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 2020




  • 5/11-8/18/20 (Cast Members)
  • 7/1- 8/18/20 (Crew Members)

*A detailed schedule will be provided at the mandatory parent meeting in early June (date TBA). A general schedule is on the BARC website home page.


  • Malta Ave Elementary School (May/June)
  • BSpa High School (July/Aug)


Students ENTERING 4th grade through 2020 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 and a non-refundable cost of $45.00 for Crew 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 Matilda t-shirt for all cast & crew is included in the registration fee.


Performances- The program will conclude with six public performances of the popular musical Matilda. Performances will be August 7th (7 PM) & 8th (1PM & 7PM), 14th (7 PM) & 15th (1PM & 7PM). FULL CAST and CREW rehearsal attendance is mandated beginning July 20th.  Attendance is also mandated on all performance dates.

Auditions will be held in early June (dates TBA) at Malta Ave Elementary School.  (Please only pick one date when registering.)  Callbacks will be held in early June (dates TBA). Audition materials are provided in your registration confirmation email.  You must attend a Mandatory Parent Meeting in early June (date TBA) at the Malta Ave Elementary auditorium in order to participate in this program.                                         

Crew members- If not interested in performing, students in grades 6-12 can sign up for the Stage Crew. (4th & 5th graders can volunteer as ushers for the performances. No registration necessary. Just contact Melissa Glastetter if you are interested.) Crew will follow a separate abbreviated schedule. Without a crew, a show would be nothing and they will work closely with the cast and production team for the last two months of the program. 

HOW TO REGISTER: Log onto www.ballstonarearec.org and go to the online registration by clicking “Register/Log In”. If you have already created an online account, you will be able to access the information from your last registration. If any of your personal information has changed, please update it to ensure that you receive program updates. If you have not previously registered online for a BARC program, you will need to create an account and register. Online registration will open March 4th and will close on April 20th. If you need help registering or need a scholarship, please email Cheryl Kelly at ckelly@ballstonarearec.org.

Theater Registration 2020 rev 3-16-20

BARC’s Summer 2019 Production