Since our beginning in 1956, Stagecrafters have taken pride in their productions and in the friendships we gain by working together for a common goal. We are all volunteers, ages 18 to 95, from all surrounding communities. We welcome new members!
Stagecrafters purchased the Baldwin Theatre in 1985 from the city of Royal Oak. This grand old building was scheduled to be demolished because of fire, abandonment and neglect. Members, their families, friends and many citizens of the community joined together in funds, wares and long hours of hard labor to restore the beautiful auditorium that we see today.
The Main Stage auditorium seats 372. Broadway-style musicals and plays are selected each season for our main stage. The former balcony has been converted into our 2nd Stage black box studio theatre, which seats 105. Here we present experimental or avant-garde type shows, as well as small cast productions. Members also guide our Youth Theatre group (ages 8-18).
Different producers, directors, production staffs, committee chairs and production crews are assembled for each show. There is activity in our playhouse seven days a week, usually starting around 5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. weekends. You may commit to as many of the committees as your time permits. Backstage and front-of-house activities include set building, costumes, props, makeup, publicity, sound, lights, tickets, social and ushering.
Social events provide a good time to mingle and greet new and old friends. Our weekly e-broadcast keeps us informed of “happenings” within the group.
Stagecrafters is governed by a member-elected Board of Directors, which meets monthly. New member applications are presented at this time; approved members then receive a welcome letter and a packet of information that helps them get better acquainted with our methods and our members.
As a member, you will receive Stagecrafters monthly e-newsletter so that you will always know what is going on and who is in charge so you can volunteer your time and talents into this rewarding adventure of “LIVE THEATRE at its Best”.
Dues are $55.00 for the season. (July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016). Current members have the opportunity to renew their membership at a reduced rate - call the office (248-541-8027) for details.
If you have any questions prior to or after joining, please contact us.
Membership Chair: Betsey Schrock