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Published on Tuesday, 25 March 2014
Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe (WBTT) plans to end the season on a “hot note” when it opens its final show of the 2013-14 season on Friday, April 11th with Bubbling Brown Sugar, a musical revue featuring the music of numerous African-American artists who were popular during the Harlem Renaissance. The show will run through May 11th. Evening performances are Tuesday through Saturday at 8:00 pm. Matinees are scheduled every Sunday at 2:00 pm; two Saturday matinees have also been scheduled for May 3rd and 10th. Individual tickets may be purchased for $29.50. To check availability and purchase tickets go online to www.wbttsrq.org or call the box office at 941-366-1505.
Published on Monday, 17 February 2014
Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe (WBTT) is hosting a special panel discussion on Wednesday, February 26, WBTT, in honor of February’s significant designation as Black History Month. A distinguished panel of experts will participate in a discussion entitled WBTT Voices: A Communication Forum. The topic is the influence of black entertainers on civil rights. Panelists include Former mayor of Detroit and past President of the American Bar Association Justice Dennis Archer; Sarasota Herald Tribune’s Theater and Television Critic Jay Handelman; retired principal harpist of Boston Symphony Orchestra, professor and world-renowned soloist Ann Hobson-Pilot; WBTT Founding Artistic Director Nate Jacobs; and former Producing Artistic Director of the Asolo Repertory Theatre, director and WBTT Trustee Howard J. Millman. There is no charge to come and be part of this stimulating discussion, which will take place from 2:30 – 5:00 PM at the WBTT Theater, 1646 10th Way, in Sarasota. Space is limited and seats will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
Published on Wednesday, 12 February 2014
Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe (WBTT) will open its third show of the season with sold-out ticket sales even before opening. In order to meet an anticipated demand, the Troupe added two additional performances, which also quickly sold out.
Published on Thursday, 12 December 2013
Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe (WBTT) is pleased to announce that its second play for this season, August Wilson's Jitney, opened on Friday, January 4, 2013 and runs until Sunday, February 3. All performances take place in the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Theater at 1646 10th Way, Sarasota. Times are Tuesday-Saturday evenings at 8:00 pm with Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm. Ticket price is $29.50. Reservations may be made online at www.wbttsrq.org or by calling the box office at 941-366-1505.
Published on Wednesday, 30 October 2013
Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe (WBTT) will open its 2013-14 season on Friday, November 15 with Purlie, a Tony Award-winning musical version of the play Purlie Victorious. The cast features 16 actors, running the gamut from familiar Troupe members to many first timers on the WBTT stage. Earle Dean Wilson, one of the first Troupe members, will enjoy his first WBTT starring role as Purlie. Earley has been mentored by Founding Director Nate Jacobs since the age of 8 and has most recently been working nationally with Cumberland County Playhouse in Crossville, Tennessee. The show also features WBTT favorite Ariel Blue as Missy and two new guest artists Gia McGlone as Luttiebelle, who just finished the national tour of DreamGirls, and Emmanuel Cadet who plays Gitlow. The show will run until Sunday, December 15. Showtimes are Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8:00 pm and Sunday matinees at 2:00. Two Saturday matinees have been added to the schedule on December 7th and December 14th. Tickets are $28.50 for individual tickets and may be purchased online at www.wbttsrq.org or by calling the box office at 941-366-1505. Subscriptions are still available for the season and include four shows for $80. The WBTT theater is located at 1646 10th Way in Sarasota.
Published on Thursday, 15 August 2013
Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe (WBTT) announces that they will be holding auditions for their 2013-14 main season on Saturday, September 7th from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, with call backs being held that evening from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Auditions will be held at the theater located at 1646 10th Way in Sarasota. No prior theatrical experience is required but actors should be 18 years of age or older. All ethnicities are encouraged to attend. Anyone interested in auditioning for musical theater should come prepared with a 16-bar song and a one-minute monologue. An accompanist will be provided so please bring your own sheet music. Actor auditions for straight plays should prepare two contrasting monologues. Call backs for musical theater will be given an additional song selected by WBTT.