1214 Columbus Ave, Bay City, MI 48708
(989) 893-5555
 Youth Programs
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Bay City Players is dedicated to inspiring the next generation of artists and volunteers. Theatre is a holistic art form, encompassing the obvious skills of performance, but also physical arts (set painting, costumes, makeup), English language skills (reading and critical analysis), and STEM (set building, lights and sound, and special effects).  Participating in theatre helps young people build confidence, form friendships, and is a practical way to apply many important skills that have impact well into adulthood.

Student participants will have a well-rounded theatre experience, from learning to audition, to developing characters, designing make-up and costume looks, and performing on a real-life stage. Other workshops in the past have included dancing, set designing, and monologue writing.

All students will be mentored by educational and theatre professionals, as well as cultivate a relationship between their high school/college directors and student actors.


2024 Program:


Deadline to register for the 2024 Encore Youtheatre Program is April 15.

Please note: payment is required at time of registering. 

If you are interested in registering, please fill out our form here!

If you are a high school or college student interested in student directing, please fill out this form!

If you are in need of financial assistance, please fill out our registration form and be sure to click on the link at the end of the form. This will take you to our scholarship application. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, please submit both the registration application and the scholarship application! Only partial scholarships are available at this time.


  • The deadline to apply for a scholarship is March 29 by 5:00PM
  • Scholarship applicants will hear back on April 11 by 5:00PM


2024 Program Information:

The 2024 Program will be facilitated by Scott LaMont and Beth Heyart.

  • Eligibility: Current grades 3-12. High School students are highly encouraged to apply to Student Direct. College students welcome to apply to Student Direct as well.
  • Dates:
    • A mandatory parent meeting will be held on the first Saturday, May 11, from 9 – 10 AM
    • Saturdays – May 11 & 18, June 1 & 8 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    • Monday through Thursday – June 10-13, 17-20, and 24-26 from 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM
      • On Saturdays, students may be dropped off between 8:45 and 9:00 AM. Students must be picked up after workshops between 12:00 and 12:15 PM.
      • On weekdays, students may be dropped off between 12:15 and 12:30 and picked up between 3:30 and 3:45 PM
    • Student Directors: 
      • Saturday, May 4 – Director workshop 9 – 3 (lunch will be provided)
      • Saturdays – May 11 & 18, June 1 & 8 from 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM (with students from 9-noon)
      • Monday through Thursday – June 10-13, 17-20, and 24-26 from 10 – 4 (with students from 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM)
  •  Performances: June 27-28 (2 PM and 7 PM – groups will alternate times each day)
  • Tuition: partial scholarships are available to those in need of financial assistance. 
    • $100 with a minimum of 6 volunteer hours
    • $125 with no required volunteer hours


Meet the 2024 Facilitators!

Scott LaMont has been in or directed over 55 stage productions! Through these productions, he has learned how to mentor and direct students and has found his true passion. This is his first year facilitating Encore and he is beyond thrilled. He loves nothing more than seeing kids shine on and off the stage! He wants to thank all the students, staff, and volunteers who have made this amazing program possible.

Beth Heyart is a Professor of Communication at Delta College where she teaches a multitude of different courses. In addition to teaching, Beth is the Director of Theatre at Delta. She has been involved in all aspects of productions since 2004 including play selection, directing, set design, set painting and budgeting. After facilitating last year’s Youtheatere at Bay City Players, she is looking forward to seeing all the campers and student directors this year for another fun adventure!

Step Into the Spotlight: Readers Theatre

March 9, 2024 – Grades 3-6

March 16, 2024 – Grades 7-12

To register, fill out our form here!

Registration will close on March 4 for Grades 3-6 and March 11 for Grades 7-12.


Perform with more confidence by honing your read aloud skills! Participants will gain tips on how to read aloud more effectively at auditions and when presenting school projects. Readers Theater improves projection, pace, pausing, timing, enunciation, and teamwork. How do you make your character come alive with your voice, face, gestures, and posture?

Family and friends are invited to a performance following the 2 hour workshop.


Facilitated by 2024 Summer Program Facilitator, Scott LaMont.


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