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. Three musicals and two straight shows are selected each season for our main stage. We have converted the balcony into our 2nd Stage 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). The Portable Players are members who volunteer to perform - usually musically - in a variety of places in the metro area throughout the year.
Different producers, directors, production staffs, committee chairs and production crews are created 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. We are a very active group and need experienced OR inexperienced workers. Just a few of the backstage and front-of-house activities include set building, costumes, props, makeup, publicity, sound, lights, tickets, social and ushering.
Social events include a steak roast, parties, outings and special programs of entertainment with song, dance, comedy, one-acts, games, etc., performed by members for members and prospective members…..a good time to mingle and meet new and old friends. Our monthly e-newsletter 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 $50.00 for the fiscal season. (July1 – June 30). (For those joining after January 1, the fee is adjusted to $40.00 for the remainder of our fiscal year.) Current Members have the opportunity to renew their membership for only $35.00 if new dues are paid prior to July 30.
If you have any questions prior to or after joining, please contact us.