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Auditions for A Christmas Story



Announcing auditions for A Christmas Story by Philip Grecian. Based on the motion picture A Christmas Story, © 1983 Turner Entertainment Co., distributed by Warner Bros., written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark; and on the book In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash by Jean Shepherd

Sunday, September 10th 2 P.M. – Youth Audition, 4 P.M. Adult Audition

Monday, September 11th 5:30 P.M. – Youth Audition, 7:00 P.M. Adult Audition

Auditions will be held at Bay City Players, 1214 Columbus Avenue, in Bay City.

Performance dates are December 1 – 3 & 8 – 10, 2017

Directed by Jessica McFarland

Parts available:

Seeking 3 Men Age 20+, 2 Women Age 20+, 5 Boys age 6-14, and 2 Girls age 8-11.  All parts are speaking parts and require good confidence and projection.  All ages are based on appearance and demeanor rather than calendar age.

What makes for a successful Christmas? A pink bunny suit? A leggy table lamp? A grouchy Santa? No? Well, how about a genuine Red Ryder BB gun? Yes, yes! That’s it! This season enjoy the quirky innocence and nostalgic warmth of this super successful movie when it comes to life on our stage. Nine-year old Ralphie takes on the school bully, a very cold flag pole, and the constant response: “You’ll shoot your eye out” to have his most successful Christmas ever. The perfect holiday treat for the entire family. Recommended for all ages.

Those auditioning will be asked to read selections from the script. Limited scripts are available for check-out from the theatre office Monday – Friday from 9am to 1pm for a $10 refundable deposit.  Please contact the office Monday through Friday from 9am to 1pm at (989) 893-5555 for more information, or visit our website at www.baycityplayers.com

Bay City Players Season 100 Gala



Join us as we celebrate

100 years of “Great Theatre”!

Two festive nights to choose from:

Friday, September 8, 2017 or

Saturday, September 9, 2017


6:30 PM

Hors d’oeuvres, Beer, Wine, and Theatre Tours

8:00 PM

Entertainment arranged by Kevin Cole, accompanied by an ensemble of Bay City Players local and professional performers. Followed by sparkling wine, desserts and coffee.


Single Tickets: $50 – Patron Tickets: $100

Tickets are limited and can be purchased online here or call Bay City Players box office at 989.893.5555 – Monday – Thursday 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Cast for Nice Work If You Can Get It – Congratulations



We are excited to announce the cast for our Season 100 opening musical “Nice Work If You Can Get It”!

Zach Mason – Jimmy
Rebecca Smith – Billie
Kurt Miller – Cookie
Jesse James Metz – Duke
Meagan Eager – Eileen
To be filled – Senator
Ann Russell-Lutenske – Duchess Estonia
Danielle Katsoulos – Jeannie
Steve Moelter – Chief Berry
Judy Miller – Millicent
David Bowden – Edgar (Ensemble)
Tony Ray – Fletcher (Ensemble)
Joseph Smith – Floyd (Ensemble)
Dominic Pnacek – Vic (Ensemble)
Cameron Schott – Elliot (Ensemble)
Rita Gnida – Alice (Ensemble)
Libby Kronner – Betty (Ensemble)
Danessa Hellus – Dottie (Ensemble)
Keara Dixon – Flo (Ensemble)
Karly Laskowski – Midge (Ensemble)
Marcy Chambers – Olive (Ensemble)
Carly Peil – Rosie (Ensemble)
Rachel Creed – Ruby (Ensemble)

Mark Grzegorczyk – Jack (Ensemble)

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Proposed By-Law Revisions of Bay City Players INC.



Proposed By-Law Revisions of the Bay City Players, INC. – These proposed revisions will be discussed and voted on at the Players Annual Meeting next month.

click here to read proposed revisions.

BCP Announces Cast for Hair



Far out dude. Director Mike Wisniewski, “We had so many groovy people who tried out and now we’d love to announce our primo cast for HAIR!”

Berger – Ben Beauvais
Woof – David Ryan
Hud – Samuel Kyle Wood
Claude – Conner Wieland
Jeanie – Brianne Dolney
Dionne – Rachel Creed
Crissy – Ally Nacarato
Sheila – Natalie Slawnyk
Margaret Mead – Tony Ray
Hubert – Karly Laskowski
Ronny – Marci Rogers
…and the others in the Tribe:
Daisy: Karlee Abernathy, Emmaretta: Kayleigh Doyen, Cozbi: Cathy Gibboney, Hiram: Dale Gibboney, Walter: Kelley Gray, Leata: Katy Hamilton, Suzannah: Gina Kearly, Mary: Lauren Klett, Steve: Denis Koepke, Linda: Elizabeth Kronner, Marjorie: Yolandie Lohrmann, Storm: Janet Peace, Natalie: Nicole Poirier, Diane: Alena Ramos, Daniel: Christopher Scheddel, Paul: Joseph (Joey) Smith
…who play the following:
Three Moms, Three Dads, Three High School Principals, Two Policemen, Electric Blues Quartet, White Girls Trio, Black Boys Trio, “The Supremes” Trio, Army Sergeant, Abraham Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth, Calvin Coolidge, Clark Gable, Scarlett O’Hara, Aretha Franklin, Colonel Custer, Shoeshine Boy, Three Buddhist Monks, One Thousand Year Old Monk, Three Catholic Nuns, Three Astronauts, Three Chinese, Three Guerrillas, One Native American Indian and Others.

Youtheatre Performance Schedule



YOUTHEATRE is a program in which students are able to learn about theatre productions by presenting one act plays. Third through ninth graders act in productions while seasoned high school students function as directors. Adult staff provides needed support. Youtheatre typically produces about 8 shows. A typical show has 5-7 student directors and about 20 student actors drawn from schools in Bay City and the surrounding area. This year’s performances are June 22-24, 2017. Each session will last approximately 2½ hours. The shows will be presented in the order shown below, with a 10-15 minute intermission between each play within the session. Seating is general admission and all seats are $ 3.00. A weekend pass (all days, all shows) is available for

$ 5.00. Tickets will be available an hour before each session.


Time of First Play In Block Cast Report Time Thursday Friday Saturday
10:00 a.m. 9:00

9:45

10:30

The Paper Bag Bandit Rides..

After Hours

Zeus on the Loose

Law&Order-Nursery Rhyme

Looking Glass Land

The Mad Tea Party

The Averagers

Gran’s Guide to Stop…

2:00 p.m. 1:00

1:45

2:30

Looking Glass Land

Law & Order-Nursery Rhyme

 

The Averagers

Gran’s Guide to Stop an Ogre

The Mad Tea Party

After Hours

Zeus on the Loose

The Paper Bag Bandit…

7:00 p.m. 6:00

6:45

7:30

Gran’s Guide to Stop an Ogre

The Mad Tea Party

The Averagers

Zeus on the Loose

The Paper Bag Bandit Rides

After Hours

Looking Glass Land

Law & Order-Nursery…

 

Auditions for Nice Work If You Can Get It



Announcing auditions for the musical production, Nice Work If You Can Get It. Music and Lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin. Book by Joe DiPietro. Inspired by Material by Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse.

Tuesday and Wednesday, June 13th & 14th at 7:30 p.m.

Callbacks Thursday, June 15th at 8:00 p.m.

Auditions will be held at Bay City Players, 1214 Columbus Avenue, in Bay City.
Read-through on June 26 with rehearsals beginning July 31.
Performance dates: September 29 – October 1 & October 5 – 8 2017

Directed by Tommy Wedge

Music Direction by Kevin Cole

Choreography by Ryan VanDenBoom

with Kaitlin Brunette as Dance Captain

Produced by Judy Miller

AUDITION DETAILS

Principals: 10 total: 5W & 5M, ages 18 and up        Ensemble: 12 total: 6W and 6M, ages 18 and up

For the first two days of auditions: June 13th & 14th, we will be asking auditioners to sing and dance only.

You need attend only one of those dates, either Tuesday or Wednesday, but we do ask that you keep Thursday, June 15th open for callbacks. If called back, auditioners will be given a portion of a scene or song to perform.  If you are not called back, don’t worry! That just means we have seen what we need to see, nothing more.

On June 13th & 14th, auditioners should present a short, prepared song of their choice; select something that showcases your ability to both sing and act in the style of Nice Work. Rehearsal accompanist will be provided, so please bring sheet music with proper notations in the proper key for your accompanist (no acapella please). When not singing, auditioners will be learning a dance combination onstage. When everyone has had a chance to sing, you will then perform your dance combination in small groups. After general auditions, we will contact those we would like to see at callbacks on June 15th.

Nice Work is One of Broadway’s most successful cocktails: mix George and Ira Gershwin music with upper-class snobs and comic crooks, add plenty of 1920s bathtub gin, stir wildly, and you have a stage filled with delightful nonsense loaded with great music, dancing, and comedy. “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “Fascinating Rhythm,” “‘s Wonderful,” and 20 others. For audiences 13 and up.

Auditions are open to the public and newcomers are welcome. Link here for the online audition form with rehearsal schedule. Visit our website www.baycityplayers.com for more information about Bay City Players Season 100.

Announcing Bay City Players’ New Ticketing Options



Bay City Players announce a new simpler and more flexible approach to buying tickets.

Simple – Single ticket prices for all shows will be $20. (Student price remains $10)

Planning ahead to attend multiple shows or bringing a group to a show? Then our new Flex Pass system is for you!

The Flex Pass is flexible – Flex passes will be available all year long for 5 tickets ($80), 4 tickets ($68), or 3 tickets ($54). Flex Passes may be used for any combination of shows in the regular season.

Early Bird Special if purchased before July 1, 2017
Plan ahead and save…Purchase a 5 Ticket Flex Pass by June 30 2017 and pay only $65. That’s a 35% savings. Again, you can use your Flex Pass on any combination of regular shows.

To purchase a Flex Pass for the 100th Season at Players click the link Purchase Flex Pass here Then on the “Select A Membership Level” click on the drop down arrow. Select your Flex Pass by clicking on your choice, then click “Join” and submit your payment information.

Once you have received your Flex Pass number click here to obtain your tickets.

Players Announce Show Line Up for Season 100



Bay City Players is proud to present the following shows celebrating their 100th Season:

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First up is Nice Work If You Can Get It, a new Gershwin musical about all the good things in life – music, laughter and falling in love. One of Broadway’s most successful cocktails! Mix George and Ira Gershwin’s music with upper class snobs and comic crooks, add plenty of 1920s bathtub gin, stir wildly and you have a stage filled with delightful nonsense loaded with great music, dancing and comedy.

 

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Next, just in time for the holidays A Christmas Story. What makes for a successful Christmas? A pink bunny suit? A leggy table lamp? A grouchy Santa? No? Well, how about a genuine Red Ryder BB gun? Yes, yes! That’s it! This season enjoy the quirky innocence and nostalgic warmth of this super successful movie when it comes to life on our stage. Nine-year old Ralphie takes on the school bully, a very cold flag pole, and the constant response: “You’ll shoot your eye out” to have his most successful Christmas ever. The perfect holiday treat for the entire family.

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Then, Calendar Girls tells the true story of eleven middle-aged women who bare all for a great cause. But what happens when the ladies become a media sensation? Simple enough – six women want to raise money for a new sofa in their hospital waiting room. Now, how do they do that? Well, there are all these hot men calendars out there, why not? Who cares if they may not be the hottest of women? The press latches on to the idea. The community can hardly wait. Success looms on the horizon until some hidden feelings surface amongst the women and “respectable” community members step in. Very funny, very loving, and very moving. A cheerful feel-good play: perfect for the heart of a Michigan winter.

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Our next show, On Golden Pond, is the touching, funny and warmly perceptive study of a spirited and lovable elderly couple facing their twilight years. What makes a successful marriage? Norman and Ethel should know after 48 years. What makes for a successful parent/child relationship? Chelsea and Norman have yet to find out, but Norman and Billy learn it right away. Come spend some time on Golden Pond. Watch Norman and Tehel live the answers to the eternal questions: how do I make a success of living with others? One of America’s most beloved plays still speaks to our minds and hearts. You’ll love it.

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Finally, our last show of Season 100 needs no introduction. Annie, one of our longest running and most loved shows, is the cherry on top of an outstanding season! Truly one of the most popular musicals in America; the songs, the comedy, and the eternal optimism still fill the audience with tomorrow’s sunshine today. For those who don’t know, little orphan Annie finds a way to make friends with Daddy Warbucks – a millionaire – in the middle of the 30’s depression. Trouble sets in. The president of the U.S. is visited. And Annie somehow succeeds in make it all wonderful in the end. And the music: “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” ” I Don’t Need Anyone But You”, “Tomorrow,” and more! Winner of seven Tony Awards, this is entertainment for the whole family.

Auditions for My Fair Lady



Bay City Players announces auditions for the musical MY FAIR LADY,  book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and Music by Frederick Loewe. Adapted from George Bernard Shaw’s Play and Gabriel Pascal’s motion picture PYGMALION

When:
Monday, March 20th, 2017 7 p.m.
Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 7 p.m.

Where:
Bay City Players, 1214 Columbus Avenue, Bay City.
Performance dates: May 11-14 & 18-21, 2017

Creative Team:
Debbie Lake, Leeds Bird, Kevin Cole, Holly Haga Bills and Tina Sills

DETAILS

Principals: 3 Women to play 25 and up. 4 Men to play 25 and up
Dance Ensemble: 3 Women and 3 Men ages 18 and up
Vocal Ensemble: 5 Women and 4 Men ages 18 and up
There are several large musical numbers that require both talents.
Singers will be asked to dance a little and dancers asked to sing a little.
Don’t you judge whether you sing or move well enough. We will help you through it all!
There are featured roles for both men and women, including a men’s quartet.
Those auditioning will be asked to sing and read selections from the script and learn dance movement.
Wear comfortable clothes. Bring your calendar. Be prepared to communicate any scheduling conflicts. Most important: relax and have fun. This is a great show!

One of the most famous musicals ever written, MY FAIR LADY is filled with riches: wonderful characters, fantastic music, a captivating story, frolicking dances, winner of six Tony Awards including best musical. (I Could Have Danced All Night, With a Little Bit of Luck, I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face).

And let us assure you, this production of the Lady will be unlike any in the past!!!

(Download My Fair Lady AUDITION Sheet)

Auditions are open to the public and newcomers are welcome. Please contact the office Monday through Friday from 9am-1pm at (989) 893-5555 for more information or visit our website at www.baycityplayers.com.