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.

Members of the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe (WBTT) have just returned from performing Soul Crooners at the National Black Theatre Festival (NBTF) in Winston-Salem, NC. The all- male ensemble and WBTT musicians had four scheduled performances, each of which were sold out. It was the first time the Troupe had been invited to the Festival, which is the most important showcase for African-American performers in America.

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe (WBTT) is bringing back Sammy Tonight! A Tribute to Sammy Davis, Jr., a runaway hit from the 2012 season. The musical revue features De'Zhon Fields who has traveled the world showcasing the legendary icon. Those who were unable to get tickets to the sold out performances and those who may want to enjoy it again can see the show during its summer production, which opens Wednesday, August 21st and runs through Sunday, September 1st. Evening performances run Tuesday through Saturday at 8:00 pm. Matinees are at 2:00 pm on Sundays. Tickets are $29.50 and can be purchased by calling the box office at 941-366-1505 or visiting the website www.wbttsrq.org.

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe (WBTT) is pleased to announce that the Best of Stevie Wonder will open the summer season on Wednesday, July 17th and run for eleven performances through Sunday July 28th. The show is an original musical revue, written and adapted by Nate Jacobs, WBTT's founding artistic director. The Best of Stevie Wonder will be presented at the WBTT theater, 1626 10th Way in Sarasota. Show days and times are Tuesday-Saturday at 8:00 pm and Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $29.50 and may be purchased online at www.wbttsrq.org or by calling the box office 941-366-1505.

The Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe is very pleased to announce that it has been invited to perform its original musical revue Soul Crooners at the 2013 National Black Theatre Festival (NBTF) in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The biennial Festival will be held this summer from July 29th -August 3rd. Soul Crooners will be performed four times, twice on Friday, August 2st and twice on Saturday, August 3rd. This is the first time a WBTT production has been invited to perform, although Artistic Director Nate Jacobs has presented Aunt Rudele at the festival, to great acclaim.

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe (WBTT) is pleased to announce that Margie Nellum Lee has joined their Board of Trustees. Lee co-chairs the Troupe's Advisory Board, which she will continue to do, along with her new role as a Trustee.

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe (WBTT) will produce two musical revues this summer, one world premiere and one repeat of a previously sold-out run. Best of Stevie Wonder, a new musical revue adapted and written by Nate Jacobs, will run July 17th through July 28th. Sammy Tonight! with the multi-talented De'zhon Fields as Sammy Davis Jr., comes back August 21st through September 1st. Part of the 2012 season, Sammy Tonight! virtually sold out every performance for its limited run. Times for all shows are Tuesday through Saturday at 8:00 pm and Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm. Tickets to each show are $29.50 and can be reserved online at wbttsrq.org or by calling the box office at 941-366-1505.