Air date: May 10, 2012
Rick Sperling: Our goal for every show is to blow away people’s expectations of what young people can do. These are high schoolers. And if that’s hard to believe, consider that without the Mosaic Youth Theatre, they might have nowhere to perform. Rick Sperling: Unfortunately, the majority of schools in metro Detroit don’t have drama programs anymore and most don’t have music programs either. That’s a lot of the reason why Mosaic is here. Rick Sperling started Mosaic 20 years ago with a couple dozen kids and no budget. Today it is six times that size, with kids from 50 different schools. Mosaic is internationally renowned and not just for singing and dancing. Rick Sperling: 95 percent of the young people who have gone through Mosaic have gone to college. Javon Jones: Mosaic helps excellence on stage and in life. Jeniah Head: Without Mosaic I don’t know where I would be honestly. Mosaic’s newest show, at the DIA this weekend and next, celebrates the teen legends of 1962 Motown, by playing them with Detroit teens of today. Rick Sperling: When people see Detroit teenagers — who don’t always get the best rep in the press, in the media — when they see them doing something they can’t believe is possible, I think it changes their perception of what is possible for these young people. Giving young people a voice and a stage, Rick Sperling and the Mosaic Youth Theatre keep the beat in the Heart of Detroit.