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New program debuts with ‘Real Life,’ original musical written and directed by WBTT artist Joel P. E. King
SARASOTA, FL – The Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe is launching a new program to enable young artists to gain experience and exposure for their original works through the "New Playwrights Series.” The debut performance of the series will be a blocked stage reading of "Real Life," written and directed by WBTT artist Joel P. E. King. King aims to assure an “off book” performance that he believes will be more engaging and less distracting for the artists and the audience. Other WBTT artists will perform various roles in the reading.
Final offering of the season will feature Alyssa White in ‘A Tribute to Love’
SARASOTA, FL – Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe (WBTT) will conclude its third annual Young Artist Program, through which Troupe members are able to showcase their talents with one-night, one-person shows, with the final performance of the season. The community is invited to enjoy, “A Tribute to Love with Alyssa White,” which takes place Monday, May 23 at 7:30pm. Join this WBTT company member as she takes the audience through love, pain, happiness and gratitude, and her own life journey, through song.
One-woman artist showcases will feature popular WBTT songstresses Ariel Blue and Neyce Pierre
SARASOTA, FL – Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe (WBTT) is pleased to announce its third annual Young Artist Program, through which Troupe members are able to showcase their talents with one-night, one-person shows. This year’s performances will feature powerful and popular local female artists Ariel Blue and Neyce Pierre.
World premiere, original production travels through the too-short life of ‘The King of Soul’
SARASOTA, FL – Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe continues its 2015-2016 season with The Sam Cooke Story, which runs March 2 – April 9. The world premiere, original production written and adapted by Nate Jacobs, Michael Jacobs and B.G. Rhule, will take theatre patrons through the life of Cooke – popularly known as “The King of Soul” – who died at the tender age of 33.
Annual event to feature WBTT alumus turned Broadway star Teresa Stanley
SARASOTA, FL – Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe will present its spring fundraiser, the “April Fools’ Fete,” on Thursday, March 31, 6-9pm at Michael’s On East (1212 East Avenue S., Sarasota). Featured performer will be one of WBTT’s founding members turned Broadway star Teresa Stanley; the theme of the event is “From WBTT to Broadway: Teresa Stanley’s Journey.”
February programs offered in recognition of Black History Month to focus on Florida Highwaymen and renowned playwright August Wilson
SARASOTA, FL – The Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe (WBTT) announces its 2016 WBTT Voices program, which is presented in honor of Black History Month. There are two events scheduled in February: on February 8, the topic is “Meet the Florida Highwaymen Artists”; on February 14, two professionals will offer “Personal Reflections of August Wilson.”
Partnership with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Bradenton Alumnae Chapter to collect toys for underprivileged children in Sarasota and Manatee counties
SARASOTA, FL – For the second year, Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe is partnering with the Bradenton Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (BAC DST) on the "Keishonda Packer Cooper Holiday Toy Drive." The effort, being held under the auspices of Toys for Tots, will benefit homeless and underprivileged children in Manatee and Sarasota counties. For the second year, Bealls Outlet will donate toys to the toy drive.