Bay City Players

Announcing auditions for the musical production, Nice Work If You Can Get It. Music and Lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin. Book by Joe DiPietro. Inspired by Material by Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse.

Tuesday and Wednesday, June 13th & 14th at 7:30 p.m.

Callbacks Thursday, June 15th at 8:00 p.m.

Auditions will be held at Bay City Players, 1214 Columbus Avenue, in Bay City.
Read-through on June 26 with rehearsals beginning July 31.
Performance dates: September 29 – October 1 & October 5 – 8 2017

Directed by Tommy Wedge

Music Direction by Kevin Cole

Choreography by Ryan VanDenBoom

with Kaitlin Brunette as Dance Captain

Produced by Judy Miller


Principals: 10 total: 5W & 5M, ages 18 and up        Ensemble: 12 total: 6W and 6M, ages 18 and up

For the first two days of auditions: June 13th & 14th, we will be asking auditioners to sing and dance only.

You need attend only one of those dates, either Tuesday or Wednesday, but we do ask that you keep Thursday, June 15th open for callbacks. If called back, auditioners will be given a portion of a scene or song to perform.  If you are not called back, don’t worry! That just means we have seen what we need to see, nothing more.

On June 13th & 14th, auditioners should present a short, prepared song of their choice; select something that showcases your ability to both sing and act in the style of Nice Work. Rehearsal accompanist will be provided, so please bring sheet music with proper notations in the proper key for your accompanist (no acapella please). When not singing, auditioners will be learning a dance combination onstage. When everyone has had a chance to sing, you will then perform your dance combination in small groups. After general auditions, we will contact those we would like to see at callbacks on June 15th.

Nice Work is One of Broadway’s most successful cocktails: mix George and Ira Gershwin music with upper-class snobs and comic crooks, add plenty of 1920s bathtub gin, stir wildly, and you have a stage filled with delightful nonsense loaded with great music, dancing, and comedy. “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “Fascinating Rhythm,” “‘s Wonderful,” and 20 others. For audiences 13 and up.

Auditions are open to the public and newcomers are welcome. Link here for the online audition form with rehearsal schedule. Visit our website for more information about Bay City Players Season 100.

Bay City Players announce a new simpler and more flexible approach to buying tickets.

Simple – Single ticket prices for all shows will be $20. (Student price remains $10)

Planning ahead to attend multiple shows or bringing a group to a show? Then our new Flex Pass system is for you!

The Flex Pass is flexible – Flex passes will be available all year long for 5 tickets ($80), 4 tickets ($68), or 3 tickets ($54). Flex Passes may be used for any combination of shows in the regular season.

Early Bird Special if purchased before July 1, 2017
Plan ahead and save…Purchase a 5 Ticket Flex Pass by June 30 2017 and pay only $65. That’s a 35% savings. Again, you can use your Flex Pass on any combination of regular shows.

To purchase a Flex Pass for the 100th Season at Players click the link Purchase Flex Pass here Then on the “Select A Membership Level” click on the drop down arrow. Select your Flex Pass by clicking on your choice, then click “Join” and submit your payment information.

Once you have received your Flex Pass number click here to obtain your tickets.

Bay City Players is proud to present the following shows celebrating their 100th Season:

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First up is Nice Work If You Can Get It, a new Gershwin musical about all the good things in life – music, laughter and falling in love. One of Broadway’s most successful cocktails! Mix George and Ira Gershwin’s music with upper class snobs and comic crooks, add plenty of 1920s bathtub gin, stir wildly and you have a stage filled with delightful nonsense loaded with great music, dancing and comedy.


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Next, just in time for the holidays A Christmas Story. What makes for a successful Christmas? A pink bunny suit? A leggy table lamp? A grouchy Santa? No? Well, how about a genuine Red Ryder BB gun? Yes, yes! That’s it! This season enjoy the quirky innocence and nostalgic warmth of this super successful movie when it comes to life on our stage. Nine-year old Ralphie takes on the school bully, a very cold flag pole, and the constant response: “You’ll shoot your eye out” to have his most successful Christmas ever. The perfect holiday treat for the entire family.

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Then, Calendar Girls tells the true story of eleven middle-aged women who bare all for a great cause. But what happens when the ladies become a media sensation? Simple enough – six women want to raise money for a new sofa in their hospital waiting room. Now, how do they do that? Well, there are all these hot men calendars out there, why not? Who cares if they may not be the hottest of women? The press latches on to the idea. The community can hardly wait. Success looms on the horizon until some hidden feelings surface amongst the women and “respectable” community members step in. Very funny, very loving, and very moving. A cheerful feel-good play: perfect for the heart of a Michigan winter.

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Our next show, On Golden Pond, is the touching, funny and warmly perceptive study of a spirited and lovable elderly couple facing their twilight years. What makes a successful marriage? Norman and Ethel should know after 48 years. What makes for a successful parent/child relationship? Chelsea and Norman have yet to find out, but Norman and Billy learn it right away. Come spend some time on Golden Pond. Watch Norman and Tehel live the answers to the eternal questions: how do I make a success of living with others? One of America’s most beloved plays still speaks to our minds and hearts. You’ll love it.

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Finally, our last show of Season 100 needs no introduction. Annie, one of our longest running and most loved shows, is the cherry on top of an outstanding season! Truly one of the most popular musicals in America; the songs, the comedy, and the eternal optimism still fill the audience with tomorrow’s sunshine today. For those who don’t know, little orphan Annie finds a way to make friends with Daddy Warbucks – a millionaire – in the middle of the 30’s depression. Trouble sets in. The president of the U.S. is visited. And Annie somehow succeeds in make it all wonderful in the end. And the music: “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” ” I Don’t Need Anyone But You”, “Tomorrow,” and more! Winner of seven Tony Awards, this is entertainment for the whole family.

Bay City Players announces auditions for the musical 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

Monday, March 20th, 2017 7 p.m.
Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 7 p.m.

Bay City Players, 1214 Columbus Avenue, Bay City.
Performance dates: May 11-14 & 18-21, 2017

Creative Team:
Debbie Lake, Leeds Bird, Kevin Cole, Holly Haga Bills and Tina Sills


Principals: 3 Women to play 25 and up. 4 Men to play 25 and up
Dance Ensemble: 3 Women and 3 Men ages 18 and up
Vocal Ensemble: 5 Women and 4 Men ages 18 and up
There are several large musical numbers that require both talents.
Singers will be asked to dance a little and dancers asked to sing a little.
Don’t you judge whether you sing or move well enough. We will help you through it all!
There are 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.
Wear comfortable clothes. Bring your calendar. Be prepared to communicate any scheduling conflicts. Most important: relax and have fun. This is a great show!

One of the most famous musicals ever written, MY FAIR LADY is filled with riches: wonderful characters, fantastic music, a captivating story, frolicking dances, winner of six Tony Awards including best musical. (I Could Have Danced All Night, With a Little Bit of Luck, I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face).

And let us assure you, this production of the Lady will be unlike any in the past!!!

(Download My Fair Lady AUDITION Sheet)

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

Registration for Youtheatre’s 44th Season, 2017 will be at the Bay City Players, 1214 Columbus Ave. Saturday, March 4th 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 11 – May 20.

Note: participants will not meet March 25, April 1 (spring break) and April 15 for Easter. Only the directors (no students) will meet on April 29. Rehearsals will begin 3 per week during May 22 – Jun 19. Tech Rehearsals are Jun 20, 21.   Performances are Thurs, Fri, and Sat, June 22-24. Fee: $35.00 (includes T-shirt) There is a registration form posted on our website that can be downloaded and printed and completed prior to registration day and brought with you that day. Click here to download Registration Form 2017

PLEASE NOTE: “In order to volunteer with minors, you must receive clearance from the DHHS Central Registry.  Complete the form (click here to download) and mail it to the DHHS office in your County of residence.  Addresses for the DHHS offices are on the back of the form.  There is no charge for this registry clearance.  You should receive a response letter from DHHS in 1 to 2 weeks.  Bring a copy of the response letter to a Youtheatre staff member prior to volunteering.  If you have already received clearance as a school/church/other  volunteer since June 2016, just bring a copy of that letter.”

Questions: Call Bay City Players Administrative Office Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 895-5555.

The performing groups for the AACTFest 2017 have been announced. Congratulations to the following:

Tawas Bay Players – Love, Loss and What I Wore

Monroe Community Players – TBD

WE Players, Inc., East Tawas – The Book of Everything

Grand Rapids Civic – 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Ichabods Little Theatre, South Haven – American Coffee

Kalamazoo Civic Theatre – Sylvia

Stagecrafters, Royal Oak – Trevor

Twin City Players – Make It Home

Center Stage Theatre, Midland – Venus in Fur

Standing Room Only Theatre Group, Bay City – Hamlet

Performance Registration is now closed. We have 10 groups, the maximum we can accommodate. Any groups applying after today can be kept as alternates only, including the following groups that were inquiries only:

   Rosedale Players


   Grosse Pointe Theatre

For more information go to Michigan AACTFest 2017

Why did you choose to become a BCP board member?

As a regular audience member with an active and personal appreciation for the arts, theater in particular, I wanted to know “what does it take to make all of this happen?” To answer that question, I volunteered and began working on set decoration, which ultimately led to a board member position, where I am able play an active role in communicating and promoting the Bay City Players mission and programs to the community.

What role can or should the BCP play in the artistic development of the Bay City Community?

The role of the Bay City Players in our community is to entertain, educate and enrich the community through the dramatic arts while making sure these opportunities and experiences are available to every citizen of the community.

If you had a wish list for the BCP, other than money, what would you wish for?

Awareness…making sure everyone knows we are here!

How long have you been a BCP board member?

I was newly elected to the board on July 11, 2016.

What is the best thing about being a board member for the BCP?

Forging new and lasting friendships with like minded individuals who share a passion for the dramatic arts and becoming an integral part of a terrific dedicated group of individuals who are pillars in the Bay City theater scene.

If there is one thing you want the community to know about the BCP-what would it be?

How incredibly dedicated this organization and all that participate are to this community and the willingness to share the experience of theater, whether on the stage or behind the scenes as a volunteer, with each and every member of the community.

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.

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.