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"'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom' opens in Sarasota" - Marty Clear, Bradenton Herald

"Weekend Insider" - Sarasota Magazine
"Ma Rainey" scores the #1 slot!

"Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe presents two ‘Voices’ community forums" - Tampa Bay Newswire

"Good News Friday" - BizCEO
Lowe's donates Christmas tree and half of cost of washer/dryer to WBTT

"Area theaters lighting up with new shows" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune

[REVIEW] "A Motown Christmas" - Marie Kilker, Aisle Say Florida

[PREVIEW] "'Same fight, different round'" - Carrie Seidman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune

[FEATURE] "Resolutions for 2016" - Carrie Seidman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Arts organization goals for 2016

[FEATURE] "A Merry Motown Mixer" - Nick Reichert, The Observer Group

[ARTS SEASON PREVIEW] "A look at Bradenton's most promising theather for 2016" - Marty Clear, Bradenton Herald

[FEATURE] "Behind the Scenes: What makes a holiday song classic?" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Jay features Nate's original song, "What's Up Under the Christmas Tree?" in a column examining which elements might make a holiday song a classic.

[REVIEW] "The gospel according to Motown" - Marty Fugate, Sarasota Observer
Highlight quote: "If you’re feeling the holiday blues, this revue is just what the doctor ordered. Whatever your mood when you came in, you’ll leave with a smile on your face. The Grinch himself would get the Christmas spirit. "

[REVIEW] "Don't Miss 'A Motown Christmas' - Bonnie Silvestri,
Highlight quote: "... WBTT masterfully engage the audience and their enthusiasm is infectious. 'A Motown Christmas' is a wonderful way to set the mood for the holiday season."

[REVIEW] "'A Motown Christmas' is a holiday gift" - Patricia Garlausky Horwell, Venice Gondolier Sun
Highlight quote: "The moment they take the stage, the cast dives right into dozens of familiar numbers without missing a beat. And what a cast it is."

[REVIEW] "Get into the holiday spirit with 'A Motown Christmas' at WBTT" - Susan Rife, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Highlight quote: "In the holiday mood for a high-energy, joyous cabaret-style performance that truly celebrates the 'reason for the season'? You can’t go wrong with 'A Motown Christmas' at Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe."