At our downtown campus theatre, we provide children with a safe and supportive community in which to learn acting, vocal performance, costuming, 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.
Scholarships are available to students by filling out our Theatre Scholarship Application Form.
Upcoming Theatre Courses
For Mixed Ages
For Juniors Ages 9-12
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.