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. 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!
Scholarships are available to students by filling out our Theatre Scholarship Application Form. More information about the partial and full scholarships we offer is on that form.
For information about sibling discounts and multiple-course discounts, new for Fall 2020, see the FAQ at the bottom of this page!
Upcoming Theatre Courses
For Mixed Ages
Advanced Theatre Tech (Fall Session 1) 9/18 - 10/23
Advanced Theatre Tech (Fall Session 2) 11/6 - 12/11
Makeup and Special Effects (Fall Session 1) 9/18 - 10/23
Makeup and Special Effects (Fall Session 2) 11/6 - 12/11
Poetry Explorations (Fall Session 1) 9/14 - 10/19
Theatre Tech (Fall Session 1) 9/18 - 10/23
Theatre Tech (Fall Session 2) 11/6 - 12/11
Window Dressing (Fall Session 1) 9/15 - 10/20
Window Dressing (Fall Session 2) 11/3 - 12/8
For Pixies Ages 5-8
For Juniors Ages 9-12
Junior Bundle of 3 (Fall Session 1) 9/14 - 10/23
Junior Dance Company (Fall Session 1) 9/16 - 10/21
Script Reading (Fall Session 1) 9/14 - 10/19
Singing for Smiles - Juniors (Fall Session 1) 9/18 - 10/23
Singing for Smiles - Juniors (Fall Session 2) 11/6 - 12/11
The Grinch 2020 (Fall Session 2) 11/2 - 12/9
For Seniors Ages 13-18
Approaching Musical Theatre (Fall Session 2) 11/2 - 12/10
Michael Wallace One-Act Plays (Fall Session 2) 11/2 - 12/9
Private Voice Lessons (Fall 2020) 9/14 - 12/11
Scene Study - Seniors (Fall Session 1) 9/15 - 10/22
Scene Study - Seniors (Fall Session 2) 11/3 - 12/10
Senior Bundle of 3 (Fall Session 1) 9/14 - 10/22
Senior Dance Company (Fall Session 1) 9/17 - 10/22
Songwriting - Seniors (Fall Session 1) 9/16 - 10/21
Theatre Devising - Part One (Fall Session 1) 9/15 - 10/22
Theatre Devising - Part Two (Fall Session 2) 11/3 - 12/10
What if I need financial assistance or a payment plan?
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.
We offer two discounts for Fall 2020. If you register for three classes, you can save 5% – enter the code FALL5OFF3 at checkout. If you register for four or more classes, you can save 10% – enter the code FALL10OFF4 at checkout. Make sure you add all courses to your cart first, and then add the code that matches the number of spots/classes in your cart.
Also, we’ve got discounted bundles of three classes (Jrs/Srs) you can register for, incorporating those same discounts already built in (coupon discount not valid on bundles). Let us know what you think!
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.