Since our beginning in 1956, Stagecrafters have taken pride in our 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 of all skill levels and interests.
Some of the ways you can volunteer include:
• Set Design, Construction, Painting, Dress
• Costume Design and Sewing
• Props • Hair and Makeup Design and support
• Sound Design and support • Lighting Design and support
• Set and Tech Crew • Stage Managing • Pinrail and Spotlights
• Producing • Directing • Music Directing • Playreading
• Ushering • Box Office Sales • Special Events Support • More!
Our home – The Baldwin Theatre.
The Baldwin Theatre was built in 1922 as a grand Vaudeville house. The building changed hands and names through the years - for a period of time if was known as The Washington Theater. In 1985, Stagecrafters purchased the Baldwin Theatre from the City of Royal Oak. This beautiful 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 opulent auditorium that you see today. The Baldwin Theatre was designated a local historical site in 2013.
The Main Stage auditorium seats 372. Broadway-style musicals, comedies and plays are presented each season. Our Youth Theatre also performs in the Main Stage auditorium. The former balcony has been converted into our 2nd Stage black box studio theatre, which seats 100. Here we present experimental or contemporary shows, as well as small cast productions.
Our mission and vision statement.
Mission Statement: Stagecrafters mission is to provide an opportunity for members of the community, in an atmosphere of fellowship, to develop their talents and to volunteer their time to create an enriching, quality theatrical experience for the community.
Vision Statement: To create and present distinctive quality theatre for the community through the collaboration of a diverse group of volunteer artists and supporters based on our shared belief that engaging in the arts enriches lives.
What we do.
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 and at all hours! We have a day crew that works on sets and more during business hours (10 am - 4 pm) and more crews that come in from 5 pm. You may join as many of the committees as your time permits. Members also help guide our Youth Theatre program (ages 8-18).
The benefits of membership.
• 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.
• Access to the MEMBER section of Stagecrafters' website. This exclusive section contains information about upcoming events, meetings, membership roster, production information, theatrical resources, ushering information and committees.
• Half-Price ticket to each show or half-price season subscription.
• Voting rights at our annual membership meeting in May of each year.
The cost to join.
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.
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.
If you have any questions prior to or after joining, please contact us.
Membership Chair: Betsey Schrock