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Leon S. Pitts II (left) dances with Sheldon Rhoden.

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe brings 'Soul' to Art in the Ballpark

Monday, May 20, 2019 |

Leon S. Pitts II (left) dances with Sheldon Rhoden.

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Earley Dean, master of ceremonies, waits to lead out the Soul Crooners in the dugout.

Monday, May 20, 2019 |

Earley Dean, master of ceremonies, waits to lead out the Soul Crooners in the dugout.

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James "Jay" Dodge sneaks a selfie with the crowd before the start of the show.

Monday, May 20, 2019 |

James "Jay" Dodge sneaks a selfie with the crowd before the start of the show.

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Earley Dean revs up to crows before the Crooners perform.

Monday, May 20, 2019 |

Earley Dean revs up to crows before the Crooners perform.

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Michael Mendez (right) has been performing at WBTT since 2010.

Monday, May 20, 2019 |

Michael Mendez (right) has been performing at WBTT since 2010.

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Leon S. Pitts II runs off stage and through the crowd to serenade audience members.

Monday, May 20, 2019 |

Leon S. Pitts II runs off stage and through the crowd to serenade audience members.

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Rhoden's favorite song of the night was "Let's Get It On" by Marvin Gaye.

Monday, May 20, 2019 |

Rhoden's favorite song of the night was "Let's Get It On" by Marvin Gaye.

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Left to right: Leon S. Pitts II, Nate Jacobs, Michael Mendez, Sheldon Rhoden and Derric Gobourne.

Monday, May 20, 2019 |

Left to right: Leon S. Pitts II, Nate Jacobs, Michael Mendez, Sheldon Rhoden and Derric Gobourne.

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After five years of talking with the organizers of Arts in the Ballpark, WBTT was able to perform at Ed Smith Stadium.

Monday, May 20, 2019 |

After five years of talking with the organizers of Arts in the Ballpark, WBTT was able to perform at Ed Smith Stadium.

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Willie "TFox" Thompson and the Oriole Bird

Monday, May 20, 2019 |

Willie "TFox" Thompson and the Oriole Bird

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The Soul Crooners had fans jumping to their feet and dancing along.

Monday, May 20, 2019 |

The Soul Crooners had fans jumping to their feet and dancing along.

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Edna Sherrell, Penni Bellamy and George Sherrell III attended the sponsor reception before the show.

Monday, May 20, 2019 |

Edna Sherrell, Penni Bellamy and George Sherrell III attended the sponsor reception before the show.

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Sy Goldblatt, member of the WBTT board, Lorretta Katz, Susan Seigal, Josephine Heisenberg and Shelley Goldblatt

Monday, May 20, 2019 |

Sy Goldblatt, member of the WBTT board, Lorretta Katz, Susan Seigal, Josephine Heisenberg and Shelley Goldblatt

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Julie Leach, executive director of WBTT

Monday, May 20, 2019 |

Julie Leach, executive director of WBTT

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Marian Moss (center) is the chairwoman of the WBTT board

Monday, May 20, 2019 |

Marian Moss (center) is the chairwoman of the WBTT board

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Michael Gardiner, WBTT trustee, and Jim Shirley of the Sarasota Arts and Cultural Alliance

Monday, May 20, 2019 |

Michael Gardiner, WBTT trustee, and Jim Shirley of the Sarasota Arts and Cultural Alliance

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Charles and Lisa Tribbett with George Miles

Monday, May 20, 2019 |

Charles and Lisa Tribbett with George Miles

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Travis Howard and 6-month-old Piper.

Monday, May 20, 2019 |

Travis Howard and 6-month-old Piper.

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WBTT board member Lois Watson, Bernard Watson, Karen Morgan and Randall Morgan

Monday, May 20, 2019 |

WBTT board member Lois Watson, Bernard Watson, Karen Morgan and Randall Morgan

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