Category Archives: Youth

Busy Month Has BLT Groups Going in All Directions


June, 2013, may go down as one of the busiest in BLT history. With the youth production of John Lennon and Me performing for two weekends (closing with three performances this weekend, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, June 21, 22, and 23), sandwiching a long and successful trip to Odessa for the Texas Nonprofit Theatres’ annual youth conference, and the abundantly-attended auditions for our summer musical Fiddler on the Roof, set for gala performances July 26, 27, 28, August 2, 3, and 4, and with the culmination of the AACTFest cycle and BLT’s performance of God of Carnage at this prestigious national conference (see the photo above of our display table at the Carmel, IN venue), not to mention the beginning of the summer youth camps being led by Carrie Martin and coordinated by manager Kathryn Saenger, there seems to be no end to important work going on at the Baytown Little Theater. And this list does not even consider ongoing committee work such as the Play-reading Committee, which hosted its first Script Snatch to better acquaint potential directors with plays that this committee has been promoting for future seasons and productions, or the Building and Capital Campaign Committees that continue their important work on the new theater. And I’m sure some other committee and production work is being unintentionally overlooked.

If this list does not convince you that the BLT needs you, and that your contributions are encouraged, indeed coveted, I don’t know what else will. Let us know how you can be involved.

Youth Theater Summer 2013 Workshop

The Baytown Little Theater is pleased to announce the upcoming youth theater summer workshops. All workshops are taught by Carrie McRay and will be conducted at Gentry Junior School, 1919 East Archer Road (click for map), across from Stallworth Stadium. For ages 6-11, a one week workshop is offered June 17-21, 1:00 to 4:00 PM. For older youth, ages 12-18, a more challenging two week workshop runs July 8 through 19. Two class times are offered to meet summer schedules: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, and 6:00 to 9:00 PM.

Click here to go to the registration form to register your child. Fill out a form for each child being registered. You will be contacted about payment arrangements.

Auditions for Youth Production Announced

The Baytown Little Theater will hold auditions for a special production that will feature the youth of our area and our theater. With an appearance planned at the Texas Nonprofit Theatres annual Youth Conference in Odessa in June, this promises to be an exciting opportunity for young people with an interest and enthusiasm for performance to gain experience and become part of one of the outstanding youth theatre groups in the state of Texas.

Auditions will be held Sunday, March 17, at 3:00 PM at the Baytown Little Theater, 4828 Hugh Echols Blvd, with rehearsals to begin shortly after that date. Performances will be June 7, 8, 9, 21, 22, & 23, and participation at the youth conference will be June 12-16 for those chosen to work on this exciting show. For more information on the TNT conference, click on this link.

BLT Solicits Applications for the Mary Lou Burkett Scholarship

The Baytown Little Theater is pleased to announce that it will once again be accepting applications for a scholarship that was established to honor the contributions and memory of Mary Lou Burkett, long-time Baytown teacher, writer, and a dedicated friend of the Baytown Little Theater. It was a significant bequeath from her estate that set BLT on the path to some of the most important changes that have taken place in the past ten years. She helped set the vision of the BLT to raise our ambitions and vision for what we could accomplish.

The scholarships are awarded to graduating seniors or current college students who meet the published criteria and have a past relationship with the Baytown Little Theater. Applications are encouraged from all interested students.

Click below to access the details of the scholarship. Applicants are encouraged to read carefully and respond no later than March 30.

MLB Scholarship Application Form 2013 FINAL 022613

Youth Workshop Opens January 18

The Baytown Little Theater youth activity program will get underway Friday, January 18, with a series of classes from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Bayer Conference Center at Lee College. This season of classes will include seven meetings and run Friday evenings¬† through March 1. This is in preparation for the spring and early summer youth production activities, which will start up after spring break and culminate in a youth show that will be performed at the theater in June and travel to the annual Texas Nonprofit Theatres’ Youth Conference, being held this year in Odessa, Texas, June 12 through 16.

All current BLTeens and any youth in grades six through twelve are encouraged to come be a part of the fun. Goals and expectations for the group and individuals will be discuss at the first meeting. Click here to access registration form.

Youth Workshop Opens for Fall

Register for the Fall 2012 Youth Theater Workshop.

The Baytown Little Theater is excited to announce its fall semester Youth Workshop Class. Eight weekly classes will be offered, beginning Friday, October 19, and continuing through December 14. The class will not meet Friday, November 23, so this will include a total of eight (8) class sessions.

The class, designed for youth in junior high and high school, will meet from 6:00-8:00 PM each Friday at the Bayer Conference Center at Lee College. The Bayer Conference Center is upstairs in the Student Activities Center (Building 7), near Parking Area 10 off South Whiting Street. Click this link for a map of Lee College.

The workshop will be taught and coordinated by John Morales (contact him at, or 281-798-1107), who has been directing and conducting youth classes for the Baytown Little Theater for the past four years. The classes will involve in-depth scene and character study especially designed to prepare students for performance in future productions. Classes will continue in the spring and culminate in a production to be performed at the Baytown Little Theater in June and at the annual Texas Nonprofit Theatres Youth Conference, scheduled for June 12-16 in Odessa, Texas.

The fee for the class in $40.00 for the Fall Sessions. Registration can be accomplished online by signing up on this link, or in person at the first workshop session on Friday.

Teen Workshop Touts Talent


The BLT annual summer youth workshops concluded Friday with performances at Gentry Junior School by the participating teens. In a series of monologs and scenes, titled “A Potpourri of Plays,” directed by Carrie McRay, including two readers’ theatre selections, the young talents demonstrated that they had made excellent use of the past two weeks of their summer vacations.

Cameron Lieck began the performance with a monolog on “Stage Fright”. Next, Logan Neely held the stage with his presentation of “The Long Way Home,” about a young man who discovers the best way to avoid a dangerous threat in his neighborhood. This was followed by Lieck & Neely combining their acting gifts in a scene titled “Bums,” during which they scattered among the audience to beg donations. After other monologs by Lieck, a Anahuac High School student, and Neely, a Goose Creek Memorial sophomore, the performance concluded with readers’ theatre versions of “Seven Minutes in Heaven” and “The Tutor,” in which the students were supported by an appearance of BLT summer college intern Megan Thomas, a senior at Stephen F. Austin University.

Congratulations to the workshop participants. We hope to see them on the BLT stage in the near future.

Baytown Junior Forum Recognizes BLT Youth


The Baytown Little Theater was recognized recently by the Baytown Junior Forum with a donation from the proceeds of their fund-raising and community support efforts. Presenting the check on behalf of the Junior Forum is Jeannette West, Vice President (left). The BLT was represented at the award presentation by theater manager Kathryn Saenger, center, and youth program director John Morales.

This donation will support the youth programs of the BLT, including their recent performance at the Youth Conference of Texas Nonprofit Theatres in Lewisville, Texas. This was the 13th year that the BLTeens have participated in this statewide youth theatre gathering. Groups from community and youth theatre groups across Texas met June 6 through 10 at the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theatre to enjoy workshop class sessions taught by professionals and performances by the participating companies. The BLTeens, under the direction of Morales, performed the musical Starmites Lite.

Youth summer camps continue next week. See the post below regarding the session beginning next Monday, June 18, for grades 7 through 12.

Youth Workshop Performances Set for Friday, June 29

Carrie McRay, director for the Baytown Little Theater summer youth workshops, has announced that the second workshop of the 2012 session will conclude with performances by workshop participants Friday, June 29, at 10:00 AM, at Gentry Junior School, 1919 Archer Road, across from Stallworth Stadium in Baytown.

The first workshop finished with a performance of the play Witches, Britches, Rings, and Things¬†on June 15. The second workshop, featuring older students seventh grade and above, will include short monologues, duet scenes, and readers’ theater performances in the school auditorium. The public is welcome. There is no charge.

Youth Workshops Continue

The Baytown Little Theater continues its youth summer theater workshops with a 2-week session for teen performers. This second session of the summer will begin Monday, June 18 and run for two weeks through Friday, June 29. Classes of the second session will be for youth who have completed grades seven through twelve. The classes will be each afternoon from 1:00 to 5:00 PM and the registration fee is $180.00.. These classes will also be held at Gentry Junior School, 1919 Archer Road. Fee includes all supplies, materials, snacks, and a camp t-shirt.

Classes will be taught by Carrie McRay, long-time BLT member and the Gentry Teacher of the Year. Carrie is known for her enthusiasm and getting young people excited about theater. Carrie is ably assisted by our summer intern, Megan Adams, a senior theatre major at Stephen F. Austin University who is spending her time with BLT this summer.

For registration and more information, call 281-424-7617 or send an email to Provide the child’s name and contact information. Or just show up at Gentry at the appointed time ready to have fun.