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 Youth Programs

Bay City Players is dedicated to inspire 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.

Current grades 3-12 are eligible for the program. High School students are highly encouraged to apply to Student Direct.

2023 Program:

  • Saturdays (10:00 AM-12:00 PM) – May 13 & 20, June 3 & 10
  • Monday through Thursday (12:30 PM-3:30 PM) – June 12-15, 19-22, and 26-27
  • Performances- June 28-29

Registration now open!

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Student Directors

8-12 Student Directors will be chosen through applications/interviews and paired in groups of 2 or 3 to direct a One-Act plays. Directors will meet earlier each day with a short break for lunch. The beginning 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. Student directors will receive training on directing, giving them the leadership skills and knowledge to lead children’s one-act plays. Student directors must be in 9th grade or older or of college age. Volunteer hours are also available for high schoolers.

  • Saturday, May 6 – Director workshop 9 – 3 (lunch will be provided)
  • Saturdays – May 13 & 20, June 3 & 10 from  9 – 12 PM
  • Monday through Thursday – June 12-15, 19-22, and 26-27  with directors only from 10 – 12 PM, lunch 12 – 12:30 PM (lunch not provided) and adding students from 12:30-3:30 PM
  • Performances- June 28-29

Apply to student direct here or by clicking the button below. Deadline to apply to is April 14th.

How to Succeed in Theatre (with really trying) 

Students learn to highlight their talents and prepare for theatre auditions. Workshop will involve theatre games, audition tip handout, actor’s toolkit, monologues, dancing, and music. Dress in comfortable clothing, bring a water bottle, and come prepared to sing, dance, and act! This workshop comes just in time for Newsies Auditions (April 15 at 9:30 AM), a Disney musical, which features many roles for youth.

Facilitator: Gina Kearly has worked with Midland Public Schools for more than ten years, most recently as fall play director for “Clue: High School Edition” with the 40+ students of Dow Drama: Chargers Onstage.  She is currently choreographing “Into the Woods” for Chargers Onstage and “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” for Midland High Drama’s spring musical.  She also collaborates with area community theaters as a teaching artist for camps, creative teams, and committees, in addition to performing.  Recent projects include “The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical” at Pit and Balcony, “Rent” and “The SpongeBob Musical” for Center Stage Theatre at Midland Center for the Arts.  Ms. Kearly earned her B.A. in Communication, Theatre, and Physical Education from Saginaw Valley State University in 2018, where she placed at the state level with the competitive speech team for multiple years.

  • Date: Saturday, March 18
  • Sessions:
    • 3rd-6th grade: 10-12pm (max 12)
    • 7th-12th grade: 12:30-3:30pm (max 15)
  • Facilitator: Gina Kearly
  • Cost: $20 (3rd-6th Graders); $30 (7th-12th Graders)



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