with the Pioneer Theatre Guild as assistant director of the group's springtime production of "In the Heights." Part of my job as crew head is teaching recruits how to sew, and show them how great costumes crew is." (Courtesy: Pioneer Theatre Guild) Like what you're reading?