In-School Performance

Provider: Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe

Contact: Brentney Stephens
941-366-1505 X 103

Starting cost per student: $5

Additional Info: $400 per Exploration, including all three parts: Teacher workshop, classroom session and full performance. The Teacher Workshop portion is held at Sarasota High 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 – one year we had the whole 11th grade at once.

Max. Capacity: 500

Transportation Needed?  No

Who Arranges Transportation?

Is Financial Assistance Offered?  Yes


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Jazzlinks takes history off the page and makes it come alive!  This collaboration between the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe (WBTT)  and The Jazz Club of Sarasota is designed to educate high school and middle 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Based Questions focused on the Harlem Renaissance, Reconstruction and the Great Migration, through primary sources, historical content and music that illuminates the struggle of African Americans for freedom and self-expression in a highly segregated society. (See Document-Based Questions submitted with application for details.) WBTT will demonstrate the classroom session in the Teacher Workshop.

2.  Classroom Session will bring two groups of four performers to the classroom to perform a short sketch with music and historical information about the Harlem Renaissance and related historical events. The two groups allow two classes to experience the show at the same time. 

3.  Culminating Performance will bring a talented cast of performers  in a vibrant performance that honors the music that helped to shape the Harlem Renaissance. 

Scheduling of this program:  The teacher workshop will be held Wednesday December 11 , 2019, from 3:30-6:30 p.m. at Sarasota High School. The classroom sessions and performances will be available from February 3-March 13, 2020.


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