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Downstage Productions Applications Now Open

Bay City Players is currently accepting applications for Downstage Productions for Season 106 (2023-2024). “Down Stage” productions are intended to be independent, small-scale productions added to the regular season.  Shows that were unlikely to be added to the regular season for any reason might find a smaller presentation here. Applications are open to the public, newcomers are welcome.

Guidelines for Applicants

  • The show would in no way interfere with the production of a regular season show.
  • Most productions would be of a readers’ theatre nature or black box style and require little in the way of production values.
  • This type of production would not fall under usual budgeting or reimbursement unless agreed to in advance. Royalties, cost of scripts, etc. would be considered.
  • The show would likely use only the apron for performance and “normal” backstage areas for makeup and dressing. (Players has an apron 15’ deep and 27’ wide.)
  • Construction using Player’s materials would be cleared in advance.
  • Players’ props and costumes might be used if not needed for a regular production and approved by committee chairs. Construction of items using Players’ materials would need to be cleared with the committee chair.
  • Rehearsals at Players would be on a space available situation and would need to be approved as part of the proposal.
  • On-stage production time for “Down Stage” productions would be the week of performance starting Sunday and ending Saturday, with performances intended for Friday and Saturday.
  • Strike would take place immediately after the last performance and be completed at that time.

Application Process

Please review the full policy Downstage Production Guidelines[1]. The application process is like applying to direct a main stage show.  We require a concept statement describing your vision for the show, a tentative budget, and the production requirements needed.  Submissions can be emailed to info@baycityplayers.com, and will be forwarded to the Play-Reading Committee for consideration.  A maximum of two shows will be chosen and forwarded to the Board of Directors for approval. Deadline for Season 106 Downstage Productions is 7-1-22.

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