WBTT cancels remainder of 2019-2020 season

In the face of the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we have made the difficult but necessary decision to cancel the remainder of our theatre season, including our final two productions, "Ruby" and "Flyin' West." 

The cancellation of these shows has the potential to cost us as much as $400,000 in revenue and could potentially put WBTT in the red for the season.

“Ruby” will be slotted into the 2020-2021 season in place of the planned production of “Eubie!” Running from October 7, 2020 through June 6, 2021, next season's shows will now be “Broadway in Black,” “Ruby,” “Pipeline” and “Smokey Joe’s Café.” The holiday show is “Black Nativity.” (Subscribers will receive their 2020-2021 subscription packages in early June; single tickets will go on sale in September.)

Ticket holders for "Ruby" and "Flyin' West" have the option to donate the cost of their tickets - which would be immeasurably helpful in defraying some of the significant costs of canceling our shows - or requesting a refund. Please click HERE to fill out a form that will alert us to your preference. PLEASE NOTE: All refund requests must be received by July 12, 2020, to be accommodated. Our development team is reaching out to show sponsors on an individual basis. We ask that you be patient with us as we work through this disappointing situation!

Our April Fools Fete has already been postponed, from March 30 to May 18; this fun- and fundraiser benefits WBTT's education programs. We are hoping to be able to hold that event as well as to begin our Stage of Discovery musical theatre camp in June, as scheduled, but will continue to monitor the coronavirus situation to determine if these programs are possible.

Like many arts organizations, nonprofits and area businesses, we will suffer an enormous financial impact due to these coronavirus-related cancellations. We're currently examining ways we can offset the costs of going dark. We thank you for your understanding and generosity and we look forward to raising the curtain once again as soon as the CDC and local public health officials deem it advisable. In fact, we are already working on putting something on stage this summer that will be sure to lift everyone's spirits - stay tuned for further details!

One more thing: We wouldn’t be here without you and we are very grateful for your ongoing support. If you would like to help WBTT through this difficult time, we would be grateful for any donations, which will help us continue to produce and provide world-class theatre and outreach programs for under-served youth. To donate, please click HERE.

IMPORTANT CHARITABLE GIVING UPDATE: A new Charitable Giving Tax Deduction in the Covid-19 Relief Legislation will provide an "above-the-line" or universal charitable giving incentive for contributions made in 2020 of up to $300. This provision will now allow all non-itemizer taxpayers (close to 90% of all taxpayers) to deduct charitable contributions from their tax return, an incentive previously unavailable to them. Additionally, the stimulus legislation lifts the existing cap on annual contributions for itemizers from 60 percent of adjusted gross income (AGI) to 100 percent of AGI for contributions made in 2020.

PLEASE NOTE: The Box Office is closed for in-person transactions but the phone lines (941-366-1505) are staffed. The organization asks for patience and requests that patrons unable to get through immediately leave voicemails, with a promise to return calls in the order they are received. Emails will also be answered and may be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thank you!

Nate Jacobs
Founder and Artistic Director

Julie Leach
Executive Director