WBTT continues to monitor public health recommendations, which may impact its schedule and live audience capacity. Our 2020-2021 season currently includes the following shows: “The Soul Crooners” (Oct. 7-Nov. 22, 2020); “Black Nativity” (Dec. 2-27, 2020); “Ruby” (Jan. 6-Feb. 21, 2021); “Pipeline” (March 3-April 11, 2021); and “Smokey Joe’s Café” (April 21-June 6, 2021).

Since mid-March when we canceled the remainder of our 2019-2020 season due to COVID-19, we announced some changes to our 2020-2021 season. We replaced the originally scheduled "Broadway in Black" with "The Soul Crooners" to open the season; this decision was made with respect to budgetary and logistical considerations due to the coronavirus.

One of Nate Jacobs' most popular original shows, "The Soul Crooners" showcases R&B classics from the 1960s and 70s, including "Reach Out, I'll Be There," "Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)," "Love Train" and many more. The last time the Soul Crooners performed was during WBTT's 2019 "Arts in the Ballpark" event, the sold-out “'70s Soul Party” concert at Ed Smith Stadium. We also rescheduled “Ruby,” the original musical created by Nate Jacobs and his brother, Michael Jacobs (originally scheduled for spring 2020), to our 2020-2021 season.

Current subscribers (those who had a subscription to our shortened 2019-2020 season) will get a priority notice via email when subscriptions to the 2020-2021 season are available. At that time, they will be able to purchase subscriptions or single tickets online; they will have the opportunity to choose their own seats based on their comfort level with social distancing measures. New subscribers and single ticket buyers will be notified via our patron email list and announcements in local media outlets when tickets are available to the general public for purchase. We are also exploring the possibility of offering virtual performances on demand, for those not yet comfortable with attending live theatre.

Due to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases in Florida, we are holding our 2020 Stage of Discovery summer musical intensive program (July 13-August 8) as a virtual experience. Teachers will instruct and mentor students in musical theatre disciplines via live online video lessons. The virtual lessons will help students develop skills such as learning via online instruction, being comfortable on camera and preparing video auditions. We will videotape an outdoor performance at the end of the program (with social distancing in place) to share online with parents, friends, generous donors to the Stage of Discovery program and all WBTT fans and supporters. We plan to return to the traditional in-person camp experience next summer, culminating in a live musical starring the students and staged in our theatre.

How you can help

Like many arts organizations, nonprofits and area businesses, we will suffer an enormous financial impact due to these coronavirus-related cancellations. Since COVID-19 necessitated the closing or our theatre, we have presented streaming video of some of our past productions, some of our artists have been singing outdoors in the community, and we continue to explore various 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.

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.

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Thank you!

Nate Jacobs

Founder and Artistic Director

Julie Leach

Executive Director