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Mosaic Youth Theatre celebrates 20 years with onstage time capsule

If Back to the Future’s Doc Brown had taken a cue from Mosaic Youth Theatre he could have saved Marty McFly a lot of trouble by using music to help him experience the past.  Yes, the Mosaic Youth Theatre is now 20 years old. Its participants take great pride in the group’s longevity and wish to do so by way of a show featuring music from across Mosaic’s two decades of existence.  It’s the perfect cap to a year-long celebration.

The show is an on-stage time capsule called Only the Best: 20 Years of Mosaic Memories, and will play inside the Detroit Institute of Art in The Detroit Film Center Friday, December 14 through Sunday, December 16.

The idea is to give long-time supporters a remembrance of how great the ride has been the past 20 years and still is … all while still being open to new audiences that have never seen them before. The program is sort of an on-stage time capsule presented through the mediums of song and dance.

“The purpose of this production is to celebrate the truly great things about Mosaic and what we’ve come to be,” says Rick Sperling, CEO and founder of the Mosaic Youth Theatre. “Capturing the magic and history of the past 20 years of Mosaic performances, Only The Best takes the audience on a journey that gives them a visceral understanding of the diversity, complexity, energy and empowerment embodied by Mosaic’s theatrical and musical art.”

For those who are aware of the group, and have enjoyed them in the past, they will be doing old favorites from such shows as Now That I Can Dance, Crossing 8 Mile, Everybody’s Talking, Magnificat, What Fools These Mortals Be and many more.  The show runs from Friday, December 14 through Sunday, December 16.  Friday and Saturday the shows will start at 8:00p.m.  Sunday it starts at 4:00 p.m. Tickets are $22 for general admission and $15 for students and seniors with valid ID. Tickets can be purchased online at or at the DIA box office by calling (313) 833-4005. Children under 5 are not admitted.

The kids have been working very hard with Artistic Director Courtney Burkett and Musical Director Delashea Strawder, a former member of the group.  By all accounts this show is turning into exactly what it is supposed to be … an energetic production by a group of young professionals.

The Mosaic Youth Theatre was born right here in Michigan and is a non-profit.  The backgrounds and cultural origins of members of the group are diverse, but there is one thing they all have in common … a commitment to excellence in the arts.  Clearly they have struck gold with their mode. They have a large number of returning students, a high graduation rate and a large percentage of these young artists move on to higher education.  The Mosaic Youth Theatre has been recognized across the globe for its development of the young through the arts.

Only The Best: 20 Years of Mosaic Memories is presented by DTE Energy and made possible with the support of JPMorgan Chase Foundation, Masco Corporation Foundation, Ford Motor Company Fund, Mercedes Benz Financial, Compuware, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and Strategic Staffing Solutions.

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