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Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe (WBTT) will be accepting video submissions for our 2022-2023 season through noon Friday, May 20, 2022.

WBTT will also hold in-person auditions for our mainstage productions at 1012 North Orange Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236 on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29 from Noon-5 PM each day, with callbacks scheduled immediately after the auditions.

All information for submitting video submissions is listed below. If you would like to audition in person, please contact Travis Ray via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you have questions, please call Travis at 941-404-7801.

Video Submission Requirements

Actors: Submit two contrasting monologues, i.e., one comedic and another serious. If you sing, you can do one monologue and one song and attach headshot and resume in the same e-mail. Total video audition time should be 3 minutes maximum.
Dancers: Submit your dance reel, or recent choreography in your favorite style with headshot and resume in the same e-mail.
Singers: One song that showcases your range and compliments your voice. Also, submit one monologue and attach headshot and resume in the same e-mail. Total video audition time should be 3 minutes maximum.

Notes:

  • All video submissions from everyone (actors, dancers, and singers) must be 3 minutes maximum.
  • Make sure you have clear lighting, a simple or solid background, and excellent sound in a quiet space for video submissions.
  • Clearly state your first and last name, the title of your monologue and the title of the song, take a beat, then present your pieces.
  • Upload your videos to YouTube, Vimeo, etc. and then place the link(s) in the body of the e-mail that you are sending to us.
  • DO NOT try to upload the entire video to the e-mail, this will not work.
  • DO NOT send any links where we must download your submission, headshot, or resume as these never work. 
  • Make sure your headshot and resume are attached in the same e-mail with your audition links. DO NOT send two separate e-mails. 
  • When you send your e-mail, we will confirm that we have received it. If you do not receive a confirmation by the next 3 business days, you are welcome to follow up.

Submit your video link by Noon Eastern Time, Friday, May 20, to Travis Ray at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you have any questions, please call Travis directly at 941-404-7801.

2022-2023 Season character breakdowns:

Guys and Dolls
Music & Lyrics by Frank Loesser, Book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows
Directed by Jim Weaver
Rehearsals: Tuesday, Sept. 6 to Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022 (4 weeks)
Production Run: Wednesday, Oct. 5 to Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022 (7 weeks)
Total performances: 47
 
Nicely-Nicely Johnson
Just like his name suggests, he is the nicest and cheeriest of the gambling crooks. High-spirited and a bit naïve, but sincere and genuine. Nathan's loyal friend and lackey.
Gender: Male
Age: 30 to 45
Vocal range top: B5
Vocal range bottom: D4

Benny Southstreet
Nathan's right-hand man and a gambler himself. Smart, slick, always moving and shaking, but with what he thinks are Nathan's best interest at heart.
Gender: Male
Age: 30 to 45
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: D4

Sarah Brown- Good mover
A pretty, bright-eyed woman who serves as sergeant of the local Mission. Good mover. She fully believes in her worthy cause and wishes to convert the gambling sinners to saints. Falls unexpectedly in love with Sky along the way. She is prudish and uptight, but eventually lets go.
Gender: Female
Age: 20 to 30
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: B3

Arvide Abernathy
The bass drum and cymbal player in the Mission band, he is Sarah's loving grandfather. Wise and sweet, he wants nothing but the best for her.
Gender: Male
Age: 50 to 65
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: D4

Harry The Horse
A crook and gambler. He is a tough guy with dollar signs as his bottom line. Brings Big Jule into Nathan's craps game and backs his cheating but is also a man of his word in the gambling community.
Gender: Male
Age: 35 to 55
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: F3

Lt. Brannigan
A New York police officer who is on to Nathan's illegal craps games and is dead set on catching him. A tough, no-nonsense character.
Gender: Male
Age: 40 to 55

Nathan Detroit
A good-hearted gambler and craps game organizer who could never hit the bigtime. He loves Adelaide but cannot quit his gambling ways. A broke schemer with unwitting ways.
Gender: Male
Age: 35 to 45
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: D4

Miss Adelaide
Nathan's fiancé and a lead performer at the Hot Box nightclub. She loves Nathan more than anything in the world and desperately wants to get married. Pretty, outspoken, stubborn. Good dancer/mover.
Gender: Female
Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Sky Masterson
A high-stakes gambler whose luck never seems to run out, and a wild card who surprises himself when he falls in love with the unlikeliest of women. Suave, smart, handsome, good mover.
Gender: Male
Age: 35 to 45
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: B3

Big Jule
A big-time craps player from Chicago who uses a gun and his own pair of rigged dice to bully his way into never losing. Tough looking. A bit of an oaf.
Gender: Male
Age: 30 to 50
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: F3

Ensemble
Sightseers, Mission Band (Agatha, Calvin, Martha), Crap Shooters (Liver Lips Louie, Angie The Ox, Rusty Charlie), Hot Box Girls, Waiters, Cuban Dancer. All ensemble members must be good movers.

Black Nativity
ByLangston Hughes
Directed by Nate Jacobs
Rehearsals: Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022 to Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022 (4 weeks)
Production Run: Wednesday, Nov. 30 to Thursday, Dec. 23, 2022 (4.5 weeks)
Total performances: 22
Man 1—Tenor, African American, 18+
Man 2—Tenor/Soloist, African American, 18+
Man 3—Baritone/Soloist---African American, 18+
Man4—Baritone/Soloist----African American, 18+
Man 5—Bass---African American, 18+
Woman 1—Soprano/Soloist---African American, 18+
Woman 2—Soprano/Soloist----African American, 18+
Woman 3—Alto/Soloist----African American, 18+
Woman 4—Alto/Soloist---African American, 18+
Woman 5—Contralto---African American, 18+
Dancers: Any race and age, very proficient in jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop or modern dance.  

Flyin’ West
ByPearl Cleage  
Director: Chuck Smith
Rehearsals: Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022 to Tuesday, Jan 3, 2023 (4 Weeks)
Production Run: Wednesday, Jan. 4 to Sunday, Feb. 12, 2023 (6 weeks)
Total performances: 40
Sophie Washington Role cast
Miss Leah—African American woman, born into slavery, age 73
Fannie DoveRole cast
Wil Parish—African American man, born into slavery, age 40
Minnie Dove Charles Role cast
Frank CharlesRole cast
***All African American actors auditioning for these roles DO NOT need to be the specific ages listed above. 

Dreamgirls
Music by Henry Krieger, Lyrics and Book by Tom Eyen
Directed by Nate Jacobs
Rehearsals: Tuesday, Jan. 24 to Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2023 (4 Weeks)
Production Run: Wednesday, Feb. 22 to Sunday, Apr. 9, 2023 (7 weeks)
Total performances: 47

Effie Melody White — lead singer of the Dreamettes
Deena Jones — backup singer of the Dreamettes; later lead singer
Lorrell Robinson — backup singer of the Dreamettes
Michelle Morris — backup singer; replacement for Effie
Jimmy (James Thunder) Early — principal soul singer
C.C. (Clarence Conrad) White — composer and brother of Effie
Curtis Taylor, Jr. — Cadillac dealer and manager of the Dreams
Marty — theatrical agent for J.T. Early
Ensemble: Artists who can sing, act and dance who can portray various characters within the world of the musical are also needed.

Big Sexy: The Fats Waller Revue
Written and Directed by Nate Jacobs (World Premiere)
Rehearsals: Tuesday, Mar. 21 to Tuesday, Apr. 18, 2023 (4 Weeks)
Production Run: Wednesday, Apr. 19 to Sunday, May 28, 2023 (7 weeks)
Total performances: 40

Fats Waller — 30’s+, African American male, high voltage personality, heavy-set build, strong singer, actor and can move effortlessly—Role cast, but we will also cast an understudy for the role.

Ensemble: The ensemble cast may include an as-yet-uncertain number of men and women, who may be selected based on general video submissions or in-person auditions.