Pioneer High School Theatre Guild


2015-2016 Season Information

Please note that this information can change slightly throughout the year;
check back closer to the shows for the most up-to-date information.

Advanced tickets may be available.


Fall Musical: Grease

Book, Music & Lyrics by Jim Jacobs & Warren Casey

Director: Matthew Kunkel (University of Michigan Directing Major) 
Aidan Ziegler Hansen and Halli Toland (UM Musical Theatre Majors)
Music Directors: Barry Riggins (UM Musical Theatre Major) & Adam Begley (UM Graduate Student, Conducting)

"A lively and funny musical -- as well as the dancingest one in town. It's a winner...the songs are dandies [that portray] the early rockers with zip and charm. The sheer energy of Grease carries all before it." - New York Daily News

Here is Rydell High's senior class of 1959: duck-tailed, hot-rodding T-Birds and their gum-snapping, hip-shaking Pink Ladies in bobby sox and pedal pushers, evoking the look and sound of the 1950s in this rollicking musical. Head "greaser" Danny Zuko and new (good) girl Sandy Dumbrowski try to relive the high romance of their "Summer Nights" as the rest of the gang sings and dances its way through such songs as "Greased Lightnin'", "It's Raining on Prom Night", and "Alone at the Drive-In Movie" recalling the music of Buddy Holly, Little Richard and Elvis Presley that became the soundtrack of a generation.

An 8-year run on Broadway and two subsequent revivals along with innumerable school and community productions place GREASE among the world's most popular musicals.
(summary provided by Samuel French)

All performances in Schreiber Auditorium.

Tickets: $10 (Students, 65+ Seniors, PHS Staff); $15 (Adults)
Assigned Seating Tickets will be available in advance at (click here!) starting October 31st. Online ticket sales for each show end about an hour before that performance starts.
General Admission Tickets will be available at the door before each performance.

  • Saturday, November 7th, 8:30 pm
  • Sunday, November 8th, 2:00 pm matinee
  • Friday, November 13th, 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, November 14th, 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, November 15th, 2:00 pm matinee


FutureStars 2016

Director: Barry Riggins (U of M Musical Theatre Major)
FutureStars Coaches:  Noah Kieserman (UM MT), Nkeki Obi-Melekwe (UM MT), Matt Sena (UM MT), Carly Snyder (UM MT)
Dance Coaches: Claire Crause (UM Dance, PTG alum), Robbie Stephens (FS 2014 winner)
Rising Stars Music Director: Daniel Schwartzberg (UM MT)

Rising Stars Choreographer: Halli Toland (UM MT)
Host Director: Matthew Kunkel (UM Directing Major)
Music Director: Billy Harrington (UM Music graduate & PTG alum)

The most popular talent show in Michigan -- FutureStars -- is back! Come watch talented teens from ALL Ann Arbor public schools light up the big Schreiber stage with their amazing singing, dancing, breaking, and rapping performances. The top three acts from each of the preliminary shows, as critiqued by a special panel of judges and voted on by the audience, will go on to the Finals to compete for the title of "FutureStar 2016". Plus, you can see our up-and-coming stars, the underclassmen "Rising Stars", perform entertaining group medleys.

It's a fantastic chance for the whole family to enjoy some music, dance, and a little competition on the side! Over 6000 people saw FS shows last year!

All performances are in Schreiber Auditorium.

Tickets: All $10
Advanced Tickets will be available on starting January 5th.
You can buy Assigned Seating tickets for the 7pm shows and General Admission tickets for the 9:30pm shows in advance.
General Admission Tickets for all prelim shows will be available at the door an hour before each performance.

  • Friday, 1/15, 7 pm: "Gone But Not Forgotten"
  • Friday, 1/15, 9:30 pm: "Get Your Groove On" (students only)
  • Saturday, 1/16, 7 pm: "Guilty Pleasures"
  • Saturday, 1/16, 9:30 pm: "MyTunes NOW" (students only)

Tickets: $10 (Students, 65+ Seniors, PHS Staff), $15 (Adults)
Advanced Tickets will be available on starting January 5th. Buy tickets early - the Finals will sell out!
Student Tickets purchased in advance will require a student ID at the door.

  • Saturday, January 23rd, 7:30 pm


Winter Play: Prospect High: Brooklyn

Written by Daniel Robert Sullivan

Director: Daniel Cantor (UM Associate Professor of Music and Drama)
Associate Director: Flores Komatsu (UM Theatre Performance Major)

We are proud to present PROSPECT HIGH: BROOKLYN in partnership with Roundabout Theatre Company of NYC as part of their 50th Anniversary Season. Written by Daniel Robert Sullivan and based on actual events and conversations with nine New York City high school students about the challenging issues they face on a daily basis, this new play will be premiered by a select group of high schools around the country. Very powerful in its content and structure, PROSPECT HIGH: BROOKLYN will resonate with anyone who is, or ever has been, in high school. 

**This play focuses on issues facing high school students and is probably not suitable for children.**

All performances are in The Little Theater.

Tickets: $8 (Students, 65+ Seniors, PHS Staff); $12 (Adults)
Assigned Seating Tickets are available in advance at Online ticket sales for each show end about an hour before that performance starts.
General Admission Tickets will be available at the door before each performance.

  • Friday, January 29th, 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, January 30th, 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, January 31th, 2:00 pm matinee (talk-back afterward)
  • Friday, February 5th, 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, February 6th, 7:30 pm


Spring Musical: Rock Of Ages

Book by Christopher D'Arienzo
Arrangements & Orchestrations by Ethan Popp

Director: Will Branner (UM MT)
Choreographer: Tom Sweeney (UM MT)
Asst Director/Asst Choreographer: Halli Toland (UM MT)
Music Director: Barry Riggins (UM MT)
Orchestra Director: Tyler Driskill (UM Musician/Accompanist)

It’s the tail end of the big bad 1980s in Hollywood, and the party has been raging hard. Aqua Net, Lycra, lace and liquor flow freely at one of the Sunset Strips last legendary venues, a place where sultry Stacee Jaxx takes the stage and groupies line up to turn their fantasies into reality. Amidst the madness, aspiring rock star (and resident toilet cleaner) Drew longs to take the stage as the next big thing (and longs for small-town girl Sherri, fresh off the bus from Kansas with stars in her eyes). But the rock and roll fairy-tale is about to end when German developers sweep into town with plans to turn the fabled Strip into just another capitalist strip mall. Can Drew, Sherri and the gang save the strip–and themselves–before it's too late? Only the music of hit bands Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake and more hold the answer.

Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, ROCK OF AGES will have you dancing in your seat! (summary provided by Samuel French)

Please note that this musical is rated PG-13.

Tickets: $10 (Students, 65+ Seniors, PHS Staff); $15 (Adults)
Assigned Seating Tickets are on sale now at (click it for the direct link). Online ticket sales for each show end about an hour before that performance starts.
General Admission Tickets will be available at the door before each performance.

All performances are in Schreiber Auditorium.

  • Friday, April 29th, 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, April 30th, 7:30 pm
  • Friday, May 6th, 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, May 7th, 7:30 pm


Student Productions 2016

Writing Mentor: TBA

Student Productions (or "Stud Pros" as we like to call it!) is the opportunity for our Theatre Guild student to really shine creatively and technically. This evening of short plays is entirely written, cast, directed, built, performed, and run by students! You won't want to miss seeing these one-of-a-kind plays, put together by our one-of-a-kind team!

Tickets: All $7
General Admission tickets will be sold at the door before each performance (cash or check only).

All performances are in The Little Theater.

  • Saturday, May 21st, 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, May 22nd, 2:00 pm matinee