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 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.

2023 Program:

  • Eligibility: Current grades 3-12. High School students are highly encouraged to apply to Student Direct.
  • Dates:
    • Saturdays – May 13 & 20, June 3 & 10 (10:00 AM-12:00 PM)
    • Monday through Thursday – June 12-15, 19-22, and 26-27 (12:30 PM-3:30 PM)
  • Performances– June 28-29

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR 2023

Encore Youtheatre Presents

Junie B. Jones, Jr.

Book and Lyrics by Marcy Heisler

Music by Zina Goldrich Adapted from the JUNIE B. JONES

Series of books by Barbara Park

Audition Dates:

July 12 & 13

Production Dates:

September 23 & 24 September 30 & October 1


Laugh yourself silly with Junie B. Jones in this hilarious Broadway Junior adaptation of Barbara Park’s beloved series.

From Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich, the creators who brought you Dear Edwina and Dear Edwina JR., comes Junie B. Jones The Musical JR. – a delightful adaptation of four of Barbara Park’s best-selling books, brought to life in a delightful adaptation created specifically for Broadway Junior performers.

Join Junie B. on her first day of first grade, where many changes are in store: Junie’s best friend Lucille has found new best friends -— and Junie B. makes friends with Herb, the new kid at school. While in Mr. Scary’s class, Junie has trouble reading the blackboard — and she may need glasses. Add in a friendly cafeteria lady, an intense kickball tournament and a “Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal,” and first grade has never been more exciting.

Featuring many lovable characters and fun-filled songs, Junie B. Jones JR. will capture your hearts — just as the books captivated an entire generation of students.

MORE INFORMATION COMING SOON. SIGN-UP FOR OUR ENCORE YOUTHEATRE MAILING LIST TO BE NOTIFIED WHEN AUDITION PACKET IS AVAILABLE.

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