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A Timeline & History of Michigan's Longest Running Community Theatre Company

Bay City Players is celebrating their 100th Season this year! As the longest running community theatrical company continuously operating in the State of Michigan, we hope you find this historical timeline and highlights both fascinating and informative.

03rd August, 2017 | 0 Comments

Pivotal ‘Players’ Share Memories & Reflections on the Centennial Celebration of Bay City Players Legacy Within the Cultural Community

“The word theatre comes from the Greeks. It means ‘the seeing place’. It is the place people come to see the truth about life and the social situation.” - Stella Adler

03rd August, 2017 | 0 Comments

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Bay City Players Explore the Search for Freedom in the Untamed Landscape of the Summer of Love

When it first opened on Broadway back in the Spring of 1968, HAIR: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical was as equally radical and defiant as it was inclusive, embracing, and emblematic of the times it reflected.

13th July, 2017 | 0 Comments

Pit & Balcony Announces a ‘Daring & De-lovely’ 86th Season

Pit & Balcony Community Theatre will be introducing their new After Dark Series with an innovative and powerful production of playwright Doug Wright’s Stonewater Rapture.

01st June, 2017 | 0 Comments

Pit & Balcony Theatre Presents the Regional Premier of a Cult Classic Zeroing in on High School Cliques & Teenage Angst

The film Heathers is hands-down one of the true contemporary cinematic cult classics that the stuff of legend is made of. When originally released in 1988 this dark comedy about high school cliques, popularity, and teenage angst first introduced the world to the actor Christian Slater and also featured breakout performances from Winona Ryder in the lead role of Veronica Sawyer and Shannen Doherty as one of the infamous ‘Heathers’ that propagate much of the action and focus throughout its dark terrain.

11th May, 2017 | 0 Comments

Bay City Players Adds Contemporary Twists to What Critics Have Labeled ‘The Perfect Musical’

There is little argument than within the lexicon of American theatre the musical stage play known as My Fair Lady occupies a special register for audiences of all ages. With the classic metamorphosis that transpires between its central character Eliza Doolittle and the skeptical professor Henry Higgins (memorably performed on film by the late Audrey Hepburn & Rex Harrison) coupled with the memorable musical score by Alan Jay Lerner & Frederick Lowe, the magical chemistry woven into the carefully crafted script of this production makes the colorful nuances and rich complexities of this classic tale an ideal musical to present for the Spring Season.

11th May, 2017 | 0 Comments

Pit and Balcony Explores the Moral Complexities in Steinback's Defining Classic

The late great American author John Steinbeck was a founding member of what sadly has become a feeding tradition known as Muckraking journalism – a discipline that sought to expose atrocities involving the exploitation of workers forced to perform arduous and soul crushing labor for minimal wages in abject conditions that was most brilliantly rendered in his groundbreaking work The Grapes of Wrath.

16th March, 2017 | 0 Comments

Bay City Players Celebrates their 100th Anniversary March 19-26th with a Timeless Classic of Contemporary Theatre

Within the vast body of work that comprises contemporary theatre, playwright Robert Harling’s intensely and engagingly rendered work Steel Magnolias on many levels stands as one of the finest plays to emerge from the American stage over the past fifty years; and is certainly a fitting choice for Bay City Players to mark their 100th Anniversary with when it opens a two-week run over the weekends of March 17th – 26th.

23rd February, 2017 | 0 Comments

Charlotte’s Web is arguably one of the most widely loved children’s books generated over the past 200 years. Written by American author E.B. White and illustrated by Garth Williams...

02nd February, 2017 | 0 Comments

Bay City Players is ringing in the new year with a peek inside the theatrical world as presented within the innovative looking glass of Act One – a relatively new production that premiered on Broadway in April, 2014, and is based upon the autobiography of the legendary Moss Hart.

11th January, 2017 | 0 Comments

Pit & Balcony Channels Tim Burton for an Innovative Twist on a Holiday Classic

Few would argue the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and his mystical change of heart upon experiencing the human condition through the spiritual conduit of Tiny Tim as rendered in Charles Dickens’ classic ‘A Christmas Carol’ stands today as one of the most beloved and well-known tales in the lexicon of Christmas lore...

25th November, 2016 | 0 Comments

Bay City Players Explore the Timeless Jungle of Kipling's Magical Meditations

Originally released back in 1894, The Jungle Book is a collection of masterfully woven stories by English author Rudyard Kipling that are essentially fables, giving animals human traits and mannerisms in order to convey moral lessons that ring eternal.

25th November, 2016 | 0 Comments


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