Bay City Players

The Sound of Music

Directed by Kurt Miller

April 30 – May 3, May 7 – May 10

Performance Times: Thursday – Saturday – 8 pm; Sunday – 3 pm
Order tickets ONLINE or call 989-893-5555
Synopsis:  The final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein was destined to become the world’s most beloved musical. When a postulant proves too high-spirited for the religious life, she is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of a widowed naval Captain. Her growing rapport with the youngsters, coupled with her generosity of spirit, gradually captures the heart of the stern Captain, and they marry. Upon returning from their honeymoon they discover that Austria has been invaded by the Nazis, who demand the Captain’s immediate service in their navy. The family’s narrow escape over the mountains to Switzerland on the eve of World War II provides one of the most thrilling and inspirational finales ever presented in the theatre. The motion picture version remains the most popular movie musical of all time.

(Suitable for all ages.)

             SOUND OF MUSIC CAST LIST                                        

Character                                                     Actor

Maria Rainer                                     Brianne Dolney, Bay City

Captain von Trapp                           Dale Bills, Freeland

Max Detweiler                                   Jacob Monroe, Freeland

The Mother Abbess                          Barb Handley Miller

Elsa Schrader                                    Tezra Mohr Armstrong, Midland

Rolf Gruber                                       Niko Stang, Bay City (Norway)

Sister Berthe                                     Jessie Wood Miller, Bay City

Sister Margareta                               Amy Britt, Bad Axe

Sister Sophia                                     Stephanie Bale, Saginaw

Herr Zeller                                         Cameron Pichan, Pinconning

Baron Elberfeld                                Bob Graczyk, Bay City

Admiral von Schreiber                    Jeremy Gnida, Bay City

Franz                                                   Tommy Vassallo, Owendale

Frau Schmidt                                     Sharolyn Meyer, Essexville

Ursula                                                 April Gray, Saginaw

The Children:

Liesl von Trapp, age 16                        Alisha Lodewyk, Bay City

Friedrich von Trapp, age 14                Ethan Bach, Essexville

Louisa von Trapp, age 13                     Kendra Lodewyk, Bay City

Kurt von Trapp, age 10                         Jamie Miller, Bay City

Brigitta von Trapp, age 9                      Ella Yantz, Bay City

Marta von Trapp, age 7                         Kamryn Chasnis, Saginaw

Gretl von Trapp, age 6                           Riley Kennedy, Freeland

Nuns and Postulants:

Betsy Miller, Bay City

Betsy Moulthrop, Bay City

Debbie Keyes, Bay City

Laney Golden, Bay City

April Gray, Saginaw

Amanda Perkins, Bay City

Stephanie Ker, Midland

Yvonne Moulthrop, Bay City Betsy Pierce, Midland

Contestants at the Festival Concert:

Thomas A. Vassallo, Owendale

Phillip James Horen, Bay City

Amanda Perkins, Bay City

Betsy Moulthrop, Bay City

Betsy Miller, Bay City

Janelle Bublitz, Bay City

Kyler Syring, Munger

Callie Smith, Bay City

Kyler Rytlewski, Auburn

Angelo Vassallo as Franz, Tezra Armstrong as Elsa and Jacob Monroe as Max 3.23

Angelo Vassallo as Franz, Tezra Armstrong as Elsa 3.23Dale as Captain VT and Angelo Vassallo as Franz the Butler 3.23


Bay City Players is a non-profit community theatre located in Bay City, Michigan.  We are seeking an Operations and Facilities Manager in a part-time, hourly position to oversee the maintenance and improvement of our theatre and day-to-day operations.  The position will report to the Board of Directors.


Please send resume to by April 15, 2015.  Questions may also be directed to


Key Job Responsibilities:


For the facility:

  • Oversee all capital projects
  • Secure bids for repairs and small improvements
  • Serve on the building committee
  • Supervise work of the custodian
  • Oversee building rental agreements – ensure building is prepared for the rental, person is on site during rental, cleanup is done etc
  • Work closely with the volunteer facilities chair and custodian to prioritize and schedule needed maintenance and improvements


For day-to-day operations:

  • Work with the office manager on day to day questions and problems
  • Implement the yearly calendar (ensure all volunteer chairs are fulfilling responsibilities according to the calendar)
  • Drive improvements in operational procedures and policies
  • Recommend changes and improvements to the board
  • Manage white space between committees; improve communication
  • Be focal point for queries coming to the organization; determine which items need to be brought to the board
  • Set board meeting agendas with the President



  • The ideal candidate will have previous volunteer experience with Bay City Players or another community theatre.
  • Strong organizational and communication skills
  • Experience in managing employees and volunteers
  • Ability to work flexible work hours



  • Hourly rate of $20. Incumbent will be required to track hours and submit timesheets.  Paychecks are processed twice a month.  As this is a new position, incumbent will be asked to give input to the board on the hours necessary to perform the role.  Initial estimate and budget is for approximately 20 hours per week.

Bay City Player’s announce the following shows for their Season 98, 2015-16:

The Dixie Swim Club by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten
October 2, 3, 4, & 9, 10, 11, 2015 – Comedy/Drama

Suite Surrender by Michael McKeever
November 13, 14,15, & 20, 21, 22, 2015 – Farce

Always…Patsy Cline by Ted Swindley
January 15, 16, 17, & 22, 23, 24, 2016 – Musical

The Best Man by Gore Vidal
March 4, 5, 6, & 11, 12, 13, 2016 – Drama

Crazy For You Music and Lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin, Book by Ken Ludwig
April 22, 23, 24 & 29, 30, May 1, 2016 – Musical


Registration for 2015

42nd Season

Bay City Players, 1214 Columbus Ave.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

 10:00 A.M. (doors open at 9:30)

Limited to 160 Participants, Grades 3 through 9

Saturday Workshops & Rehearsals during March 14 – April 18

Note: participants will not meet March 28 and April 4 (spring break).

Only the directors (no students) will meet on April 25.

Rehearsals 3 per week during May 11 – Jun 11

Tech Week Jun 16, 17

Performances Thurs, Fri, Sat, June 18- 20

Fee:  $35.00 (includes T-shirt)

Additional Information can be found at

Questions:  Call 893-5555

Bay City Players is holding auditions for one of the world’s favorite musicals THE SOUND OF MUSIC

 Directed by Kurt Miller; Musical Direction by Sandra Honsinger and Eileen Harrigan; Choreography by Holly Haga Bills

Performance Schedule: April 30 – May 10, 2015


Auditions for The Sound of Music will be held January 25 and 26, 2015 according the following schedule: (A third audition or call back will be held Tuesday, January 27 at 7:00, if necessary.)

Children’s Roles:  Sunday January 25, 6:00 PM – Bay City Players

Adults’ Roles Monday, January 26 at 7:00 PM – Bay City Players

Call backs will be held Wednesday, January 27 at 7:00 PM, if necessary.


Major Roles – CHILDREN

Ages for the children are approximate. The actor must be able to “play” the age rather than necessarily “be” the age.

Liesl von Trapp (mezzo, dance, 16) The oldest child, blossoming into a young lady with an interest in boys. She has a maternal edge to her and cares very deeply for her younger siblings.

Friedrich von Trapp (age 14) Tough exterior, very much trying to be “the man” of the family.

Louisa von Trapp (age 13) 
Rebellious attitude.

Kurt von Trapp (age 10, alto/soprano) Gentle and mischievous.

Brigitta von Trapp (age 9) 
Smart, reads a lot.

Marta von Trapp (age 7) Very sweet and gentle.

Gretl von Trapp (age 6) 
Looking for the “cute” factor.


Ages are approximate. The actor must be able to “play” the age rather than necessarily “be” the age.

Maria Rainer (soprano, 20-35)
 A postulant at Nonnberg Abbey – young, free spirited, warm, gentle and kind with much determination.

Captain Georg von Trapp (baritone, moves well, 35-45)
 A retired Austrian naval captain. Polished, yet very military in the way he runs his life to repress his sadness over the death of his wife; underneath, he is warm, understanding, and determined.

Max Detweiller (tenor/baritone, moves well, 30+)
 Charming and vital; a man of sophistication who enjoys the good life; true and loyal friend to the von Trapp family.

Elsa Schrader (mezzo soprano, moves well, 35-45)
 A baroness of taste and elegance, sophisticated, dignified and mature.

Mother Abbess (legit soprano, wide vocal range, 40+, very strong actress) Motherly, understanding, strong and authoritative, but kind.


Sister Berthe (alto, moves well)
 Mistress of Novices, prudish, straight laced with a quick tongue, she is less tolerant than other nuns.

Sister Margaretta (mezzo, moves well) 
Mistress of Postulants, very kind, understanding and concerned.

Sister Sophia (soprano, moves well) 
Neither demanding nor critical, sticks with the rules.

Franz (non-singing, 30+)
 The von Trapp butler, rather formal but not without spirit, he is very German and loyal to the Fascist cause.

Frau Schmidt (non-singing, 30+)
 The housekeeper, stoic, very little personality; she does her job efficiently but without affection. Strong and somewhat dominating.

Herr Zeller (non-singing, 40+)
Stern and unsmiling, a typical Nazi official whose primary concern is to see that everyone toes the line.

Rolf Gruber (low tenor, dance, 17) 
Suitor to Liesl, telegram delivery boy, later Nazi soldier. A very pleasant young man, somewhat aggressive but in a gentle way.


5-10 male chorus members (16-60+ years) – Nazi soldiers, neighbors, Salzburg citizens and Georg’s friends (of naval background).

5-10 female chorus members (16-60+ years) – Salzburg citizens, new postulants, nuns, novices, contestants in the Festival Concert.

Bay City Players’ auditions are open to the public. We welcome new performers and other volunteers. We also need assistance with offstage aspects of the production. To volunteer for technical or other non-performance roles, attend one of the auditions or contact director Kurt Miller at

Bay City Players will hold auditions for the comedy/drama, You Can’t Take It With You by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman Sunday, January 18th and Monday, January 19th, 2015 at 7 p.m. Auditions will be held at Bay City Players, 1214 Columbus Avenue, in Bay City. Directed by Susan Ross

Performance dates are March 13 -15 & 19 – 22, 2015

Parts available:

7 Women ages 16 to 65

9 Men ages 16 to 65

THE PLOT; At first the Sycamores seem mad, but it is not long before we realize that if they are mad, the rest of the world is madder. In contrast to these delightful people are the unhappy Kirbys. The plot shows how Tony, attractive young son of the Kirbys, falls in love with Alice Sycamore and brings his parents to dine at the Sycamore home on the wrong evening. The shock sustained by the Kirbys, who are invited to eat cheap food, shows Alice that marriage with Tony is out of the question. The Sycamores, however, though sympathetic to Alice, find it hard to realize her point of view. Meantime, Tony, who knows the Sycamores are right and his own people wrong, will not give her up, and in the end Mr. Kirby is converted to the happy madness of the Sycamores, particularly since he happens in during a visit by an ex-Grand Duchess, earning her living as a waitress. No mention has as yet been made of the strange activities of certain members of the household engaged in the manufacture of fireworks; nor of the printing press set up in the parlor; nor of Rheba the maid and her friend Donald; nor of Grandpa’s interview with the tax collector when he tells him he doesn’t believe in the income tax.

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

Congratulations to the cast of A Christmas Carol. Find out who was cast by visiting The Christmas Carol Show Page and see the dates and times for performances.

Bay City Players will hold auditions for its upcoming production; Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, by Christopher Durang, on Sunday, November 2nd and Monday, November 3rd, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.   Auditions will be held at Bay City Players, 1214 Columbus Avenue, in Bay City.  Directed by Tina Sills.

Performance dates are January 23 -25 & January 29 – February 1, 2015

Director, Tina Sills is looking for:

2 Men to play 20’s to 50’s

4 Women to play 20’s to 50’s

THE PLOT: Middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia share a home in Bucks County, PA, where they bicker and complain about the circumstances of their lives. Suddenly, their movie-star sister, Masha, swoops in with her new boy toy, Spike. Old resentments flare up, eventually leading to threats to sell the house. Also on the scene are sassy maid Cassandra, who can predict the future, and a lovely young aspiring actress named Nina, whose prettiness somewhat worries the imperious Masha.

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 1pmat (989) 893-5555 for more information, or visit our website