Mainstage Musical Theatre

2020 Mainstage Musical Theatre

Beauty and the Beast

Three performances of a new take on a classic tale of how we treat "the other" in society as told through the magic of Disney. This relevant story combines talented community members with a select group of collegiate actors.

This program offered by Bay View Music Festival is designed to provide singers the opportunity to portray a lead character in one of the world's most beloved musicals, and an important work to have on the resume of a performer able to perform in opera or musical theatre. In addition to the stage experience, participants will be immersed in the study of vocal technique, role preparation, acting technique and the skills necessary to building a career in the arts (networking, resumes, taxes, grant writing, etc).

Students interested in the mainstage musical theatre program receive training in a special opportunity for those interested in gaining mainstage experience. Fees are all-inclusive, so additional expenses are minimal while at Bay View. Opportunities may include:

  • A role in the mainstage musical production 
  • Weekly voice lessons
  • Coachings with Conductor/Repetiteur as needed
  • Thriving in the Arts seminars on real life skills for a career in music
  • Performance Practice Class for Singers (Art song literature and performance)
  • Classes may include Acting & Feldenkrais, plus workshops in stage combat (as needed)
  • Weekly performance opportunities in recitals
  • Outreach recitals in surrounding communities
  • Audition workshops
  • Resume review, etc. to create the best package possible for auditions
  • Participation in the ensemble for the opera mainstage production in August, plus a nice relaxed schedule to enjoy the area after the musical is over.
  • Jazz/cabaret concert opportunities (optional, not obligatory)

Audition Information

Deadline for conservatory student auditions follows the Auditions on Yaptracker deadlines. Deadline for community member auditions is December 15, 2019. Please email for details.

Combine Vocal Programs to Enhance Your Experience

In order to accommodate the many experience levels and financial challenges of today's young artists, we offer four different opportunities that can either be combined for one great 8-week experience, or a la carte. The program begins with arrivals on June 21. After performing in the musical July 9-11, students will then produce four performances of La Traviata, departing on August 7 after the opera closes. Dates below incl. arrival and departure date.

  • Summer Opera, Art Song, and Recording Seminar (SOARS): Arrive Fri. June 5, Depart Sun. June 21, 2020
  • MUSICAL THEATRE (Beauty and the Beast): Arrive Fri. June 19, Depart Sun. July 12, 2020
  • OPERA MAINSTAGE (Verdi's La Traviata): Arrive Sun. June 21, Depart Fri. August 7, 2020
  • AMERICAN SPIRITUALS INTENSIVE: Arrive Fri. August 7, Depart Mon. August 17, 2020

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Contact Us

For general questions, please contact Chris Ludwa at (231) 225-8877 or For more specific questions about this program, please contact Voice Chair Risa Renae Harman at

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The Bay View Association is located just outside of Petoskey, Michigan on the shore of Little Traverse Bay.

1715 Encampment Ave
P.O. Box 583
Petoskey, MI 49770

Phone: 231-347-6225