SARASOTA, FL – In mid-June, The Soul Sensations & Friends returned to Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe to perform three sold-out shows on the popular outdoor concert stage, in support of WBTT and the important role it plays in the local community. Like 2019’s “Black or White: Makes My Music Right” and previous concerts produced by Dr. Randall Morgan to benefit WBTT, “Put Your Hands Together” was a revue of rhythm & blues songs and timeless pop hits.
The shows were a special celebration of optimism for the future as WBTT emerges from a challenging period, with songs of energy and love including “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now,” “Before I Let Go,” “How Will I Know,” “Uptown Funk” and many other crowd-pleasers, performed by Dr. Morgan, Raleigh Mosely II, Leon S. Pitts II, Ywada Pitts and Latraia Savage, backed by the fabulous Soul Sensations Band.
Edna Sherell narrated; choreographer was WBTT’s Resident Choreographer Donald Frison. The band was: Judi Glover, music director and keyboard; Kenny Walker, bass; Errol Wise, percussion; Tommy LoBue, guitar; and Tom Ellison, sax.
“For 12 years, I have been proud to serve on WBTT’s board of directors and support its efforts to shine a light on the work of important Black artists, mentor aspiring artists of color, and spark necessary conversations about topics that impact our lives,” said Dr. Morgan. “As a musician as well as a music fan, I couldn’t think of a better way to support this fine arts organization than to put on a show that had people on their feet and happy – just as WBTT does throughout its performance season!”
The proceeds from Put Your Hands Together will support WBTT’s mission of producing professional theatre that promotes and celebrates African American history and experience, engaging a broad base of patrons and audiences, supporting the development of a dynamic group of aspiring artists, and building self-esteem in youth of color. For more about the popular local arts organization, visit westcoastblacktheatre.org.
About Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe:
The mission of Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe (WBTT) is to produce professional theatre that promotes and celebrates African American history and experience, engages a broad base of patrons and audiences, supports the development of a dynamic group of aspiring artists, and builds self-esteem in youth of color.