April 3 - April 9, 2014


Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe (WBTT) plans to end the season on a “hot 2014note” when it opens its final show of the 2013-14 season on Friday, April 11th with Bubbling Brown Sugar, a musical revue featuring the music of numerous African-American artists who were popular during the Harlem Renaissance. The show will run through May 11th. Evening performances are Tuesday through Saturday at 8:00 pm. Matinees are scheduled every Sunday at 2:00 pm; two Saturday matinees have also been scheduled for May 3rd and 10th. Individual tickets may be purchased for $29.50. To check availability and purchase tickets go online to www.wbttsrq.org or call the box office at 941-366-1505.

“This is an iconic work of African-American theater; one of the first successful musicals on Broadway with a primarily African-American cast,” shared Director Harry Bryce. “It was also one of the first times that Broadway paid homage to the Harlem Renaissance. Surprisingly, Bubbling Brown Sugar is not done very often so this is a wonderful, rare occasion. It’s an important selection for WBTT and reinforces the Troupe’s effort to keep African-American literature alive and present.”

The concept of the play is for two couples, one white and one black, to travel back in time and visit various Harlem nightclubs, focusing on the amazing artists of that time. It was conceived by Rosetta LeNoire, founder of Amas, a nonprofit theater group partly created to promote interracial casting. The company produced many hits, one of which was Bubbling Brown Sugar. Music in the show includes that of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Cab Calloway, Fats Waller and Eubie Blake, who earlier in her life was LeNoire’s music teacher.

WBTT’s show will include many recognizable actors from past performances. Of the 14 cast members, those with the most WBTT experience include Ariel Blue, Earley Dean, Chris Eisenberg, Donald Frison, Tsadok Porter, Horace Smith and Alyssa White. Those who might be new or almost new are Danae DeShazer, Nerlynn Etienne, Wellington Fordham, Derric Gobourne Jr., Lawrence Mazza, Adrienne Pitts and Kristen Wilson. Harry Bryce returns as director. Music Director is LaTerry Butler. Butler toured nationally with Bubbling Brown Sugar, working with musicians who were in the original Broadway production. Set Designer is Michael Newton-Brown; Lighting Designer is Michael Pasquini and Costume Designer is Dee White. Donald Frison is also the choreographer.

“This show features some of the most recognizable music from the period running from 1920-1940,” commented Nate Jacobs, founding artistic director of WBTT. “That said, our production has found a way to bridge the past with contemporary music styles.

Bubbling Brown Sugar has historic values, cultural values and musical history. It’s a full evening with something for everyone. We are very pleased to present this wonderful show to our Sarasota audiences.”


SARASOTA, FL - The Sarasota-Manatee Chapter of the Florida A&M 2014University (FAMU) National Alumni Association is pleased to announce that the 12th Annual Orange & Green Scholarship Gala will be held on Saturday, April 26, 2014, at the Palm Aire Country Club, 5601 Country Club Way in Sarasota, FL. There will be a Pre-Gala Reception starting at 6:00pm and the Program will begin at 7:00pm. The ticket cost is $60.00.

The Orange & Green Scholarship Gala is the primary fundraising event for the Sarasota-Manatee Chapter. This year, the chapter will once again be awarding scholarships to local students who will be enrolling in Florida A&M University. Over the past 16 years, more than $50,000.00 in scholarship money has been given by the chapter to recipients from Sarasota and Manatee counties.

Hosted by FAMU Graduates and WFLA News Channel 8 Anchor Rod Carter, this is sure to be a memorable event. This years’ event will be highlighted by a keynote address by former FAMU Student Government Association President and current FAMU Board of Trustees Member Torey Alston. In addition to serving on the Board of Trustees, Mr. Alston serves as Executive Director for the Office of Economic Opportunity with Miami-Dade Public Schools, the nation’s 4th largest school district with more than 350,000 students. As Executive Director, Mr. Alston promotes the economic development and growth of small, micro and minority/women business enterprises through contractor prequalification, certification, community outreach contract review and compliance.

For tickets or sponsorship information, please contact Keenan Wooten, Vice President / Orange & Green Gala Committee Chairperson, at (941) 704-6746 or by email at kwooten@saramanarattlers.com. Information is also available online at the Sarasota-Manatee Chapter’s website: www.saramanarattlers.com.