Michael Gatzendorfer: Artistic Director/Program Coordinator

Melissa Glastetter: Producer



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 Youth Programs Manager at Proctors in Schenectady, and he has also directed numerous productions for SLOC. He has spent the last 15 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 mid February 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 $65 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.

The Cast for The Wizard of Oz has been announced!

Thank you to everyone who participated! You all did a wonderful job! Click the link below for more details.

The Wizard of Oz Cast List


Cast & Crew Schedules

TheWizardOfOz Schedule- Cast 2019

The Wizard of Oz- Crew 2019 rev


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Registration Information 2019

The Wizard of Oz



  • 5/13-8/17/19 (Cast Members)
  • 7/1- 8/17/19 (Crew Members)

*A detailed scheduled will be provided at the mandatory parent meeting on 5/1/19.


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

WHO: Students ENTERING 4th grade through 2019 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 live in those towns but are not residents of the Ballston Spa School District.

COST: There is a non-refundable cost of $65.00 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 first registration. This cost helps defray insurance and performance right costs.


Performances- The program will conclude with six public performances of the popular musical The Wizard of Oz. Performances will be August 9th (7 PM) & 10th (1PM & 7PM), 16th (7 PM) & 17th (1PM & 7PM). FULL CAST and CREW rehearsal attendance is mandated beginning July 15th.  Attendance is also mandated on all performance dates.

Auditions will be held on Monday, 4/29/19 and Tuesday, 4/30/19 at 6 pm at Malta Ave Elementary School.  (Please only pick one date when registering.)  Callbacks will be held on Thursday, 5/2/19 at 6 pm. Audition materials will be emailed to participants by 4/15/19, so please be sure that your email is current when registering.                      

Crew members- If not interested in performing, students can sign up for the Stage Crew. 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. 

You must attend a Mandatory Parent Meeting on Wednesday, 5/1/19 at 6 pm at the Malta Ave Elementary auditorium in order to participate in this 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 February 23rd and will close on April 12th. If you need help registering or need a scholarship, please email Nora Osuchowski at ballstonarearec@gmail.com.

Theater Registration 2019

BARC’s Summer 2018 Production:

BARC Youth Theatre has concluded it’s 16th year with a production of Oliver.  Click the link above for a video preview of the production.

Oliver’s cast & crew hard at work!

Videos from some of BARC’s previous shows…