Bay City Players

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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 www.baycityplayers.com

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

ALL VOLUNTEERS AGE 18 AND OVER WILL BE SUBJECT TO BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR THE SAFETY OF OUR YOUNGER CAST AND CREW MEMBERS.


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.

 AUDITIONERS SHOULD BE PREPARED TO READ FROM THE SCRIPT, SING A SHORT PIECE FROM THE SCORE, AND LEARN A SHORT DANCE.


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.

 MAJOR ROLES – ADULTS

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.

FEATURED CHARACTERS

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.

CHORUS

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 vopro452@gmail.com.

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 www.baycityplayers.com

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 atwww.baycityplayers.com.

Stages of Discovery will sponsor a workshop, on Saturday, October 25th on Halloween Makeup.  The workshop is for grades 6-12 and will begin at 12:30 and conclude at 3:30 p.m.  Please plan to arrive a few minutes early so that the workshop can begin on time.  Wear an old front-button shirt.

Check-in for the workshop will be in the Bay City Players lobby.  Carrie Butler will be the workshop leader.  Registration fee is $10.00. Please make check payable to Bay City Players.  If paying by cash, please bring it to the Bay City Players office 9:00 – 1:00, Monday through Friday.

The registration form can be obtained below to download or can be obtained at the Bay City Players during regular office hours.  Please use a separate registration form for each person.  Registration deadline: October 22, 2014.

Please call our office (989) 893-5555 Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. for more registration information.  Register early!

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Announcing auditions for the Christmas classic, A Christmas Carol, adapted by Doris Baizley.

 Sunday, September 28th, 2014 at 3 p.m.
Monday, September 29th, 2014 at 7 p.m.

Auditions will be held at Bay City Players, 1214 Columbus Avenue, in Bay City.
Performance dates are December 5 – 7 & 11 – 14, 2014

 Directed by Leeds Bird and Trevor Keyes
Parts available:
7 Adult Men and 7 Adult Women, no age restrictions
10 Children, third grade or older

This version of A CHRISTMAS CAROL is unusual in that there are two stories going on at once. All actors will be assigned roles in both stories. Actors may indicate roles of interest but actors will be cast to best suit roles in both stories. Some singing, some dancing, but this is NOT a musical. Skills like playing a musical instrument, juggling, acrobatics, and others can be used but are not required. This is an “out-of-the-box” play and will include improvisation and flexibility.
 
A bright, modern approach to a Christmas classic, adapted by Doris Baizley, has everything we love about this story, but with a special twist. Scrooge, tiny Tim, the three Christmas spirits, Marley’s ghost are all here but each with a spin that delights and surprises. When a troupe of traveling actors digs into their trunk of tricks and mysteries, the fun and surprise grows bigger and better. Spirits rise out of the floor; ghosts float off in a cloud of smoke; carolers and happy children fill the stage with the thrill of Christmas yet to come. This Christmas Carol embraces the entire family in a gigantic holiday hug.
 
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 www.baycityplayers.com

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