Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit returned to in person performances in February with Blood at The Root by Tony-nominated Dominique Morisseau. Mosaic was excited to invite people back into our home at our Black Box Theatre for three sold-out performances including a livestream option for those unable to join us in person. This was quickly followed by a sold-out concert featuring original compositions by The Mosaic Singers.
Additionally, Mosaic is now accepting requests for in person community performances. On March 14 the ensemble took our unique brand of arts education on the road to four schools with limited access to arts education impacting over 150 youth. The day ended at an event sponsored by the NAACP Grosse Pointe/Harper Woods commemorating one of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s last public speeches in 1968 at Grosse Pointe South High School.
As the program year winds down Mosaic is in rehearsals for the release of Mwindo, a touring performance taking art into the community. Presently Mosaic is scheduled to perform Mwindo in six communities throughout metro Detroit.
Leaning into the success of last summer's outdoor camp experience, Mosaic is taking summer camp on the road again. There are six camps being offered in communities across Detroit.
Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit returned to the stage with the video production of The Three Talents, an original play by award winning playwright Harron Atkins. We were excited to share this peformance on the BIG SCREEN at the Ford Wyoming Drive-In theatre. The play explored the gods making a wager to determine if humanity is woth saving. Three teens must find a way to bring the people of their war-torn city together before the world as they know it is destroyed. Will they save the world and humanity or destroy each other?
Mosaic also wrapped up its summer camp programming. This year Mosaic headed outdoors for summer camp offering camps in three locations as well as a virtual option. Over 200 youth participated in the various camps. Mosaic also launched Mosaic Mobile, an interactive 90 minute pop up experience in communities across Detroit.
As the summer winds down Mosaic is preparing for the launch of its 2021/2022 programming year and is excited to welcome young people back to in-person programming. Leaning into the lessons learned during the summer, we are inviting our young people back to a unique out door experience.
Covid-19 continues to impact Mosaic’s programming. While our programming remains virtual and in person performances have not been possible, we are excited by how our team has continued to provide opportunities for youth to gather virtually for creative exploration. We continue to be amazed by the resilience of the youth in our programs and the commitment they have shown to the mastery of their craft. This past January we held our first drive-in performance. The Immerse Ensemble working with a professional playwright presented original work which was recorded virtually. It was then premiered at a local drive-in theatre providing an opportunity for the young performers, their families, and friends to gather safely while celebrating their craft.
Mosaic has also continued our New Voices Detroit programming which pairs youth interested in playwriting and composition with professional directors, composers and coaches to guide them as they bring their original ideas to life. Once their plays and songs are finalized, youth in Mosaic’s ensembles performed their plays and songs virtually. During the pandemic Mosaic has had two cohorts graduate from the program and a third cohort is in session working with their coaches.
Additionally, Mosaic recently launched Mobile Mosaic, a mobile outdoor camp experience, taking place in neighborhoods around Detroit. Imagine a van pulling up in your neighborhood and offering the youth a 90-minute experience exploring their neighborhood and creating an interactive piece describing how their neighborhood looks, sounds and feels. To date Mosaic has explored two neighborhoods and plans are underway to explore many more throughout the summer.
Finally, Mosaic is pleased to announce that at this moment our summer programming plans include an outdoor in-person camp experience for those families that desire. We will continue our virtual option for those interested and our Mobile Mosaic van will hit the streets.
The impact of COVID-19 resulted in the cancellation of Mosaic's scheduled spring production, Adventures in Wonderland. Though the process of the development of the work was interrupted by the health crisis the shows themes of navigating a world with many contradictions, justice and the journey of self - discovery is just as relevant today as they were when C.W. Lewis penned the series. Being unsure of when it would be safe to gather in the theater we took time to learn how we might adjust to meet the need for our communities to connect and build on the innate ability of theater and music to promote empathy, healing and create space for dialogue. We moved to offering a variety of short virtual performances spanning published works of professional artists and original works created by young artists, as well as, youth and adult co-created works. We look forward to continuing our development in this area, as well as exploring commissions.
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