1214 Columbus Ave, Bay City, MI 48708
(989) 893-5555
 Casting Calls

Bay City Players presents five diverse, carefully selected and engaging theatre experiences each season, including musicals and plays. We also offer programs that provide youth and seniors opportunities to expand their knowledge in the theatre and expand their ability as actors, directors and stage crew.

A summer production allows us to introduce shows more current and edgy often dealing with humanity in today’s culture.

Materials for musicals are rented and a refundable $25 deposit is required. It will be collected when scripts are distributed. Your deposit will be returned to you when scripts are returned in good condition.

Current Casting Calls

Audition Dates and Times:

  • Children
    • September 22nd
    • 11 am

    Adults

    • September 24th & 25th
    • 7 pm

Audition Location:

Bay City Players

Performance Dates:

November 29 – December 2, December 6 – 9, 2018

Director is looking for available parts

Actors do not have to be the actual ages but should pass for the age listed at 40 feet.
We are looking to cast the following:
  • Lizzie Bird (mother), 40 +
  • Ned Bird (father), 45+
  • Louise Bird (grandma)65+/-
  • Jack Bird (uncle), 50 +
  • Maggie (nanny), 30 +
  • Philip Bird (son), 18 +/-
  • Carol Bird 11 +/-
  • Benjamin Bird (son), 16 +/-
  • Hugh Bird (son), 13 +/-
  • Mrs. Ruggles, 40 +/-
  • Rebecca Ruggles, 18 +/-
  • Russell Ruggles 16 +/-
  • Ruby Ruggles, 14 +/- Reggie Ruggles 14 +/-
  • Rowena Ruggles 13 +/- Rodger Ruggles 12 +/-
  • Carolers
    • Four women and four men will be the base for carolers, with the likelihood of adding more.
    • All carolers will play roles within the play as well as caroling.

Additional Notes:

The Creative Team of A CAROL OF THE BIRDS wants all children in the cast to have a happy, stress-free, artistic experience. We know one of the best ways to make that happen is to let parents/guardians know what is expected.
Here are some ways they can help.

  • Be sure the child is here at 6:30 in order to allow for leaving about 8:30. Delays by one person affect everyone in the show.
  • Homework will be welcome at rehearsals.
  • Cell phones will not be allowed. Kids are welcome to have them, but they may only be used before rehearsals start and after they finish, or during breaks.
  • Be sure the child does not have commitments that conflict with rehearsals. Every actor has a rehearsal schedule and is expected to attend all rehearsals as indicated on the schedule.
  • Illness is an acceptable excuse for absence, of course. Notify an appropriate production member as early as possible.
  • Adults will be welcome to join our production team. The production team is always in need of more hands to help. They need to be notified of your interest as soon as possible.

NOTICE: ALL CAST AND CREW WILL BE REQUIRED TO SUBMIT DOCUMENTS FOR CENTRAL REGISTRY CLEARANCE THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES.


This is an original musical written by Players own Kevin Cole and Leeds Bird.

Carol Bird is born on Christmas Day. As she grows into childhood, she brings light and joy to all around her even as her own light grows dimmer. And this Christmas, Carol decides she needs the help of her own family to bring a true Christmas to the family living across the alley.

The seven Ruggles children have little to share but each other. Music fills this family show: the Bird family’s celebration of Christmas; the Ruggles children learning how to behave at this special Christmas adventure across the alley; and carols filling the evening from start to final curtain. Carol Bird welcomes your entire family to a joyously heart-warming Christmas.

Other Information:

Adults auditioning will be asked to read selections from the script. Adults will also be asked to sing the first verse of “Joy to the World”. Limited draft copies of the script will be available before auditions.

There are three young men and one young woman playing characters ages 17-20 who may audition with adults or with children.

Children will read a brief paragraph from children’s lit (which will be provided) in two ways, e.g. read as if surprised and read as if teasing. Children will sing a familiar Christmas song together, then sing pieces of it individually.

Please contact the office Monday through Friday from 9 am to 1 pm at (989) 893-5555 for more information.

Audition Dates and Times:

  • November 7th and 8th
  • 7 pm

Audition Location:

Bay City Players

Performance Dates:

February 1 – 3 & 8 -10, 2019

Director is looking for available parts

We are looking to cast the following:
  • Beverly Weston, patriarch of Weston Clan, late 60s
  • Violet Weston, pill popping matriarch of the Weston Clan, mid 60s
  • Barbara Fordham, oldest Weston daughter, late 40s to early 50s
  • Bill Fordham, Barbara’s husband, late 40s to early 50s
  • Jean Fordham, Fordham troubled daughter, 14 to 16 years old
  • Ivy Weston, Bev and Violet’s daughter, mid 40s
  • Karen Weston, youngest Weston daughter, late 30s to early 40s
  • Mattie Fay Aiken, Violet’s sister, late 50s
  • Charlie Aiken, Mattie Fay’s husband, 60s
  • Little Charles Aiken, Mattie and Charlie’s son, mid 30s
  • Johanna Monevata, housekeeper/caretaker, late 20s
  • Steve Heidebrecht, Karen’s fiancé, 50s
  • Sheriff Deon Gilbeau, late 40s

 

Other Information:

When Dad disappears suddenly, the entire Watson family is thrown into overdrive. In the search for Dad, Mom is joined by their three daughters and the men in their lives. This house in August in Oklahoma was never intended to see the entire Watson clan together ever again. Secrets, lies, truths, and frustrations come roaring to the surface and make for a stage filled with gasps of laughter. A Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner, this play leaps into its place at the table of great American family plays.

Those auditioning will be asked to read selections from the script.

Limited scripts are available for check-out from the theatre office Monday – Friday from 9 am to12 pm for a $20 refundable deposit.

Please contact the office Monday through Friday from 9 am to 1 pm at (989) 893-5555 for more information.

Audition Dates and Times:

  • January 20th and 21st
  • 6 pm

Callbacks if Necessary:

  • January 22nd
  • 6 pm

Audition Location:

Bay City Players

Performance Dates:

March 22-24 and 29-31

Director is looking for available parts

We are looking to cast the following:
  • Henry Saunders (m, 40-50): Short-fused general manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera.
  • Max (m, late 20-early 30): Shy tenor, assistant to Saunders.
  • Maggie (f, 20s): Passionate and enthusiastic, girlfriend to Max, daughter of Saunders.
  • Tito Merelli (m, 30-40): Italian. World-famous Opera tenor, ladies’ man.
  • Maria Merelli (f, 30-40): Italian. Hot-tempered, fiery wife of Tito.
  • Diana (f, 20-30): Ambitious, seductive. Lead soprano of the Cleveland Grand Opera.
  • Julia (f, 40-70): Ditzy, faux posh gone faux pas. Chairwoman of the Cleveland Opera Guild.
  • Bellhop (m, 20s): Obnoxiously star-struck by Tito.

 

Other Information:

Please prepare one contemporary comedic monologue. In addition, I am interested in hearing your favorite (brief) joke. Knock-knock, anecdote, puns – whichever you like!
Men interested in the roles of Tito, Max, and Bellhop: Please prepare 16-32 bars of a song, acapella, that best showcases your range.
Men and Women interested in the roles of Tito and Maria: Be prepared to try out an Italian
accent. Short sides of Tito and Maria will be provided for you.
Audition package should not exceed 3 minutes in length.
An updated headshot/resume is encouraged, but not required.
Scripts may be checked out for a $20 refundable deposit.

Please contact the office Monday through Friday from 9 am to 1 pm at (989) 893-5555 for more information.

Audition Dates and Times:

  • February 4th and 5th
  • 7 pm

Callbacks:

  • February 6th
  • 7 pm

Audition Location:

Bay City Players

Performance Dates:

May 2-5, May 9-12, 2019

Director is looking for available parts

We are looking to cast the following:

Additional Notes:

Other Information:

Please contact the office Monday through Friday from 9 am to 1 pm at (989) 893-5555 for more information.