Bay City Players

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.

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 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.

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.

UnravelingMagiciansLogoBay 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 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.

Friday, September 23rd at 7:00p.m. & Saturday, September 24th at 3:00p.m.
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.
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?
*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)
Tenor Soloist
Baritone Soloist
Bass Soloist

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?

Questions or further information call (989) 893-5555 M-Th 9am-1pm

President: Robert Chadwick
First Vice President: Jake Monroe
Second Vice President: Tina Sills
Secretary: Judy Miller
Treasurer: Tracy Teich

Board Members:

Ben Beauvais

Joanne Berry

Joy Butler

Jeanne Cadena

Kevin Cole

Meagan Eager

Deborah Lake

Elizabeth Loll

Judy Miller

Debbi Patterson

Dan Taylor

Michael Wisniewski

Honorary President:
Leeds Bird

Continue to check our website for the latest news from the Bay City Players.

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

Parts available:

Principals: 4 Women to play age 25 and up and 7 Men to play age 25 and up

Tap Ensemble8 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

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