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Welcome to Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe’s home for on-demand streaming video! In this video, Founder & Artistic Director Nate Jacobs interviews WBTT fan favorite Sheldon Rhoden…and Sheldon sings for you!

The song and interview will get you in the mood for WBTT’s first virtual April Fools Fête, Jukebox Picnic: An Evening with Sheldon Rhoden & Friends, a streaming video event benefiting WBTT’s Education Programs. The event will be streamed May 21-25 for ticket holders. Sheldon will perform with fellow WBTT troupe members Ariel Blue, Michael Mejia-Mendez, Raleigh Mosely II and Jai Shanae. CLICK HERE to learn more and buy tickets to the April Fools Fete streaming event!

CLICK HERE for information about other upcoming streaming events and our 2020-2021 Season!

 

 

We hope you enjoyed Nate Jacobs’ visit with Sheldon Rhoden! You loved Sheldon in Marvin Gaye: Prince of Soul in our 2018-2019 Season. Here’s a 2½ minute look back at that show!

 

Sheldon RodenSheldon Rhoden* is a native of Sarasota. He appeared in his first production at WBTT in 2008. WBTT Founder/Artistic Director Nate Jacobs cast him in 2011 in the title role in Marvin Gaye: The Man and His Music and again in 2014 in Marvin Gaye: Prince of Soul. In November 2018 he reprised the role in a new staging of Marvin Gaye: Prince of Soul. Sheldon performed in these shows for sold-out audiences, going on to win Herald-Tribune Curtain Call awards in 2011 and 2014. Sheldon has appeared in many shows with WBTT, including last season’s Soul Man, Motown ’60s Revue, Dynamic Duets of the ’70s, Magnificent Mills Brothers and The Soul Crooners. In April 2014 he premiered his self-directed show, titled Sheldon Sings; his EP “From Boy To MAN” was released the same year. He traveled with Nate and other troupe members to the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C., to present Soul Man in summer 2019, and appeared in Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now: WBTT’s 20th Anniversary Celebration at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota in November 2019. In May 2020 he will headline WBTT’s first virtual April Fools Fête Jukebox Picnic: An Evening with Sheldon Rhoden & Friends, a streaming video event benefiting WBTT’s Education Programs. The biggest highlight of Sheldon’s life has been the birth of his first child, Jaydon Roden, born October 31, 2014.

* Member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States

Stay tuned for more songs and stories from your favorite WBTT performers — plus videos of vintage WBTT performances and special events!