Fall 2023 course registration is open!
Because of the generosity of our community of donors and sponsors, BAAY has never turned away a child for financial reasons from our Theatre or EduArts programs. We want all children to have equal access to the arts, and we can offer this financial aid because of our amazing donors. Give your gift here today and be a champion of the arts for youth! Scroll down to learn more about our Theatre program, our policies, and about our scholarships and specials.
For Mixed Ages
For Juniors Ages 9-12
ABOUT BAAY THEATRE
At our downtown campus theatre, we provide children with a safe and supportive community in which to learn acting, vocal performance, costuming, theatre tech, dance, and theatre devising. Through these classes, we foster respect, cooperation, decision-making, team-building, self-discipline, and self-confidence in young people.
BAAY offers performing arts classes to children ages 5-17 at our theater in downtown Bellingham. We offer over two dozen programs a year. Almost all of those programs culminate in performances, including plays, dance performances, and full musicals like Matilda, Oliver, Little Shop of Horrors, Pippin, Bye Bye Birdie, The Outsiders, Beauty and the Beast, Shrek, and many others. Approximately 5500 children and adults attend productions at our theatre each year to enjoy the arts and celebrate the students’ work. Since 2006, we have staged approximately 200 musicals and plays.
Mentoring happens informally through older students encouraging and helping younger students, and formally through programs like our costume design team where students learn beginning and advanced costuming skills, eventually with the knowledge and ability to run things from start to finish of a production.
Theatre devising allows groups of students to collaborate and create original productions. Most recently, the 2020 performance of “Something in the Stars” was a fully scored original musical, written and performed by students, including period costumes designed by students.
Because of the generosity of our community of donors and sponsors, BAAY has never turned away a child for financial reasons from our Theatre or EduArts programs. We want all children to have equal access to the arts, and we can offer this financial aid because of our amazing donors. Give your gift here today and be a champion of the arts for youth!
Financial assistance is available to families in need, by filling out our Tuition Assistance Application Form. More information about the partial and full tuition support we offer is on that form.
Please contact our office to ask about setting up a payment plan. We’ll be happy to work with you!
See our Specials page for discounts on multiple-course registrations, sibling discounts, and special promotions!
BAAY Policies and COVID-19 Protocols
See our Policies page for our policies around COVID-19 protocols, Code of Conduct, our teaching philosophies, and more. Also, note BAAY’s program staff are fully vaccinated, to prioritize the health and safety of our community.
What if I need financial assistance or a payment plan?
You can complete a Financial Assistance Application, or contact us directly to ask about tuition support, a scholarship or payment plan. Everyone belongs at BAAY! We are a nonprofit organization and rely on donor funding, and we are committed to creating equity so that we can continue our work to be inclusive and diverse. Since its founding in 2006, BAAY has never turned a child away from its Theatre or EduArts programs for financial reasons.
How does casting work?
All students will receive a part in BAAY productions and no one is cut after auditions. Our team does their best to make sure all kids have an opportunity to shine in a role in which they can feel both supported and challenged.
Since its founding in 2006, BAAY has never turned a child away from its Theatre or EduArts programs for financial reasons.
What are your COVID-19 protocols?
Do you offer discounts for siblings or multiple-course registrations?
While we are a 501(c)(3)nonprofit theatre reliant on donations, we also value equity and accessibility, and we love serving families and getting to know students in multiple classes, and we know that can add up.
See our Specials page for special promotions and discounts.
If you have a financial need, please contact us about financial support.
What if I prefer not to pay online?
You can register by email and pay by mailing us a check before class starts – please contact us directly first to make sure we get you on the roster.
What if BAAY does not have contact and medical information for us from previous registrations?
Can you tell me more about Home BAAYse summer camp?
Can I sign up for classes and stay the whole day?
YAAY! You can sign up for as many or as few classes as you would like! If there is a long gap between your classes, you will have to leave the building and come back in time for your next one.
What’s this camp called, again?
Home BAAYse, pronounced like “home base” but isn’t it fun to be punny? We want everyone to feel they belong at BAAY and feel at home…so…Home BAAYse. Get it?
Do you offer discounts for signing up for multiple classes or for siblings?
Yes – see our Specials page for discount codes!
What about lunch and snacks, if I am at BAAY for a long time?
If you plan to be at BAAY for a long time, please bring enough snacks and water to get you through. You can eat in the building with appropriate social distancing guidelines.
Are all the ages and classes going to be in the same space?
During camp there will be three active learning spaces being utilized within our building: the upstairs costuming studio, the State Street Studio space, and the main theatre.
What if I am not quite in the age range of the class I want to take?
Please mail the instructor to ask if there is flexibility on enrollment in the class.
What safety measures are in place?
Are masks required if I’m fully vaccinated?
As of right now, masks are optional in Washington state. We will continue to follow public health regulations, and update guidelines as they are released.
What if I need financial assistance?
Check the Specials page for multiple-course discounts, or click here for information about receiving partial or full tuition aid – everyone belongs at BAAY! We are a nonprofit organization and rely on donor funding, and we are committed to creating equity so that we can continue our work to be inclusive and diverse. In our fifteen years of operations, we have never turned away a student due to financial barriers.
What if I have a question that isn’t answered here?
Email the individual instructor (contact information is on each course page) or just email our office at firstname.lastname@example.org