Pioneer High School Theatre Guild


2013-2014 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: Pippin

Book by Roger O. Hirson
Music & Lyrics by  Stephen Schwartz

Director: Michael Hartung (U of M Musical Theatre Major)
Assistant Director: Emma Sohlberg (U of M MT)
Logan Jones (U of M MT)
Musical Director: Robert Ariza
Orchestra Director: Tyler Driskill (U of M School of Music Staff)

Once upon a time, a young prince longed to discover the secret of true happiness and fulfillment. He sought it in the glories of the battlefield, the temptations of the flesh, and the intrigues of political power (after all, his father was King Charlemagne the Great). In the end, he found it in an unexpected place. 

PIPPIN is a hip, tongue-in-cheek, anachronistic fairy tale that captivated Broadway audiences and continues to appeal to the young at heart everywhere (the show has become a staple on high school and college campuses). The energetic pop-influenced score by three-time Oscar®-winning composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz (GODSPELLCHILDREN OF EDEN, and the animated films Pocahontas, The Hunchback Of Notre Dame and The Prince Of Egypt) bursts with one showstopping number after another, from soaring ballads to infectious dance numbers. 
(summary provided by MTI)

Click here and click here to see clips from the Broadway version of show!

All performances in Schreiber Auditorium.

Tickets: $10 (Students, 65+ Seniors, PHS Staff); $15 (Adults)
Assigned Seating Tickets will be available in advance at, starting on 10/31/13. 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, November 8th, 7:30 pm**
  • Sunday, November 10th, 2:00 pm matinee
  • Friday, November 15th, 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, November 16th, 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, November 17th, 2:00 pm matinee

**Opening night has been changed to Friday due to a time conflict with a U of M football game on Saturday.


FutureStars 2014

Director: Robert Ariza (U of M Musical Theatre Major)
Music Director & Asst Producer:
Billy Harrington (PTG Alum)
Kyle Timson (U of M MT), Storm Lever (U of M MT), Ellie Fishman (U of M MT), Alex Prakken (U of M MT), Tim Van Riper (PTG Alum)
Dance Coach: Claire Crause (PTG Alum, U of M Dance Major)
Rising Stars Director:
Schuyler Robinson (PTG Alum)
Rising Stars Asst Director:
Sabra Satz-Kojis (PTG Senior)
Host Coach:
Claire Schorin (PTG Alum)

One of the most popular talent shows in the area, FutureStars is back and better than ever! As of 2009, the district administration has given us permission to open this one-of-a-kind competition to any public high school student in the district! The top 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 2014". Plus, you can see our up-and-coming stars, the underclassmen "Rising Stars", perform entertaining group medleys!

Come watch these talented teens light up Schreiber auditorium with their amazing performances — it's a fantastic chance for the whole family to enjoy some music, dance, and a little competition on the side!

All performances are in Schreiber Auditorium.

Tickets: All $10
Advanced Tickets are available on NOW (click on the link to go straight to the site).
You can buy Assigned Seating tickets for the 7pm shows in advance, and you can buy General Admission seats for the student shows in advance.
General Admission Tickets for all prelim shows will be available at the door an hour before each performance.

  • "Back To The 90s": Friday, January 17th, 7 pm
  • "Heartbreak": Friday, January 17th, 9:30 pm (students only)
  • "Rolling Stone Magazine's Top 100": Saturday, January 18th, 7 pm
  • "MyTunes Now": Saturday, January 18th, 9:30 pm (students only)

Tickets: $10 (Students, 65+ Seniors, PHS Staff), $15 (Adults)
Advanced Tickets are available on now! (click on the link to go straight to the page). Student Tickets purchased in advance will require showing a student ID at the door.

There will NOT be tickets sold at the door.

  • Saturday, January 25th, 7:30 pm


Spring Musical: Rent

Book, Music, & Lyrics by Jonathan Larson

Director: Ryan Vasquez (U of M Senior Musical Theatre Major)
Asst Director: Schuyler Robinson (U of M Student & PTG Alum)
Music Director: Robert Ariza (U of M Senior Musical Theatre Major)

Set in the East Village of New York City, RENT SCHOOL EDITION is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, it has become a pop cultural phenomenon with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages.

Based loosely on Puccini's La BohemeRENT SCHOOL EDITION follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York's Lower East Side, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. The physical and emotional complications of the disease pervade the lives of Roger, Mimi, Tom, and Angel. Maureen deals with her chronic infidelity through performance art; her partner, Joanne, wonders if their relationship is worth the trouble. Benny has sold out his Bohemian ideals in exchange for a hefty income and is on the outs with his former friends. Mark, an aspiring filmmaker, feels like an outsider to life in general. How these young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves, and conflicts provides the narrative thread to this groundbreaking musical.
(summary provided by MTI)

This musical is not suitable for young children.

Tickets: $10 (Students, 65+ Seniors, PHS Staff); $15 (Adults)
Advanced Tickets (assigned seating) will be available at starting April 15th.

Tickets (general admission) will also be sold at the door before each performance (cash or check only).

All performances are in Schreiber Auditorium.

  • Friday, April 25th, 7:30pm
  • Saturday, April 26th, 7:30pm
  • Sunday, April 27th, 2pm
  • Friday, May 2nd, 7:30pm
  • Sunday, May 4th, 2pm


Student Productions 2014

Writing Mentor: Joe Zettelmaier (Professional Playwright)

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.

  • Friday, May 16th, 7:30pm
  • Saturday, May 17th, 7:30pm