'We Are Sarasota' celebrates diversity with multimedia production at Sarasota Opera House

September 27, 2012 

A high-energy multimedia performance, "We Are Sarasota" takes place Tuesday evening at the Sarasota Opera House.

It was created by the Sarasota County Bar Association Diversity Committee in partnership with the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe and Booker High School.

A family-friendly production incorporating song, drama, poetry and video, the performances tell the story of Sarasota's journey from a segregated city to the vibrant multicultural community that it is today.

Eugene Pettis, the first African American to be elected as president of the Florida Bar, will be attending "We Are Sarasota."

The event was conceived as a vehicle to inform, inspire and invigorate the community on the ideals of justice and equality while raising funds to support the three host organizations, including the SCBA/Richard Garland Diversity Scholarship.

The artistic team behind "We Are Sarasota" is retired 12th Circuit Judge Durand Adams, Charles Clapsaddle of Manatee Educational Television, WBTT's Nate Jacobs and Booker's Scott Keys.

Along with Charles Williams, Adams and Clapsaddle produced the award-winning documentary "Through the Tunnel," which was set in Manatee County and featured at the 2011 Sarasota Film Festival with a screening at the Opera House.

Details: 6:30 p.m. (VIP reception at 5:30 p.m.), Oct. 2, Sarasota Opera House, 61 N Pineapple Ave., Sarasota. Information: 941-350-1089 or wearesarasota.eventbrite.com.

-- Wade Tatangelo

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