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FutureStars 2013

 
FutureStars 2013 | Top-5 Finisher Andrew Nazarro sang with the audience in Ain’t That Peculiar
Top-5 Finisher Andrew Nazarro sang with the audience in Ain’t That Peculiar

While at the fourth preliminary competition (Saturday, Jan. 12), I kept thinking that I was actually at the finals — I mean, the show was that polished! Unsurprisingly, the finals completely sold out well ahead of the event (get your sleeping bag ready for next year).

What makes the FutureStars production so unique and successful, in my opinion, is the growing group of skilled and committed PTG alumni and U-M performing arts students who return each year to continue nurturing the show. It’s almost an understatement to call them a “dream team.” Cast members have an unbeatable opportunity to experiment with musical styles, collaborate with other talented students, and develop their skills with coaching from the directors. And we in the audience get to eat it all up.

The competition aspect of the show seems completely beside the point to me. Although I’ll admit to enjoying the entertaining and supportive celebrity judges. There is little doubt in my mind, however, that main draw of this event is that it’s the premiere cultivator of and showcase for HS talent in our community. The way the cast and crew worked together to put on this show leaves me — yet again — humbled.

(My apologies for the terse captions. It’s killing me not to say more, but I’m guessing that folks would prefer to see these photos now, rather than in July.)

FutureStars 2013 | Claire Crause momentarily holds the mike for Colin Darnton in The Walk. | Olivia Roumel — Glitter and Gold
Claire Crause momentarily holds the mike for Colin Darnton in The Walk. | Olivia Roumel — Glitter and Gold
FutureStars 2013 | Top-5 finishers Nick Barvinok and Andrew Krenz (who is who?) dance to Bridge to Canada.
Top-5 finishers Nick Barvinok and Andrew Krenz (who is who?) dance to Bridge to Canada.
FutureStars 2013 | Guest judges included UM football players Devin Gardner and Jeremy Gallon, musician and Neutral Zone music coordinator Ingrid Racine, singer Dan Henig, and host of Tree Town Sound on 107.1 FM Matthew Altruda.
Guest judges included UM football players Devin Gardner and Jeremy Gallon, musician and Neutral Zone music coordinator Ingrid Racine, singer Dan Henig, and host of Tree Town Sound on 107.1 FM Matthew Altruda.
FutureStars 2013 | Becca Shipan — Dark Side | FutureStars winner Eliza Stein — Cry Me Out
Becca Shipan — Dark Side | FutureStars winner Eliza Stein — Cry Me Out
FutureStars 2013 | “Spice Girls” Maddie Polovick, Diana Chen, Molly Cocco, Jassadi Moore, Sophie Bolz (with host Mackenzie O’Conner) enjoyed the judges’ comments after their performance of Wannabe.
“Spice Girls” Maddie Polovick, Diana Chen, Molly Cocco, Jassadi Moore, Sophie Bolz (with host Mackenzie O’Conner) enjoyed the judges’ comments after their performance of Wannabe.
FutureStars 2013 | Rising Stars — Footloose
Rising Stars — Footloose
FutureStars 2013 | Gabe Novak — The A Team
Gabe Novak — The A Team
FutureStars 2013 | Keaira Banks, Emmalee Mills, and Tasha Thomas — Bleeding Love
Keaira Banks, Emmalee Mills, and Tasha Thomas — Bleeding Love
FutureStars 2013 | Top-5 finisher Hank Miller — Dancing Shoes
Top-5 finisher Hank Miller — Dancing Shoes
FutureStars 2013 | Karina Stribley — The Great Escape | Hell on Heels: Alexandra Howell, Hannah Hesseltine, and Adrianna Ellis (with host Ryan Kielczewski)
Karina Stribley — The Great Escape | Hell on Heels: Alexandra Howell, Hannah Hesseltine, and Adrianna Ellis (with host Ryan Kielczewski)
FutureStars 2013 | Styles Unknown (Duane Redmond, Nick Washington, Sena Adjei, and Darius Sanderford) mischievously pranked the audience several times in Battle Mix.
Styles Unknown (Duane Redmond, Nick Washington, Sena Adjei, and Darius Sanderford) mischievously pranked the audience several times in Battle Mix.
FutureStars 2013 | Levi Brown — Give Me Love
Levi Brown — Give Me Love
FutureStars 2013 | Christian Boyd and Claire Crause — Dancing
Christian Boyd and Claire Crause — Dancing
FutureStars 2013 | Michael Sherman and Cole Taylor (also a host) — I Can Change
Michael Sherman and Cole Taylor (also a host) — I Can Change
FutureStars 2013 | Thanks to Michael Shapiro, Isaac Scobey-Thal, Drew Polovick, David VanVelden, and Jordan McKay’s electrifying performance of What Makes You Beautiful, I now have an appreciation of One Direction.
Thanks to Michael Shapiro, Isaac Scobey-Thal, Drew Polovick, David VanVelden, and Jordan McKay’s electrifying performance of What Makes You Beautiful, I now have an appreciation of One Direction.
FutureStars 2013 | Kelsey Detering was fierce in Mercy. | George Lu, silky smooth, in A Change is Gonna Come.
Kelsey Detering was fierce in Mercy. | George Lu, silky smooth, in A Change is Gonna Come.
FutureStars 2013 | Top-5 finisher Sina Webster — 1+1
Top-5 finisher Sina Webster — 1+1
FutureStars 2013 | Remington Reakhof and Olivia Roumel gave me chills in Barton Hollow.
Remington Reakhof and Olivia Roumel gave me chills in Barton Hollow.
FutureStars 2013 | 2012 FutureStars winner Tionna Griffin performed while the judges deliberated.
2012 FutureStars winner Tionna Griffin performed while the judges deliberated.
FutureStars 2013 | Company Medley
Company Medley
FutureStars 2013 | Company
Company
FutureStars 2013 | 2013 FutureStars winner Eliza Stein with judges and friends: (l-r)
Jeremy Gallon, Fitzgerald Toussaint, Cameron Gordon, Eliza Stein, Devin Gardner, Matthew Altruda, Dan Henig. Plus, who’s that cute kid in the foreground?
2013 FutureStars winner Eliza Stein with judges and friends: (l-r) Jeremy Gallon, Fitzgerald Toussaint, Cameron Gordon, Eliza Stein, Devin Gardner, Matthew Altruda, Dan Henig. Plus, who’s that cute kid in the foreground?
FutureStars 2013 | The FutureStars and RisingStars directors: Conor Guzman, Alex Kip, Ashley Park*, Schuyler Robinson*, Elizabeth Evans, Alex Prakken, Billy Harrington*, Robert Ariza, Hannah Pearlman*, Dorothy Yarrington*, and Isabelle McCalla (*=FutureStars alumni)
The FutureStars and RisingStars directors: Conor Guzman, Alex Kip, Ashley Park*, Schuyler Robinson*, Elizabeth Evans, Alex Prakken, Billy Harrington*, Robert Ariza, Hannah Pearlman*, Dorothy Yarrington*, and Isabelle McCalla (*=FutureStars alumni)
FutureStars 2013 | The rock-steady FutureStars band: Joe Dart, Mike Harrington, Brad Linden, Brian Young, and Billy Harrington (with director Ashley Park).
The rock-steady FutureStars band: Joe Dart, Mike Harrington, Brad Linden, Brian Young, and Billy Harrington (with director Ashley Park).
FutureStars 2013 | Strike!
Strike!

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I’m a professional photographer specializing in studio and lifestyle portraits of children, families, high school seniors, and performing artists. I live in Ann Arbor with my husband, Rich, and our 12-year-old son, Max. Learn more about my portrait and headshot services at Myra Klarman Photography.

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