In-School Performance

Provider: Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe

Contact: Julie Leach
941-366-1505, x. 103

Starting cost per student: $5

Additional Info: $300 per Exploration. The Teacher Workshop portion is held at WBTT theatre and up to 150 teachers could participate. The Classroom session, held at your school could have 2 – 3 classes participate together. The performance session is generally held at your school although it can be held at WBTT theatre if needed, and it could accommodate as many students as can fit in your auditorium – last year we usually had the whole 11th grade at once.

Max. Capacity: 500

Transportation Needed?  No

Who Arranges Transportation?

Is Financial Assistance Offered?  No


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Jazzlinks takes history off the page and makes it come alive!  This collaboration between the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe and The Jazz Club of Sarasota is designed to educate high school students about the role of African Americans in U.S. history as reflected in jazz music and the lives of performers and historic figures.  Jazzlinks includes three arts-infused experiences:

1. Teacher Workshop to review standards-centered teaching materials including extensive Document Based Questions focused on the Harlem Renaissance, the Scottsboro Boys and the Anti-Lynching Laws through primary sources, historical content and music that illuminates the struggle of African Americans for freedom.  (see example DBQ submitted with this application)

2.  Classroom Session will bring two performers to the classroom that assume the roles of iconic figures in African American history and jazz, sharing their stories, including instances of discrimination they encountered in spite of their fame. Students have time to interact with and question the performers.

3.  Culminating Performance will bring a talented cast of performers portraying Langston Hughes, Ethel Waters, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington and Billie Holiday in a vibrant performance of music, dance and poetry. 

Scheduling of this program:  The teacher workshop will be held in October, and the classroom sessions and performances will be available  January – March.


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