Bay City Players

YOUTHEATRE is a program in which students are able to learn about theatre productions by presenting one act plays.  Third through ninth graders act in productions while seasoned high school students function as directors.  Adult staff provides needed support. Youtheatre typically produces about 8 shows.  A typical show has 5-7 student directors and about 20 student actors drawn from schools in Bay City and the surrounding area.

Due to renovations, this year’s performances are at Bay City Central Auditorium, 1624 Columbus Avenue in Bay City.  Performances are June 12-14, 2014.  Each session will last approximately 2½ hours.  The shows will be presented in the order shown below, with a 10-15 minute intermission between each play within the session.  Seating is general admission and all seats are $ 3.00.  A weekend pass (all days, all shows) is available for  $5.00.  Tickets will be available an hour before each session.

 Thursday, June 12th:

10:00 Performance-Stories Under the Big Top, After Hours, Fairy Tale Network

2:00 Performance- Stone Soup, The Unprincess

7:00 Performance- Laffin’ School, Puss In Boots, Kung Fu Kitty

 

Friday, June 13th: 

10:00 Performance- Puss In Boots, Kung Fu Kitty, Laffin’ School

2:00 Performance- After Hours, Fairy Tale Network, Stories Under the Big Top

7:00 Performance- The Unprincess, Stone Soup

 

Saturday, June 14th: 

10:00 Performance- Stone Soup, The Unprincess

2:00 Performance- Kung Fu Kitty, Laffin’ School, Puss In Boots

7:00 Performance- Fairy Tale Network, Stories Under the Big Top, After Hours

 

Auditions are:

Monday, June 23rd, 2014 at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014 at 7 p.m.

Auditions will be held at Bay City Academy, 400 N. Madison Ave., Bay City, MI  48708 as Bay City Players Auditorium is under renovation.

Performance dates are October 9 – 12 & 16 – 19, 2014

 Directed by Michael Wisniewski

Music and Vocal Direction by Kunio Ouellette

Assistant Director: Susan Veit Ross

Producer: Debra Monroe

Choreographer: Holly Haga Bills

Parts available:

We are looking for 8 women and 6 men to act ages 24 to 65. Those auditioning will be asked to read from the script, sing from the score and will be taught as simple dance step.

 

The clashing sounds and pulsing rhythms of New York City underscore this landmark “concept” show, considered by many to have inaugurated the modern era of musical theatre. COMPANY follows our anti-hero bachelor Robert as he makes his way through a series of encounters with April (the stewardess), Kathy (the girl who’s going to marry someone else), Marta (the “peculiar” one), as well as with his married friends. On the night of his 35th birthday, confirmed bachelor Robert contemplates his unmarried state. In vignette after hilarious vignette, we are introduced to “those good and crazy people,” his married friends, as Robert weighs the pros and cons of married life. In the end, he realizes being alone is “alone, not alive.”

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 Thursday from 9am-1pm at (989) 893-5555 for more information.

Tickets to the  performances for our 2014 2015 Season 97 are now available to our members.

Get tickets here

Memberships that were mailed to us with ticket orders are being filled at our box office and will be mailed to you.

Tickets to the general public will be available on August 1, 2014 at 7:00 a.m.

Bay City Players Announces Summer Program

In July and August, Bay City Players Stages of Discovery will hold a series of workshops focusing on some of the performance and technical aspects of theatre.  Students will participate in activities that help to develop skills in theatre arts.

Acting, movement, creative thinking and problem solving, awareness of the world around us, and theatre technology will be explored.  All activities will be conducted by skilled and experienced theatre personnel.

 Schedule

Weeks One, Two and Three

July 21 – 24 and July 28 – 31, and August 4 – 8.

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

Due to a major renovation project at the Bay City Players, sessions for all three weeks will be held at Messiah Lutheran Church at 501 S Catherine St, Bay City, MI 48706 from 10:00 to 3:00, Monday through Thursday.  Students must bring their own lunches (refrigerators are available).  We thank Messiah Lutheran Church for providing space  for our Stages
of Discovery program this summer.

The fee for the two-week series of workshops is $80.

The third week is a full week and there may be a small charge for that week.  Some partial need-based scholarships are available.  Apply for scholarships by letter to Joanne Berry (jmberryjm@aol.com).

No one-day registrations.

 Registration deadline: July 16

 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.

The program is partially supported by a grant from the Civic League of Bay

County Advisory Endowment Fund.

 Registration Form click here

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* We are excited about this summer’s auditorium renovation.  As soon as our seating map is available;  members who purchased their membership online will be notified by email that tickets are now available to print from home. Memberships that were mailed to us with ticket orders will be filled at our box office.

 

Bay City Players, Michigan’s oldest continuously operating community theatre, will open its 97th season with Stephen Sondheim’s Company next autumn, and close with family favorite The Sound of Music in spring 2015. In between, playgoers will be entertained with a unique interpretation of the holiday favorite Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, the classic American comedy You Can’t Take It With You, and the 2013 Tony Award winning comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, written originally for David Hyde Pierce and Sigourney Weaver.  (Season Memberships go on sale April 2 more information coming)

COMPANY  

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Book by George Furth, Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
October 9, 10, 11, 12 & 16, 17, 18, 19, 2014

Directed by Michael Wisniewski

The clashing sounds and pulsing rhythms of New York City underscore this landmark “concept” show, considered by many to have inaugurated the modern era of musical theatre. COMPANY follows our anti-hero bachelor Robert as he makes his way through a series of encounters with April (the stewardess), Kathy (the girl who’s going to marry someone else), Marta (the “peculiar” one), as well as with his married friends. On the night of his 35th birthday, confirmed bachelor Robert contemplates his unmarried state. In vignette after hilarious vignette, we are introduced to “those good and crazy people,” his married friends, as Robert weighs the pros and cons of married life. In the end, he realizes being alone is “alone, not alive.”

Charles Dickens’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL christmas carol logo

Adapted by Doris Baizley
December 5, 6, 7 & 11, 12, 13, 14, 2014

Directed by Leeds Bird and Trevor Keyes

 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.

VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE

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by Christopher Durang; 2013 Tony Winner: Best Play
January 23, 24, 25 & 29, 30, 31 February 1, 2015

Directed by Tina Sills

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.

YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU

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by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman
March 13, 14, 15 & 19, 20, 21, 22, 2015

Directed by Susan Ross

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.

THE SOUND OF MUSIC

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Music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, suggested by “The von Trapp Family Singers” by Maria Augusta Trapp
April 30, May 1, 2, 3 & May 7, 8, 9, 10, 2015

Directed by Kurt Miller

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.

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Door Prizes!!!

Thursday, February 27 at the State Theatre
of Bay City.

Make sure you RSVP to the State Theatre by
February 20 at (989) 892-2660 x 2
&
Also email Bay City Players at info@baycityplayers.com
 to inform them of your attendance.

Volunteer Appreciation

This spring the Bay City Player’s will be the host site for CTAM’s Spring conference. Find out more information here

Community Theatre Association of Michigan’s (CTAM) Spring Conference is a once every two years extravaganza, alternating with the AACT Festival and provides community theatre enthusiasts with a weekend full of outstanding workshops, great entertainment, food, fun and frolic, roundtable discussions and lots of opportunities to get together with fellow enthusiasts to share ideas, discuss problems and find solutions.

 

Registration for Youtheatre’s 41st Season, 2014 will be at the Bay City Players,
1214 Columbus Ave., Saturday, March 1st at 10:00 A.M. (doors open at 9:30). 

Youtheatre is limited to 160 Participants, Grades 3 through 9.
There will be Saturday Workshops & Rehearsals during March 8 – April 12
Note: participants will not meet March 29, April 5 (spring break).
Only the directors (no students) will meet on April 19.
Rehearsals will begin 3 per week during May 5 – Jun 9.
Tech Rehearsals are Jun 10, 11. Performances are Thurs, Fri, Sat, June 12-14.
Fee: $35.00 (includes T-shirt)
Questions: Call Bay City Players Administrative Office Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.at 895-5555.