In-School Performance

Provider: Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe

Contact: Joey James
941-366-1505, x. 108

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 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?  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 Civil Right Movement, the church bombing in Selma, March on Washington, and school segregation, through primary sources, historical content and music that illuminates the struggle of African Americans for freedom.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 groups of four performers to the classroom to perform a short sketch with music and historical information about the Civil Rights Movement. 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 Civil Rights Movement. 

Scheduling of this program:  The teacher workshop will be held Thursday December 6 , 2018 3:30-6:30 at the WBTT theatre. The classroom sessions will be available February 11-March 1, 2019 and the performance will be available February 25-March 14th 2019.


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