Bay City Players

Bay City Players will be holding auditions for the comedy drama, The Dixie Swim Club, by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten on the following dates:

Monday, August 3rd, 2015 at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015 at 7 p.m.

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

Performance dates are October 2-4, 9-11, 2015

Directed by Debbie Lake

Parts Available:

We are looking for 5 women to act ages 44 to 77.

Five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. Free from husbands, kids and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina’s Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other’s lives. THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB focuses on four of those weekends and spans a period of thirty-three years. As their lives unfold and the years pass, these women increasingly rely on one another, through advice and raucous repartee, to get through the challenges (men, sex, marriage, parenting, divorce, aging) that life flings at them. And when fate throws a wrench into one of their lives in the second act, these friends, proving the enduring power of “teamwork,” rally ’round their own with the strength and love that takes this comedy in a poignant and surprising direction. THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB is the story of these five unforgettable women—a hilarious and touching comedy about friendships that last forever…

Those auditioning will be asked to read selections from the script. Limited scripts are available for check-out from the theatre office Monday – Thursday from 9am to 2pm for a $10 refundable deposit.

Please contact the office Monday through Thursday from 9am-2pm at (989) 893-5555 for more information or visit our website at

SUMMER Administrative Office Hours 
(effective Tuesday, May 26 through Monday, September 7, 2015)
Monday – Thursday, 9 am to 2 pm
Closed Fridays

Regular Administrative Office Hours 
(effective Tuesday, September 8, 2015)
Monday – Friday, 9 am to 1 pm

The Recyclables “Christmas Gift to the Community” will be presented at Bay City Players on Friday, December 11 at 7:00 p.m. This year’s show will feature The Recyclables and their guests.  Included in the show will be an audience sing-a-long of favorite Christmas carols.

Tickets are free to the community, but are limited to the capacity of the theater and are general admission only. Tickets will be available at the Box Office, 1214 Columbus Avenue in Bay City beginning at 11 a.m. on December 7, 2015.  Box Office hours will be December 7th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and December 8th & 9th from noon to 2 p.m. only or until all tickets are gone.  No tickets will be held at the Box-Office. For questions, please call the theater at (989) 893-5555.

Bay City Players Announces Summer Program

In July and August, Bay City Players Stages of Discovery will hold a series of workshops designed to develop performance and technical skills.  Acting, movement, creative thinking & problem solving, awareness of the world around us, and theatre technology will be explored.  Activities led by skilled & experienced theatre personnel.


Weeks One, Two and Three

July 20 – 23 and July 27 – 30, and August 3 – 7.

Students who have completed second through twelfth grades are eligible to register.

Sessions will be held at Bay City Players (air-conditioned) Theatre from 10:00 to 3:00, Monday through Thursday. Performances, open to the public, will be the evening of August 6 & the afternoon of August 7. Students must bring their own lunches (refrigerators are available).

The fee for the two-week series of workshops and the production week is $80.  The third week is a full week, providing opportunities for practical applications of skills developed in workshops. Some partial need-based scholarships may be available.  Apply for scholarships by letter to Joanne Berry (  No one-day registrations.

Please make check or money order payable to Bay City Players.  Mail to Bay City Players, 1214 Columbus Ave., Bay City, MI 48708.    If you are paying cash, please bring it to Bay City Players office 9:00 – 1:00, Monday through Thursday.  Please plan to arrive a few minutes early so that the workshops can begin on time.  Check in for the workshops will be in the Bay City Players lobby. Registration deadline: July 18, 2015

  Download registration form below or obtain one at Bay City Players Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at 989-893-5555.


 Registration Form click here

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.