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The Abbey Players – Since 1883

The Abbey Players of Belmont Abbey College were founded in 1883, and have been an integral part of campus life for over a century. At present, the theatre produces six shows a year, representing a wide repertoire of drama, comedy and musicals. Recent notable productions have included Michael Frayn’s Copenhagen , Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey into Night, Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins, Anne Nelson’s The Guys and Kaufman and Ferber’s The Royal Family. In addition, the Players present The Abbey Shakespeare Series, an ongoing project dedicated to producing each of William Shakespeare’s plays.

Peter and the Starchatcher_info_2Ever wondered what Peter Pan’s childhood was like before Wendy met him in Neverland? Rick Elice’s play, based on a best-selling 2006 novel, travels back to Peter’s early orphan adventures, aboard a weather-beaten ship holding precious cargo, and on a magical remote island. The five-time Tony Award-winning Peter and the Starcatcher takes the theatergoers to golden grottoes, deep jungles, and active volcanoes on adventures just as exciting as those in the classic story we all know and love. Recommended for the whole family – ages 8 and up. “An absurdly funny fantastical journey!” – Entertainment Weekly

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Peter and the Starcatcher

April 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29 at 8 p.m. & April 30 at 2:30 p.m.
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A pre-determined number of tickets are available online. If the online allocation sells out, please contact the Box Office directly at AbbeyPlayer@bac.edu or 704-461-6787 to find out if additional tickets are available. The Box Office can be reached up until 6 p.m., via email or phone, prior to each performance. The Box Office opens in The Haid Theatre Lobby at 7:15 p.m., prior to each performance.

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Memberships for the 2016-2017 season are now on sale. We have a great year of shows in store this year. From our annual Christmas at the Abbey and 24 Hour Theatre Project to new shows like Peter and the Starcatcher and Henry IV. Don’t miss a show and enjoy every moment of this year’s Abbey Players. Get your membership today!

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Abbey Players – Everyone is welcome to join us!

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Students perform under the direction of Simon Donoghue

Participation in the Abbey Players is open to any interested member of the Belmont Abbey College community, and students, faculty, staff and monks regularly appear together. In addition, we function as the Belmont Community Theatre, which brings in theatre artists from the surrounding Metrolina area. Our audiences are drawn from both Gaston County and Charlotte/Mecklenburg. Actors audition for roles. Audition notices appear both on-campus, and in the Gaston Gazette and Charlotte Observer, and are open to all.

The Abbey Players of Belmont Abbey College were founded in 1883, and have been an integral part of campus life for over a century. At present, the theatre produces six shows a year, representing a wide repertoire of drama, comedy and musicals. Recent notable productions have included Michael Frayn’s Copenhagen , Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey into Night, Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins, Anne Nelson’s The Guys and Kaufman and Ferber’s The Royal Family. In addition, the Players present The Abbey Shakespeare Series, an ongoing project dedicated to producing each of William Shakespeare’s plays. We recently concluded the fifteenth play as part of this series, The Taming of the Shrew.

In addition to performance opportunities, the Abbey Players welcomes anyone interested in technical work. Under the direction of Gary Sivak (B.F.A., UNC-Charlotte), technicians build sets, design and hang light/sound plots, and run shows through state-of-the-art instruments. Technicians trained by the Abbey Players have been accepted into M.F.A. programs at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro based upon the strengths of their portfolios alone, since Belmont Abbey College does offers a theatre minor, and not a bachelor’s degree. Student actors at Belmont Abbey College have been accepted into programs at such diverse institutions as the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre and the North Carolina School of the Arts.

If you are interested in the Abbey Player award please contact Simon Donoghue by March 1.