BARC Youth Theater Presents

Michael Gatzendorfer: Director/Program Coordinator

Melissa Glastetter: Producer/Program Coordinator


The goal of the BARC Youth Theatre Program is to give every student the opportunity to participate in a true theatrical experience, no matter what their experience level may be. Our program is directed by Michael Gatzendorfer- the program’s founder. Mike is the Senior Education Programs Manager at Proctors in Schenectady, and he has also directed numerous productions for SLOC. He has spent the last 20 years working with students of all ages, helping them explore & appreciate every aspect of theater.

This program is for students entering 4th grade through to June graduates. It runs from May through August. Registration opens in early March and closes mid April.  Auditions are held at the end of April, and rehearsals are afterschool on Mondays & Wednesdays in May & June, with a more extended schedule in July & August. The production is the second and third weekend in August. The cost of this program is $90 per student for cast members and $45 per student for crew members, with a multi family member discount applied for more than two siblings registering.

Registration Information 2021

WHEN: Dates: 5/3/21 & 5/5/21 (auditions), 5/6/21 (callbacks), 5/12-8/21/21 (rehearsals & performances)  A detailed scheduled will be provided at the mandatory parent meeting on Monday, 5/10/2021.
WHERE: Saratoga Eagle, 45 Duplainville Rd, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 (May & June); Ballston Spa High School (July & August)
WHO: Students ENTERING 4th grade through 12th grade in September 2021 and 2021 high school graduates who reside in the Towns of Milton, Malta, or Ballston, or the Village of Ballston Spa are eligible. There is an additional $25 fee for those who are not residents of the Ballston Spa School District.
COST: There is a non-refundable cost of $90.00 for Cast Members, with a 10% discount for each child in the same family after the second registration. This cost helps defray insurance and performance right costs. A Lion King Jr. t-shirt for all cast is included in the registration fee.
DETAILS: Performances- The program will conclude with six public performances of the popular musical Lion King Jr.
Performances will be August 13th (7 PM) & 14th (1PM & 7PM), 20th (7 PM) & 21st (1PM & 7PM). FULL CAST attendance is mandated beginning July 26th. Attendance is also mandated on all performance dates.

Please see the attached flyer for more information.

Theater Registration 2021

“Oh yes, the past can hurt. But from the way I see it, you can either run from it, or learn from it.” – Rafiki

“Remember who you are. You are my son and the one true king.” – Mufasa

“Why won’t he be the king I know he is, the king I see inside?” – Nala

“Hakuna Matata!” – Timon and Pumbaa

“Simba you have forgotten me. You have forgotten who you are and so forgotten me. Look inside yourself Simba, you are more than what you have become, you must take your place in the circle of life. Remember who you are…remember…” – Mufasa

“There’s more to see than can ever be seen, more to do than can ever be done. There’s far too much to take in here, more to find than can ever be found.” – Chorus

“Well, I’m not letting anyone tell me where to go, what to do, and even who to marry. There will never be a king like me.” – Young Simba