New Season, New Rules

Sarasota Arts Groups Announce New Indoor Safety Measures

#SafeArtsSarasota protocols have been revised for indoor shows.

09/13/2021 By Kay Kipling

Things to Do

What to Do in Sarasota This Weekend

Swing into a new music revue at Florida Studio Theatre, new exhibits open at Art Center Sarasota, and more.

09/02/2021 By Kay Kipling

Philanthropy

Local Black-Led Nonprofits Raised More Than $20,000 During 'Give 8/28'

Six organizations were recognized within the top 25 fundraisers out of more than 300 causes nationwide.

08/31/2021 By Staff

Grants

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Awarded $25,000 Grant

The funding comes from The Exchange.

08/27/2021 By Staff

Grants

WBTT Receives Grant for Communications System

The $45,745 in funding comes from the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation.

07/29/2021 By Staff

On Location

New Movie Being Shot in Sarasota Tells the Story of Influential Black Golfer Ann Gregory

Playing Through is about Gregory, the first Black woman to play in a U.S. Golf Association event, and the fictional Babs Whatling, a white woman from the South.

05/28/2021 By Elizabeth Djinis

Things to Do

What to Do in Sarasota: May 6-12

WBTT delivers soul music outdoors, the Sarasota Film Festival continues, Best of Ringling goes online, and more.

05/06/2021 By Kay Kipling

Things to Do

What to Do in Sarasota: Feb. 11-17

It's opera season at last, Selby Gardens goes Pop!, WBTT lights up the night, and much more.

02/11/2021 By Kay Kipling

Review

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Rouses Spirits with Your Arms Too Short to Box with God

Gospel music helps tell the story of the life and death of Jesus in this seldom-seen show.

03/02/2020 By Kay Kipling

Preview

Lil & Louis Tells the True Story of Musicians Lil Hardin and Louis Armstrong

Local playwright Jo Morello explores the woman behind the legendary Louis in this play with music.

01/14/2020 By Kay Kipling

Review

Westcoast Black Theatre Faces the Past—and Its Own Future—with Caroline, or Change

The musical, set in the 1960s in the South, is a complex and compelling work

01/12/2020 By Kay Kipling

Let Them Praise His Name in the Dance

The Westcoast Gospel Chorus Celebrates 50 Years of Joy and Music This Saturday

The chorus is honoring the legacy of its founder, Bishop Henry Porter, with a free performance.

07/16/2019 By Olivia Letts

Preview

Key Chorale Turns 35 With Its Coming Concert Season

The ensemble teams with several other arts groups on music ranging from classical to bluegrass to gospel and more.

06/26/2019 By Kay Kipling

SNEAK PEEK

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Teases New Space at Groundbreaking Ceremony

More than $7.2 million has been raised to cover the cost of the renovations.

05/15/2019 By Giulia Heyward

Preview

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe's "Hush, Hush" Season Announcement

The 2019-20 season includes four shows new to the WBTT stage, including a world premiere musical.

02/12/2019 By Kay Kipling

Review

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Reaches for a Dream with Raisin

The musical version of A Raisin in the Sun stirs passions in many ways.

10/08/2018 By Kay Kipling

Review

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe's Soul Man Closes Season with Energy

The new musical revue features tunes from hitmakers James Brown, Otis Redding and more.

04/25/2018 By Kay Kipling

Innovation Station

Florida Creativity Conference This Weekend

Fifty creativity workshops over three days.

03/20/2018 By Staff

Review

Melba Moore Takes on Billie Holiday in WBTT's Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill

Lanie Robertson's play imagines one of the jazz legend's last performances.

03/08/2018 By Kay Kipling

Preview

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Lines Up a "Command Season"

The 2018-19 season will bring back some popular favorites.

02/13/2018 By Kay Kipling