Bay City Players

Bay City Players will be holding auditions for the musical “Rent” with Book, Music and Lyrics by Jonathan Larson.

Sunday, May 17th, 2015 at 7 p.m.

Monday, May 18th, 2015 at 7 p.m.

Auditions will be held at Bay City Players, 1214 Columbus Ave., Bay City, MI  48708.

Performance dates are August 14 – 16, 2015

Directed by Michael Wisniewski

Music Direction by Loren Kirker Kranz

Vocal Direction by Sara Taylor

Assistant Director: Holly Haga Bills

We are looking for women and men ages 18 to 40 to fill principal and ensemble roles.  Please be prepared to sing a song of your choice, preferably in the same style as RENT (rock musical), but not from RENT. You may sing as much or as little as you’d like.  Be sure to choose music that best displays your vocal range and features your strengths! Similar shows might include “Tick, Tick, Boom”, “American Idiot” or “Spring Awakening”.  An accompanist will be provided.  Please bring clearly marked, legible music. You may also sing a capella if desired.  Please note: this is not RENT School Edition!  We are presenting the original Broadway version which includes mature language and content.

An inspiring musical about friends and artists struggling with addiction, poverty, AIDS and most of all, love.  Set in the East Village of New York City, RENT is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Winner of the TONY Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, RENT has become a pop cultural phenomenon with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages.

Auditions are open to the public and newcomers are welcome.  Please bring your calendar and be prepared to communicate any scheduling conflicts. Please contact the office Monday through Friday from 9am-1pm at (989) 893-5555 for more information or visit our website at

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Due to the high volume of sales there is an additional performance of The Sound of Music added on May 9th at 2pm!

* Please note that it is at 2pm and not our usual matinee time of 3pm.

Those who already have tickets may not exchange their tickets to this performance. This is offered to those who have not purchased tickets yet.

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

children learning doe a deerTezra as Elsa 3.23

Brianne Dolney as Maria Philip James Horen and Betsy Moulthrop rehearse dance from the party scene  Alisha Lodewyk Brianne Dolney Ella Yantz Riley Kennedy Kamryn Chasnis Jamie Miller and Kendra Lodewyk Angelo Vassallo as Franz, Tezra Armstrong as Elsa 3.23 Angelo Vassallo as Franz, Tezra Armstrong as Elsa and Jacob Monroe as Max 3.23 Dale 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