Joyful! Joyful! November 29 - December 30, 2023

Joyful! Joyful!


Celebrate the season with high-spirited, uplifting songs as only Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe's singers, dancers and musicians can perform them! A blend of new takes on traditional holiday, gospel-infused and pop songs, the production offers a joyful, soulful twist on your favorite seasonal music.

Please note: Joyful! Joyful! is not included as part of our subscription series.

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: Celebrating His Legacy in Spoken Word and Song; Sunday, January 14, 2024 at 7:30pm

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Celebrating his Legacy in Spoken Word & Song

JANUARY 14, 2024 7:30PM 

At the Sarasota Opera House
61 N Pineapple Ave.
Sarasota, FL 34236

Join us for a WBTT annual tradition honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in spoken word and song, arranged and directed by Nate Jacobs. Reverend Charles McKenzie will return to lend his voice to Dr. King's words, and WBTT professional performers and Stage of Discovery students will fill the house with uplifting music and dance. We will also recognize the 2023 winners of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. essay contest sponsored by the Sarasota County Bar Association Council for Diversity and Inclusion.

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A Soldier's Play: January 18 - February 18, 2024

A Soldier's Play

JANUARY 18 - FEBRUARY 18, 2024

This Pulitzer Prize-winning drama is set in the segregation-era South of 1944. On a Louisiana Army base, two shots ring out. A Black sergeant is murdered. A series of interrogations triggers a gripping barrage of questions about sacrifice, service, and identity in America. One persistent investigator must race against his white leadership to unravel the crime before they unravel him.

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Ariel Blue

SUNDAY & MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4 & 5, 2024 7:30

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Ruby: February 28 - April 7, 2024

Ruby – A World-Premiere Musical

FEBRUARY 28 - APRIL 7, 2024

On August 3, 1952, the unthinkable happened: a Black woman murdered a white doctor in Live Oak, Florida, guaranteeing a conviction for the woman bold enough to commit such a shocking crime and bringing celebrated writer Zora Neale Hurston to town to cover the story for a northern newspaper. A powerful and haunting world-premiere musical.

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Delores McKenzie

SUNDAY & MONDAY, MARCH 17 & 18, 2024 7:30

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Marvin Gaye: April 17 - May 6, 2024

Marvin Gaye: Prince of Soul

APRIL 17 - MAY 26, 2024

Sheldon Rhoden, one of Sarasota's favorite WBTT troupe members, reprises the role of Marvin Gaye in the most-requested WBTT show. This original musical begins in the 1950s at the start of Gaye's career with Motown and follows its twists and turns until his untimely death in the mid-1980s. A gifted and innovative talent, Gaye blazed the trail for the continued evolution of popular Black music.

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Charlie Melton

SUNDAY & MONDAY, MAY 19 & 30, 2024 7:30

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