Mainstage Musical Theatre

2019 Mainstage Musical Theatre

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Three unique opportunities to participate in a relevant, authentic production combining college-aged actors from NYC and our mainstage opera cast with local actors from the community.

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).

Audition Announcement - Latinx and POC in West Side Story

Open call for Latinx and POC actors interested in roles for Maria, Anita, Bernardo, Chino, Rosalia, and Consuelo in community production of West Side Story in northern Michigan Summer 2019 that features collegiate-aged singers in most principal roles. Summer stock theatre in a Chautauqua environment on Lake Michigan in seasonal community will produce an authentic production of West Side Story designed to explore the concepts of othering and challenges of the original score, challenging audiences toward greater equity and inclusion.  NYC Dates: June 1-27 on evenings/weekends. Petoskey, MI Dates: June 27-July 13 full time with room and board provided, plus travel stipend. Three performances in MI, departure on July 14. Auditions are January 26 in NYC and include a dance call. Inquire by audition by emailing chris@bayviewassociation.org for application link. Application Deadline: January 15, 2019.

Audition Announcement - Tony in West Side Story

Open call for the role of Tony in community/collegiate hybrid production of West Side Story in northern Michigan Summer 2019. Summer stock theatre in a Chautauqua environment on Lake Michigan in seasonal community will produce an authentic production of West Side Story designed to explore the concepts of othering and challenges of the original score, challenging audiences toward greater equity and inclusion. Role will be auditioned in NYC on January 26, and residence required in MI from June 17 until August 8 as part of Bay View Music Festival’s Conservatory/Young Artist program, which includes a small role in the Mozart opera Die Zauberflote. Opportunity includes free tuition, including voice lessons, coachings, and recital opportunities, but room and board available on campus at a modest cost. Inquire at the Apply Here link below. Application Deadline: February 1, 2019. Application Deadline: February 1, 2019.

Audition Announcement - West Side Story

Open call for roles of Riff, Tony, Jet gang members, Jet girls, Officer Krupke, Doc, and other supporting roles in community/collegiate hybrid production of West Side Story in northern Michigan Summer 2019. Summer stock theatre in a Chautauqua environment on Lake Michigan in seasonal community will produce an authentic production of West Side Story designed to explore the concepts of othering and challenges of the original score, challenging audiences toward greater equity and inclusion. Role will be auditioned online and application is due by February 1. This is a non-equity, community theatre opportunity and room and board are not provided, so actors must be based in Petoskey region from June 17-July 14 and available weeknights and a few weekdays. Inquire by emailing chris@bayviewassociation.org for more info. Application Deadline: January 31, 2019.

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 January 31, 2019. Please email chris@bayviewassociation.org 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 12. After the musical closes July 15, students will participate in the production of Die Zauberflöte, departing on August 8 after the opera closes. Dates below incl. arrival and departure date.

  • Summer Opera, Art Song, and Recording Seminar (SOARS): Arrive Fri. June 7, Depart Sun. June 23, 2019
  • MUSICAL THEATRE (West Side Story): Arrive Fri. June 7, Depart Mon. July 15, 2019
  • OPERA MAINSTAGE (Mozart's Die Zauberflöte): Arrive Sun. June 23, Depart Thurs. August 8, 2019
  • AMERICAN SPIRITUALS INTENSIVE: Arrive Thurs. August 8, Depart Fri. August 16, 2019

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Contact Us

For general questions, please contact Chris Ludwa at (231) 225-8877 or chris@bayviewassociation.org. For more specific questions about this program, please contact Voice Chair Risa Renae Harman at harmanrr@aol.com.

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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

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