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Youtheatre’s 44th Season

Registration for Youtheatre’s 44th Season, 2017 will be at the Bay City Players, 1214 Columbus Ave. Saturday, March 4th at 10:00 A.M. (doors open at 9:30).

Youtheatre is limited to 160 Participants, Grades 3 through 9.

There will be Saturday Workshops & Rehearsals during March 11 – May 20.

Note: participants will not meet March 25, April 1 (spring break) and April 15 for Easter. Only the directors (no students) will meet on April 29. Rehearsals will begin 3 per week during May 22 – Jun 19. Tech Rehearsals are Jun 20, 21.   Performances are Thurs, Fri, and Sat, June 22-24. Fee: $35.00 (includes T-shirt) There is a registration form posted on our website that can be downloaded and printed and completed prior to registration day and brought with you that day. Click here to download Registration Form 2017

PLEASE NOTE: “In order to volunteer with minors, you must receive clearance from the DHHS Central Registry.  Complete the form (click here to download) and mail it to the DHHS office in your County of residence.  Addresses for the DHHS offices are on the back of the form.  There is no charge for this registry clearance.  You should receive a response letter from DHHS in 1 to 2 weeks.  Bring a copy of the response letter to a Youtheatre staff member prior to volunteering.  If you have already received clearance as a school/church/other  volunteer since June 2016, just bring a copy of that letter.”

Questions: Call Bay City Players Administrative Office Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 895-5555.

Board Member Spotlight – Kevin Cole

“Thank God for Bay City Players that kept feeding me, challenging me and kept educating me”

“My hope is I can rejuvenate the idea of volunteering for Bay City Players among people my age and younger”

“Wherever I go I’m always talking about Bay City Players”


Congratulations AACTFest Performing Groups

The performing groups for the AACTFest 2017 have been announced. Congratulations to the following:

Tawas Bay Players – Love, Loss and What I Wore

Monroe Community Players – TBD

WE Players, Inc., East Tawas – The Book of Everything

Grand Rapids Civic – 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Ichabods Little Theatre, South Haven – American Coffee

Kalamazoo Civic Theatre – Sylvia

Stagecrafters, Royal Oak – Trevor

Twin City Players – Make It Home

Center Stage Theatre, Midland – Venus in Fur

Standing Room Only Theatre Group, Bay City – Hamlet

Performance Registration is now closed. We have 10 groups, the maximum we can accommodate. Any groups applying after today can be kept as alternates only, including the following groups that were inquiries only:

   Rosedale Players


   Grosse Pointe Theatre

For more information go to Michigan AACTFest 2017

Board Member Spotlight – Debbi Patterson

Why did you choose to become a BCP board member?

As a regular audience member with an active and personal appreciation for the arts, theater in particular, I wanted to know “what does it take to make all of this happen?” To answer that question, I volunteered and began working on set decoration, which ultimately led to a board member position, where I am able play an active role in communicating and promoting the Bay City Players mission and programs to the community.

What role can or should the BCP play in the artistic development of the Bay City Community?

The role of the Bay City Players in our community is to entertain, educate and enrich the community through the dramatic arts while making sure these opportunities and experiences are available to every citizen of the community.

If you had a wish list for the BCP, other than money, what would you wish for?

Awareness…making sure everyone knows we are here!

How long have you been a BCP board member?

I was newly elected to the board on July 11, 2016.

What is the best thing about being a board member for the BCP?

Forging new and lasting friendships with like minded individuals who share a passion for the dramatic arts and becoming an integral part of a terrific dedicated group of individuals who are pillars in the Bay City theater scene.

If there is one thing you want the community to know about the BCP-what would it be?

How incredibly dedicated this organization and all that participate are to this community and the willingness to share the experience of theater, whether on the stage or behind the scenes as a volunteer, with each and every member of the community.

Jungle Book

The Jungle Book is directed by Lee Austin. Jolie VanWert from Expressions in Motion is the movement coach. Set decoration is being done in collaboration with Studio 23 and the after-school art program for children ages 7 – 12 who will be helping paint the set and creating art works for the lobby display under the direction of Autumn Reyes. The production is partially funded by a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

Bay City Players will present The Jungle Book, December 2 -4 & 9 – 11, 2016 at the Bay City Players, 1214 Columbus Avenue, in Bay City.   Performance times are 8:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3:00 p.m. on Sunday.  Tickets are available by visiting our website or by contacting the Bay City Players box office Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at (989) 893-5556. Evening box office hours begin on Friday, December 2, 2016.  Hours are Friday and Saturday, December 2, 3, 9 & 10 from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.  Sunday, December 4 & 11 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Ticket prices are Students: $10.00, Senior: $16.00 and Adults:  $18.00.

Bay City Players announces the cast for The Jungle Book by Joseph Robinette.  Based on the book by Rudyard Kipling.

Louis VanValkenburg of Bay City                        as Rudyard Kipling, a school boy
Elijah Holnagel of Bay City                                   as Young Mowgli
Elizabeth Simon of Bay City                                 as Mowgli,
Avery LeFevre of Bay City                                    as Fielding, a bully
Jenna McKnight of Bay City                                 as Shere Khan, the tiger
Kyler Rytlewski of Auburn                                    as Hanley, a bully
Karlie McFarland of Bay City                               as Tabaqui, the jackal
Joy Howell of Bay City                                          as Price, the headmaster
Amanda Martin of Bay City                                  as Akela, father wolf
James D. Strieter of Bay City                               as Willies, the chaplain
Ben Beauvais from Bay City                                 as Bagheera, the panther
Dale Sneller of Bay City                                        as Crofts, the teacher
Rachel Creed of Auburn                                        as Baloo, the bear
Lauren Klett of Bay City                                        as Mother Wolf
Connor VanSumeren of Bay City                        as Wolf Cub
Hayden Haubenstricker of Bay City                    as Wolf Cub
Marcy Chambers of Bay City                               as Kaa, the Snake
Chris Gouin of Kawkawlin                                    as Hathi, the elephant
Cali Bellsmith of Bay City                                     as Rann, the bird
Diana Perry of Bay City                                         as Massau, a woman from the village
Madeline Brown of Bay City                                as Dari, a young woman

The wolves and monkeys will be played by Alexa Snawder, Claudia Rue Sharp, Kaylee Comtois, and Madison Snawder of Bay City; Emily Lavasco of Kawkawlin, Katelyn Trepkowski of Saginaw.

Birds will be flown by Kailey Christensen and Lillian Chambers of Bay City.

Bees will be buzzed by Katrina White of Essexville, and Gabrielle Gaffney, Leah Rubis, and Lillian Sovereign of Bay City.

Monty Python’s Spamalot

Monty Python’s Spamalot
Book and lyrics by Eric Idle; Music by John DuPres and Eric Idle

Directed by: Gary Asel
Musical Direction by: Kunio Ouellette, Choreography by: Angela Street

Performance Dates: October 7 – 9, 14 – 16
Performance Times: Friday & Saturday – 8 pm; Sunday – 3 pm
Order tickets ONLINE or call 989-893-5555

Synopsis: If comic Danny Kaye had married England’s Queen Elizabeth, the result would have been…Spamalot, the fun-filled winner of a Tony as Broadway’s best musical of the year. Actually, it is the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail set to music and dance. It has the knights of the Round Table and the lady of the Lake with her Laker Girls (rah!rah!rah!), and a killer rabbit, and sassy Frenchmen, and the list goes on. This bright new musical is intended only for audiences with a sense of humor who wnt to have a good time. All grouches please stay home.

Announcing Available Roles for “Unraveling Magicians”

UnravelingMagiciansLogoBay City Players announces available roles for the staged readings of Unraveling Magicians (previously announced as Tynged), a new musical comedy by Bay City, MI native Ryan Sequin. Those who missed the initial auditions in May are still eligible to participate in the debut of this new musical. Email or call 989.415.8422 to learn more about the production and how to become part of the cast. Open auditions are no longer planned for this production.

Friday, September 23rd at 7:00p.m. & Saturday, September 24th at 3:00p.m.
8/3, 8/18, 8/25, 9/1, 9/8, 9/12, 9/14, 9/15, 9/19, 9/21, & 9/22 from 6:30p.m. – 9:30p.m.
Adapted from a medieval Welsh folktale, Unraveling Magicians tells the story of a family thrown into turmoil when the black sheep among them curses one of their own. While lifting the curse, they resurface old wounds and must acknowledge how deeply dysfunctional they have become. Despite their distraction of power, the revelation of secrets, and a little wayward magic, is it possible for them to remain together?
*Roles cast during the previously announced open auditions have been omitted from this list.*
THE BARD – any age – male or female – non-singing role
DYLAN – 20s – male – tenor
GOEWIN – 30s/40s – female – soprano
GWYDION – 30s/40s – male or female – tenor or alto
MATH – 50s + – male – bass-baritone
RHIANNON – 20s + – female – ensemble soprano (small ensemble solos)
Tenor Soloist
Baritone Soloist
Bass Soloist

Bay City Players Present: Unraveling Magicians

Bay City Players will present the debut staged readings of an original musical by Bay City native Ryan Sequin, September 23rd and 24th at Bay City Players, 1214 Columbus Avenue, in Bay City. Performance times are 7:00 p.m. on Friday and 3:00 p.m. on Saturday.

There is no cost for attending this event. Players wants audiences to share in the creation of a new theatrical work. There’s special enjoyment in being in on the creative process and finding your own ideas on what the final show will look like.

Adapted from a medieval Welsh folktale, Unraveling Magicians tells the story of a magical and royal family thrown into turmoil when a curse is cast upon one of their own. In their attempt to lift the curse, the family must resurface old wounds and finally acknowledge how deeply dysfunctional they have become. Despite the distraction of power, the revelation of secrets, and a little wayward magic, is it possible for the family to remain intact?

Questions or further information call (989) 893-5555 M-Th 9am-1pm

Bay City Players Board of Directors 2016/2017

President: Robert Chadwick
First Vice President: Jake Monroe
Second Vice President: Tina Sills
Secretary: Judy Miller
Treasurer: Tracy Teich

Board Members:

Ben Beauvais

Joanne Berry

Joy Butler

Jeanne Cadena

Kevin Cole

Meagan Eager

Deborah Lake

Elizabeth Loll

Judy Miller

Debbi Patterson

Dan Taylor

Michael Wisniewski

Honorary President:
Leeds Bird