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[REVIEW] "Spunk" - Marie Kilker, TotalTheater.com
Highlight quote: "Director Jim Weaver has assured that every word is heard and every movement precisely choreographed and executed. He gets the right emotions from his actors, too."
http://www.totaltheater.com/?q=node/6374

[REVIEW] "WBTT's got Spunk" - Undine Shorey, Bradenton Times
Highlight quote: "Another musical standout was the outstanding singer, Deidra Grace. Originally from Miami and a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, Grace’s silky voice is hypnotizing. When you’re not distracted by her beautiful voice, you’ll be in awe of her fabulous dresses."
http://www.thebradentontimes.com/news/2015/04/22/arts_and_entertainment/theater_wbtt_s_got_spunk/#.VTeqQiFVhBc

[REVIEW] "Theater Review: 'Spunk'" - Marty Fugate, The Observer
Highlight quote: "The troupe's performers are all on their A-game. These mercurial actors turn into different characters at the drop of a hat and never miss a beat."
http://www.yourobserver.com/article/theater-review-spunk

[REVIEW] "Stirring 'Spunk' reveals growth in Westcoast Troupe"- Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
http://www.ticketsarasota.com/2015/04/18/theater-review-stirring-spunk-reveals-growth-in-westcoast-troupe/

[NEWS] "Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe presents 'Spunk'" - Sarasota Patch
http://patch.com/florida/sarasota/westcoast-black-theatre-troupe-presents-spunk-0

[NEWS] "Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe presents 'Spunk' - Tampa Bay Newswire
http://www.tampabaynewswire.com/2015/04/09/westcoast-black-theatre-troupe-presents-spunk-33844

[NEWS] "'Spunk' opens at Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe in Sarasota" - Marty Clear, Bradenton Herald
http://www.bradenton.com/2015/04/09/5735804/spunk-opens-at-westcoat-black.html

[NEWS] "Executive director resigns from Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
http://www.ticketsarasota.com/2015/04/07/executive-director-resigns-from-westcoast-black-theatre-troupe/425711/

[NEWS] "Richard Parison, executive director of Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, resigns" - Nick Reichert, The Observer
http://www.yourobserver.com/article/richard-parison-executive-director-westcoast-black-theatre-troupe-resigns

[EVENT] "WBTT's April Fools' Fete" - Debbi Benedict, The Civilized Life blog
http://www.debbibenedict.com/2015/04/08/wbtts-april-fools-fete/

[PHOTO GALLERY] "WBTT April Fools' Fete" - Sarasota Magazine
https://sarasotamagazine.com/2015/04/02/wbtt-april-fools-fete/

[TV SEGMENT] "Suncoast View" - Christopher Eisenberg, Nate Jacobs
WBTT segment comes on at around 34:46
http://www.mysuncoast.com/videos?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=11280531

[NEWS] "Westcoast Troupe to revive first show" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
http://www.ticketsarasota.com/2015/03/25/westcoast-troupe-to-revive-first-show/425392/

[NEWS] "15 years later, Cotton Club Cabaret returns to Sarasota" - Undine Shorey, Bradenton Times
http://www.thebradentontimes.com/news/2015/03/28/arts_and_entertainment/15_years_later_cotton_club_cabaret_returns_to_sarasota/#.VRgL1vnF-y4

[OPINION] "Easter: A time for rebirth and creativity" - Maria Clemente, Baltimore Post Examiner
Attendee at the Florida Creativity Conference in Sarasota meets Nate Jacobs, writes column about similarities between idea of rebirth in the spring to Nate's "birthing" of WBTT.
http://baltimorepostexaminer.com/easter-a-time-for-rebirth-and-creativity/2015/04/05