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NATE JACOBS, ARTISTIC DIRECTORwestcoastblacktheatre.org 941-366-1505Jai Shanae inWBTT’s Touring Education Program,Jazzlinks: The Harlem RenaissancePhoto by Sorcha Augustine, 20202021–2022WBTT-Season-Program-Master copy_FIN.indd 1WBTT-Season-Program-Master copy_FIN.indd 1 11/30/21 4:31 PM11/30/21 4:31 PM

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/ drēm / verb the world we make from the one we’ve been givenDREAMThe Tidewell Foundation is creating joyful experiences, even at the end of life’s journey.Together, we’re bringing hope to our community with the world-class care of Tidewell Hospice. With research-backed grief counseling that reduces trauma for kids and families. With art, music, and pet therapy that relieves pain and creates new memories. All thanks to donors like you, who care enough to make a difference.Brighten lives today. TidewellFoundation.orgWBTT-Season-Program-Master copy_FIN.indd 2WBTT-Season-Program-Master copy_FIN.indd 2 11/30/21 4:31 PM11/30/21 4:31 PM

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/ drēm / verb the world we make from the one we’ve been givenDREAMThe Tidewell Foundation is creating joyful experiences, even at the end of life’s journey.Together, we’re bringing hope to our community with the world-class care of Tidewell Hospice. With research-backed grief counseling that reduces trauma for kids and families. With art, music, and pet therapy that relieves pain and creates new memories. All thanks to donors like you, who care enough to make a difference.Brighten lives today. TidewellFoundation.orgWBTT-Season-Program-Master copy_FIN.indd 1WBTT-Season-Program-Master copy_FIN.indd 1 11/30/21 4:31 PM11/30/21 4:31 PM

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ART + BISTRO + SHOPOpen Daily 10am - 5pmSunday 11am - 5pm 941.309.4346Open Daily 9am - 3pm Brunch Saturday + Sunday 9am - 3pmBISTROSHOP1001 South Tamiami Trail | 941.309.4300 | SarasotaArtMuseum.orgPhoto: Rich Schineller Photo: Matt HollerPhoto: Ryan GammaWBTT-Season-Program-Master copy_FIN.indd 2WBTT-Season-Program-Master copy_FIN.indd 2 11/30/21 4:31 PM11/30/21 4:31 PM

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WELCOMETO OUR 2021-2022 SEASONNATE JACOBSFounder & Artistic Directorstage; and, in our “double feature” of original one-act plays, the lives of Broadway and TV dynamo Nell Carter and outspoken athlete and civil rights champion Muhammad Ali.We’re proud to bring these productions to the beautiful, newly renovated Donelly Theatre, as we return to indoor performances in the amazing Gerri Aaron & the Aaron Family Foundation Theatre Building, built from love through the generosity of many donors, sponsors and patrons like you. WBTT has had an amazing 22-year journey—and still we rise! IN HER ICONIC POEM, Still I Rise, Maya Angelou brilliantly describes the pain, perseverance and pride that come with being Black in America. In our work at Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, we strive to speak to that reality with unflinching truth, but also with the unbridled optimism expressed at the end of the poem:Leaving behind nights of terror and fear, I rise.Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear, I rise.Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,I am the dream and the hope of the slave. I rise. I rise. I rise. Inspired by the poem’s powerful message, I chose the theme “And Still We Rise” for this season. To me, it reflects the often troubling yet frequently triumphant journeys of African American artists and activists, from the Broadway stage to the world stage. We’re telling the stories of men and women like composer Eubie Blake, the father of Black Broadway; the hundreds of other African American composers, singers and actors represented in Broadway in Black; the creators of the classic and contemporary songs we celebrate in my new holiday show, Joyful! Joyful; Ruby McCollum, whose tragic story resonates in today’s #MeToo era and is the subject of a world premiere musical like no other you’ve seen on IPHOTO BY EVAN SIGMUNDART + BISTRO + SHOPOpen Daily 10am - 5pmSunday 11am - 5pm 941.309.4346Open Daily 9am - 3pm Brunch Saturday + Sunday 9am - 3pmBISTROSHOP1001 South Tamiami Trail | 941.309.4300 | SarasotaArtMuseum.orgPhoto: Rich Schineller Photo: Matt HollerPhoto: Ryan GammaWBTT-Season-Program-Master copy_FIN.indd 3WBTT-Season-Program-Master copy_FIN.indd 3 11/30/21 4:32 PM11/30/21 4:32 PM

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4WBTT TEAMPROGRAM BOOK PUBLISHED BY Gulf Shore Media, LLC,a wholly owned subsidiary of SagaCity Media, Inc.1255 N. Gulfstream Ave., Suite 101, Sarasota, FL 34236Phone: (941) 487-1100  Fax: (941) 365-7272SarasotaMagazine.com941-366-1505WESTCOASTBLACKTHEATRE.ORGNATE JACOBSFOUNDER & ARTISTIC DIRECTORJULIE LEACHEXECUTIVE DIRECTORREGINA BELVINDEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATEARIEL BLUEARTIST RELATIONS ASSOCIATE & ASSISTANT BOX OFFICE MANAGERANNETTE BREAZEALERESIDENT PROPERTY MASTERDARCI COLLINSMASTER SEAMSTRESSJAMES “JAY” DODGE IIPRODUCTION MANAGER & RESIDENT MUSIC DIRECTORSCOTT FERGUSONMARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTORDEBR A F LYNT-GARRETTDEVELOPMENT DIRECTORDONALD FRISONRESIDENT CHOREOGRAPHERROBERT GRANTFINANCE MANAGERNAQUILA GREGORYBOX OFFICE ASSOCIATEALEXANDER JUDDRESIDENT SOUND ENGINEER GERALD LAWCUSTODIANMARGARET LINDSEYBOX OFFICE ASSOCIATEMYDRA MCKINNONHOUSE ASSOCIATE MYLLANNA MCKINNONHOUSE MANAGERMICHAEL MENDEZPRODUCTION ASSISTANT & ASSISTANT TO THE ARTISTIC DIRECTORELEANOR MILLERBOX OFFICE MANAGERJUANITA MUNFORDPRODUCTION STAGE MANAGERAMBER MYERSSTAGE HAND MICHAEL PASQUINIRESIDENT LIGHTING DESIGNERADRIENNE PITTSWARDROBE MANAGERTRINITY PITTSSTAGE HAND TRAVIS RAYASSOCIATE MANAGING DIRECTORPATRICK RUSSINIRESIDENT SOUND DESIGNERSHANE STREIGHTTECHNICAL DIRECTORBRENNAN STYLEZRESIDENT ASSOCIATE MUSIC DIRECTOR JIM WEAVEREDUCATION DIRECTOR & ARTISTIC ASSOCIATESORCHA AUGUSTINEPHOTOGRAPHERSHARON KUNKELWORDSLINGER MARKETING & PR MEDIA RELATIONSPAULA MURRAYARTEFACT DESIGN GRAPHIC DESIGNBILL WAGYBILL WAGY PRODUCTIONS VIDEOGRAPHERWestcoast Black Theatre Troupe has joined with more than 30 other local arts organizations in the #SafeArtsSarasota initiative, to adopt uniform safety protocols for the 2021-2022 season. These protocols are in place to ensure the safety of audience members, artists and staff. Because they may change at any time during our season, please visit our website for the latest information. We will also remind patrons about our current safety protocols in our emails and on our ticket pages. We are grateful to our patrons for their understanding and cooperation. Thank you for helping to keep everyone safe. For more details visit WestcoastBlackTheatre.org/COVID-19-safety.SafetyProtocolsFIND US ON FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, TWITTER AND YOUTUBEFor upcoming Hermitage programs: HermitageArtistRetreat.orgTheater... Music... Visual Art... Literature...where it all begins.The Hermitage brings the world’s leading theater artists to Sarasota for free public programs... 14 Pulitzer Prize Winners, plus Tony, Oscar, Emmy, Grammy Winners, and more! “The body of work that the Hermitage has unleashed into the world is not just big in terms of number, but big in terms of impact.”– Limor Tomer, Director of Live Arts at the Metropolitan Museum Pulitzer Prize-Winning PlaywrightMARTYNA MAJOKTwo-Time Pulitzer Prize Winner LYNN NOTTAGEAward-Winning Musical Composer ADAM GWONTony and Pulitzer WinnerDAVID AUBURNHermitage Greeneld Prize Winner ALESHEA HARRISU.S. Poet LaureateNATASHA TRETHEWEYTony and Pulitzer WinnerDOUG WRIGHTPulitzer Prize WinnerMICHAEL R. JACKSONGolden Globe Award WinnerREGINA TAYLORPulitzer Prize-Winning PlaywrightJACKIE SIBBLIES DRURYAward-Winning Musical ComposerRONA SIDDIQUIPulitzer Prize-Winning PlaywrightNILO CRUZWBTT-Season-Program-Master copy_FIN.indd 4WBTT-Season-Program-Master copy_FIN.indd 4 11/30/21 4:32 PM11/30/21 4:32 PM

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5 For upcoming Hermitage programs: HermitageArtistRetreat.orgTheater... Music... Visual Art... Literature...where it all begins.The Hermitage brings the world’s leading theater artists to Sarasota for free public programs... 14 Pulitzer Prize Winners, plus Tony, Oscar, Emmy, Grammy Winners, and more! “The body of work that the Hermitage has unleashed into the world is not just big in terms of number, but big in terms of impact.”– Limor Tomer, Director of Live Arts at the Metropolitan Museum Pulitzer Prize-Winning PlaywrightMARTYNA MAJOKTwo-Time Pulitzer Prize Winner LYNN NOTTAGEAward-Winning Musical Composer ADAM GWONTony and Pulitzer WinnerDAVID AUBURNHermitage Greeneld Prize Winner ALESHEA HARRISU.S. Poet LaureateNATASHA TRETHEWEYTony and Pulitzer WinnerDOUG WRIGHTPulitzer Prize WinnerMICHAEL R. JACKSONGolden Globe Award WinnerREGINA TAYLORPulitzer Prize-Winning PlaywrightJACKIE SIBBLIES DRURYAward-Winning Musical ComposerRONA SIDDIQUIPulitzer Prize-Winning PlaywrightNILO CRUZWBTT-Season-Program-Master copy_FIN.indd 5WBTT-Season-Program-Master copy_FIN.indd 5 11/30/21 4:32 PM11/30/21 4:32 PM

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6O ur dream came true ,thanks to you !WBTT-Season-Program-Master copy_FIN.indd 6WBTT-Season-Program-Master copy_FIN.indd 6 11/30/21 4:32 PM11/30/21 4:32 PM

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7 The Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Board of Trustees, staff and our family of theatre artists would like to extend our deepest thanks to all the Heart & Soul Capital Campaign donors. With their help we successfully completed the renovation of our theatre arts center. We cut the ribbon on our Education and Outreach building, the former Binz Warehouse, in April 2018. We celebrated the transformation of our theatre into the Gerri Aaron & the Aaron Family Foundation Theatre Building with a grand opening ceremony in February 2020, following the successful opening of our first show, Caroline, or Change, in the Donelly Theatre in January 2020.The story of our Heart & Soul campaign and all the donors who contributed to it are recognized on our website (WestcoastBlackTheatre.org/Capital-Campaign/Heartfelt-Thanks). We are still accepting gifts of $5,000 to name a theatre seat and $2,500 to name a courtyard paver. The proceeds will be used to help fund completion of our new parking lot and other capital projects. The additional parking lot will add 40 much-needed spaces, making show parking more convenient and allowing us to host multiple events simultaneously. If you would like to help us grow and better serve our patrons, please contact Debra Flynt-Garrett at dfgarrett@westcoastblacktheatre.org or 941-404-7755. We are so grateful for our generous donors who continue to make our dreams come true! WBTT-Season-Program-Master copy_FIN.indd 7WBTT-Season-Program-Master copy_FIN.indd 7 11/30/21 4:32 PM11/30/21 4:32 PM

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82021 -2022SEASON SPONSORSContributions received between January 1, 2021 and November 15, 2021Thank you to our family of donors for supporting WBTT’s 2021-2022 SeasonIncludes Visionary Circle Donors, Production Sponsors, and Event Sponsors *Denotes 5 years or more of continuous supportFOUNDERS $50,000+Ali & Gloria Bahaj*Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation Brunckhorst Family*Kenneth & Sarah GoldblattShelley & Sy Goldblatt*Dona & Sam Scott and The Dona & Sam Scott FoundationThe Wright FoundationARTISTIC DIRECTORS $20,000–$49,999John J. Clopine Fund of The Community Foundation of Sarasota County*Kitty & John Cranor*The Exchange*Tom & Nancy Flanagan*Dr. Phil & Suzan Gaynes*Gulf Coast Community Foundation*Penelope Kingman* Lynne Koy*Brock & Julie Leach*Dr. John & Eilene MaupinHoward Millman & Carolyn Michel*Lee & Lydia Rainer, Rainer’s Grace Donor Fund, A Donor Advised Fund of the U.S. Charitable Gift Trust Jack & Priscilla Schlegel*William G. & Marie Selby Foundation*The Shubert FoundationGlenn & Jackie TiltonEXECUTIVE DIRECTORS $10,000–$19,999Judy AlexanderCheryl Anderson & Mike Springer & Executive Accounting Solutions*Carol Beeler in Memory of Tom BeelerCenter for Faith & FreedomJerome & Cynthia Davis*Robert E. Dods Family Foundation*Linda FiorelliMike & Karen Gardiner*Marilyn & James Heskett*Michele Hooper & Lemuel SeabrookWilliam & Elizabeth Johnston*Victor Kaufman & Elizabeth RaineyCarolyn Keystone & Jim Meekison*The Koffman FamilyPat KordisJonathan & Michelle MitchellMarian Moss*Patricia Potter*Rose Marie ProiettiRobert RussellSarasota Magazine*Ken Schneier & Cynthia CraigBayne & Jeanie StevensonThe Vincent FamilyDr. Bernard & Lois Watson and The William Penn Foundation*Susan & Charles Wilson*WBTT-Season-Program-Master copy_FIN.indd 8WBTT-Season-Program-Master copy_FIN.indd 8 11/30/21 4:32 PM11/30/21 4:32 PM

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CONTINUED SEASON SPONSORS PLAYWRIGHTS 5 000 9 999 Anonymous Honorable Dennis W Archer Honorable Trudy DunCombe Archer George Jessica Armstrong The Rosemary and Rosemary Thyme Ann Babcock Adele Fleet Bacow Lawrence S Bacow Phil Baker Tom Karen Bernstein Jerry Helga Bilik Robert Blattberg Rebecca Donelson Marty Barbara Bowling Miles Barbara Capron Liza Carl Caruso Sue Coyne The Lewis Foundation Jerome Cynthia Davis FCCI Insurance Group Rita Greenbaum in Memory of Ron Greenbaum Joel Howard J Tracy Tucker The Huisking Foundation Inc Dr Donald Doris Johnson Curtis Jordan Paige Petersen Steven Kalt Robert Heeren David Kotok Christine Schlesinger Virginia Lipton Alison Howard Madsen Joan J Mathews Charitable Fund of Gulf Coast Community Foundation Dr Martin Max Dr Randall Karen Morgan Drs Joel Gail Morganroth Bob Andi Munzer Daniel Nalven Barbara JacobsNalven David Francine Newman Lou Rosemary Oberndorf Dorothy O Brien Dick Antoine Gregory Kimberly Parris Cecil Shirley Pickett Mona Rankin Robert Russell Dr Bob Beth Scheible David ShapiroSemkhor Robert Teresa Simmons Leslie Smith Linda Steinberger Jim Charlie Ann Syprett Bliss Maryanne Young DIRECTORS 2 500 4 999 Anonymous Peg Allen Steve Dixon Douglas Carolyn Anderson Artefact Design Inc Steve Shari Ashman Dr Alfonso Brenda Belsito Carolyn Blum Murray Bring Kay Delaney Charles Theresa Brown Bruce Elaine Burton Janet Phil Cady Claudia Cardillo Chris Patricia Caswell Joyce Cekander Dave Elaine Charney Mariana Cotten Gene Linda Crump Dr Eldi Denise Deschamps Anonymous Leon Marge Ellin Jim Angela Freeman Kofi Glover HBKS Wealth Advisors Dean Piccirillo Kenneth Mitzie Henson Gail Bob Hetler Tomeika Hunter Koski Amb Jeanette Hyde Ted Jean Ingersoll Contributions received between January 1 2021 and November 15 2021

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CONTINUED SEASON SPONSORS Jacqueline Jones Warren Thekla Kahn James Pauline Kennedy Edward Keon Pat Kennelly C Malachowski Meadows Dental Associates Marie McKee Robert Cole Victor Mercidees McTeer Dale L Kristin Menard George Janet Miles Gloria Moss Martha Murphy Kathy Holmok Northern Trust Michael Page Debra Flynt Garrett Irwin Andra Press Barbara Raphael Marta Riordan James Boyle RoseBay International Becky Culp Jackie Woods Skip Gail Sack David J Sales Pauline L Wamsler David Schwartz Nan Thompson Eva T Slane Rosa L Willie M Stanfield Susan Straus Elizabeth Sublette Dr Ray Fran Taylor Peter Judi Wasserman Paul Kathie Westpheling David Lois Wilkins F Joseph Wilson CHOREOGRAPHERS 1 000 2 499 Anonymous Donald Cathy Baillie Walton Deborah Beacham James Bennett Linda Bill Berliner Jim Linda Bodycomb LaTerry Butler William Debra Buttaggi Alina Bromund Cemitier Truist Wealth The Martin D Cohen Family Foundation Douglas Wilma Eden Roger Sally Effron Mitchell Dawn Epstein Dr Alan E Feen Charitable Trust in Honor of Nate Jacobs Larry Shane Fishman John Geraldine Gibbs Julia Steve Goldberg Kathie Hayes Noel Terry Hefty in Honor of Howard Millman Horizons Unlimited Christian Academy Charlie Huisking Christine Jennings Amb James Joseph Mary Braxton Joseph Darlene Kalada Richard Bryan Michael Terri Klauber Carl Koenig Constance Sanders Lenny Susan Landau David Rebecca Marsh William Elaine McClure Lana Mark McGorry Frank Josephine Nicolosi Debbie Orth Kimberly Tocci Lynn D Ross Designer Jonathan Barbara Ryder Dave Jole Sandblom Sarasota County Bar Association Diversity and Inclusion Fund at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County Mona Schonbrunn Revs William Schulz Beth Graham Maureen Shea David Robin Shapiro Barbara Jeffrey Shivers Nancy Snell Rodney Knutson Jane Traub Beverlyn Truehart The Welch Family Charitable Fund Ron Geri Yonover Mary Zabin Janice Zarro Judy Zuckerberg George Kole Contributions received between January 1 2021 and November 15 2021

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CONTINUED SEASON SPONSORS DESIGNERS 500 999 Barbara Ron Archbold Robert Betagole Tony Irene Britt Frank Buzan Vicki Chatley Sam Pam Citron Jill Considine Ray Davies Mary Doering Linda Elliff Bill Joyce Fletcher Florida Suncoast Chapter of Society Inc Joe Grabowski Howard Harris Debbie Larry Haspel in Memory of Shelley Goldblatt Rick Helbing Maurice Marian Hirsch in Honor of Howard Millman s 90th birthday Toby Kaulkin in Honor of Shelley Sy Goldblatt Gerald Kilanoski Ted Betsy Kleinmaier Steven Krause John Joan Leach Sheila Lewis Sonya Malunda Steve Nancy Mayer Stephen Meuler Charlie Munn Steven Neumeister Susan Palmer Chuck Nancy Parrish Alan Sunny Pervil Ann Hobson Pilot Prentice Pilot Dr Jacqueline Ray Dennis Rees Felice Schulaner Mary Jo Reston Robert Diane Roskamp in Memory of Ron Greenbaum Willie Coralease Ruff Skip Gail Sack in Memory of Shelley Goldblatt Lawrence Sage Michael Shelton The Society Incorporated Florida Suncoast Chapter Dennis Thompson Nancy Boxil Thompson Edward Town Steve Rubin Michael Veon Susanne Wamsler Chuck Sheila Weiss Richard Joanne White Young Black Giving Back STAGE HANDS 35 499 Stuart Barbara Aferiat Anthony Allen Janice Amara Constance Anderson Anne Andorn Janet Andres Meghan Arnold David Artzerounian Lurline Aslanian Tracy Austin Patricia R E Baer Lawrence Stephanie Bailey Helen Baker Judith Balmer Donna Bardgett John Maria Bartlett Carl Battle Carole Beebe Thomas Marie Belcher Augustine Bell Richard Belle Marie Pogozelski Thomas Bercal Carolyn BenedictDrew Barbara Benjamin Carol Procter Florence Bercal Richard Charlotte Berman Celeste Betjemann Allan Linda Birdy Lynn Blackledge Cookie Bloom Rotraut Bockstahler Joseph Susan Boston Arthur Boyce Susan Boyd Terry Brackett Irene Anthony Britt Dorothea Brown Contributions received between January 1 2021 and November 15 2021

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CONTINUED SEASON SPONSORS Kathryn Buckles Judy Buffa Kathryn Buckles in Honor of Teresa Simmons Birthday Charles Burks Becky Burns Della Burt Bradley Valerie Busby Carol Butera Paula Butler Diane Gordon Carter Marie Casner Faye Castrucci Barbara Cocchi Wayne Cohen Jane Conner Mary Conway Bette Lou Cookson Ron Cooper Linda Cordisco Tracey Corporan Kathleen Coty Stephen Craig Cheryl CrenshawRobinson Louise Dailey Kim Davis Nancy Dearman Robert DeFillippi Rawl Jane Deland Kathleen Denning Anita DeVine Robert Christine Deutsch Lee Dillon in Memory of Shelley Goldblatt Dennis Dionne Chris Dixon Linda Dockendorf James Doyle Thomas Drew Roberto Eleanor Dunmoodie Christopher Eisenberg Susan Ellis Robert Sandra Endres Jenni Engleman Dorothy Fannell Tiffany Farrell Kathleen Faught Deborah Fineman Lois Fisch Linda Fischer Larry Fishman Robert Jacqui Fitzgerald Theo Fletcher Wendi Fogelson Valerie Forsythe Herbert Fox D Franklin Linda Franklin Barry Suzan Friedman Carmel Frost Lonnetta Gaines Susan Galvin Sonja Garcia Adele Garrison Robert Germain Rich Abby Gerrity Everett Mary Gendler Herman Wanda Gilbert Roz Goldberg B Lee Green Eric Greenberg Pamela Greer Robert Walker Stacey Price Grossman in Honor of Teresa Simmons Birthday Maureen Hager Andrew Felicia Hall George Elizabeth Hall Robert Hall Jerry Hamovit Steve Jane Handley Lorna Hard Norman Hatter George Felice Hedge Eric Henry Susan Herring Anne Heyns Jeanne Hickey Penny Hill Linda Holland Paul Hollinger Cecelia Horwitz Dale Horwitz Joan John Hughes in Memory of Doris Mitchell Joseph Jean Hurd Ennis Jacobs Angela Jarrar Robert Jenkins Christine Jennings in Memory of Shelley Goldblatt Joan Johnson Manuel Johnson James Theresa Joiner Lynn Jones Thomas Jones Elinor Jordan Rabbi Samantha Kahn Contributions received between January 1 2021 and November 15 2021

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CONTINUED SEASON SPONSORS Alyssia Lazin Kapic Sharon Karon Michael Karsen Sheila Kasdan David Katz Loretta Katz in Honor of Shelley Sy Goldblatt Willie King Sidney Kingman Amanda Stough Dr Laura Kingsley Juergen Kirschke Marlene Kitchell Robin Klein Strauss Ellen Kramer Steven Krause in Memory of Shelley Goldblatt Lee Krompart Arnold Kropf Anna Kuipers Mary Kukainis Robert Procter Mark Lancaster Nancy Woodruff Lucy Jim Lapides Sophia LaRusso Cathy Layton Joshua Leach Donald Ann Leona Bob Susan Lewis Sheila Lewis Lois LipscombRisacher Joyce Locklear John Long Peter Margaret Lowndes Sam Sue Luten Jeffrey Lynn Ruth Andy Maass Delmar Macaulay Deborah MacConnell Jane MacCormack Sonya Malunda Dr E Charles Lampley In Memory of Doris Mitchell Richard Debora Marshall Sally Masek Jacqueline Massari C Maureen Mathews Steve Nancy Mayer Rita Mazer Robert McCaa John Carole McDermott Patricia McGrath Edith McGuire Kathleen McKown Stephen Meuler Allison Mignone Robert Sharon Miller Nancie Stuart Mishlove in Honor of Teresa Simmons Birthday Fred Missi Missad Melody Mora Shihadeh Jo Morello Jack Gilhooley Allen Roberta Morton Avolon Moses Allen Morton Eric Mower Ronald Sandra Mulder Pamela Myers Iris Nahemow Michael Nash Gerald Nehra Network for Good Kevin North Connie Norton Leslie Charlie Ohl Joan Ohlson Kathleen Olson Barbara O Neil Dale Otterman Pauline Parrish Cathy Wilson Lewis Patterson Linda Pernigotti Kris Perry Erika Peterson Nancy Phillips Jeanette Planes Hope Pomerantz David Powell Vera Pressley Ronald Primeau Henri Marilyn Quintal Patricia Ready Joan Larry Reinebach Edward Rich Kathleen Richmond Nancy Riney Jeanne Rivard Ronald Rose Laurie Rosin Judith Rosner Karol Ross Terry Sam Roth Lisa Rubinstein in Memory of Shelley Goldblatt Linda Ruppert Lawrence Sage Contributions received between January 1 2021 and November 15 2021

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CONTINUED SEASON SPONSORS Sarasota County Tax Collector Staff Elizabeth Scanio Ronald Gail Schimel Arlene Schler Mildred Schwartz Fred Ellie Schwimmer Ruth Scribner in Honor of Marlene Gunning s Birthday E Joseph Seek Carole John Segal Lisa Seidensticker Kimberly Sewell Ron Emme Shapiro Maureen Shea Caryl Sheffield James Stewart Wayne Sheppard Vernon Natalie Sievers Linda Dick Silverman Cynthia Smyth Esta Snider Rose Sobol Nancy Solar Linda Solomon Matt Sperling Dan Spohn Linda Stark Pat Steck Roger Harriet Stephenson Amy Stevens North Port High School Max Sue Supica Millard Joann Surrency Bonnie Sussman Mary Swanton Carolyn Syphax Young Jolica Taguiped Gerald Tait Marcia Jean Taub in Honor of Howard Millman s 90th Birthday Deborah Taylor Jerry Thier Armentia Thomas Robert Thomas Larry Pat Thompson Marilyn Thompson Mike Thompson Richard Mary Lou Thrush Claudia Tibbets Joel Phyllis Tropp Bryan Troutman Marjorie Tucker Richard Lynne Tucker Lynn Turner Dianne Underwood Victoria Urban Karen Vereb Helen Vetter Conrad Wagner Claire Walker Mark Wasmund Jeff Wasserman Carlotta Webb MaryLou Webster Mike Weddle Karen Wehner Chuck Sheila Weiss in Memory of Shelley Goldblatt Amb Barry Winsome Wells Frederic White Allison Grant Williams Darrell A Williams in Memory of Doris Mitchell Ella Williams Laurie Winger Carol Wood John Jane Yoder Barbara Zdravecky Bruce Amy Zeitlin Contributions received between January 1 2021 and November 15 2021

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MUSIC BYEUBIE BLAKE CONCEIVED AND ORIGINALLY DIRECTED ON BROADWAY BY JULIANNE BOYDPRODUCED ON BROADWAY BY ASHTON SPRINGERLYRICS BY NOBLE SISSLE,ANDY RAZAF,JOHNNY BRANDON,F. E. MILLER& JIM EUROPEDIRECTED AND CHOREOGRAPHED BY JIM WEAVEROCT 6–NOV 21, 2021PRESENTING SPONSORSNancy & Tom FlanaganLEADING SPONSORSThe ExchangeThe Lewis Foundation 16WBTT-Season-Program-Master copy_FIN.indd 16WBTT-Season-Program-Master copy_FIN.indd 16 11/30/21 4:32 PM11/30/21 4:32 PM

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CO-SPONSORSAfter a long and difficult time for all of us, theatre has returned. And it’s very fitting that WBTT should roar back to a full season with Eubie!, a toe-tapping revue of songs by musical pioneer Eubie Blake that just happens to be the very first show staged by the company in its first full season, in 2002–03.Back then, artistic director Nate Jacobs helmed the show. This time around, Jim Weaver, the troupe’s new education director and artistic associate, who has also been a frequent guest director at WBTT, will lead the company of actors bringing to life the songs written by Blake, his most frequent lyricist, Noble Sissle, and others.Eubie! first bowed on Broadway in the 1970s and was nominated for three Tony Awards. Conceived by Julianne Boyd, the show features 23 of Blake’s best tunes. Its original production was designed to take audiences to the formative years of the 1920s, when Blake and Sissle made Broadway history with innovative shows having all-Black casts, like Shuffle Along and The Chocolate Dandies.Blake, born in 1887 to former slaves in Baltimore, Maryland, reportedly began his musical training when he was 4 or 5 years old. The story goes that he wandered into a music store with his mother and started “foolin’ around” on an organ. Instead of being outraged, the store owner recognized his early talent, and soon the Blakes had purchased an organ for little Eubie. He started playing wherever he could—clubs, the medicine show circuit and even a bordello—before breaking into vaudeville around 1912 during the era of ragtime music. He played and recorded for decades to come, and in his later years found a whole new audience as a frequent guest on television talk shows. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1981 and died in 1983 at the ripe old age of 96—but not before paving the way for later Black Broadway stars, including Pearl Bailey, Gregory Hines, Nell Carter, André De Shields, Audra McDonald and many others.Liza & Carl CarusoMike & Karen GardinerDavid Kotok & Christine SchlesingerVirginia LiptonDr. Martin H. MaxDale & Kristin Menard Gloria MossRosemary & Lou OberndorfMichael Page & Debra Flynt-GarrettSarasota Magazine Susan K. StrausThe Vincent FamilyEUBIE is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International.Paid for in part by Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax Revenues. This project is sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, the Florida Council of Arts and Culture, and the State of Florida. 17 WBTT-Season-Program-Master copy_FIN.indd 17WBTT-Season-Program-Master copy_FIN.indd 17 11/30/21 4:32 PM11/30/21 4:32 PM

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PRESENTING SPONSORSDr. Phil & Suzan GaynesLynne KoyJack & Priscilla SchlegelArthur & Jessica Armstrong — The Rosemary/ Rosemary & ThymeJohn & Kitty CranorThe ExchangeDr. John & Eilene MaupinRose Marie ProiettiJim & Charlie Ann SyprettThe Vincent FamilyLEADING SPONSORSOUR CHRISTMAS CARD TO THE COMMUNITYCREATED, ADAPTED & DIRECTED BY NATE JACOBSCHOREOGRAPHED BY DONALD FRISONDEC 1–26, 2021 18WBTT-Season-Program-Master copy_FIN.indd 18WBTT-Season-Program-Master copy_FIN.indd 18 11/30/21 4:32 PM11/30/21 4:32 PM

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CREATED, ADAPTED & DIRECTED BY NATE JACOBSCHOREOGRAPHED BY DONALD FRISONPaid for in part by Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax Revenues. This project is sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, the Florida Council of Arts and Culture, and the State of Florida.CO-SPONSORSDr. Alfonso & Mrs. Brenda BelsitoNancy & Tom FlanaganTomeika Hunter-Koski Meadows Dental AssociatesRoseBay International— Becky Culp & Jackie WoodsSarasota Magazine Bob & Teresa Simmons F. Joseph WilsonOne of WBTT’s trademarks over the years has been its holiday productions, works conceived or adapted by artistic director Nate Jacobs, including Black Nativity and A Motown Christmas. This season, Jacobs delivers a brand-new Christmas card to the community with Joyful! Joyful!, fusing gospel classics, pop songs, traditional carols and more in a show featuring some favorite WBTT performers along with fresh new faces.Jacobs says he wanted to produce something “new, refreshing, and something that looks at the world a little differently now,” expressing gratitude as we make our way out of a global pandemic. “Joyful” is the word for how he feels, to be still alive and breathing today, so the emphasis with the new show is not just on the holidays, but on a festive spirit and celebrating new beginnings.To that end, the show opens with “Hallelujah,” a gospel version of the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah, a 1992 song originally recorded for a Grammy-winning concept album with a choir of all-star gospel, contemporary Christian, R&B and jazz artists conducted by none other than Quincy Jones.Jacobs also stirs into the mix “Happy Seasons,” an Earth, Wind & Fire song celebrating all the seasons of life; an African version of “The Little Drummer Boy”; a rendition of “Carol of the Bells” that honors the O’Jays; and Stevie Wonder’s “Everyone’s a Kid at Christmas” to keep the uplift going.The new production is mostly music, with some linking narration here and there in between the songs. And Jacobs says he can pretty much guarantee this new piece will become a part of WBTT’s rotation of holiday offerings in the future.SIDE NOTE: Theatre companies in Charlotte, North Carolina and Houston, Texas are staging WBTT’s A Motown Christmas this year—spreading the joy of that holiday production far beyond Sarasota. 19 WBTT-Season-Program-Master copy_FIN.indd 19WBTT-Season-Program-Master copy_FIN.indd 19 11/30/21 4:32 PM11/30/21 4:32 PM

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21 “I’m thankful for my amazing College Career Advisor. Because of him, I have resources and tools that give me choices for my future.”- JasonFeatured: Johnnie Jones, Education Foundation College Career Advisor | Jason, Sarasota High School Class of 2022 Get Ready. Go Further.We’re helping students get ready for life. You can be part of their journey.Learn more.edfoundationsrq.org/getreadyWBTT-Season-Program-Master copy_FIN.indd 21WBTT-Season-Program-Master copy_FIN.indd 21 11/30/21 4:32 PM11/30/21 4:32 PM

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PRESENTING SPONSORSHelga & Jerry BilikThe ExchangeNancy & Tom FlanaganMike & Karen GardinerMichele Hooper & Lemuel SeabrookPenelope KingmanPearson Liddell, Jr. & Pepper LiddellHoward Millman & Carolyn MichelShirley & Cecil PickettDona & Sam ScottLEADING SPONSORS Andrew & Judith EconomosShelley & Sy GoldblattThe Koman Family Jackie & Glenn TiltonLIVE OAK, FLORIDA, 1952. THE STORY BEHIND THE SCANDAL.A WORLD PREMIERE MUSICALBOOK BY MICHAEL JACOBS MUSIC & LYRICS BY NATE JACOBS, MICHAEL JACOBS & BRENNAN STYLEZARRANGEMENTS BY BRENNAN STYLEZ & ANTONIO WIMBERLY DIRECTED BY NATE JACOBSCANCELED DUE TO COVID

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Honorable Dennis W. Archer & Honorable Trudy DunCombe ArcherDr. Alfonso & Mrs. Brenda BelsitoCarolyn BlumMurray Bring & Kay DelaneyMiles & Barbara CapronLiza & Carl CarusoBernice & Gary Giscombe Dr. Donald & Doris JohnsonKarp Family FoundationVirginia LiptonDr. Martin MaxMeg & Jamie McLaneSarasota MagazineDr. Bob & Beth ScheibleRosa L. & Willie M. StanfieldDr. Ray & Fran TaylorRoland & Linda ThorntonDr. Bernard & Lois WatsonDear Patrons,We regret having to cancel our plans to present Ruby in our 2021–2022 Season. We were excited about the world premiere of this musical by our WBTT Founder and Artistic Director Nate Jacobs and his brother, Michael Jacobs. However, although we were able to present the first two shows of the season, the rehearsal and production schedule for Ruby was interrupted too many times by COVID-19 quarantines during the surge in the Omicron variant in early 2022 to continue the production on schedule. In late January we determined that the least disruptive way to adjust the season was to remove Ruby and continue with the two remaining season shows on their original schedules.Because Ruby is an original world premiere, we filmed the progress to date to create a production archive so we could bring the show to the stage at a time when community conditions allow us to proceed with a production this large. We are so grateful to the production sponsors who have made it possible for us to create this production. We invited all of them to the filming to celebrate the show, and we will make sure all are recognized again when we can bring the show to the stage. We thank these sponsors and all our dedicated patrons for their patience and understanding as we navigate these challenging times while keeping everyone safe and healthy.Sincerely, Nate Jacobs Julie Leach Founder and Artistic Director Executive DirectorCO-SPONSORSPaid for in part by Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax Revenues. This project is sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, the Florida Council of Arts and Culture, and the State of Florida.

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CREATED, ADAPTED & DIRECTED BY NATE JACOBSCHOREOGRAPHED BYDONALD FRISONMARCH 10–APRIL 24, 2022PRESENTING SPONSORSDr. Phil & Suzan GaynesLEADING SPONSORSThe ExchangeNancy & Tom FlanaganRita Greenbaum in Memory of Ron GreenbaumMichele Hooper & Lemuel SeabrookCurtis Jordan & Paige PetersenCecil & Shirley PickettJ. Tracy Tucker & Joel HowardSusan & Charles Wilson 24WBTT-Season-Program-Master copy_FIN.indd 24WBTT-Season-Program-Master copy_FIN.indd 24 11/30/21 4:33 PM11/30/21 4:33 PM

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Paid for in part by Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax Revenues. This project is sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, the Florida Council of Arts and Culture, and the State of Florida.CO-SPONSORSHonorable Dennis W. Archer & Honorable Trudy DunCombe ArcherMartin & Barbara BowlingBruce & Elaine BurtonMiles & Barbara CapronMike & Karen GardinerDavid Kotok & Christine SchlesingerVirginia LiptonNorthern TrustSarasota Magazine Linda SteinbergerElizabeth SubletteThe Vincent FamilyQuick: How many Broadway shows of the past 100 years or so does Wikipedia list as having all-Black casts? For the record, 41, although that is, of course, a number subject to updates and discussion.WBTT’s Broadway in Black, a reprise (with some changes) of the company’s 2017 summer musical of the same name, doesn’t claim to present songs from all 41 of those shows. But a fair percentage is certainly represented, including hits from Dreamgirls, Ain’t Misbehavin’, The Color Purple, Purlie, The Wiz and more. (In 2017, the show also featured a couple of Eubie Blake tunes, but since Blake is getting his own show this season, director Nate Jacobs has removed those songs from the 2021–22 production.)There’s still plenty for audiences to sing along to; the previous show featured about 50 numbers in all, even if some of them are shortened or put together in medleys this time around. Jacobs says, “There’s so much we need to touch on that’s part of the history of Black Broadway, so this show has a lot to offer.”By the way, WBTT has over the years also presented quite a few of those 41 all-Black cast shows mentioned above, as well as Black Nativity, Once On This Island, Your Arms Too Short to Box with God, Raisin and many others. Overall, as Jacobs says, “For any institution that celebrates Black history and culture as we do at WBTT, the story of the progress we’ve made through the arts, while acknowledging that we still have a long way to go, is an important one. That we can tell it in an entertaining way in this show is all the better. There’s work to do to bring more diversity to Broadway and regional theatre. The Great White Way is still, sadly, very White.”But at WBTT, with this show, the creators and performers are Black and beautiful. 25 WBTT-Season-Program-Master copy_FIN.indd 25WBTT-Season-Program-Master copy_FIN.indd 25 11/30/21 4:33 PM11/30/21 4:33 PM

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WORLD PREMIERE OF TWO ONE ACT PLAYS DIRECTED BY NATE JACOBS WRITTEN BY TARRA CONNER JONES TARRA CONNER JONES as NELL CARTER WRITTEN BY MICHAEL JACOBS DARIUS AUTRY as MUHAMMAD ALI MUSIC COMPOSITIONS BY DERRIC GOBOURNE JR HENRY WASHINGTON MAY 4 MAY 29 2022 PRESENTING SPONSORS Ali Gloria Bahaj LEADING SPONSORS Phil Baker Rose Marie Proietti John Kitty Cranor Dr Bob Beth Scheible The Exchange Dona Sam Scott Nancy Tom Flanagan

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S ometimes new shows are conceived with no particular performers in mind Sometimes though the personality of a certain actor helps to drive the creative engine The latter is the case with two new oneact one person plays WBTT presents this season both based on real people For the first time Founder and Artistic Director Nate Jacobs will bring to the mainstage season works from its New Playwright Series starring two familiar and popular performers The first From Birmingham to Broadway stars powerhouse Tarra Conner jones seen previously at WBTT in The Color Purple Black Nativity and Ma Rainey s Black Bottom among other productions as another powerhouse Nell Carter Jones wrote this one act play and portrays Carter best known to many audiences from the TV show Gimme a Break and her breakout Broadway role in Ain t Misbehavin The show is a snapshot of Carter s career demonstrating the determination this nontraditional Black woman possessed despite the odds against her Carter lived a life with some early tragedy but her refusal to give up on her dreams and her buoyant larger than life onstage persona have left a lasting legacy Jones will sing several gospel numbers as well as four numbers from Ain t Misbehavin in the show The second Float like a Butterfly stars WBTT newcomer Darius Autry as boxer and activist Muhammad Ali There have been a number of narrative films and documentaries about the late great champ this new piece devised by Nate Jacobs and his brother Michael focuses on how he used his celebrity as a platform in the civil rights movement in many ways laying the groundwork for future athletes to speak their minds While not technically a musical the show does adapt Ali s famous rhythms and syncopations of speech to a rap hip hop style that gives the show a contemporary edge Taken together these two new works should provide intriguing glimpses into real life American notables CO SPONSORS Douglas Carolyn Anderson Honorable Dennis W Archer Honorable Trudy DunCombe Archer Miles Barbara Capron Mike Karen Gardiner Dr Donald Doris Johnson Edward Keon Pat Kennelly Penelope Kingman C Malachowski Dr Randall Karen Morgan Rosemary Lou Oberndorf Marta Riordan James Boyle Sarasota Magazine Paid for in part by Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax Revenues This project is sponsored in part by the Department of State Division of Arts and Culture the Florida Council of Arts and Culture and the State of Florida

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WESTCOAST BLACK THEATRE TROUPE NATE JACOBS FOUNDER ARTISTIC DIRECTOR PRESENTS New Playwrights Series World Premiere of Two One Act Plays By Tarra Conner jones Created by Nate Jacobs Written by Michael Jacobs Costume Designer for From Birmingham to Broadway Patricia Vandenberg Costume Designer for Float Like a Butterfly Adrienne Pitts Properties Designer Annette Breazeale Production Manager James Jay Dodge II Sound Designer Patrick Russini Production Stage Manager Juanita Munford Lighting Designer Michael Pasquini Set Designer Adam Spencer Projection Designer for Float Like a Butterfly Jay Poppe Director Nate Jacobs May 4 May 29 2022 Paid for in part by Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax Revenues This project is sponsored in part by the Department of State Division of Arts Culture the Florida Council of Arts and Culture and the State of Florida Member of Actors Equity Association AEA the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States

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CAST From Birmingham to Broadway Nell Carter Tarra Conner jones Float Like a Butterfly Muhammad Ali Darius Autry Member of Actors Equity Association AEA the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States MUSICIANS From Birmingham to Broadway Music Director John Bronston Bass Marvin Hendon II Drums Etienne EJ Porter Music recorded and mixed by Etienne EJ Porter at Drummerboy Entertainment and Recording Studios Sarasota Float Like a Butterfly Music compositions by Derric Gobourne Jr and Henry Washington SPECIAL THANKS Nate Jacobs is grateful to China Smith boxing coach to Darius Autry and two time National Boxing Association Heavyweight Champion AKA The People s Champ We thank Grant Boxleitner for his voiceovers as the ring announcer in Float Like a Butterfly

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WBTT TEAM Founder and Artistic Director Nate Jacobs Executive Director Julie Leach Development Associate Regina Belvin Artist Relations Associate and Assistant Box Office Manager Ariel Blue Resident Property Master Annette Breazeale Master Seamstress Darci Collins Production Manager Resident Music Director James Jay Dodge II Marketing and Communications Director Scott Ferguson Development Director Debra Flynt Garrett Resident Choreographer Donald Frison Finance Manager Robert Grant Box Office Associates Arnette German Naquila Gregory Margaret Lindsey Resident Sound Engineer Alexander Judd Custodian Gerald Law Stage Hands Amber Myers House Manager Myllanna McKinnon House Associates Mydra McKinnon Stefan Abner Zion Thompson Production Assistant Assistant to the Artistic Director Michael Mendez Sound Technician Stage Hand Caleb Miller Box Office Manager Eleanor Miller Production Stage Manager Juanita Munford Resident Lighting Designer Michael Pasquini Wardrobe Manager Lead Stage Hand Adrienne Pitts Associate Managing Director Travis Ray Resident Sound Designer Patrick Russini Technical Director Shane Streight Education Director and Artistic Associate Jim Weaver Photography Sorcha Augustine Web Consultants Bryan Gordon Louis Libert Media Relations Sharon Kunkel Wordslinger Marketing PR Graphic Design Paula Murray Artefact Design Videography James Berry Films Bill Wagy Productions

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DIRECTOR S NOTE I am thrilled to present this double feature of two world premiere one act plays about two amazing African Americans who were determined to define their own destinies TV and Broadway dynamo Nell Carter and boxing legend Muhammad Ali In From Birmingham to Broadway and Float Like a Butterfly we re fortunate to be able to showcase the talents of two actors who portray these larger than life personalities WBTT favorite Tarra Conner jones and a young man who is appearing for the first time on our mainstage Darius Autry Tarra came to me when we were shut down due to the pandemic and told me about an idea she had to develop a play about Nell Carter who grew up in Alabama but set her sights on Broadway even though she didn t fit the mold of a glamorous stage diva She wowed audiences in Ain t Misbehavin and went on to star in her own TV series Gimme a Break Tarra whose singing voice has been compared to Nell Carter s decided to pay tribute to Carter by writing and starring in a show about her I encouraged Tarra to go for it we workshopped it together and I have the pleasure of directing it The music you will hear in the piece was directed by a friend and colleague of Tarra s John Bronston and was recorded at Etienne EJ Porter s Drummerboy Studios here in Sarasota For the Muhammad Ali piece I had long wanted to develop I turned to my brother Michael Jacobs who was the researcher and playwright As Michael and I developed the play we agreed that it should reflect the many aspects of this man who is known throughout the world not just for his pugilistic prowess in the ring but also for his pride and poetry beyond it Ali continues to influence today s athletes to speak their mind about issues beyond whatever arena in which they compete Derric Gobourne Jr and Henry Washington both of whom many of you know as actors singers and dancers in many of our productions helped us capture the cadence of Ali s signature musical speaking style in a whole new way We dedicate these plays to the influence of Nell Carter and Muhammad Ali two very different individuals who both left their mark on history and culture by insisting on being themselves and who left wonderful legacies for those of us who follow in their footsteps We hope you enjoy From Birmingham to Broadway and Float Like a Butterfly Nate Jacobs

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MUSICAL NUMBERS FROM BIRMINGHAM TO BROADWAY Wild Women Don t Get the Blues I Cox Keep Your Eyes On the Prize Traditional His Eye Is on the Sparrow C Gabriel D Martin Black and Blue F Waller H Brooks A Razaf On Broadway B Mann C Weil J Leiber M Stoller Ain t Misbehavin F Waller H Brooks A Razaf Honeysuckle Rose F Waller A Razaf Ain t Nobody s Business if I Do P Grainger E Robbins Keeping Out of Mischief Now F Waller A Razaf Ain t Misbehavin reprise Find Out What They Like F Waller A Razaf I ve Got a Feeling I m Falling F Waller H Link B Rose Mean to Me F Ahlert R Turk One Night Only T Eyen H Krieger Gimme a Break B Christianson B Garrett M Sims Amazing Grace Traditional This Joint is Jumping F Waller A Razaf J Johnson Friend Like Me A Menken H Ashman

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CAST AND CREATIVE TARRA CONNER JONES Playwright and Actor From Birmingham to Broadway It has been said that God sings through her voice Tarra Conner jones is a gifted singer actor performer and playwright Her destiny was sealed at an early age in the sacred spaces of the Black Church It was there she noticed the power of her voice and saw firsthand how people experienced her From then until now Tarra has consistently performed on stages all over the world Tarra has played many roles over the years but she s most proud of her work as Matron Morton in Chicago at The Fulton Theatre Mama Ogre and Dragon in Shrek at The Alhambra The show that made her a member of Actors Equity Association Ma Rainey in Ma Rainey s Black Bottom Archangel Gabriel in Black Nativity at Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Nell Carter in Ain t Misbehavin at Theatre By The Sea in Rhode Island and a six month contract in Shanghai China performing in jazz and funk clubs Most recently Tarra portrayed Motormouth Maybelle in Hairspray and Tressa in Flight aboard Royal Caribbean s Symphony of the Seas She sailed with the cruise line for nearly seven months Tarra is immensely grateful to introduce her original work in her beloved Sarasota community From Birmingham to Broadway chronicles the incredible life and work of Broadway legend Nell Carter The same light that lit Tarra s eyes as a child in the church continues to light her path toward Broadway and beyond Every time she takes the stage she does so in memory of her mother Ms Chonita Conner Tarra is charitable to the American Lung Association in its fight to eradicate cancer Member of Actors Equity Association AEA the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States DARIUS AUTRY Muhammad Ali is a Tampa native He feels honored to be playing the role of Muhammad Ali in Float Like a Butterfly his first performance on our mainstage In February he played Dez in WBTT s rooftop staged reading of Dominique Morisseau s Skeleton Crew He was last seen in a fully staged production as Romeo in Jobsite Theater s production of Romeo and Juliet at the Jaeb Theater in the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa In between his commitments to the theatre Darius acts on camera and occasionally writes film scripts He can currently be seen in Harvey an independent feature film as Harvey The movie can be found on multiple domestic and international streaming platforms Darius has brought other roles to life in the theatre such as Lincoln in Topdog Underdog Martin in Seminar and Woodson Bull III in Third Darius is excited to join the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe family NATE JACOBS Creator Float Like a Butterfly director of both plays is Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe s Founder Artistic Director He is a driving force in Florida s theatre scene A graduate of Florida A M University Nate founded Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe in 1999 He has written composed directed and performed in many shows as an actor singer dancer and comedian He works extensively in the community training and mentoring youth in the performing arts As a result of his outstanding contributions to young people the Sarasota County Branch NAACP Youth Council recognized Nate as one of its 2012 Men of Valor In the spring of 2013 he was inducted into the Community Video Archives Hall of Fame for his significant contributions to the arts and education In 2015 Nate was recognized as a Champion of Diversity for the arts during the Biz 941 and La Guia magazines Unity Awards Luncheon and was honored with the prestigious Larry Leon Hamlin Producer Award during the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston Salem N C for his contributions

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CAST AND CREATIVE to Black theatre specifically and American theatre in general In 2017 Goodwill Manasota named him a Community Ambassador of the Year In 2018 the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County honored Nate with the Arts Leadership Award for Artistic Achievement In 2019 he brought Soul Man to the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston Salem N C WBTT s fourth appearance there In 2021 Nate received the Perfect Pitch Award from Key Chorale which recognized him as a driving force in the arts and for his collaborations with other arts organizations including American Roots The Gospel Experience a series of concert performances with WBTT performers and Key Chorale presented in three area churches in the fall of 2019 MICHAEL JACOBS Playwright Float Like a Butterfly is excited to have the opportunity to collaborate with his brother Nate Jacobs on the development of Float Like a Butterfly Michael and Nate are also collaborating on Ruby an original musical that was originally planned for this season but was postponed due to COVID it will be presented in a future season In addition the brothers collaborated on WBTT s 2016 production of The Sam Cooke Story Michael has a long cultivated passion for theatre and the arts He is an accomplished poet and playwright and was founder and director of two community theatre groups in the Washington DC area Michael also served on the board of directors of the Essential Theatre in Washington Michael is an attorney specializing in employment labor entertainment and sports law He teaches in the graduate school programs at City University of New York and New York University As part of his ongoing contribution to the arts Michael provides pro bono legal services and support to many young and aspiring artists He is a graduate of Howard University Law School and Florida A M University where he studied Pre Law and Theatre JAMES JAY DODGE II Production Manager Resident Music Director has served as WBTT s Production Manager and Resident Music Director for over a decade A producer composer arranger and songwriter Jay oversaw the production and music for three of WBTT s four appearances at the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston Salem N C He began playing the bass at age 13 and through the years has directed several band ensembles and accompanied many singers with his smooth melodic bass playing He has traveled with the renowned Westcoast Gospel Chorus of Florida and The HLP Love Campaign touring the U S Europe Africa and the Caribbean and performing a holiday show at the White House His local and national TV appearances include Fox NBC BET and the CW Network Jay has accompanied many artists including recording sensation Terrell Carter Kermit Quinn of the vocal group Blackstreet Broadway stars Melba Moore and Chester Gregory international recording artist Frank McComb and gospel greats Hezekiah Walker Kim Burrell Shirley Caesar Albertina Walker Dorothy Norwood Kurt Carr Byron Cage Richard Smallwood and Bishop Walter Hawkins Jay holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Performance from Florida International University He is a loving husband to his wife Renae and father to his two boys Jay and Kai JUANITA MUNFORD Production Stage Manager is a proud member of Actors Equity Association She has extensive experience as a stage manager A native of Manchester N H Juanita attended St Michael s College in Winooski Vt After working in St Michael s Playhouse she moved to Sarasota in 1983 and became the stage manager for more than 90 shows at the Asolo Repertory Theatre Juanita s first WBTT show as stage manager was Marvin Gaye The Man and His Music in 2011 and she has served in that role ever since She loves working with Nate Jacobs and all the amazing people at WBTT

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CAST AND CREATIVE PATRICIA VANDENBERG Ph D Costume Designer From Birmingham to Broadway returns to WBTT after designing the costumes for Caroline or Change in 2019 2020 Patricia has had a long career as a top rated professor in the areas of theatre communications and business management She earned her Ph D With Distinction in History and Criticism of the Theater from the University of Michigan where she also received an M A in Communications and did the work for an M F A in costume design As a professor of theatre Patricia chaired theatre departments designed for theatre and dance companies served on the Governing Council of the Association for Theater in Higher Education and was an adjudicator for the American College Theater Festival As a communications expert her professional positions included serving as the Chief Communications and Marketing Officer at the University of Massachusetts and at Mount Holyoke College the oldest women s college in the world ADRIENNE PITTS Costume Designer Float Like a Butterfly has worked with WBTT as an actress and stage hand for over 16 years She started out on stage but soon realized she loved working backstage even more Adrienne has been the Wardrobe Manager and Lead Stage Hand for WBTT since 2017 She was the Assistant Costume Designer for Raisin Marvin Gaye Prince of Soul and Black Nativity Adrienne has costumed Joyful Joyful A Motown Christmas The Mountaintop Soul Man Your Arms Too Short to Box with God Light Up the Night Technicolor Musical and was the Assistant Costume Designer for Lady Day at Emerson s Bar Grill Adrienne has also been writing for over 15 years and has been blessed to work with her mentor Nate Jacobs Her love of writing stems from an opportunity to write a play for her church youth group Since the moment the play was performed Adrienne knew she wanted to be a creative writer and eventually see her plays come to life on stage She wrote the script for WBTT s 2019 Stage of Discovery summer show A Journey to Motown and was the Costume Designer for that show as well She is also interested in writing television series In 2021 she served as the wardrobe assistant to actor Andia Winslow for Playing Through a movie about the struggles and triumphs of Ann Gregory a woman of color who was a pioneer in the elite and competitive world of golf Playing Through received the Audience Award for a Feature Film at the 2022 Sarasota Film Festival and also had a special screening at WBTT Arienne is grateful for Nate Jacobs and the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe for allowing her to learn and grow in this amazing company ANNETTE BREAZEALE Properties Designer is WBTT s Resident Property Master She has designed props for area stages including Banyan Theatre Company and the FSU Conservatory at the Asolo Theatre In addition she has worked as art director and production designer for national and international feature films and music videos She would like to thank Nate Jacobs for the opportunity to work with such a talented and inspirational group of theatre artists PATRICK RUSSINI Sound Designer has worked as a professional sound designer audio technician and sound engineer since 2012 His audio artistry has showcased the signature sound of Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe shows since he joined the staff in 2016 as Sound Engineer he was recently named Resident Sound Designer for the company Patrick has traveled twice with WBTT Founder and Artistic Director Nate Jacobs and other troupe performers and production staff to the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston Salem N C run sound for WBTT s 70s Soul Party at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota and worked with rock legend Alice Cooper blues gospel rock singer songwriter guitarist Jonny Lang and many other artists Patrick is happy to be part of the WBTT team ADAM SPENCER Set Designer designed the sets for WBTT s 2021 production of Pipeline and for this season s EUBIE Adam received his BA in Theatre from Chadron State College and MFA in Theatrical Design from Illinois State University He has served as Technical Director Resident Designer and Scenic Design Professor at Louisiana Tech University and University of Houston Downtown Adam has worked at venues including Asolo Rep s Terrace Stage scenic design Playhouse on the Square scenic design Theatre Under the Stars assistant lighting and assistant scenic design and associated Humphreys

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CAST AND CREATIVE School of Musical Theatre lighting and scenic design Main Street Theatre scenic design Lexington Children s Theatre lighting and scenic design Birmingham Children s Theatre resident designer and technical director and Olney Theatre Center props design MICHAEL PASQUINI Lighting Designer most recently served as Assistant Lighting Designer on Asolo Rep s world premiere of Knoxville This winter was Michael s 16th season with the Sarasota Opera where he is the head electrician and assistant lighting designer First designing for WBTT in 2007 his most recent lighting designs were for Joyful Joyful and EUBIE Other recent lighting designs include Manatee Players Chaplin and The Players Centre s Falsettos as well as shows at Florida Studio Theatre this past summer He is a graduate of Booker High School s VPA Theatre program as well as Florida State University s School of Theatre Michael is the Treasurer of IATSE Local 412 the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees JAY POPPE Projection Designer for Float Like a Butterfly has designed projections for several WBTT productions including Pipeline a stage play recorded on video for which he also designed video transitions Soul Man and Queen of Soul A Tribute to Aretha Franklin He has also provided scenic projections for The Manatee Players productions of Newsies Mary Poppins Tarzan and more recently Titanic Jay also performs most recently in A Christmas Carol at The Manatee Players where he played six different characters Thank you Nate for asking me to work on this amazing show ACTORS EQUITY ASSOCIATION Actors Equity Association AEA was founded in 1913 as the first of the American actor unions Equity s mission is to advance promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society Today Equity represents more than 40 000 actors singers dancers and stage managers working in hundreds of theatres across the United States Equity members are dedicated to working in the theatre as a profession upholding the highest artistic standards Equity negotiates wages and working conditions and provides a wide range of benefits including health and pension plans for its members Through its agreement with Equity this theatre has committed to the fair treatment of the actors and stage managers employed in this production AEA is a member of the AFL CIO and is affiliated with FIA an international organization of performing arts unions For more information visit actorsequity org

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THANK YOU FOR KEEPING US SINGING We are grateful for the 668 donors who contributed to WBTT during the 24 hours of the 2022 Giving Challenge April 26 27 With donations and matching gifts from The Patterson Foundation and Steve Terry Clark and Sue Coyne The Lewis Foundation we raised 168 344 allowing us to keep singing dancing acting teaching and bringing joy to the community We couldn t do what we do without the help of generous donors THANK YOU FOR BEING THE ONE FOR WBTT FLIP THROUGH OUR 2020 21 IMPACT REPORT Thanks to the donations we receive during each Giving Challenge and throughout the year we are able to make a big impact in our community and to the artists and emerging young performers who benefit from our education programs Click here to flip through our most recent Impact Report with info photos and video of our shows events and programs

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SEASON SPONSORS Thank you to our family of donors for supporting WBTT s 2021 2022 Season Includes Visionary Circle Donors Production Sponsors and Event Sponsors Contributions received between Nov 15 2021 and April 25 2022 Donors who contributed between Jan 1 2021 and Nov 15 2021 are listed in our season playbill Denotes 5 years or more of continuous support FOUNDERS 50 000 Kitty John Cranor Andrew Judith Economos FOUNDERS Plus Fund of The Community Foundation of Sarasota County The Estate of Marilyn Harwell Howard Millman Carolyn Michel ARTISTIC DIRECTORS 20 000 49 999 Anonymous Steve Terry Clark Stephen Klein Mona Rankin EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS 10 000 19 999 David Suzanne Arch Sue Coyne The Lewis Foundation Dr Donald Doris Johnson

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SEASON SPONSORS PLAYWRIGHTS 5 000 9 999 Scott B Annie P Appleby Charitable Trust Ping Faulhaber in Honor of Andrew Judith Economos Jolan Foundation Corp Tammy Karp Dr Sarah Pappas Rosa L Willie Stanfield Susan Travers David Lois Wilkins Bob Angelia Wood DIRECTORS 2 500 4 999 Walton Deborah Beacham Mariana Cotten Gary Bernice Giscombe Lee Bob Peterson Foundation CHOREOGRAPHERS 1 000 2 499 Michael Alverez C Alan Jill Anderson James Lynette Bennett Robert Tami Byler David Edie Chaifetz Jean Cooper John Bill Coughlin Tom Dana Cunningham Katharina Curless Stu Rhoda Friedman Lonnetta Gaines Ron Gault Charlayne Hunter Gault Anthony Adela Glover The Albert Goodstein Family Foundation Stephen Elaine Graham Mark Janet Hammer Annazette Houston Joseph Jean Hurd Mark Penny Jackson Jane Kelly Tom Kirdahy

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SEASON SPONSORS Ted Betsy Kleinmaier Jennifer Lauffer James Vicki Rollo David Jole Sandblom James Ellen Marsey Tobi Schneider Peter Sandra Morris Michael Shelton Kevin North Peter Olle Barbara O Neil Ralph Peggy Passino Walton Donna Pearson Jeffrey Peterson Neil Phillips Susan Rawson Dr Jacqueline Ray Dennis Rees Felice Schulaner Vernon Natalie Sievers Jeffrey Smith Deborah Mix in Honor of Nate Jacobs Renee Bill Stevens Greg Stikeleather John Suhre Ed Town Steve Rubin Salten Weingrod Family Fund at the Rhode Island Foundation Welch Family Charitable Fund DESIGNERS 500 999 Myrna Blume Nelida Llovio Susan Jim Buck Frank Maher Sam Pam Citron Jane Tom Oliver Neal Colton Bill Covington Amy Michael Drake Frank Barbara Fleischer Nancy Gold Marvin Anne Marie Greene George Elizabeth Hall Beatrice Holt Dr C H Amar Mira Inalsingh Bruce Lehman Horace Lorrie Liang James Pate Rebecca Preston Eileen Raffo Dewey Robinson Paul Robson Brett Morse Lynne Ross Markus Ingrid Summers Michael Veon Helen Vetter Robert Walker Pamela Greer

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SEASON SPONSORS STAGE HANDS 35 499 Anonymous Francine Achbar Kathleen Adams Pamela Akins Janice Amarainnov Robert Appel Stacy Baer Lawrence Stephanie Bailey Henry Battie Barry Suzy Benjamin Terry Black Paul Blankman Penelope Bodry Sanders in Honor of Penelope Kingman Karen Booth Charlene Boykins Jerry Pamela Brabant Nancy Bronska Marjorie Broughton Sunny Brownrout Jehanne Burch Cookie Carlson Patricia Cerefice Carla Chatham Nora Cietek Duane Karen Compton Brad Cooper Libby Cranor Judith Cuppy Rosalie Davis Virginia De Buys Jerry Johnson Democratic Womens Club of Sarasota County Daniel Denton Randolph Douglas Thomas Esposito Robert Iris Fanger in Honor of Mike Karen Gardiner Robin Fetsch Sandy Fink David Forde Deborah Franczek Jim Angela Freeman Linda Garvin Paul Karen Geck Robert Anne Germain Charles Leslie Gerhardt Marty Gervasi Tony Gibbons Suzanne Gladfelter Marilyn Graves Stephen Graves Michael Diane Griffith Susan Ross Green Susan Haedicke Barry Halpern Alan Joyce Hersh Mary Jo Hixon Ann Hogg Linda Holl Linda Jenewein Judeth Jensen Regina Joyce Annette Kaplan Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae Club Carole Kleinberg Carla Koeffler Karen Koenig Sarah Karon Gerald Karen Lahn Jonathan Landsberg Gerald Valerie Law Terry Leland Carol Linker

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SEASON SPONSORS Jeremy Lisitza Ronni Marc Loudy Joan Lovell Marilyn Lucht Ronald Lusen Linda Macaskill Wayne Magee Dixie Mahan Pat Mahoney Zaehe Carole Maisel Ronda Manasse James Martin Carol Mcclenahan Pierre McCormick Judith McNeeley Tomasa Mes Robert Meza Carolyn Williams Meza in Honor of Mona Rankin Turner Moore Linda Morassi Michelle Morris Jon Newman Vickie Oldham Ray Sandra Orlandi Nila Martin Padarathsingh Stephanie Pangia Deborah Parker Richard Rosalie Pears Natalie Peeples Jayne Phelps Melinda Place David Marilyn Powell Joan Rachlin John Jill Raleigh Sharon Ramey Judith Reed Ethel Revels Edward Sandra Rich Larry Richardson Sue Rupp Mary Jane Sanacore Sally Sandblom William Diane Sarnat Daisy Saunders John Scibak Dawnyelle Singleton Frank Smith Margaret Smullen Dwaine Snow Rae Spicer Michael Maryalice Stamer Audrey Stewart Kathleen Stewart Anne Stein Ruth Stoner Millard Joann Surrency Henry Valerie Taylor Janet Taylor Lana Turner Ernst Waldeck Vicki Waters Ralph Weaver Dr Mrs Paul Weiner Natalie Weinstein Michael Weis Susan Wertman Ann Quackenbush Ronald Weintraub Mark Weiss Frederic White Woods Williams Family Foundation at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County in Honor of Black History Month Marsha Zapson

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WESTCOAST BLACK THEATRE TROUPE PRESENTS JOSE RAMIREZ BAND Major League Blues SATURDAY JUNE 11 2022 7 30 PM WBTT MAINSTAGE

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WESTCOAST BLACK THEATRE TROUPE PRESENTS UNBREAKABLE AN EVENING WITH JNANA WILSON COOPER MONDAY JUNE 13 2022 7 30 PM WBTT MAINSTAGE

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Bradenton Sarasota Chapter Celebrating 25 Years of Friendship and Service Enjoy From Birmingham to Broadway and Float Like a Butterfly at WBTT The Links Incorporated founded in 1946 is one of the nation s oldest and largest volunteer service organizations of extraordinary women who are committed to enriching sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry The Bradenton Sarasota Chapter of The Links Incorporated established February 10 1996 is dedicated to serving through sustained transformational programming Our programs are offered in the arts academic achievements health and wellness and civic and intercultural awareness for youth and adults living in Manatee and Sarasota counties and the Caribbean Bradenton Sarasota FL Chapter of The Links Incorporated P O Box 50941 Sarasota FL 34232 Dr LaVerne M Green DNP President www BSLinksInc org

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OUR MISSION Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe was founded in December 1999 as a not for profit 501 c 3 organization Our mission is to produce professional theatre that promotes and celebrates African American history and experience engages a broad base of patrons and audiences supports the development of a dynamic group of aspiring artists and builds self esteem in youth of color Tax deductible gifts from generous individuals businesses and foundations underwrite WBTT s annual operating budget Your support helps to keep tickets affordable and provides funds to mentor new local talent and to develop high quality productions In addition your gifts allow us to offer theatre experiences to an underserved population Thank you The Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe of Florida Inc is a 501 c 3 not for profit corporation Federal Tax ID 65 1040662 A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL FREE 800435 7352 WITHIN THE STATE REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT APPROVAL OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE REGISTRATION NO CH17803 WBTT THEATRE 1012 N Orange Ave Sarasota Florida 34236 Visit us online at WESTCOASTBLACKTHEATRE ORG 941 366 1505

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Each summer, the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe provides budding artists, ages 13–18, an opportunity to express themselves in a nurturing, challenging and fun atmosphere at our Stage of Discovery musical theatre intensive program.Experienced professionals from various theatre disciplines focus on developing students’ artistic skills and building their self-confidence. Stage of Discovery is offered free of charge to students, thanks to our generous donors. Some children sing when others talk, dance when others walk, perform when others watch. They are driven by an inner voice that says, “Express yourself!” —NATE JACOBS, FOUNDER/ARTISTIC DIRECTORStudents perform in the Stage of Discovery 2021 production, The Technicolor MusicalSTAGE OFDISCOVERYWBTT’S EDUCATIONPROGRAMSPlease consider a gift to WBTT’s education programs. For more information call Debra Flynt-Garrett at 941-404-7755, or dfgarrett@westcoastblacktheatre.org 28WBTT-Season-Program-Master copy_FIN.indd 28WBTT-Season-Program-Master copy_FIN.indd 28 11/30/21 4:34 PM11/30/21 4:34 PM

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Some children sing when others talk, dance when others walk, perform when others watch. They are driven by an inner voice that says, “Express yourself!” —NATE JACOBS, FOUNDER/ARTISTIC DIRECTORPhotos by Sorcha AugustineHaving the freedom to express your true creative self is like life’s blood. What a joy it is to see the light grow bright in the eyes of those given the opportunity to discover that truth. I’m so glad to be here at WBTT to help flip that switch. —JIM WEAVER, EDUCATION DIRECTOR AND ARTISTIC ASSOCIATEOther WBTT education programs include Jazzlinks, which makes African American history, art and culture come to life for high school students; Rhythm & Tales, our elementary education program that presents engaging fables about kindness, understanding and doing the right thing; and our Young Artist Program, which allows aspiring performers to showcase their talents on our mainstage in a cabaret-style show. Proceeds go to the performer to continue his or her education or professional training.WESTCOASTBLACKTHEATRETROUPEWBTT welcomes Jim Weaver to our staffBRIGHTENING THE LIGHTThe Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe of Florida, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation. Federal Tax ID# 65-1040662. “A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE (800-435-7352) WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.” REGISTRATION NO. CH17803 29 WBTT-Season-Program-Master copy_FIN.indd 29WBTT-Season-Program-Master copy_FIN.indd 29 11/30/21 4:34 PM11/30/21 4:34 PM

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 The joy of shopping The joy of giving The joy of recycling The joy of supporting students and the arts in our communityFind your joy Sarasota’s #1 consignment shop THANKS TO YOU... The Exchange has been a proud supporter of the WESTCOAST BLACK THEATRE TROUPE since 2009.DONATE SHOP CONSIGN VOLUNTEER 539 S. ORANGE | 941-955-7859 | M-F 9-4 & SAT 10-4 | sarasotawex.com This purchase helped support Westcoast Black Theatre’s 2021-2022 theatrical season. GREAT MINDS GATHER HERE.New Topics Lecture SeriesFeaturing national speakers discussing relevant and timely topics. Info at ncf.edu/new-topics.New Music New CollegeThis celebrated series explores the future of music and performance in concerts, Artist Conversations, and Pre-Concert Talks. Info at newmusicnewcollege.org.And that includes you. Explore our campus and get to know us.Preparing intellectually curious minds for lives of great achievement.(941) 487-4800ncf.edu/inspireTransform, Together.GULFCOASTCF.ORG | 941.486.4600We envision thriving communities with opportunities for all. WBTT-Season-Program-Master copy_FIN.indd 30WBTT-Season-Program-Master copy_FIN.indd 30 11/30/21 4:34 PM11/30/21 4:34 PM

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31 Transform, Together.GULFCOASTCF.ORG | 941.486.4600We envision thriving communities with opportunities for all. WBTT-Season-Program-Master copy_FIN.indd 31WBTT-Season-Program-Master copy_FIN.indd 31 11/30/21 4:34 PM11/30/21 4:34 PM

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FINANCIAL PLANNINGINVESTMENTSTRUST & ESTATERETIREMENTFAMILY WEALTHServing Sarasota since 2009Building upon our nancial legacy since 1887.Investments are not FDIC insured, not bank deposits, not obligations of, or guaranteed by, Canandaigua National Bank & Trust, Canandaigua National Trust Company of Florida, or any of their affiliates. Investments are subject to investment risks, including possible loss of principal amount invested. Investments and services may be offered through affiliate companies.SARASOTA 1586 Main StreetCNTrustCompany.com (941) 366-7222PAUL TARANTINO SVP, Wealth AdvisorSUZANNE ELLINJD, CGMA, CTFA, CFP® SVP, Trust Administration OfcerCanandaigua National Trust Company opened its doors in 2009, but our corporate history began in 1887 with our afliate, Canandaigua National Bank & Trust (CNB). We offer expertise across many disciplines with local representatives, as well as an extended team of highly credentialed professionals to meet your needs. WILLISSMITH.COM 941.366.3116PERFORMING THE ART OF CONSTRUCTION SINCE 1972Willis Smith Construction Program Ad.indd 1Willis Smith Construction Program Ad.indd 1 8/24/2021 1:07:42 PM8/24/2021 1:07:42 PMWBTT-Season-Program-Master copy_FIN.indd 33WBTT-Season-Program-Master copy_FIN.indd 33 11/30/21 4:34 PM11/30/21 4:34 PM

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WESTCOAST BLACKTHEATRE TROUPECONGRATULATIONSFOR ANOTHER GREAT SEASONJoin our branch and get involved!The Mission of Manasota ASALH is to promote, research, preserve, interpret and disseminate information about Black life, history and culture throughout the Gulf Coast Community.PO Box 2356, Sarasota FL 34230asalh-manasota.orgManasota ASALH is a 501c3 non-protBookstore1Sarasotarough the holidays visit us at 12 S. Palm AvenueIn early 2022 we’ll be in a new location, 117 S. Pineapple at e Mark www.sarasotabooks.com941-365-7900“Break a Leg.”Henry “Hank” BattiePresident • Master Custom Clothier • DesignerStudio 5 at 1530 Dolphin Street Sarasota, FL 34236 (941) 366.7780 • CravatsClothiers.comGet involved to end hunger in your community with All Faiths Food Bank.Make a gift or sign up to volunteer today at allfaithsfoodbank.org or call 941.379.6333WBTT-Season-Program-Master copy_FIN.indd 35WBTT-Season-Program-Master copy_FIN.indd 35 11/30/21 4:35 PM11/30/21 4:35 PM

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Celebrate and applaud our Premier Restaurant Partners who are generously supporting the 2021-2022 WBTT Season!Extend your WBTT experience to delicious dining before or after a show at one of our fabulous Premier Restaurant Partners.VUTTI PHOTOGRAPHYWBTT-Season-Program-Master copy_FIN.indd 36WBTT-Season-Program-Master copy_FIN.indd 36 11/30/21 4:35 PM11/30/21 4:35 PM

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37 Celebrate and applaud our Premier Restaurant Partners who are generously supporting the 2021-2022 WBTT Season!Extend your WBTT experience to delicious dining before or after a show at one of our fabulous Premier Restaurant Partners.VUTTI PHOTOGRAPHYHonorable Dennis W. ArcherLynne BernfieldDr. Francine BrownFrank BrunckhorstMichael BushJudy CuppyKim DavisDonnie DiamondDonna DooleyJenni EnglemanRobert GaglioRichard GerrityDavid Goldman, Esq.Dr. Laverne Green Howard HarrisCharlie HuiskingTomeika Hunter-KoskiAmb. Jeanette HydeJ.P. KnaggsLynne KoyJoyce LocklearGregory Matthews Kaveecia MooreHector MunizAndi MunzerVickie Oldham Debbie PartridgeWilliam Partridge, Esq.Richard PerlmanAnn Hobson PilotPrentice PilotDr. Jacqueline Ray David SalesDavid Shapiro, Esq.Jeremy ShelbyEdna SherrellBarbara ShirleyTeresa SimmonsMarty TaffelSheila WeissDavid WilkinsLois Wilkins Hon. Charles E. WilliamsVictor YoungBarbara A. ZdraveckyDoris Johnson ChairMarian Moss Vice ChairCheryl Anderson TreasurerChris Caswell, JD SecretaryWESTCOAST BLACK THEATRE TROUPE2021-2022Ali Bahaj Kitty CranorMichael GardinerSy GoldblattMichele Hooper Penelope KingmanMargie Nellum LeeDr. John MaupinHoward MillmanDr. Randall MorganMona RankinDona ScottEva T. SlaneLois WatsonHONORARY TRUSTEESMarvin AlbertAndrew EconomosJune Gordon Mary Ann RobinsonAMBASSADORS CIRCLE CO-CHAIRSBOARD OF TRUSTEESChristine JenningsSteven KrauseJackie WoodsWBTT-Season-Program-Master copy_FIN.indd 37WBTT-Season-Program-Master copy_FIN.indd 37 11/30/21 4:35 PM11/30/21 4:35 PM

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38DECEMBER 17, 1999 WBTT is incorporated by Artistic Director Nate Jacobs as a Florida not-for-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.JANUARY 2002 First public performance by WBTT’s six founding members (Nate Jacobs, Apphia Campbell, Henry Porter II, Tsadok Porter, Teresa Stanley and Jnana Wilson) at Arts Day in Sarasota.22 YEARS OF SOUL ON STAGE: APRIL–MAY 2002 In a collaboration with an existing theater company, Theatre Works, WBTT performs its first full-length production of Cotton Club Cabaret for 16 nights. FALL 2002–SPRING 2003 WBTT’s first full season presents Eubie!, A Raisin in the Sun, One Mo’ Time and Cotton Club Cabaret 2.2003-04 The troupe begins touring around the state to augment its Sarasota performances.Five Guys Named Moe, 2003Cotton Club Cabaret, 2002JUNE 2010 After being a vagabond troupe for its first 10 years, WBTT finally has a performance space solely dedicated to its own needs — a black-box theatre in a converted warehouse space just north of downtown Sarasota.MARCH 26, 2013 The Board of Trustees purchases the troupe’s existing theatre site, consisting of two buildings and surrounding property.JULY 29–AUGUST 3, 2013 The WBTT Soul Crooners perform at the prestigious National Black Theatre Festival. They have returned to Winston-Salem, NC, for every festival since then. In August 2019 they take Soul Man, Nate Jacobs’ hit musical from the 2017–18 season, to the festival. WBTT-Season-Program-Master copy_FIN.indd 38WBTT-Season-Program-Master copy_FIN.indd 38 11/30/21 4:35 PM11/30/21 4:35 PM

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39 AUGUST 2015 Nate Jacobs receives the Larry Leon Hamlin Producer Award during the 2015 National Black Theatre Festival “due to his contributions to Black theatre specifically and American theatre in general.”APRIL 26, 2018 Following the successful renovation of the historic 1926 Binz building, WBTT hosts the grand opening of its Education & Outreach Building and offices. MAY 14, 2019 Members of the WBTT Board of Trustees, staff and supporters officially break ground on the renovation of the theatre building, as the Heart & Soul Capital Campaign nears its $8 million goal.NOVEMBER 18, 2019 Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe welcomes fans to Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now! WBTT’s 20th Anniversary Celebration, at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Nate Jacobs and his fellow original Troupe members, with other WBTT favorites and special guests, celebrate two decades of soul on stage.JANUARY 8, 2020 WBTT launches its 20th Anniversary Season in the newly renovated Gerri Aaron and the Aaron Family Foundation Theatre Building.MARCH 17, 2020Vinnette Carroll’s Your Arms Too Short to Box with God closes early in its scheduled run due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. WBTT pivots to streaming videos and outdoor performances on its campus.OCTOBER 6, 2021In a return to indoor performances, WBTT launches its 2021-2022 season with Eubie!, a triumphant restaging of the musical that began its first full season in 2002–2003. Soul Crooners 2, 2013AND STILL WE RISE! Eubie!, 2021WBTT-Season-Program-Master copy_FIN.indd 39WBTT-Season-Program-Master copy_FIN.indd 39 11/30/21 4:35 PM11/30/21 4:35 PM

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SAVE THE DATES!Please mark your calendar for these popular WBTT events:April Fools Fête: Country-Fried! Benefits WBTT’s Education Programs Michael’s On East 1212 East Avenue South, Sarasota 6 PM, MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2022STAGE OF DISCOVERY STUDENT MUSICAL WBTT Donelly Theatre SATURDAY & SUNDAY, JULY 16 & 17 If you’re not already on the list to receive our email updates, visit WestcoastBlackTheatre.org and click the red JOIN MAILING LIST button on the right side of our home page. You’ll be among the first to know when tickets are available and new events are announced! • Pet Boarding• Pet Grooming• Doggie Daycare• Dog TrainingThree Convenient LocationsSarasota • Osprey Lakewood Ranchwww.BaysidePetResort.comStop By For A Tour Anytime!sherpotterhodas.com | 561.832.1005 | West Palm BeachThe simple solution for your complex divorce.Fisher Potter HodasFisher Potter Hodas, PL, is a law rm that concentrates its practice on complex, high-stakes divorce and asset recovery cases involving corporate executives, closely held businesses, professional athletes, celebrities, and wealthy families. n n nVisit our website to find out about our qualifications.WBTT-Season-Program-Master copy_FIN.indd 40WBTT-Season-Program-Master copy_FIN.indd 40 11/30/21 4:36 PM11/30/21 4:36 PM

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