Cass Tech students pen powerful Heidelberg-inspired performance in Out of the Ashes

Detroit, Michigan (May 2, 2014) The Performing Arts Department and students at Cass Technical High School are pleased to announce that The Experience: Out of the Ashes, a musical inspired by the Heidelberg Project, will premiere at the school May 7th, with several performances through May 11th.

Themes throughout the musical include dreams, success, broken hearts, time, resilience, experiencing change, and how we are all connected. Perhaps the most notable theme, though, is that each and every aspect of the production is student-produced.

The cast and crew visited the Heidelberg Project (HP) studio and site last month for inspiration and to meet with Detroit artist and HP founder Tyree Guyton. “I am always moved when young people have an opportunity to learn from my work and to take it greater heights,” said Guyton.

“What the students have produced is completely beyond my wildest expectations,” said HP Educational Coordinator Margaret Grace, after a sneak preview during students' rehearsals. "I'm not sure even they realize how powerful this production is, how beautifully it connects. This is a must see performance."

Marilyn McCormick, the performing arts instructor at Cass Tech has been teaching at the school for the past 37 years and also graduated from Cass Tech in 1972. Under her direction, the performing arts program became only the second high school group to produce The Color Purple just last year, eliciting enthusiastic praise from the co-writer of the musical, native Detroiter Allie Willis. One can expect the Out of the Ashes performance to be of the same caliber, with an impressive element of innovation and spirit not to be missed.

The musical will take place at the Cass Tech Grand Theater on Wednesday, May 7th (12:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.) Thursday, May 8th (10:25 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.), Friday, May 9th (7:00 p.m. -9:30 p.m.) and Saturday, May 10th: 7:00 p.m. *Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the school box office during school hours, 8AM to 4PM, as well as during after school activities.

*Please Note: Tickets are available at the Black Box theater box office, located on the 3rd floor of the school, as well as at the bookstore on the 2nd floor. Enter through the South Entrance and check in with security (be sure to bring ID!). Tickets may also be purchased at the door up until showtime for any show, including the final performance.

If you would like to reserve tickets to be picked up at Will-Call, email marilyn.mccormick@detroitk12.org with a list of names and desired showtime.