Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe purchases Sarasota property

mclear@bradenton.comApril 9, 2013 

SARASOTA -- After 14 years, Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe finally has a place it can call home.

The troupe has purchased the two-acre site where the company has been performing for the past three years. The property at 1646 10th Way in Sarasota includes two buildings, totaling nearly 28,000 square feet.

The theater group has been using just a third of one of the buildings until now.

The second building will be used for set construction, rehearsals and storage for costumes and scenery, according to a statement from the company.

Eventually, plans call for the combined space to house educational programs and administrative offices.

The company has been producing plays at the Sarasota site for the past three years. Before that, it performed wherever it could find available space.

"The timing was perfect," said WBTT founder and artistic director Nate Jacobs. "This has been in the works for a long time. It took us three years to establish ourselves here, and now we're ready to put down roots in our community and really grow."

Jacobs said getting the Sarasota location was important to the company.

"We're established here and our audiences know where to find us," he said.

Their current production is "Bubbling Brown Sugar," a musical revue about the Harlem renaissance that runs through May 11.

For more information, visit www.wbttroupe.org or call 941-366-1505.

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