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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 FLY NT-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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10Contributions received between January 1, 2021 and November 15, 2021SEASON SPONSORSCONTINUEDPL AYWRIGHTS $5,000–$9,999Anonymous Honorable Dennis W. Archer & Honorable Trudy DunCombe Archer*George & Jessica Armstrong & The Rosemary and Rosemary & ThymeAnn BabcockAdele Fleet Bacow & Lawrence S. Bacow Phil BakerTom & Karen BernsteinJerry & Helga Bilik*Robert Blattberg & Rebecca DonelsonMarty & 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 PetersenSteven Kalt & Robert Heeren*David Kotok & Christine Schlesinger*Virginia Lipton*Alison & Howard Madsen*Joan J. Mathews Charitable Fund of Gulf Coast Community Foundation*Dr. Martin MaxDr. Randall & Karen Morgan*Drs. Joel & Gail MorganrothBob & Andi Munzer*Daniel Nalven & Barbara Jacobs-Nalven*David & Francine NewmanLou & Rosemary OberndorfDorothy O’Brien & Dick AntoineGregory & Kimberly ParrisCecil & Shirley Pickett*Mona RankinRobert RussellDr. Bob & Beth ScheibleDavid Shapiro-SemkhorRobert & Teresa Simmons*Leslie SmithLinda Steinberger*Jim & Charlie Ann Syprett*Bliss & Maryanne YoungDIRECTORS $2,500–$4,999AnonymousPeg Allen & Steve Dixon*Douglas & Carolyn Anderson*Artefact Design, Inc.*Steve & Shari AshmanDr. Alfonso & Brenda Belsito*Carolyn BlumMurray Bring & Kay Delaney*Charles & Theresa BrownBruce & Elaine Burton*Janet & Phil Cady*Claudia CardilloChris & Patricia Caswell*Joyce Cekander* Dave & Elaine Charney*Mariana CottenGene & Linda CrumpDr. Eldi & Denise Deschamps*AnonymousLeon & Marge Ellin*Jim & Angela Freeman*Kofi Glover*HBKS Wealth Advisors & Dean PiccirilloKenneth & Mitzie HensonGail & Bob Hetler*Tomeika Hunter-Koski*Amb. Jeanette Hyde*Ted & Jean IngersollWBTT-Season-Program-Master copy_FIN.indd 10WBTT-Season-Program-Master copy_FIN.indd 10 11/30/21 4:32 PM11/30/21 4:32 PM

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11 Contributions received between January 1, 2021 and November 15, 2021SEASON SPONSORSCONTINUEDJacqueline JonesWarren & Thekla KahnJames & Pauline KennedyEdward Keon & Pat Kennelly*C. Malachowski*Meadows Dental Associates*Marie McKee & Robert Cole* Victor & Mercidees McTeerDale & L. Kristin MenardGeorge & Janet Miles*Gloria Moss*Martha Murphy & Kathy Holmok*Northern Trust*Michael Page & Debra Flynt-Garrett* Irwin & Andra PressBarbara Raphael* Marta Riordan & James BoyleRoseBay International, Becky Culp & Jackie Woods*Skip & Gail Sack*David J. Sales & Pauline L. WamslerDavid Schwartz & Nan ThompsonEva T. Slane*Rosa L. & Willie M. Stanfield*Susan Straus*Elizabeth SubletteDr. Ray & Fran TaylorPeter & Judi WassermanPaul & Kathie Westpheling*David & Lois WilkinsF. Joseph WilsonCHOREOGRAPHERS $1,000–$2,499AnonymousDonald & Cathy BaillieWalton & Deborah BeachamJames BennettLinda & Bill BerlinerJim & Linda BodycombLaTerry Butler*William & Debra Buttaggi*Alina Bromund Cemitier, Truist WealthThe Martin D. Cohen Family Foundation*Douglas & Wilma EdenRoger & Sally Effron* Mitchell & Dawn EpsteinDr. Alan E. Feen Charitable Trust in Honor of Nate JacobsLarry & Shane FishmanJohn & Geraldine Gibbs*Julia & Steve GoldbergKathie HayesNoel & Terry Hefty in Honor of Howard MillmanHorizons Unlimited Christian AcademyCharlie 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 NicolosiDebbie Orth & Kimberly TocciLynn D. Ross, DesignerJonathan & Barbara RyderDave & Jole SandblomSarasota County Bar Association Diversity and Inclusion Fund at the Community Foundation of Sarasota CountyMona SchonbrunnRevs. William Schulz & Beth GrahamMaureen SheaDavid & Robin Shapiro*Barbara & Jeffrey Shivers Nancy Snell & Rodney KnutsonJane TraubBeverlyn TruehartThe Welch Family Charitable FundRon & Geri YonoverMary Zabin Janice ZarroJudy Zuckerberg & George Kole*WBTT-Season-Program-Master copy_FIN.indd 11WBTT-Season-Program-Master copy_FIN.indd 11 11/30/21 4:32 PM11/30/21 4:32 PM

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12Contributions received between January 1, 2021 and November 15, 2021DESIGNERS $500–$999Barbara & Ron ArchboldRobert BetagoleTony & Irene BrittFrank BuzanVicki ChatleySam & Pam CitronJill ConsidineRay DaviesMary DoeringLinda ElliffBill & Joyce FletcherFlorida Suncoast Chapter of Society Inc. Joe GrabowskiHoward Harris* Debbie & Larry Haspel in Memory of Shelley Goldblatt Rick HelbingMaurice & Marian Hirsch in Honor of Howard Millman’s 90th birthdayToby Kaulkin in Honor of Shelley & Sy GoldblattGerald KilanoskiTed & Betsy KleinmaierSteven Krause*John & Joan LeachSheila LewisSonya MalundaSteve & Nancy MayerStephen MeulerCharlie MunnSteven NeumeisterSusan PalmerSEASON SPONSORSCONTINUEDChuck & Nancy ParrishAlan & Sunny Pervil*Ann Hobson Pilot & Prentice Pilot*Dr. Jacqueline Ray*Dennis Rees & Felice Schulaner*Mary Jo Reston*Robert & Diane Roskamp in Memory of Ron GreenbaumWillie & Coralease RuffSkip & Gail Sack in Memory of Shelley Goldblatt Lawrence SageMichael Shelton*The Society, Incorporated, Florida Suncoast ChapterDennis Thompson & Nancy Boxil ThompsonEdward TownMichael VeonSusanne WamslerChuck & Sheila Weiss*Richard & Joanne WhiteYoung, Black & Giving BackSTAGE HANDS $35–$499Stuart & Barbara AferiatAnthony AllenJanice AmaraConstance Anderson*Anne AndornJanet AndresMeghan ArnoldDavid ArtzerounianLurline AslanianTracy AustinPatricia & R.E. BaerLawrence & Stephanie BaileyHelen BakerJudith BalmerDonna Bardgett John & Maria Bartlett Carl BattleCarole BeebeThomas & Marie BelcherAugustine BellRichard Belle & Marie PogozelskiThomas Bercal Carolyn Benedict-DrewBarbara Benjamin & Carol ProcterFlorence BercalRichard & Charlotte BermanCeleste BetjemannAllan & Linda BirdyLynn BlackledgeCookie BloomRotraut Bockstahler*Joseph & Susan BostonArthur Boyce*Susan BoydTerry BrackettIrene & Anthony BrittDorothea BrownKathryn BucklesJudy BuffaWBTT-Season-Program-Master copy_FIN.indd 12WBTT-Season-Program-Master copy_FIN.indd 12 11/30/21 4:32 PM11/30/21 4:32 PM

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13 Contributions received between January 1, 2021 and November 15, 2021Kathryn Buckles in Honor of Teresa Simmons’ BirthdayCharles BurksBecky BurnsDella Burt-BradleyValerie BusbyCarol ButeraPaula ButlerDiane & Gordon CarterMarie CasnerFaye CastrucciBarbara CocchiWayne CohenJane ConnerMary ConwayBette Lou CooksonRon CooperLinda CordiscoTracey CorporanKathleen CotyStephen CraigCheryl Crenshaw-RobinsonLouise DaileyKim Davis*Nancy DearmanRobert DeFillippiRawl & Jane DelandKathleen Denning*Anita DeVineRobert & Christine Deutsch Lee Dillon in Memory of Shelley GoldblattDennis DionneChris DixonLinda DockendorfJames DoyleThomas DrewSEASON SPONSORSCONTINUEDRoberto & Eleanor DunmoodieChristopher EisenbergSusan EllisRobert & Sandra EndresJenni EnglemanDorothy FannellTiffany FarrellKathleen FaughtDeborah FinemanLois FischLinda FischerLarry FishmanRobert & Jacqui Fitzgerald*Theo FletcherWendi FogelsonValerie ForsytheHerbert FoxD FranklinLinda FranklinBarry & Suzan FriedmanCarmel FrostLonnetta GainesSusan GalvinSonja GarciaAdele GarrisonRobert GermainRich & Abby Gerrity*Everett & Mary GendlerHerman & Wanda Gilbert*Roz Goldberg*B. Lee GreenEric GreenbergPamela Greer & Robert WalkerStacey Price Grossman in Honor of Teresa Simmons’ BirthdayMaureen HagerAndrew & Felicia HallGeorge & Elizabeth HallRobert HallJerry HamovitSteve & Jane HandleyLorna HardNorman HatterGeorge & Felice HedgeEric HenrySusan HerringAnne HeynsJeanne HickeyPenny HillLinda HollandPaul HollingerCecelia HorwitzDale Horwitz*Joan & John Hughes in Memory of Doris Mitchell Joseph & Jean HurdEnnis JacobsAngela JarrarRobert JenkinsChristine Jennings in Memory of Shelley Goldblatt Joan JohnsonManuel JohnsonJames & Theresa JoinerLynn JonesThomas JonesElinor JordanRabbi Samantha KahnAlyssia Lazin KapicWBTT-Season-Program-Master copy_FIN.indd 13WBTT-Season-Program-Master copy_FIN.indd 13 11/30/21 4:32 PM11/30/21 4:32 PM

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14Contributions received between January 1, 2021 and November 15, 2021Sharon KaronMichael KarsenSheila KasdanDavid KatzLoretta Katz in Honor of Shelley & Sy GoldblattWillie KingSidney Kingman & Amanda StoughDr. Laura KingsleyJuergen KirschkeMarlene KitchellRobin Klein-StraussEllen KramerSteven Krause in Memory of Shelley GoldblattLee KrompartArnold Kropf Anna KuipersMary Kukainis & Robert ProcterMark Lancaster & Nancy WoodruffLucy & Jim LapidesSophia LaRusso*Cathy LaytonJoshua LeachDonald & Ann LeonaBob & Susan LewisSheila LewisLois Lipscomb-RisacherJoyce Locklear*John LongPeter & Margaret Lowndes Sam & Sue LutenJeffrey LynnRuth & Andy MaassSEASON SPONSORSCONTINUEDDelmar Macaulay Deborah MacConnellJane MacCormackSonya Malunda & Dr. E. Charles Lampley In Memory of Doris MitchellRichard & Debora MarshallSally MasekJacqueline MassariC Maureen MathewsSteve & Nancy MayerRita MazerRobert McCaaJohn & Carole McDermottPatricia McGrathEdith McGuireKathleen McKownStephen MeulerAllison Mignone Robert & Sharon MillerNancie & Stuart Mishlove in Honor of Teresa Simmons’ BirthdayFred & Missi MissadMelody Mora-ShihadehJo Morello & Jack Gilhooley*Allen & Roberta MortonAvolon MosesAllen MortonEric MowerRonald & Sandra MulderPamela MyersIris NahemowMichael NashGerald Nehra Network for GoodKevin NorthConnie NortonLeslie & Charlie OhlJoan OhlsonKathleen OlsonBarbara O’NeilDale OttermanPauline Parrish & Cathy WilsonLewis Patterson Linda PernigottiKris PerryErika PetersonNancy PhillipsJeanette PlanesHope PomerantzDavid PowellVera PressleyRonald PrimeauHenri & Marilyn QuintalPatricia ReadyJoan & Larry ReinebachEdward RichKathleen RichmondNancy RineyJeanne RivardRonald RoseLaurie Rosin*Judith RosnerKarol RossTerry & Sam RothLisa Rubinstein in Memory of Shelley GoldblattLinda RuppertLawrence SageSarasota County Tax Collector Staff WBTT-Season-Program-Master copy_FIN.indd 14WBTT-Season-Program-Master copy_FIN.indd 14 11/30/21 4:32 PM11/30/21 4:32 PM

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15 Contributions received between January 1, 2021 and November 15, 2021SEASON SPONSORSCONTINUEDElizabeth ScanioRonald & Gail SchimelArlene SchlerMildred SchwartzFred & Ellie SchwimmerRuth Scribner* in Honor of Marlene Gunning’s BirthdayE Joseph Seek*Carole & John SegalLisa SeidenstickerKimberly SewellRon & Emme ShapiroMaureen SheaCaryl Sheffield & James StewartWayne SheppardVernon & Natalie SieversLinda & Dick SilvermanCynthia SmythEsta SniderRose Sobol Nancy SolarLinda SolomonMatt Sperling*Dan SpohnLinda StarkPat SteckRoger & Harriet StephensonAmy Stevens & North Port High SchoolMax & Sue SupicaMillard & Joann SurrencyBonnie SussmanMary SwantonCarolyn Syphax-YoungJolica TaguipedGerald TaitMarcia Jean Taub in Honor of Howard Millman’s 90th BirthdayDeborah TaylorJerry ThierArmentia ThomasRobert Thomas Larry & Pat ThompsonMarilyn ThompsonMike ThompsonRichard & Mary Lou ThrushClaudia TibbetsEdward TownJoel & Phyllis TroppBryan TroutmanMarjorie TuckerRichard & Lynne TuckerLynn TurnerDianne UnderwoodVictoria UrbanKaren VerebHelen VetterConrad WagnerClaire WalkerMark WasmundJeff WassermanCarlotta WebbMaryLou WebsterMike WeddleKaren WehnerChuck & Sheila Weiss in Memory of Shelley GoldblattAmb. Barry & Winsome Wells*Frederic WhiteAllison Grant Williams & Darrell A. Williams in Memory of Doris MitchellElla WilliamsLaurie WingerCarol WoodJohn & Jane YoderBarbara Zdravecky*Bruce & Amy Zeitlin*WBTT-Season-Program-Master copy_FIN.indd 15WBTT-Season-Program-Master copy_FIN.indd 15 11/30/21 4:32 PM11/30/21 4:32 PM

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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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DEC 1–30, 2021CREATED, ADAPTED & DIRECTED BY NATE JACOBSCHOREOGRAPHED BY DONALD FRISONPRESENTING 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 COMMUNITY 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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WESTCOAST BLACK THEATRE TROUPENATE JACOBSFOUNDER & ARTISTIC DIRECTORPRESENTSCostume DesignerAdrienne PittsProperties DesignerAnnette Breazeale* Member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.Production ManagerJames “Jay” Dodge IIProduction Stage ManagerJuanita Munford*Assistant Stage ManagerTravis Ray*Set DesignersDonna & Mark BuckalterSound DesignerPatrick Russini Lighting DesignerMichael PasquiniMusic DirectorMatthew McKinnonChoreographerDonald FrisonDirectorNate JacobsDecember 1–30, 2021Created and Adapted byNate JacobsPaid 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.

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CASTMUSICIANSSPECIAL THANKSIsaiah BeltDerric Gobourne Jr.Delores McKenzieMarta McKinnonMichael Mejia-Mendez*Charlie “CJ” MeltonRaleigh Mosely IIAmber MyersAnnaya OsborneLeon S. Pitts II*Katherine TaylorCanela VasquezSamuel WaiteDonovan Whitney*Member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United StatesPines of Sarasota Fabulous Finds Thrift ShopMusic Director/Bass ............................................................................Matthew McKinnonDrums ..............................................................................................................Michael AndrewsGuitar ......................................................................................................................... Brad FoutchPiano .................................................................................................................Courtland GreenAuxiliary Keys ..............................................................................................Amber Robinson

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WBTT TEAMFounder and Artistic Director .......................................................................Nate JacobsExecutive Director ................................................................................................ Julie LeachDevelopment Associate ................................................................................ Regina BelvinArtist Relations Associate and Assistant Box Oce Manager ......... Ariel BlueResident Property Master ................................................................. Annette BreazealeMaster Seamstress ............................................................................................. Darci CollinsProduction Manager/Resident Music Director .................James “Jay” Dodge IIMarketing and Communications Director ........................................Scott FergusonDevelopment Director ......................................................................Debra Flynt-GarrettResident Choreographer ............................................................................. Donald FrisonFinance Manager ................................................................................................Robert GrantBox Oce Associates ..................................... Naquila Gregory, Margaret LindseyResident Sound Engineer ....................................................................... Alexander JuddCustodian ................................................................................................................... Gerald LawStage Hands .......................................Nacari Kearney, Adrienne Pitts, Trinity PittsHouse Associate .........................................................................................Mydra McKinnonHouse Manager .................................................................................... Myllanna McKinnonProduction Assistant/Assistant to the Artistic Director ..........Michael MendezBox Oce Manager ........................................................................................Eleanor MillerProduction Stage Manager ................................................................... Juanita MunfordResident Lighting Designer ................................................................. Michael PasquiniWardrobe Manager ........................................................................................Adrienne PittsSound Technician ................................................................................................. Caleb MillerAssociate Managing Director .............................................................................Travis RayResident Sound Designer ......................................................................... Patrick RussiniTechnical Director ...........................................................................................Shane StreightResident Associate Music Director.......................................................Brennan StylezEducation Director and Artistic Associate ..............................................Jim Weaver Photographer ............................................................................................ Sorcha AugustineMedia Relations .............................. Sharon Kunkel, Wordslinger Marketing & PRGraphic Design ...............................................................Paula Murray, Artefact DesignVideographer ................................................................................... Bill Wagy Productions

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DIRECTOR'S NOTEWelcome to our brand new holiday show! At this special time of year, we usually alternate between Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity, and my show, A Motown Christmas. This year I wanted to do something dierent.With the help of my amazing colleagues at WBTT, I created and staged a show with its own special holiday voice. I chose the name Joyful! Joyful! because that’s what I am: incredibly happy and grateful to be back inside our theatre as we begin this second production of our 2021–2022 season. We couldn’t have reached this milestone without dedicated patrons like you, who were willing to come see our outdoor shows and watch our streaming videos when it wasn’t possible to welcome you indoors. When we reopened the theatre this summer for our Stage of Discovery student production, The Technicolor Musical, audiences expressed the emotion that inspired this holiday show: JOY! This new “Christmas card to the community,” as I like to call it, includes music from groups like Earth, Wind & Fire, The Staple Singers and Stevie Wonder, as well as new versions of holiday classics that are part of the holiday traditions many of us share. For people of all faiths and even for non-believers, these songs carry universal messages of hope, peace, love and childlike wonder. My goal in creating this show — which we plan to add to our annual rotation of holiday productions, along with Black Nativity and A Motown Christmas — was to bring something uplifting and spirit-filled to our stage, to help audiences celebrate a corner we’re slowly turning after the challenging year and a half we’ve all experienced. Despite the challenges and heartbreaks we’ve faced, we have much to be joyful about.My fervent hope for all of you is that this show will help spark the joy of this season in your hearts. Thank you for celebrating the holidays with Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe! —Nate Jacobs

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MUSICAL NUMBERSACT ONEHallelujah Chorus (G.F. Handel) ........................................................................EnsembleRejoice (R. Smallwood) ......................................................................................... EnsembleHappy Seasons ...............................................................Derric, Leon, Michael, Raleigh(V. White, P. Bailey, L. Dunn, M. White, A. McKay)African Noel (A. Thomas) ...................................................................Female EnsembleCarol of the Bells (M. Leontovich, P. Wilhousky).........................Male EnsembleThe Last Month of the Year (V. Hall, R.P. Tartt, A. Lomax) ......... Leon, Amber, CJ, DerricAfrican Drummer Boy (K. Davis, H. Onorati, H. Simeone) ...................... Michael and EnsembleO Come, O Come, Emmanuel (Traditional) ......................................................... MartaWhen a Child is Born (C. Dammicco, F. Jay) ..............................Delores, Raleigh and EnsembleSoulful Noel (Variation of The First Noel, Traditional) ................... Raleigh and EnsembleUp On the Housetop (B. Hanby, J. Whitman)....Samuel and Male EnsembleACT TWOEnjoy Yourself (K. Gamble, L. Hu) ..........Derric with Leon, Raleigh, MichaelJoy to the World (L. Mason, I. Watts) ...........................................................EnsembleThe First Noel (Traditional) .................................................................................KatherineEveryone’s a Kid at Christmas Time (S. Wonder) .............................................IsaiahBlack Christmas (P. Staples) ............................................................. Female EnsembleOne Little Christmas Tree (S. Wonder) .............................................................. SamuelWho Took the Merry Out of Christmas? .................... Canela, CJ, Leon, Raleigh, (D. Parker) Delores, Katherine, DonovanHark! The Herald Angels Sing (Traditional) ..............................Female EnsembleCelebrate the Holydays ........................................................................ Female Ensemble(Sweet Honey in the Rock, Sultans of String) Joyful, Joyful (L.V. Beethoven, H. Van Dyke) ............................................. EnsembleThere will be one 15-minute intermission. Video and/or audio recording of this performance by any means whatsoever is strictly prohibited.

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ISAIAH BELT was featured with his fellow students in the 2021 Stage of Discovery summer production, The Technicolor Musical, performing “Just the Two of Us,” “Everybody is a Star” and other songs. Nate Jacobs was impressed with his talent and enthusiasm and cast him in this show. He is happy to be part of Nate’s newest holiday musical, helping audiences celebrate the season! DERRIC GOBOURNE JR. has appeared in WBTT’s productions of Your Arms Too Short to Box with God, Black Nativity, Raisin, A Motown Christmas, In the Heights, Soul Man and Rockin’ Down Fairytale Lane, among others. In the summer of 2019 he appeared in WBTT’s production of Soul Man at the National Black Theatre Festival. He made his debut appearance with WBTT as the talented Little Stevie Wonder in Best of Stevie Wonder in the summer of 2013. A graduate of Manatee High School and a self-taught musician, Derric has set his sights on becoming the greatest entertainer of all time. So it’s no coincidence that the title of his 2020 WBTT Young Artist Program was The Greatest Entertainer. In June 2018, Derric released his debut album, Supremacy, which was rereleased in Japan under the P-Vine Record Label. In 2020 he released a holiday album, Oh, What Fun! The albums are available on every digital platform, including iTunes, Amazon Music, YouTube, Spotify and Google Play Music.DELORES MCKENZIE is a singer, actress and voiceover artist. She was born and raised in Sarasota and currently lives in New York City. She was a principal production singer for Norwegian Cruise Lines for seven years, traveling to ports from Puerto Rico to Israel. Last year Delores made her television debut on Oxygen’s Monster Preacher. She was recently chosen to be the voice of Royer Studios Anti-Tobacco and Vaping campaign against teen tobacco use. Just to name a a few of her theatre credits, Delores has played Sarah in Ragtime, Bess in Porgy and Bess, and Tuptim in The King and I. She appeared at WBTT this season in EUBIE! and was featured in last summer’s outdoor production of Sistas in the Name of Soul. She is thrilled to working with WBTT again!MARTA MCKINNON returns to the WBTT stage after a six-year hiatus. Marta’s work with the troupe includes her role as Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors. She also performed in Cotton Club Cabaret and Broadway Under the Stars, WBTT’s 2015 gala. She has traveled internationally with the production company II Live Entertainment and has performed at Walt Disney World's Epcot and Animal Kingdom. Marta's credits also include roles in Dreamgirls, Lil and Louis, Heathers: The Musical and animation voiceovers. She has been playing the violin since the age of 6 and is also a private instructor. Marta is thankful to God, her family, and close friends for their constant love and support.MICHAEL MEJIA-MENDEZ* is in his 12th season with WBTT. A talented actor and singer, Michael received stellar reviews and a Handy Award (Jay Handelman, Herald-Tribune) for his performance as Usnavi in WBTT’s 2017 production of In the Heights. In addition to performing with Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, Michael serves as Production Assistant and Assistant to the Artistic Director. He earned rave reviews for his impressive work in Marvin Gaye: Prince of Soul, Soul Man and Soul Crooners. He starred as Harry Belafonte in the Troupe’s 2014 hit, Harry and Lena, was Seymour in the 2015 blockbuster Little Shop of Horrors and played the title role in 2016’s The Wiz. In 2019 he appeared in WBTT’s production of Soul Man at the National Black Theatre Festival. In 2021 he had a featured role in Playing Through, CAST AND CREATIVE* Member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

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a soon-to-be-released movie about groundbreaking Black golf champion Ann Gregory. In 2014, Michael was awarded a prestigious John Ringling Towers Fund grant in the performing arts category by the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County. In January 2019 he was honored with an Impact Award from Visible Men Academy in the Arts category. The awards “shine a light on visible men…who mentor, educate and inspire underserved boys in our community.” CHARLIE “CJ” MELTON is a 2020 graduate of Manatee High School. He first appeared on WBTT’s stage in Sheldon Rhoden’s 2014 Young Artist Program. He has also appeared inBlack Nativity and Your Arms Too Short to Box with God.Charlie was the 2013 winner of the Singers & Musicians Arts Conference (SMAC) in Tampa, sponsored by the recording artist Dorinda Clark Cole. Publicly ministering in song since the age of 10, Charlie has traveled throughout Florida singing with various church and nonsectarian groups. He has also won many first-place awards from the 2015 Tampa Bay Gospel Awards and the Greatness Beyond Measure Idol Talent Showcase. He released his first single “All to You”in 2018 andone day hopes to accomplish his dreams of continuing his acting career and becoming a national gospel music recording artist.RALEIGH MOSELY II was featured in WBTT’s outdoor production of Light Up the Night in 2020–2021. He appeared in Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe’s 2019 production of A Motown Christmas at the Sarasota Opera House and in WBTT’s staging of Soul Man at the National Black Theatre Festival in the summer of 2019. He was also seen in WBTT’s 2018–2019 production of Marvin Gaye: Prince of Soul, and in 2017–2018’s In the Heights, among other shows. Raleigh made his WBTT debut in the summer 2017 production of Broadway in Black. Born and raised in Miami, he earned his BFA in musical theatre from the University of Central Florida. His other theatre credits include In the Heights (Orlando Shakes), Violet (Garden Theatre), Ragtime (Titusville Playhouse), Hair, Oklahoma, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Raleigh’s single, “Why’d You Have to Go?” is available on all streaming platforms. “You can win as long as your keep your head to the sky.” Peace and Light.AMBER MYERS is a Sarasota-Bradenton native and is no stranger to the stage. The 26-year-old actress/singer was bitten by the stage bug at age 5. She received training from Nate Jacobs and his colleagues at Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, and at Florida Studio Theatre and State College of Florida. At WBTT, Amber appeared in Black Nativity and Your Arms Too Short to Box with God, among other productions. Her passion is musical theatre; one of Amber’s goals is to expose children to the joy, freedom and self-confidence that theatre brings.ANNAYA OSBORNE (Ensemble) is thrilled to perform in Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe’s production of Joyful! Joyful! Annaya is a graduate of Maltz Jupiter Theatre Conservatory of Performing Arts Professional Training Program. Her WBTT credits include Your Arms Too Short to Box with God (Ensemble) and Caroline, or Change (Radio 2). Other shows and roles include Hair (Mary), Ragtime (Sarah’s friend), A Little Night Music (Petra), Little Shop Of Horrors (Ronnette), Shout: The Mod Musical (Yellow Girl), The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Phantom), Godspell (Joanne), West Side Story (Anita), Anything Goes (Captain) and many more.LEON S. PITTS II* is a longtime WBTT troupe member. He has performed in several of its productions, including Marvin Gaye: Prince of Soul, Soul Man, The Wiz (Tin Man), Hot Mikado, Soul Crooners, Love Sung in the Key of Aretha and The Fabulous 5. In 2019 he appeared in WBTT’s production CAST AND CREATIVE

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of Soul Man at the National Black Theatre Festival. Leon has danced and choreographed many local shows and concerts, and spent the summer of 2005 in Tucson, Ariz., and Coral Springs, Fla., where he appeared in Five Guys Named Moe (as No Moe).KATHERINE TAYLOR was born in Atlanta, where she attended Tri-Cities High School. She majored in Theatre at Clark Atlanta University, then attended Texas State University, majoring in Performance and Production. Some of her college theatre roles include Charlayne in a production of In Real Life, Lady in Red in the choreo-poem For Colored Girls, and thethird witchin Macbeth. In addition to her love of musical theater, Katherine has a passion for jazz singing, which she performs professionally.CANELA VASQUEZ was born in Sarasota and is currently dual-enrolled at Manatee School for the Arts and State College of Florida. Canela made her WBTT debut five years ago through the Stage of Discovery summer program and continues to perform at the theatre. Her favorite WBTT credits are the Stage of Discovery productions Broadway in Black Jr., The Technicolor Musical, and A Journey to Motown. Joyful! Joyful! is her first appearance in a WBTT regular season show. Canela is currently completing her final semester of high school while simultaneously finishing her college associate degree — all while managing a budding professional career in the performing arts. Canela is honored to be a part of Joyful! Joyful! She thanks Nate Jacobs for always believing in her as a performer. “Lastly, thank you to my beautiful family that has always supported my passion to perform: Tu amor me guía a través de cada triunfo y cada tropiezo.” SAMUEL WAITE is 13 years old; he is in the eighth grade at Booker Middle School. He has been performing at Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe for three years, as well as singing at special events throughout the community, representing WBTT at many venues. Samuel first appeared at WBTT in Raisin in 2018–2019; he participated in WBTT’s Stage of Discovery Musical Theatre Intensive Program and its culminating productions in the last three years. Musical theater is the love of his life and he hopes to one day be on Broadway. DONOVAN WHITNEY is overjoyed to be returning to the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe stage! He was most recently seen as Omari in WBTT’s streaming video production of Pipeline. Donovan has happily served as an acting instructor for the Troupe’s Stage of Discovery Musical Theatre Intensive Program for students ages 13–18. He has also worked with Jazzlinks, WBTT’s touring education program that brings African American history and culture presentations to high schools. Other theater credits include Evil Dead: The Musical (Stageworks Theatre), Between Riverside and Crazy (American Stage), Prowess (Storefront Theater of Indianapolis), and Paper Swords: A Musical (Indianapolis Fringe). “Special thanks to my family for their constant love and support!”NATE JACOBS (Creator, Adapter and Director) 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 CAST AND CREATIVE

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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 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.MATTHEW MCKINNON (Music Director) Matthew’s love of music started as a child; he began studying the cello at the age of 5. He was accepted into Berklee College of Music and attended Florida A&M University, majoring in Music Education. Matthew has written and arranged music for several solo artists and choirs. He has been fortunate to perform and share the stage with such great entertainers as Kirk Franklin, James Ingram, Peabo Bryson, Keri Hilson and others. Matthew serves as Minister of Music for Bethlehem Bible Church. He also teaches private voice and piano lessons. Matthew is married to his lovely wife, Nilaja.DONALD FRISON (Choreographer) An accomplished choreographer, dancer and singer for over 30 years, Donald has enjoyed great success. He was a dancer for the NBA Memphis Grizzlies Dance Team and a five-time champion on the syndicated talent competition television show Star Search with Ed McMahon. His theatre credits as a performer include Ain’t Misbehavin’, Five Guys Named Moe, Cats, It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues and The Music Man. For WBTT he choreographed Your Arms Too Short to Box with God in 2020, among many other shows throughout several seasons. “As WBTT’s Resident Choreographer I strive to keep the vision growing,” Donald says. “I’ve been fortunate to have had my work showcased at the National Black Theatre Festival with two shows, How I Got Over and Soul Man. I am so proud and honored to be part of such an amazing company with a wonderful vision. Thank you, Nate and Julie, for trusting me and my gift. Thank you to the sta and trustees for all your love and support. I thank God for blessing me with a gift to give to the world. May God bless all of you!”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 CAST AND CREATIVE

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CAST AND CREATIVEgroup 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. TRAVIS RAY* (Assistant Stage Manager) is WBTT’s Associate Managing Director. earned a BA in theatre performance from Alabama State University, one of the nation's oldest Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He continued his professional actor training at the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film/Nebraska Repertory Theatre at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He also holds an MFA in theatre management/arts administration from the University of Alabama. Travis has worked with the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Coalition of Performing Arts, the King Tut Exhibit, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, the Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, and Tyler Perry Studios. In August 2021 he conducted a WBTT Master Class, Who is August Wilson?, exploring the work of the renowned playwright. He recently participated in Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s Gulf Coast Board Institute, receiving high-level governance training. Travis is the owner of handcrafted bow tie and accessory brand, Dapper Bowtique®. Follow his brand on Clubhouse, Facebook, and Instagram by searching “@dapperbowtique.”ADRIENNE PITTS(Costume Designer) 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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 soon-to-be-released feature film about the struggles and triumphs of Ann Gregory, a woman of color who was a pioneer in the elite and competitive world of golf. Adrienne 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.DONNA & MARK BUCKALTER (Set Designers) are a husband-and-wife creative team. Since moving from New York to Sarasota in 2003, they have been working as set designers/scenic artists at Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, Venice Theatre, the Players Centre for Performing

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CAST AND CREATIVEArts, Manatee Performing ArtsCenter and the Sarasota Opera. Their favorite WBTT shows include Little Shop of Horrors, The Cotton Club, The Wizand The Color Purple. They look forward to working on more WBTT productions.MICHAEL PASQUINI (Lighting Designer) most recently designed for WBTT's EUBIE!, Light Up the Night, Sistas in theName of Soul, Caroline, or Change, A Motown Christmas, Black Nativity, Marvin Gaye: Prince of Soul and Raisin, to name a few. Among his other credits are lighting Falsettos for the Players Centre for Performing Arts and several shows for Florida Studio Theatre, including Shades of Bublé: A Three-Man Tribute to Michael Bublé, My Lord, What a Night, Great Balls of Fire and Sophie Tucker: The Last of the Red Hot Mamas. Michael is the assistant lighting designer and master electrician for the Sarasota Opera and serves as Treasurer for IATSE Local 412. He is a graduate of Booker High School’s VPA Theatre Program and Florida State University’s School of Theatre.PATRICK RUSSINI (Sound Designer) has worked as a professional sound designer, audio technician and sound engineer since 2012. His audio artistry has showcasedthe signature sound of Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe shows since he joined thesta in 2016 as Sound Engineer; he was recently named Resident Sound Designerfor the company. Patrick has traveled twice with WBTT Founder and Artistic Director Nate Jacobs and other troupe performers and production sta 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 Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe has joined with more than 30 other local arts organizations in the #SafeArtsSarasota initiative, to adopt the following uniform safety protocols for the 2021-2022 season:All patrons age 12 and older attending a performance indoors must show either a negative COVID-19 test that meets certain criteria, or...If patrons prefer, a CDC card or other ocial record showing full vaccination against COVID-19 (at least 14 days since the final dose) may be voluntarily presented at the door as an acceptable alternative to negative COVID-19 test results.Both physical and electronic presentation of documents will be accepted. Photo identification must accompany the presentation of all documents.All patrons age 6 and up, regardless of vaccination or testing status, must wear masks over their nose and mouth at all times while inside the venue. For more details visit WestcoastBlackTheatre.org/COVID-19-safety. SafetyProtocols

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MONDAYJAN 17, 20227:30 PMFIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH104 S. PINEAPPLE AVE, SARASOTA TICKETS AT WESTCOASTBLACKTHEATRE.ORG OR 941-366-1505DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR: Celebrating His Legacy in Spoken Word and Song

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WBTT THEATRE1012 N. Orange Ave.Sarasota, Florida 34236Visit us online at: WESTCOASTBLACKTHEATRE.ORG941-366-1505OUR 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 aordable and provides funds to mentor new local talent and to develop high-quality productions. In addition, your gifts allow us to oer 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 (800-435-7352) WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.” REGISTRATION NO. CH17803

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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 SPONSORSRuby was allowed describe how, aB 1948, during an extended absenceher husband, shein her home, sto the doctor. Shallowed to state ther youngest childhis. Yet thirty-etimes Frank Cannattempted toMUSIC & LYRICS BY NATE JACOBS &MICHAEL JACOBSARRANGEMENTS BYANTONIO WIMBERLY & BRENNAN STYLEZBOOK BY MICHAEL JACOBS DIRECTED BY NATE JACOBSA WORLD PREMIERE MUSICALJAN 12–FEB 27, 2022Helga & 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 Koffman Family Jackie & Glenn Tilton 22WBTT-Season-Program-Master copy_FIN.indd 22WBTT-Season-Program-Master copy_FIN.indd 22 11/30/21 4:32 PM11/30/21 4:32 PM

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JAN 12–FEB 27, 2022Honorable 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 WatsonWBTT founder and artistic director Nate Jacobs has created several brand-new shows over the 22 years he’s guided the company. But his latest, Ruby, based on a true story, may be the most ambitious yet.This world premiere (originally planned for the 2019-20 season, but delayed due to COVID-19) is a musical retelling by Nate and his brother, Michael Jacobs, of the shocking killing of a White doctor in Live Oak, Florida, and the Black woman—Ruby McCollum—who was tried in the case and eventually committed to Florida State Hospital in Chattahoochee, Florida. In 1952, when the killing happened, Ruby and her husband, Sam, were quite prosperous for the time and place, due in part to gambling and liquor sales. She was, in fact, described as the wealthiest Black woman in town, and the couple was well respected in the community.It was one of their four children—the youngest, Loretta—Ruby McCollum later said was the product of a forced relationship with the shooting victim, Dr. C. Leroy Adams. She claimed the reason for the killing was because Adams refused to leave her alone.But there is more than true crime to this story, which became so notorious that famed writer Zora Neale Hurston was sent by the Pittsburgh Courier to cover the trial. In segregated Florida, where Black people were essentially disenfranchised, unable to serve on juries or hold political office, the history of White men taking sexual advantage of Black women without repercussions was long. Ruby’s testimony at trial was limited to exclude much of her defense, and the judge imposed a gag order on her as well, preventing any press interviews. Whether or not you are familiar with Ruby’s fate, we won’t reveal it here. Hers is a fascinating, powerful story, one that’s been touched upon in books and documentary films. Now it (finally) takes the stage live in what promises to be an emotional musical drama. CO-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. 23 WBTT-Season-Program-Master copy_FIN.indd 23WBTT-Season-Program-Master copy_FIN.indd 23 11/30/21 4:32 PM11/30/21 4:32 PM

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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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Phil BakerJohn & Kitty CranorThe ExchangeNancy & Tom FlanaganPRESENTING SPONSORSAli & Gloria BahajTARRA CONNER JONES as NELL CARTERWRITTEN BY TARRA CONNER JONESWORLD PREMIERE OF TWO ONE-ACT PLAYSDIRECTED BY NATE JACOBSWRITTEN BY MICHAEL JACOBS & NATE JACOBSEARLEY DEAN as MUHAMMAD ALIMAY 4–MAY 29, 2022MUSIC COMPOSITIONS BYDERRIC GOBOURNE JR. & HENRY WASHINGTONLEADING SPONSORSRose Marie ProiettiDr. Bob & Beth ScheibleDona & Sam Scott 26WBTT-Season-Program-Master copy_FIN.indd 26WBTT-Season-Program-Master copy_FIN.indd 26 11/30/21 4:33 PM11/30/21 4:33 PM

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WORLD PREMIERE OF TWO ONE-ACT PLAYSDIRECTED BY NATE JACOBSEARLEY DEAN as MUHAMMAD ALIMUSIC COMPOSITIONS BYDERRIC GOBOURNE JR. & HENRY WASHINGTONPaid 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.Sometimes 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 one-act, 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 favorite Earley Dean 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. Nate Jacobs says he was inspired by Dean (who has appeared at WBTT in Little Shop of Horrors, The Piano Lesson, How I Got Over and other shows), feeling that he would be “perfect as Ali.” 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.Douglas & Carolyn AndersonHonorable Dennis W. Archer & Honorable Trudy DunCombe ArcherMiles & Barbara CapronMike & Karen GardinerDr. Donald & Doris JohnsonEdward Keon & Pat KennellyCO-SPONSORSPenelope KingmanC. MalachowskiDr. Randall & Karen MorganRosemary & Lou OberndorfMarta Riordan & James BoyleSarasota Magazine 27 WBTT-Season-Program-Master copy_FIN.indd 27WBTT-Season-Program-Master copy_FIN.indd 27 11/30/21 4:33 PM11/30/21 4:33 PM

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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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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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