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Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Presents The Jose Ramirez Band, September 30

The Jose Ramirez Band will return to Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe with its passionate and soul-infused brand of the blues on September 30. The group has previously played at WBTT – to enthusiastic crowds – in 2021 and 2022.

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Awards Scholarships

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe has announced that it has, for the fifth consecutive year, awarded WBTT Artist Development scholarships to deserving students. Learn more about the recipients here!

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Seeks Local Support During Give 8/28

August 2023 will mark the sixth time The Young, Black & Giving Back Institute has sponsored Give 8/28 – a day of giving to Black-led and Black-benefiting nonprofits – and the fourth year Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe has participated.

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe and Greatness Beyond Measure Present CENTER STAGE LIVE! Featuring The Bolds Brothers, August 19 & 20

​​​​​​​Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe and Greatness Beyond Measure are collaborating on Center Stage Live! featuring two concerts by brothers Jordan and Joel Bolds, who will present a sizzling blend of electrifying soul, gospel, and smooth jazz. Special guest artists Charlie “CJ” Melton – a young regular on WBTT's stage – and Marc Dortch will contribute vocals.

Tickets Now On Sale For Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe's STAGE OF DISCOVERY Student Show

For the eighth summer, aspiring actors, dancers and singers ages 13-18 are taking the stage with Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe. WBTT is proud to present 'Stage of Discovery,' an intensive, five-week summer musical theatre program that is offered at no cost to participants; the program will culminate with two public performances of “FAME The Musical” in mid-July.

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Presents Inaugural Juneteenth Arts Festival

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe will present its first-ever Juneteenth Arts Festival on June 18. Hundreds of community members were in attendance over the course of the day as WBTT hosted numerous businesses, organizations, and food trucks, screened films from local filmmakers and students from Ringling College of Art & Design, and presented spoken word, dance, and live music on an outdoor stage.

WBTT Will Host Juneteenth Arts Festival This Month

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe will host its first-ever Juneteenth Arts Festival. On Sunday, June 18, from 1-9 p.m., WBTT will host numerous businesses, organizations and food trucks (available all day), screen films and film shorts from local filmmakers as well as students from Ringling College of Art & Design, and present spoken word and live music on an outdoor stage.

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Awarded $25,000 NEA Grant

The Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe has received a $25,000 Grants for Arts Projects award from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to help underwrite its 2024 production of “Ruby” as well as to defray the costs of community outreach activities related to the play.

Review: BIG SEXY: THE FATS WALLER REVUE At Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe

What did our critic think of BIG SEXY: THE FATS WALLER REVUE at Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe?

WBTT, Key Chorale Collaborate On GRACE: The Spirit Of Aretha at Van Wezel

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe and Key Chorale will honor Aretha Franklin, the “Queen of Soul,” on the 50th anniversary of her groundbreaking Grammy Award-winning album, 'Amazing Grace.' WBTT artists Matelyn Alicia and Naärai will join Key Chorale, along with its featured soloist, Amy Connours, for 'Grace: The Spirit of Aretha.'

WBTT Presents First 2023 Young Artist Program Showcase, Featuring Brentney J

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe will present the tenth year of its annual Young Artist Program, through which Troupe members can showcase their talents with self-produced, one-person shows.

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Closes 2022-2023 Season With BIG SEXY: The Fats Waller Revue

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe will conclude its 2022-2023 “American Dreams” theatre season with the world-premiere musical revue, “Big Sexy: The Fats Waller Revue.”

WBTT Announces 2023-2024 Season During 'Hush! Hush! Party'

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe's 24th season will be a celebration of all things that are “Simply the Best!” In its 2023-2024 theatre season, WBTT will offer fan favorites as well as new pieces leaders hope will become favorites.

WBTT Will Presents APRIL FOOLS FETE Fundraiser Next Month

For more than a decade, Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe has offered the lively and music-filled fundraiser, the April Fools Fête, in the ballroom at Michael's On East. The popular arts organization is thrilled to be back in the ballroom for the event this year – with a focus on talented student artists – on Monday, April 3.

Review: DREAMGIRLS at Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe

What did our critic think of DREAMGIRLS at Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe?

Christopher Eisenberg Returns to WBTT For Frank Sinatra Tribute Shows

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe will welcome back to its stage one of its most successful and popular young artists for a two-night engagement. Christopher Eisenberg, who started working with WBTT Founder/Artistic Director Nate Jacobs at the age of 8 and has gone on to be signed to major label deals, will present “Frank & Me” at WBTT on March 26 and 27, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.

Hermitage Announces Full Schedule Of Events For 2023 Hermitage Greenfield Prize Weekend

The Hermitage Artist Retreat announces full line-up of events for 2023 Hermitage Greenfield Prize Weekend, a celebration of art and dance, commemorating the 15th year of the prize and 20th anniversary season of the Hermitage live events April 14-16.

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Continues 2022-2023 Theatre Season With DREAMGIRLS

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe will continue its 2022-2023 “American Dreams” theatre season with the highly-anticipated production, “Dreamgirls.” The show runs from February 22 through April 9, 2023.

Winners Announced For The 2022 BroadwayWorld Sarasota Awards

The winners have been announced for the 2022 BroadwayWorld Sarasota Awards, honoring the best in regional productions, touring shows, and more which had their first performance between October 1, 2021 through September 30, 2022. This year's awards include a posthumous honor for Director Frank Galati, for his work on Knoxville.

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe to Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Legacy in January

Returning to a live format for the first time since 2020, Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe is inviting the community to celebrate the rich legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during an inspirational performance.

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