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FutureStars 2012

 
FutureStars 2012 | The audience went absolutely wild for FutureStars 2012 winner Tionna Griffin.
The audience went absolutely wild for FutureStars 2012 winner Tionna Griffin.

FutureStars 2012 celebrated its Tenth Anniversary in a big way. There was just an incredible level of energy — the kids performed their hearts out! I mean, it was a take-no-prisoners kinda deal. You dig?

And on top of all the enormous talent (which inexplicably seems to multiply exponentially from one year to the next), Michigan Wolverines quarterback Denard Robinson was on the judges’ panel! Joining him was teammate Kelvin Grady. I was delighted that the über-enthusiastic Lucy Ann Lance was returning for her 3rd tour of jury duty (if jury duty were anything like FutureStars, no one would try to get out of it). UM Musical Theater professor Cynthia Kortman Westphal — what a get! — and Steve DeBruyne lent a measure of theater gravitas to the event. Well, the judges couldn’t contain their enthusiasm — check out Denard’s tweet and Lucy Ann’s blog post!

FutureStars 2012 | The kick-ass panel of guest judges included Steve DeBruyne (Encore Theatre), Cynthia Kortman Westphal (UM School of Music, Theatre & Dance), Lucy Ann Lance (Lance & Erskine Communications), Denard Robinson (Michigan Wolverines quarterback), and Kelvin Grady (Michigan Wolverines wide receiver).
The kick-ass panel of guest judges included Steve DeBruyne (Encore Theatre), Cynthia Kortman Westphal (UM School of Music, Theatre & Dance), Lucy Ann Lance (Lance & Erskine Communications), Denard Robinson (Michigan Wolverines quarterback), and Kelvin Grady (Michigan Wolverines wide receiver).
FutureStars 2012 | Hannah Hesseltine, Carly Paull-Baird, and Adriana Ellis got the event off to a rousing start with a harmoniously tight Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy. | Hank Miller (vocals) and Morgan Barroso (dance) sauntered into the top-6 with Feeling Good.
Hannah Hesseltine, Carly Paull-Baird, and Adriana Ellis got the event off to a rousing start with a harmoniously tight Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy. | Hank Miller (vocals) and Morgan Barroso (dance) sauntered into the top-6 with Feeling Good.
FutureStars 2012 | Maddie Polovick performs Tears Dry on Their Own (with Aiden Geronimus). | Clare Lauer hit every silky note in A Case of You, accompanied by Gabe Novak.
Maddie Polovick performs Tears Dry on Their Own (with Aiden Geronimus). | Clare Lauer hit every silky note in A Case of You, accompanied by Gabe Novak.
FutureStars 2012 | Quinton Howard gets a unique view of the FutureStars crowd in Universal Mind Control. | Andrew Nazarro surprised several of his classmates (who had no idea he could even sing) with his soulful performance of Ain’t No Sunshine.
Quinton Howard gets a unique view of the FutureStars crowd in Universal Mind Control. | Andrew Nazarro surprised several of his classmates (who had no idea he could even sing) with his soulful performance of Ain’t No Sunshine.
FutureStars 2012 | Rising Stars in Here I Go Again. I look forward to seeing much more of these young faces.
Rising Stars in Here I Go Again. I look forward to seeing much more of these young faces.
FutureStars 2012 | Top-6 finishers Jassadi Moore and Eliza Stein were sassy and pink in Fly.
Top-6 finishers Jassadi Moore and Eliza Stein were sassy and pink in Fly.
FutureStars 2012 | Sena Adjei and Claire Crause gave us all goosebumps with I Had the Time of My Life. They nailed the lift, and so many other beautiful moves.
Sena Adjei and Claire Crause gave us all goosebumps with I Had the Time of My Life. They nailed the lift, and so many other beautiful moves.
FutureStars 2012 | Adriana Ellis with Natalie White and Tionna Griffin in the Dixie Chicks’ heartbreaking ballad Travelin’ Soldier.
Adriana Ellis with Natalie White and Tionna Griffin in the Dixie Chicks’ heartbreaking ballad Travelin’ Soldier.
FutureStars 2012 | Joey Hathaway performed the first non-vocal, non-dance number in the 10-year history of FutureStars. His unbelievable, bang-up performance of Stomp propelled him to a Top-6 finish.
Joey Hathaway performed the first non-vocal, non-dance number in the 10-year history of FutureStars. His unbelievable, bang-up performance of Stomp propelled him to a Top-6 finish.
FutureStars 2012 | Julia Franceschi in a beautiful, acoustic version of What’s Love Got to Do With It (accompanied by Gabe Novak on guitar). | Karina Stribley (with Rising Stars Alona Henig and Ivy Gleason) having too much fun in What the Hell.
Julia Franceschi in a beautiful, acoustic version of What’s Love Got to Do With It (accompanied by Gabe Novak on guitar). | Karina Stribley (with Rising Stars Alona Henig and Ivy Gleason) having too much fun in What the Hell.
FutureStars 2012 | Top-6 finishers Jonathan Jue-Wong and Madi Chadwick in a stirring rendition of Need You Now. Jonathan sang and played violin (I can barely walk and chew gum at the same time).
Top-6 finishers Jonathan Jue-Wong and Madi Chadwick in a stirring rendition of Need You Now. Jonathan sang and played violin (I can barely walk and chew gum at the same time).
FutureStars 2012 | Miriam Alexander belts out Come on Over Baby with Emma Whitaker and Tasha Major.
Miriam Alexander belts out Come on Over Baby with Emma Whitaker and Tasha Major.
FutureStars 2012 | Ari Axelrod and Hank Miller on the catwalk: What You Own.
Ari Axelrod and Hank Miller on the catwalk: What You Own.
FutureStars 2012 | It didn’t take an applause meter to tell us that Tionna Griffin was going to win FutureStars. Her performance of California King Bed was that good.
It didn’t take an applause meter to tell us that Tionna Griffin was going to win FutureStars. Her performance of California King Bed was that good.
FutureStars 2012 | Molly Cocco, Nick Washington, Darius Sanderford, Sena Adjei, and Duane Redmond defy gravity in their dance to Take Care.
Molly Cocco, Nick Washington, Darius Sanderford, Sena Adjei, and Duane Redmond defy gravity in their dance to Take Care.
FutureStars 2012 | Carly Paull-Baird’s soulful rendition of One and Only “proves that she is the one who can” be a Top-6 finisher.
Carly Paull-Baird’s soulful rendition of One and Only “proves that she is the one who can” be a Top-6 finisher.
FutureStars 2012 | What’s FutureStars without a boy band? Jonathan Jue-Wong, Jack Pilutti, Gabe Novak, Levi Brown, and Andrew Siddall delivered with I Want it That Way.
What’s FutureStars without a boy band? Jonathan Jue-Wong, Jack Pilutti, Gabe Novak, Levi Brown, and Andrew Siddall delivered with I Want it That Way.
FutureStars 2012 | While the judges deliberated, we got to see past FutureStars in action. 2009 winner Amelia Franceschi performed Heart of Gold, and 2007 winner Rohan Kymal performed Ain’t Too Proud to Beg.
While the judges deliberated, we got to see past FutureStars in action. 2009 winner Amelia Franceschi performed Heart of Gold, and 2007 winner Rohan Kymal performed Ain’t Too Proud to Beg.
FutureStars 2012 | Rohan was accompanied by FutureStars directors Sadie Yarrington, Ashley Park, Mary Little, and Dorothy Yarrington. Dorothy won FutureStars in 2008.
Rohan was accompanied by FutureStars directors Sadie Yarrington, Ashley Park, Mary Little, and Dorothy Yarrington. Dorothy won FutureStars in 2008.
FutureStars 2012 | The Pioneer Theatre Guild family comes together to celebrate the successful culmination of this 10th Annual FutureStars extravaganza with the closing medley (We Are Family, Celebration, and We Are A Family).
The Pioneer Theatre Guild family comes together to celebrate the successful culmination of this 10th Annual FutureStars extravaganza with the closing medley (We Are Family, Celebration, and We Are A Family).

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