The Ben Vereen Awards is a local competition named after the famous Broadway theatre star, which seeks out the best young actors and actresses from high schools across San Diego. Broadway San Diego selects top-tier stage actors each year for the awards, and this year Jackie Foster of Poway High School (PHS) was selected as a finalist for her role in this year’s production of Little Women as Jo March.

Jackie has performed in over twenty-five musicals, including productions with San Diego Opera, North Coast Repertory Theatre, Christian Youth Theater, PHS, and Lamb’s Players Theatre. Her favorite roles include Jo in Little Women, Éponine in Les Misérables, Rosie in Bye Bye Birdie, and Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. For more information about the Ben Vereen Awards visit