Staged Reading: Dragnet (social-distanced version)

While live performances have been put on hold, at Bay Village Community Theater, the show must go on! Via the technological magic of Zoom, the group will present a free reading of “The Big Sister,” a Dragnet radio script from 1955 Saturday June 20 at 7 pm and Sunday June 21 at 3 pm. “I was disappointed that we had to cancel our spring production of Bleacher Bums,” said board president John Hnat. “But we realized that our staged reading series was perfect for this new medium.”

The cast has been rehearsing via Zoom from their own homes. Director Judith Mazur noted, “There are different considerations to take into account when performing on Zoom instead of live, so we did a test run with a limited audience last week, so we could get some constructive feedback.” The cast features Ben Saylor as Joe Friday. Other cast members include Hnat, Tim Jones, Barbara Wysocki, and Margaret Hnat. The performance also will include sound effects just like an old-time radio show. “While we can’t provide refreshments,” laughs Hnat, “as audience members are let into the Zoom performance, they will be unmuted, so people can visit. Audience members will be muted at performance time and following the performance they will be unmuted to visit and provide feedback if they wish.”

If you would like to ‘zoom’ in to see this free performance, email the theater at Include your preferred performance date and time in the subject line and the Zoom host will email you the link. We hope to ‘see’ you at the theater!


OK, we’re back and Zooming in on you! Join us for our June Staged Reading of “Dragnet – The Older Sister”, originally broadcast in June 1955. We will have two live performances this weekend. Saturday at 7 PM Join Zoom Meeting…

and Sunday June 21 at 3 PM Join Zoom Meeting…

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Update on Valentine’s Day

Our cast for Annie Eliot’s Valentine’s Day, which will be performed next weekend is Maudie Gallop Holm as Elinor and Ruth Ann Havasi as Letty. Come on over and enjoy the show.

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Our Next Staged Reading

On Saturday Feb 15th, 2PM at O’Neill’s Healthcare on Bradley Rd, and on Feb 16th at St. Barnabas Church hall at 3PM we will be presenting (gratis, of course) St. Valentine’s Day by Annie Eliot, directed by Mackenzie Barry. It is a light-hearted one-act about two high-society ladies, Elinor and her niece, Letty. After a confusing mixup with some valentines, Elinor believes her secret admirer to be pining after Letty’s affections. Their confrontation comes to a head over tea, like any good Victorian comedy. Full of wit and charm similar to that of Oscar Wilde, this one-act will give you both laughs and a heartwarming ending. Please note that our Sunday readings are now at 3PM instead of 6PM.

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Our Fall Show

Sept 27 through October 6

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Presented by Bay Village Community Theater @ St. Barnabas Parkside Hall

468 Bradley Rd • Bay Village, OH 44140

(Corner of Wolf & Bradley)


For Tickets

call (440) 847-8494

Or Visit

To buy tickets online

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See this Outstanding Show!

We really enjoyed it, Great story, great acting!      M.H.


Bay Theater has outdone themselves! Don’t miss Gillian!     P.M.

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For tickets call (440) 847-8494
or visit


Directed By Tim Peebles


Kaycee Craig           Elizabeth Mader

Jim Hagan            April Needham

Michael Attali           Margaret Hnat          Alyssa Romano

To Gillian On Her 37th Birthday is an American play by Michael Brady.

It was developed through the literary department of the Ensemble Studio Theatre and M Square Entertainment and moved to Circle-In-The-Square.

In 1996, it was produced as a film by Sony Pictures and starred Peter GallagherClaire DanesKathy Baker, and Wendy Crewson.

It was awarded the Oppenheimer Award for best play of 1983.

If you enjoy a drama filled with emotion, then you will find To Gillian 

on Her 37th Birthday a powerful evening in the theatre. It questions the strength of human connection, and is quite thought-provoking.

Gillian Yapsody TV


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Spring “Revelry” Fundraiser!

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Join us at
Sibling Revelry Brewery • 29305 Clemens Rd. Westlake


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Saturday March 9, 2019

7-10 pm

Come help provide the “Boards” for our actors to tread. All proceeds will go towards the purchase of our new stage.

Your $30 ticket includes:
• Two drink tickets (beer, hard seltzer, soft drinks)
• Buffet including hot wings and pizza and more
• Chance Auction
• Sideboards
• Live Entertainment

Questions? Call John Hnat at (440) 847-8494

Click Here to get your ticket!

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Welcome to our website!

The Citizens for Bay Village Community Theater was formed to preserve community theater in Bay Village after the Cleveland Metroparks announced it was ending its relationship with Huntington Theater, Inc. Our initial informational meeting was held at the Bay Village Library in September 2015. The meeting was set to gauge interest in keeping community theater in Bay Village. From the response, we determined there was and we are moving forward.

Our Mission Statement:

To Continue to Provide Quality Community Theater and Theater Education for the City of Bay Village.

Summary Plan:

Our first order of business has already been successfully completed! We attained non-profit 501(c)(3) status and are now accepting donations that are tax deductible to the donor.


First, become an active part of our effort by:

Sharing/Volunteering your talents: we need willing people with many different talents to fulfill our goal. First of all, we need performers for our staged readings and our full-fledged shows. But we also need fundraisers, grant writers, set designers, lighting designers, people to help make our future facility a gem to the community. In short, we need willing hands across the board; please let us know of your interest and talents and we will be more than happy to welcome you.

Attend meetings: to be up-to-date on what is happening with our organization, I encourage you to attend our regularly scheduled meetings and become a member of the organization.

Donate: your time, your efforts, and now even your money. Did I mention that we are a 501(c)(3) organization? Any money you donate is tax-deductible. December 31 is approaching; we would love for you to consider our organization and its goals as a worthy beneficiary of your charity.

Visit this site often for updates: we will be using this site to update everyone.

Tell your friends: if you wish to have community theater continue in Bay Village, please spread the word about our organization. If we all pull in one direction, amazing things can happen! Many hands make a challenging task much easier.


John J. Hnat
Citizens for Bay Village Community TheaterEdit

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Our 2020 Season

Main Stage Productions

Spring, 2020 – Bleacher Bums – Canceled due to Covid-19 stuff

Fall, 2020 – A Neil Simon comedy to be announced soon!

“All the World’s a Stage[d Reading]” Series – Free!

Saturday performances at 2 pm at O’Neill’s Healthcare, 605 Bradley Rd., Bay Village

Sunday performances at 6 pm at St. Barnabas Church, 468 Bradley Rd., Bay Village

February 15 and 16St. Valentine’s Day – A comedy in one act by Annie Eliot, and directed by Mackenzie Barry

June 20 and 21: Dragnet – adapted by Frank Burt and directed by Judith Mazur

August 15 and 16: Wurzel-Flummery by A. A. Milne and directed by Neil Donnelly

October 17 and 18Sorry, Wrong Number by Lucille Fletcher and directed by Tim Jones

December 12 and 13The Shop Around the Corner adapted by Norman Corwin and directed by Judith Mazur

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H.G. Meets Orson

When two bigger-than-life personalities cross paths something interesting is bound to happen.

H.G. Meets Orson.jpgOn Oct. 28, 1940, KTSA radio in San Antonio, Texas, arranged for an on-air meeting between a 74-year-old H.G. Wells, commonly referred to as the father of science fiction, and Orson Welles, a 25-year-old stage actor that had become rather famous two years earlier when he preformed a radio adaptation of “War of the Worlds” by H.G. Wells which was originally published in 1897 in serialized form in Pearson’s Magazine in the UK and Cosmopolitan in the U.S.

Although their age and career paths were quite different, one thing they shared was the gift of understatement. Presented here are quotes from both men. See if you can guess who said what. The answers are below.

  1. Advertising is legalized lying.
  2. In politics, strangely enough, the best way to play your cards is to lay them face upwards on the table.
  3. I started at the top and worked my way down.
  4. History is a race between education and catastrophe.
  5. My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four. Unless there are three other people.
  6. The past is but the past of a beginning.
  7. After people have repeated a phrase a great number of times, they begin to realize it has meaning and may even be true.
  8. I have an unfortunate personality.
  9. I don’t say we all ought to misbehave, but we ought to look as if we could.
  10. Sailors ought never to go to church. They ought to go to hell, where it is much more comfortable.
  11. I hate television. I hate it as much as peanuts. But I can’t stop eating peanuts.
  12. Our true nationality is mankind.
  13. Everything bad that has ever happened to me has been caused by agents or lawyers.
  14. What really matters is what you do with what you have.
  15. Living in the lap of luxury isn’t bad except that you never know when luxury is going to stand up.
  16. I have always been more interested in experiment, than in accomplishment.
  17. If I ever own a restaurant, I will never allow the waiters to ask if the diners like their dishes. Particularly when they’re talking.
  18. The uglier a man’s legs are, the better he plays golf – it’s almost a law.
  19. Some people bear three kinds of trouble – the ones they’ve had, the ones they have, and the ones they expect to have.
  20. Only very intelligent people don’t wish they were in politics, and I’m dumb enough to want to be in there.


H.G Wells: 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 10, 12, 14, 18, 19

Orson Wells: 3, 5, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 17, 20

See “War of the Worlds: The Panic Broadcast” by Joe Landry and experience a bit of history for yourself. Tickets available at Yapsody Ticket    or by calling 440-847-8494.

Performances are at 8:00 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 19, 20, 26 and 27. A single matinee performance is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28.

General admission tickets are $12 for adults; $10 for seniors and students.

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War of the World T-Shirts!

2018 marks the 80th anniversary of Orson Welles’s radio adaptation of the classic sci-fi novel The War of the Worlds, which listeners took for actual news. This fall Bay Theater is producing “War of the Worlds: The Panic Broadcast” by Joe Landry.  You can help promote our show and look great at the same time with one of our War of the Worlds T-Shirts available from MoArt Designs on Facebook. There are 3 basic designs to choose from and available in a variety of colors. Click on a picture to see the shirts up close at the MoArt Designs shop.10X4 Legendary T10X4 Image Womens Legendary.jpg10X4 Image Panic.jpg10X4 Image Coming Soon.jpg


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