Monday, April 29, 2013

WBTT showcases troupe members in solo performances

   Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe is launching a new series called the Young Artist Program that offers company a members a chance to show off their talents in solo performances.
   The series gets going tonight (April 29) with a performance by Alyssa White. Next up is Michael Mendez on May 13.
White and Mendez in a previous WBTT show
   WBTT hasn't given details of what to expect from these first two concerts, but it's not like an open-mic night for troupe members. Anyone who wants to perform submits a proposal, and artistic director Nate Jacobs and board members have to approve it. Then the artists work with Jacobs to develop the show. So it's reasonable to expect really strong, polished evenings.
   White is one of the youngest members of WBTT, still in her teens, but she was selected to perform in the Harlem Apollo Theater's "Best of the Best" show in 2011.
   Both shows start at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25. For tickets to White's performance this evening, call 941-306-6477. For tickets to Mendez' show on May 13, call 941-957-1088. You may also be able to get tickets at the door.
   WBTT is at 1646 10th Way, Sarasota. For more information, call 941-366-1505 or visit

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