Bay City Players

A-la-cARTe is made up of a group of community organizations dedicated to providing quality arts, entertainment, educational and cultural activities in the Bay City area.

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Bay City Players Announcing Auditions for Tynged

Announcing auditions for the workshop and debut concert performances of Tynged, a new musical comedy by Bay City, MI native Ryan Sequin.

Sunday, May 15th at 7:00pm
Monday, May 16th at 7:00pm
Auditions will be held at Bay City Players, 1214 Columbus Avenue, in Bay City.
Performance dates are September 23rd & 24th, 2016

Directed by Ryan Sequin

Parts available:
4 Women to play 20s to 50s
4 Men to play 20s to 70s
12 men and women to play ensemble roles

Adapted from a medieval Welsh folktale, the story follows a royal family torn by their individual desires to ascend to the throne. At the heart of their turmoil is a tynged, or series of curses, that prevents the current heir from inheriting the crown. Despite this distraction of power, the revelation of secrets, and a little wayward magic, is it possible for the family to remain together?

Cast will perform in debut concert productions of this exciting new work. During the workshop preceding these performances, cast will also be encouraged to participate in the creative development of the show as final adjustments are made prior to production.

Those auditioning will be asked to sing a verse and chorus from a song of their choosing and to read selections from the script. Audition songs should be from the contemporary musical theatre repertoire. Please bring sheet music in the correct key. Selections from the script will not be made available prior to audition dates. Workshop schedule will be available at auditions.

Please contact the office Monday through Friday from 9am to 1pm at (989) 893-5555 for more information, or visit our website at



Announcing auditions for the musical, Jesus Christ Superstar, lyrics by Tim Rice and Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber

Saturday, May 21st, 2016 at 2 p.m.
Sunday, May 22nd, 2016 at 7 p.m.

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

Performance dates are July 28-July 31, 2016

Directed by Michael Wisniewski
Assistant Direction by Lee Austin
Produced by Susan Ross
Music Direction  TBA
Choreography by Holly Haga Bills

We are looking for women and men ages 18 and up to fill principal and ensemble roles.  Please be prepared to sing a song of your choice, preferably in the same style as Jesus Christ Superstar (rock opera), but not from the show. 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!  An accompanist will be provided.  Please bring clearly marked, legible music. You may also sing a cappella if desired.

It began as a record album and became a cultural phenomenon after its Broadway opening in 1971 as a rock opera. Jesus Christ Superstar musically takes the last days of Jesus with His disciples in Jerusalem to His crucifixion. The music is a mix going from tender emotions (“I Don’t Know How to Love Him”), to sassy arrogance (“King Herod’s Song”), to thrilling acclamations. Superstar is touching, disturbing, and a totally involving theatre experience about Jesus’ struggles with the politics and people of His time, but with a bent toward modern audiences and contemporary feelings. Superstar is another special summer production giving Players’ audiences and performers an out-of-the-ordinary theatrical experience.

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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SPAMALOT Book and Lyrics by Eric Idle and Music by John Du Prez
October 7-9 and 14-16, 2016

If comic Danny Kaye had married England’s Queen Elizabeth, the result would have been SPAMALOT. SPAMALOT is 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 want to have a good time. All grouches please stay home. Ages – 12 and up.

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THE JUNGLE BOOK by Joseph Robinette
December 2-4 and 9-11, 2016

A holiday show for the whole family, THE JUNGLE BOOK will be performed by adults and kids for adults and kids. We enjoy the treat of watching as Kipling’s ageless story unfolds before our eyes from ideas in his head into the thrilling story of the man-cub, Mowgli, raised by wolves, protected by Baloo, the bear, and Bagheera, the black panther, and threatened by Shere Kahn, the tiger–a perfect example of what family truly is. Size, color, and appearance never matter when we share the bonds that truly make us family—love and faith in each other. Be sure to bring your imagination, your spirit of adventure, and a child or two to delight in this colorful holiday treasure. Ages – 8 and up.


ACT ONE by James Lapine from the autobiography by Moss Hart
January 27-29 and February 3-5, 2017

ACT ONE is the story of Moss Hart’s first big break into show business. Who is Moss Hart, you ask? He’s the guy who won a Pulitzer Prize for writing YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU. (We did that comedy a year or so ago.) He co-wrote hit after hit comedy for Broadway. He won an Oscar nomination for writing the movie GENTLEMAN’S AGREEMENT. And by the way, he won a Tony Award for directing MY FAIR LADY on Broadway—our last show of this season! But this is a look at Moss as the insecure Jewish young man with his quirky, funny family and hectic friends, as he makes that first move through the door of opportunity straight into success!! Funny, touching, and a beautiful look at an immigrant family and the American dream. Ages – mature 12 and up.

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STEEL MAGNOLIAS by Robert Harling
March 17-19 and 24-26, 2017

The ladies who visit Truvy’s beauty parlor may seem as delicate as magnolias, but they are as strong as steel when helping each other through the tough times in life. These sassy ladies shower humor and smart remarks on each other to good result. Not only does their hair look better as they leave Truvy’s of a Saturday morning, but their spirits have a new shine as well. But it is M’Lynn’s challenge that puts these southern ladies to the true test of their steel. STEEL MAGNOLIAS is like watching sisters kid, prod, advise, and love each other as only sisters can. Ages – 12 and up


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”
May 12-14 and 19-21, 2017

Some people think we are what we eat. Henry Higgins thinks we are who we sound like. And he is determined Eliza will sound like a lady—even if it kills her—or him, as the case may be. One of the most famous musicals ever written, MY FAIR LADY is an abundance of riches: wonderful characters, fantastic music, a captivating story, frolicking dances, winner of six Tony Awards including best musical. This will be MFL’s third time on Players’ stage and you will be delighted to see the lovely lady return. (I Could Have Danced All Night, With a Little Bit of Luck, I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face—just in case they may have slipped your mind.) Ages – mature 8 and up

Youtheatre for 2016 will be having registration at 10 a. m. Saturday, March 5th, at Bay City Players 1214 Columbus Ave..Youtheatre participants are Grades 3 through 9.  The schedule includes Saturday workshops and rehearsals during March 12 – April 16, then rehearsals 3 per week during May 2 – June 11 and Tech week June 14, 15.  Final performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday June 16-18. Fee is $35.00 and includes a T-Shirt.

A fillable PDF Form is attached see instructions below.

Registration Form Instructions:
Click the download link below. This is a fillable registration form.  You can open it using Adobe Reader, and may complete it, print it, and bring it to Youtheatre registration.  If you cannot open it as a fillable form, you may still open it as a regular PDF document, print it, complete it by hand, and bring it to registration.  We will also have blank copies available at registration if you do not complete it in advance.

Download Bay City Players Youtheatre Registration Form

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Learn to Tap Dance! Or Brush Up Your Tap Skills!
 Here is your chance and it’s FREE.
 October 3, 10, 24, and 31
 10:00 AM to Noon.
 Holly Haga Bills, Instructor
(Ages 17 plus – 30 people limit)
Shoes: bring your own if you have them.
Or we may have a pair in Players’ stock you may borrow.
 These workshops are in anticipation for Players’ up-coming show
CRAZY OR YOU, April 22-24 and 29-30, May 1.
But you aren’t expected to audition. And they do not guarantee a part.
The workshops are for FUN—a chance to see if you can pick them up and lay them down. Hope you will join us.