Detroit Public Schools Presents 38th Annual ‘An Evening Of Fine Arts’

Contact: Mattie C. Majors

Detroit, MI — In each of the past 38 years, a new group of talented choral, instrumental, dance, graphic arts and drama students in Detroit Public Schools high schools have been the stars of ‘An Evening of Fine Arts,’ (EFA) much to the pride and enjoyment of tens of thousands of family, friends, and school staff. In this year’s production, nearly 800 students will present over 25 acts on the stage of the Fox Theater, Thursday evening, May 15th, beginning promptly at 6:30 p.m. to an expected capacity crowd.

The show will take the audience on a performing arts journey to the roots of classical and popular music and conclude with a finale that will resurrect the many faces of all-American rhythm, blues and jazz unlike any production you have ever seen.

EFA represents the epitome of student talent in the District but performing in the production is not automatic. Each group had to earn their place via an audition that can be very high-pressure. Subsequently, only the best performers were chosen to grace the stage when the lights go up representing Cass, Cody, DSA, King, Mumford, Northwestern, Pershing, Renaissance & Southeastern high schools.

As show day approaches, the students continue their intense rehearsals to fine tune their presentations. It’s the exposure to the rigors of performing and the students’ dedication to the performing arts that formed the foundation that has helped several EFA alumni to attain successful careers. Ali Jackson from Cass went on to the New School of Music in New York and is now touring with the Wynton Marsalis band; Kimwana Doner from Cass and Kisma Jordan from MLK continued their training and are now building their careers on the operatic stage.

An EFA finale rehearsal will take place on Monday, May 12 at Renaissance High School at 5 p.m. The technical rehearsal will take place on May 14th at the Fox Theater at 10:00 a.m. The media is invited to attend.

Tickets for the show are $10 in advance/$15 at the door and can be purchased at any participating school or by calling 313-873-7965. ‘An Evening of Fine Arts’ is produced by the DPS Office of Fine Arts Education.

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