SARASOTA, FL - On Saturday, March 25 and Sunday, March 26, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe will hold auditions for its 2017-2018 season. Auditions will take place at the WBTT Binz Building (1012 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota), which is adjacent to its theater building.

Actors are asked to prepare two contrasting monologues, one comedic and one dramatic, of three minutes or less. Singers are asked to be ready with 16 bars of one song, up-tempo or ballad, and one monologue, comedic or dramatic, of three minutes or less. 

Young Artist Program shows take place at the WBTT theater, located at 1646 10th Way in Sarasota. Tickets are $25 general admission; VIP tickets, which include reserved preferred seating, are $100. Call the box office at (941) 366-1505 or purchase tickets online at

Callbacks will be the same day; performers auditioning for musicals are asked to bring extra attire that is comfortable for learning choreography. Singers should bring sheet music in the correct key, with the beginning and ending noted for the accompanist. All candidates must bring five copies of their professional headshot with resume either stapled together or printed two-sided; photocopies are acceptable. 

To secure an audition slot, contact Travis Ray, associate managing director, at (941) 404-7801 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The deadline to secure an audition slot is Friday, March 24 at 4pm.

The 2017-2018 season includes In the Heights (Oct. 11 - Nov. 18, 2017); A Motown Christmas (Nov. 29 - Dec. 23, 2017); The Mountaintop (Jan. 10 - Feb. 18, 2018); Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill (Feb. 28 - April 8, 2018) and Soul Man (April 18 - May 26, 2018). For more information, go to

About Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe:

The Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe of Florida, Inc., is the only professional black theater company on Florida’s West Coast. The mission of Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe is to produce professional theatre that promotes and celebrates the African-American experience, to attract diverse audiences, to support and develop African-American artists, and to build the self-esteem of African-American youth. For more information on Westcoast Black Theatre, visit the website at or call (941) 366-1505