We are pleased to provide more information regarding our new Encore Youth Theatre Program. This program will be facilitated by Carol Rumba, an experienced theatre educator in the Great Lakes Bay Region for over 35 years. With her enthusiasm, creativity, and strong leadership skills, we are thrilled to welcome her on board!
Encore Youth Theatre will take place July 11-August 3, and will run Monday-Thursday, 12:00 – 4:00 PM. Students will have a final dress rehearsal on August 4, and each group of students will have performances on August 5 and 6. Students currently in 2nd grade through 12th grade will participate in games, hands-on workshops, and the production of four One-Act plays from the ground up. Led by high school directors with tips and help from some of our experienced adult consultants, participants are sure to have an amazing fun-filled summer of theatre!
Student Directors must complete a Student Director Application. 8-12 Student Directors will be chosen through applications/interviews and paired in groups of 2 or 3 to direct a One-Act. Directors will meet starting at 10 each day with a short break for lunch. First hour+ of each day will be spent in directing workshops or mentor inspiration sessions and short planning sessions for the day with the facilitator. There is no registration fee for student directors.
Registration for participants and student directors will open on April 11 at 10 AM. The cost for participants is $80 and there are partial scholarships available. Registrations may be made through our box office at (989) 893-5555 or online here.
- Structure: One Act Plays and Workshops
- Participant Eligibility: Students currently in 2nd through 12th grade
- Student Directors: Currently in 9th through 12th grade (Must apply and be selected)
- Program Capacity: 60 students plus 8-12 student directors
- Program Dates: July 11-August 3 (Monday-Thursday), 12:00 – 4:00 PM. Students will have a final dress rehearsal on August 4, and each group of students will have performances on August 5 and 6.
- Final Dress Rehearsal: August 4
- Performances: August 5 & 6 (2:00 PM & 7:00 PM)
- Registration: $80 (Partial scholarships available) starting April 11 at 10:00 AM
Encore Youth Theatre Q&A
Why is a new youth program being established at Bay City Players? The pandemic disrupted all our programming and gave us an opportunity to re-evaluate how we can best fulfill our mission. With guidance from a consultant, we are focusing on staffing and curriculum for one program instead of two, drawing on past success from both Youtheatre and Stages of Discovery.
Who will lead Encore Youth Theatre? Bay City Players has hired Carol Rumba as the leader of the program. Carol has over 35 years of experience in theatre education, and we are excited to welcome her to our team. Carol will work with an assistant facilitator, several experienced theatre mentors, and a team of high school directors in leading the program.
When can I register my child for Encore Youth Theatre? Registration will open April 11. If you would like to be reminded by email the week before registration opens, please sign up for our contact list below or call the office at 989-893-5555 to be added to our list.
When will the new program take place? Encore Youth Theatre will take place July 11-August 3, and will run Monday-Thursday, 12:00 – 4:00 PM. Students will have a final dress rehearsal on August 4, and each group of students will have performances on August 5 and 6.
How many students can participate? The new program is designed for 60 students from rising 3rd graders through high school plus up to 12 student directors. High School students may participate in the program or apply to be a student director.
What happens if more than 60 students sign up? For its first year, the new program will be limited to 60 participants. If demand is high, we will plan on offering multiple sessions in summer 2023. We will also look for opportunities to offer additional workshops for youth throughout the year.
What is the cost of the program? For its first year, the program will be offered for only $80 for the entire four weeks. We are pursuing grant funding to help cover program costs beyond what the registration fee can cover.
How can I help? Parent volunteers are a critical part of any youth program! If you are available and willing to help during workshops or performances, please be sure to mark that on your child’s registration form.
How do I apply for a scholarship? Email email@example.com or call 989.893.5555 (M-F 10-2) to request a partial scholarship. If emailing, please state the child’s name, brief explanation of financial hardship, and state what you can afford to pay for registration.