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:

  • DECEMBER 10 @ 7 PM
  • DECEMBER 11 @ 7 PM

Callbacks:

  • To Be Determined

Audition Location:

Bay City Players

Performance Dates:

FEBRUARY 7-9 , FEBRUARY 14-16

Director is looking to cast these roles:

Lead Male – Vernon Gersch

  • Age Range  – Adult 30’s
  • Dancing  – Must be a Mover
  • Voice – Baritone

Lead Female Sonia Walsk

  • Age Range  – Adult 30’s
  • Dancing – Must be a Mover
  • Voice – Mezzo-Soprano

3 Female Voices of Sonia Walsk

  •  Greek Chorus Ensemble
  • Age Range – Adult 30’s
  • Dancing  – Must be Movers
  • Voice – Various

3 Male Voices of Vernon Gersch

  • Greek Chorus Ensemble
  • Age Range – Adult 30’s
  • Dancing  – Must be Movers
  • Voice – Various

Male Voice of Steve The Engineer

  • Age Range  – Adult Any
  • Ensemble

Additional Notes:

Synopsis:

A neurotic composer and a wacky lyricist form a partnership and a tempestuous romance, expressing their thoughts in song both in their own solos and in songs where each is backed by three “alter egos.

In a story based on the real-life relationship of Hamlisch and Sager, a wisecracking composer finds a new, offbeat lyricist, but initially the match is not one made in heaven. The two undergo a series of trials and overcome a number of hurdles before finding true love by the final curtain.

They’re Playing Our Song is essentially a two-character show. Vernon and Sonia are the sole characters on stage; each character has a three-person Greek chorus acting as their inner voices, and there are no big production numbers.

What to prepare for auditions?

Please prepare a song to sing at auditions.

Other Information:

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 20 @ 6:30 PM
  • JANUARY 21 @ 6:30 PM

Callbacks:

  • To Be Determined

Audition Location:

Bay City Players

Performance Dates:

MARCH 20-22 , MARCH 27-29

Director is looking to cast these roles:

Key Character Information

Alan – Distracts himself and pours himself into his work to allow his god of
carnage to flow. Married to Annette.
Annette – Must be in control of herself, and life, at all times. She is closest to the
brink, and wholly dissatisfied with life. Married to Alan.
Michael –  A man trapped by conformity and who suppresses his more primal
instincts. Married to Veronica.
Veronica –  Holds her life together by focusing and imposing positivity outward.
Abhors violent natures and opposes her life’s basic truths. Married to Michael.

Additional Notes:

Synopsis

After two eleven-year-old boys have a scuffle at a playground, their parents
face in order to resolve the matter on their own. Despite the best attempts
at courtesy and respect, hard truths and insecurities surface, pitting couple
against couple, man against women, and even husband against wife.
A Broadway hit and winner of the 2009 Tony® Award for Best Play, God of
Carnage takes a painfully funny look at parents behaving worse than their
kids.
** This production is considered PG-13. It contains adult language and
violence. **

 

Other Information:

What to Prepare for Audition?
1-2 minute contemporary monologue, not from God of
Carnage.
Sides will be provided.

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

Director: Natalie Slawnyk

Music Director: Jan Sutherland

Choreographer: Holly Bills

Audition Dates and Times:

  • FEBRUARY 8 @ 10:00 AM  CHILDREN’S AUDITION – Ages 8-15
  • FEBRUARY 11 -@ 6:30 PM (16 years of age and older)
  • FEBRUARY 12 -@ 6:30 PM (16 years of age and older)

Audition Location:

Bay City Players

Performance Dates:

MAY 1-3, MAY 7-10

Director is looking to cast these roles:

Key Character Information

Some roles might be doubled; *Flexible gender casting

YOUNG ADULTS/ TEENS / KIDS

JACK KELLY – Charismatic leader of the Manhattan newsies. An orphaned dreamer and artist yearning to get out of the crowded streets of New York to make a better life for himself. Very protective to his best friend, Crutchie. Loyal and not afraid to speak his mind to get better conditions for the working kids of New York City. Jack has a softer side showing his big heart and vulnerability, especially for Katherine Plumber. Pop tenor voice and command a strong stage presence/physicality.

CRUTCHIE* – A dedicated newsie with a bum leg, which happens to help him sell more papers. Crutchie represents a very important time in history of representing a disabled child, but he does not let this define him. The crutch he uses to get around is simply a tool to help him see the world. Crutchie is Jack’s best friend and has a goofy sense of humor and optimistic resilience.

DAVEY – New, bookish newsie. Les’s straight-laced, bright big brother starts selling newspapers to help his family earn a living, but becomes swept up in the strike. Davey is a leader in his own right and learning how to use his voice to uplift others. Davey is the brains of the resistance.

LES – Davey’s fearless, cheeky younger brother. He’s inspired by the freedom of the newsies and loves their independent lifestyle. Les is natural salesboy and pint-sized charmer. He is younger than the other newsies.

RACE*, ALBERT*, SPECS*, HENRY*, FINCH*, ROMEO*, ELMER*, MUSH*, BUTTONS*, SPLASHER*, TOMMY BOY*, JO JO*, MIKE*, IKE* – Newsies who are some of the hardest-working kids of NYC who go on strike for a living wage.

SCABS* (3) – Newsies who are hesitant to join the strike.

SPOT CONLON* – Proud leader for the Brooklyn newsies and boasts of an intimidating reputation.

KATHERINE PLUMBER – An ambitious young reporter trying to make a name for herself as a legitimate journalist (women weren’t taken seriously during this time). Quick, funny, resourceful and embraces and captures a new generation rising by covering the newsies strike. She doesn’t make time for streetwise, cocky men, but has a soft spot for Jack Kelly. Contemporary pop voice with a high belt.

DARCY* – Can double as a newsie, but is a upper-class son of a publisher who sides with the newsies.

BILL – Can double as a newsie, son of William Randolph Hearst who joins the newsies cause.

PHOTOGRAPHER* – takes the triumphant photo of the newsies at the end of Seize the Day.

NEWSPAPER DISTRIBUTORS & HEAVIES

WIESEL (WEASEL) – runs the World’s distribution window and knows most the newies by name. Assisted by the intimidating Delancey brothers, who keep order by any means necessary. Wiesel is Pulitzer’s disgruntled paper pusher.

MORRIS & OSCAR DELANCEY – Toughs who work at the World’s distribution window and take the side of the publishers in the strike and are known to use their fists to make a point.

GOONS – Assist Delancey’s in roughing up the newsies.

PULITZER & HIS STAFF

JOSEPH PULITZER – A pompous businessman publisher of the World. He is only concerned solely with the bottom line. Katherine’s no-nonsense father does not sympathize with the stikers, but does eventually and grudgingly – respects Jack in the end.

SEITZ* – Pulitzer’s editor and adviser, but ultimately admires the kid’s newspaper.

BUNSEN* – Pulitzer’s bookkeeper comes up with the idea to raise the newsies’ price per paper.

HANNAH – Pulitzer’s practical and insightful secretary.

NUNZIO – Pulitzer’s barber.

GUARD – Removes the newsies from Pulitzer’s building.

MEDDA & THEATER EMPLOYEES

MEDDA LARKIN – Larger than life diva, who sparkles and shines through her personality. Inspired by Aida Overton Walker, a big voiced salon singer and vaudeville star of the Bowery. She owns the theater and offers a safe haven for the newsies. An astute entertainer with great comic delivery. She is a good friend to Jack and stands firmly behind the newsies in their fight for justice.

BOWERY BEAUTIES – Female showgirls at Medda’s theater

STAGE MANAGER*

OTHER ROLES

NUNS (3) – Offer breakfast to hungry newsies.

WOMAN – Newspaper customer

JACOBI* – owner of Jacobi’s deli and allows newsies to congregate in his restaurant to plan their strike – when he doesn’t have any paying customers.

SNYDER* – Crooked and sinister warden of The Refuge, a filty and horrible orphanage only concerned with catching kids to keep his government checks coming.

POLICEMAN – Assists Snyder and turn against the newsies.

MAYOR – NYC Mary rebuffs Pulitzer’s attempts to shut down the newsies’ strike.

GOVERNOR TEDDY ROOSEVELT – Well respected lifelong public servant and inspires Jack to stand up to Pulitzer.

Additional Notes:

Synopsis

Seize the day! The Newsies is a high energy show set in 1899 in the dirty, bustling streets of New York City. It opens the world to the Newspaper business and child labor, which was inspired by real life events of the Newsboy Strike at the turn of the century. After the film popularized the story in the 90s, it became a smash Broadway hit in 2012! The Newsboy Strike was one of the first organized strikes in history by children. The story begins with providing audiences a window into the life of a newsie trying to make living and get by, but it is difficult since many are poor and orphaned. When the rich businessman Pulitzer decides to raise the cost of the papers to increase profits, the charismatic Jack Kelly helps the newsies organize a union and a citywide strike against the paper. The Newsies decide to “become news” with their striking story and even print their own newspaper. Full of catchy tunes, high energy dancing – the Newsies is story telling at its finest. Standing up for what you believe in, your friends, your dreams, a class struggle between those in power and workers and challenging those in authority to rectify injustices – many themes are still very relevant today.

“The things we do today will be tomorrow’s news!” – Crutchie

 

Other Information:

Those auditioning should bring sheet music and prepare 32 measures of a song demonstrating their range and vocal quality. Please dress in comfortable clothes and shoes for the dance portion of the audition. Those auditioning for spoken roles will be asked to read scenes from the script.

Important Children Audition Information (8 – 15 years):

Due to limited space, no parents will be allowed in the studio room while dance auditions take place.  

The audition format will be set up in multiple rounds:  1) Dance 2) Singing and 3) Reading from the script.

  • Round 1:  The first round will require auditionees to learn a short dance routine taught by the choreographer.  After several run throughs, Auditionees will demonstrate the routine for the choreographer and director.  After everyone has danced, discussions will take place and auditionees will be notified of who is advancing to the next round.  If the auditionee’s name is not called, this means we unfortunately can not offer a role at this time.  We highly encourage you to audition for future shows because a different show might be a better fit and different directors see different things!
  • Round 2:  Auditionees will be brought in to sing 16 to 32 bars of music.  Please bring sheet music for the accompanist.  You can chat with the accompanist on the tempo you’d like before introducing yourself and your song.  After we have heard all Auditionees, another discussion will take place and we will notify who is moving on to the last round.  If the auditionee’s name is not called, this means we unfortunately can not offer a role at this time.  We highly encourage you to audition for future shows!
  • Round 3:  Auditionees will be asked to read lines selected from the script to demonstrate their acting abilities.  After everyone has read, auditionees will be released.

After all auditions have taking place (including the adult auditions), the production team will make phone calls to offer roles to those who have been cast.  After all calls have been made and actors have accepted roles, we will send out an email notifying everyone of the cast list.

We hope you Seize the Day and join us at auditions!!!

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