Mosaic Youth Theatre seeks students, holding auditions Aug. 11

Organization seeks 8th through 11th grade students


DETROIT – Organizers of the Mosaic Youth Theatre said they are seeking students across metro Detroit looking to become a part of their team.

The auditions will take place Tuesday, Aug. 11 and costs $5 per student. The organization said it is looking for students between eighth and 11th grade.

Kids this year are preparing to try out at the youth theatre's final auditions in hopes of becoming part of the theatre team.

Mosaic students have toured Europe, Asia and Africa in the organization's 23-year history. The students have received numerous awards for their undeniable performances.

The president and founder of the Mosaic Youth Theatre said all the great talent was found in metro Detroit.

"We have gone to the world choir games in Latvia and brought back two gold medals, and two silver medals competing against the best choirs in the world," Rick Sperling said.

Sperling said his inspiration for starting the youth theatre was because Detroit was bursting with artistic talent and children now have a place where they can receive professional training.

"We saw a need for advanced level training," Sperling said. "So much of the arts programs have been eliminated in so many of the city schools and the suburbs."

Many young children who are interested got a jump start by starting in the summer camps or classes during the school year. The youth theatre said children can polish up on their acting skills, singing skills and dance moves.

The children are working their way up to trying out for the big auditions. But if students haven't taken classes, the organization said there is no need to worry, as some of the most successful students came to Mosaic with no training at all.

Jack Williams III, 16, is a student and singer at Mosaic. He said he knows this is the right direction for his future career.

"Being a Mosaic singer has given me numerous opportunities to perform inside of Detroit and outside of Detroit as well," Williams said. "We've sung for Joe Biden, for Berry Gordy, for other important Detroit dignitaries."

The youth theatre said there have been many students who have gone on to become professional actors, singers and dancers.

"Alumni who have been nominated for Tony awards, Grammy awards and Emmy awards, who are on network television right now," Sperling said.

The mosaic youth theatre holds its auditions once a year. This year, it has filled 140 spots, and the organization has 20 more spots left. A second audition is being held Aug. 11 for kids to come out and be part of the team.

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