Bay City Players

Who We Are

Bay City Players, located in Bay City, Michigan, is a community of performers and other volunteers that offers exciting, intimate and relevant theatre experiences. We believe in the power and immediacy of a great performance. Our dedication to that principle is how we’ve become Michigan’s longest continuously operating community theater, nearing our 100th anniversary.

Our Performances and Programs

Bay City Players presents five shows in a typical season at our Bay City theater, including comedies, dramas and musicals. Extra performances are sometimes added for benefits or other occasions.

And we don’t just put on plays and musicals – we also educate through hands-on programs for youth and special opportunities for seniors.

Our Involvement

Bay City Players is involved in state and national community theatre organizations, including:

We are an arts leader in the community, participating in activities with groups such as:

Our History

Bay City Players debuted on March 19, 1917, performing as the Bay City Art Club. During World War I, this hardy band of actors performed in members’ homes as part of the Thursday Morning Musicale and continued in the 1920s as the Musicale-Art Club. By 1929, it was renamed Bay City Theatre Guild. In 1931, it received the name it uses today, Bay City Players.

Mrs. J.D. (Emily) Grinnell is credited as the founder of Bay City Players. During its first 38 years, Bay City Players performed in a variety of places, including private homes, local opera houses, schools, church halls and movie theaters. It purchased its present home, the Pines Theater movie house, in 1955. Since that time there have been a number of renovations, resulting in additions to the stage; an orchestra pit; dressing rooms; several storage areas for props, costumes, scenery and furniture; a rehearsal room; an office; a spacious lobby and other amenities.