Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe held its 24th Anniversary Gala on Nov. 11 at the Circus Arts Conservatory in the Sailor Circus Arena.
This year's theme was Groovin' on the Soul Train 2, and with a crowd of over 500 dressed in '70s attire, it felt as if guests were walking through a moving kaleidoscope.
Co-chairs Eilene Maupin and Charlie Ann Syprett worked tirelessly over the past 12 months to put together one of the most fun events of the season. Board Treasurer Cheryl Anderson was named The Heart and Soul Philanthropy honoree. She has been with WBTT for 14 years.
Board Chair Doris Johnson addressed the guests, and her sincere nod to the veterans in attendance was met with cheers from every part of the arena.
WBTT's mission is to produce professional theater 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.