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WBTT's Leach reported that the typical audience member in 2009 was a white retiree in their 60s; despite its name and mission, only 2 percent of its audience were African Americans.
WBTT initiated a couple of new education programs during FY16.
After several years of requests from theater patrons, Sheldon Rhoden--one of WBTT's most popular troupe members--will reprise the role of Marvin Gaye.
This production is a celebration of the Nativity story with gospel, blues, spiritual and Christmas music, paired with the poetry of Langston Hughes and the creativity of WBTT. Children and adults alike will be enthralled by this high-energy, inspiring show.
13-APRIL 28 WBTT presents the original musical Love Sung in the Key of Aretha.
"He already had a passion for music and an impressive work ethic and was ready for training at a higher level." And for Mendez, Jacobs has been his mentor and WBTT a second home.
"But that path wasn't for me." Instead, he's learned on the job, working with Jacobs and older WBTT performers to hone his skills.
Although it may not look that way to audiences, who see Mendez as not just a singer and actor but one with impressive moves onstage, too, Mendez says it took a while for him to feel comfortable dancing, especially when WBTT was presenting productions in small, intimate spaces before acquiring its own theater building.
Later this season (April 18 through May 26), Mendez will be back on the WBTT stage in Soul Man, delivering Motown hits of the 1960s.
WBTT takes a bit of a departure from its normal fare with a comedy about a dysfunctional Southern family gathered for their patriarch's funeral, April 19 through May 27.
Jacobs is also in the cast, along with WBTT favorites Tarra Conner jones [sic], Earley Dean Wilson, Ariel Blue and others.
Playing April 20 through May 8 at WBTT, starring Carolyn Michel and Taurean Blacque.
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