1214 Columbus Ave, Bay City, MI 48708
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 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 get the opportunity to have a well-rounded theatre experience, from learning to audition, develop characters, move on stage, design make-up and costume looks, and perform 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 near-peer high school/college directors and student actors.

2024 Program:

  • Eligibility: Current grades 3-12. High School students are highly encouraged to apply to Student Direct.
  • Dates:
    • Saturdays – May 4, 11, 18, June 1 & 8
    • Monday through Thursday – June 10-13, 17-20, 24-26
  • Performances– June 27-28


I’m Ready for My Closeup!

Halloween Makeup Workshop

Saturday, October 28, 2023
Grades 3-6
Grades 7-12

Bay City Players is thrilled to announce that we will be offering a Halloween Makeup Workshop, “I’m Ready for My Closeup”, on October 28, 2023. The workshop will be offered in two sessions: Grades 3-6 will be from 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM and Grades 7-12 will be from 11:00 AM-12:30 PM. 


  • Learn basic application techniques

    • Highlight and Contour

    • Blending

    • Fur and Scales

    • Textured Skin (For zombies/wounds/scars)

  • Design their look on paper with colored pencils

  • Explore their palette and learn basic hygiene


Sessions are limited to 15 participants for grades 3-6 and 20 participants for grades 7-12. Both sessions will be instructed by Jenny Phibbs.

Registration Application Coming Soon!

Spontaneous Scenes!

Improv Workshop

Saturday, November 11, 2023
Grades 3-6
Grades 7-12

Bay City Players is thrilled to announce that we will be offering an Improv Workshop, “Spontaneous Scenes”, on Saturday, November 11, 2023. The workshop will be offered in two sessions: Grades 3-6 from 10:00AM – 12:00PM and Grades 7-12 from 1:00PM – 3:00PM.

In this fun and interactive class, participants will learn quick thinking, teamwork, and storytelling through engaging games and exercises. Our instructor, Yolandie Hamilton, emphasizes the development of confidence, creativity, and problem-solving skills as a performer while nurturing a love for spontaneous performance. Join us for laughter-filled adventures as your child discovers the magic of improv in a supportive and imaginative environment.

Yolandie Hamilton is a life-long theater lover with a passion for the performing arts. Her performance journey began in grade school with dance as part of the pom squad and dance team. As an adult, she moved into drama by working on productions backstage before transitioning to performing. She formally acquired improv as a skill shortly thereafter and began teaching improv to children at the MCFTA summer camps in 2019 and loves giving her students the confidence to pursue performance outside the standard scripted play and seeing them grow as both people and performers.

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