“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:
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.
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 www.baycityplayers.com 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”
Bay 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 email@example.com 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.
PERFORMANCE DATES Friday, September 23rd at 7:00p.m. & Saturday, September 24th at 3:00p.m. REHEARSAL SCHEDULE 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. SYNOPSIS 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? REMAINING AVAILABLE ROLES *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) ENSEMBLE Tenor Soloist Tenor 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?
President: Robert Chadwick First Vice President: Jake Monroe Second Vice President:Tina Sills Secretary: Judy Miller Treasurer: Tracy Teich
More Information Coming Soon!
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Auditions for Crazy For You
Bay City Players will be holding auditions for the musical Crazy For You, The New Gershwin Musical with Music and Lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin and Book by Ken Ludwig, co-conception by Ken Ludwig and Mike Ockrent, inspired by material by Guy Bolton and John McGowan, originally produced on Broadway by Roger Horchow and Elizabeth Williams.
Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 2 p.m.
Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 6 p.m.
Auditions will be held at Bay City Players, 1214 Columbus Ave., Bay City, MI 48708.
Performance dates are April 22-24 & April 29-May 1, 2016
Directed by Michael Wisniewski
Music Direction by Catherine McMichael
Choreographer: Holly Haga Bills
Producer: Susan Ross
Principals: 4 Women to play age 25 and up and 7 Men to play age 25 and up
Tap Ensemble: 8 Women and 6 Men ages 17 and up Singing Ensemble: 6 Women and 6 Men ages 17 and up
This show requires a large ensemble of singers and well as tap dancers. There are several large musical numbers that require both talents. Don’t be discouraged if you aren’t a tap dancer, we will teach you! There are many 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 so wear comfortable clothes. Also bring your calendar and be prepared to communicate any scheduling conflicts. Most important relax and have fun. This is a great show!
CRAZY FOR YOU™ is the story of Bobby Child, a well-to-do 1930’s playboy whose dream in life is to dance. And despite the serious efforts of his mother and soon-to-be ex-fiancee, Bobby achieves his dream! Memorable Gershwin tunes include I Can’t Be Bothered Now, Bidin’ My Time, I Got Rhythm, Naughty Baby, They Can’t Take That Away from Me, But Not for Me, Nice Work if You Can Get It, Embraceable You and Someone to Watch Over Me. It’s a high energy comedy which includes mistaken identity, plot twists, fabulous dance numbers and classic Gershwin music.
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.