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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 133 continuous seasons. At present, the theatre produces six offerings a year, representing a wide repertoire of drama, comedy and musicals. Recent notable productions have included Arthur Kopit’s Wings, John Patrick Shanley’s Outside Mullingar, Menken &  Ashman’s Little Shop of Horrors, Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part I, Sophocles’ Antigone, and Kaufman and Hart’s You Can’t Take It With You. In addition, the Players present The Abbey Shakespeare Series, an ongoing project dedicated to producing each of William Shakespeare’s plays.

Get Your Season Membership

Memberships for the 2017-18 season will be available online soon. We have an excellent season planned. From our annual Christmas at the Abbey and The 24-Hour Theatre Project to shows never before seen on The Haid stage, make plans to enjoy every moment of this year’s Abbey Players. Check back here for membership information. You can also email AbbeyPlayers@bac.edu to be put on our mailing list.

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.