Season to feature ‘Once On This Island,’ ‘A Soldier’s Play,’ ‘Ruby,’ ‘Marvin Gaye: Prince of Soul,’ and holiday show, ‘Joyful! Joyful!’

SARASOTA, FL – 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.

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe’s annual spring fundraiser to feature students sharing their ‘Big Dreams’; proceeds to benefit education programs

SARASOTA, FL – 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.

Longtime Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe performer to present ‘Frank & Me,’ packed with hit songs from the world’s most renowned crooner

SARASOTA, FL – Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe (WBTT) is pleased to 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.

Broadway classic takes an inspirational journey through American pop music, tells the story of fictional girl group, The Dreams

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

Show - which runs January 4-February 12 - tells the story of four Black women settlers as they build new lives as homesteaders in Kansas

SARASOTA, FL – Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe will bring in the New Year with its production of “Flyin’ West” by Pearl Cleage. WBTT had previously presented this show as a staged play reading in the summer of 2018 as part of the national Project1VOICE program, during which Black theatres around the country present the same play on the same day. The full production was originally scheduled for the 2019-2020 season but the pandemic altered those plans.

Arts organization’s annual fall gala raises over $250,000, honors supporters Andrew and Judith Economos

SARASOTA, FL – For Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe’s 23rd anniversary fall gala, “Groovin’ on the Soul Train,” the arts organization celebrated the music from the #1 television platform for R&B and soul music. The event featured hip décor and performances by favorite WBTT artists and its sizzling live band. 

Uplifting holiday presentation melds gospel with the poetry of Langston Hughes; show runs November 30-December 23

SARASOTA, FL – Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe – once again – invites the community to celebrate the holiday season with “Black Nativity,” an inspirational gospel musical originally penned by poet/playwright Langston Hughes that retells the biblical Nativity story. The music is combined with dance, poetry and narrative to deliver a message of joy, hope and liberation.