The Abbey Player productions are presented at The Haid Theatre on the campus of Belmont Abbey College. All evening performances begin at 8 pm. Sunday matinees begin at 2:30pm. If you prefer to reserve tickets over the phone, please call 704-461-6787. Our Box Office opens for single ticket reservations Wednesday, September 5th.
“Art,” as George Seurat sings in Sunday in the Park with George (1993-94 season), “isn’t easy.” Many of you reading this have participated with the Abbey Players as actors, technicians or directors, and you know the truth of Sondheim’s lyric.
The important thing is that art looks easy. Our audiences should have no idea what kind of sweat, blood and tears it takes to get a production on the Haid stage – if we have done our work they will be too caught up in the story to notice. I think last season did just that. If you sat in the Haid, you went to Mullingar, Ireland (Outside Mullingar), 15th century England (Henry IV, Part I), 19th century England (The Woman in Black) and finally to the Island of the Lost Boys (Peter and the Starcatcher). In addition, we added The 24-Hour Theatre Project, Christmas at the Abbey and Sophocles’ Antigone. The stage was filled with students, faculty, community members, and professional actors. Inventive sets and costumes supported the work of the directors. It all combined to deliver a powerful season of entertaining, thought-provoking theatre.
And now we get to do it all again! The 134th season of theatre at the Abbey is about to get underway. The plays include a world premiere as well as timeless classics, and we want you to be a part of it. For some of you, that means generously sharing your talents. But all of us can help in one critical area that ensures art is not just successful but possible at all. And that area is support! We encourage all of you who have not previously held season tickets to consider membership with the Abbey Players. If you had them last season, you know what a bargain they were, and will continue to be! The Abbey Players are the best theatre bargain in the area thanks to the support of Belmont Abbey College and our season patrons. In addition to your membership, we hope you will tell your friends about the Haid Theatre and invite them to join you!
On with the show!
The 2017-2018 Season
by Simon Donoghue Sept 21 -23 & 28-29 at 8pm, Oct 1 at 2:30pm
Directed by Simon Donoghue
Fresh from celebrating his 40th season as Director of Theatre, we are proud to present the premiere of Simon Donoghue’s latest breathtaking and thought-provoking work, Verity. In the dying days of the Third Reich, an imprisoned English nun survives an unspeakable atrocity. 15 years later she is asked to return to West Germany as the only one who can identify the man who may have been responsible. Verity deals with questions of faith, responsibility, and the obligations of families, both those of blood and those we choose. Suggested for mature audiences.
A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens
Nov. 9-11 & 16-18 at 8pm, Nov 19 at 2:30pm
Directed by Jill Bloede
A miserly and miserable man, Ebenezer Scrooge greets each Christmas with a “bah humbug,” until he is visited one Christmas Eve by his late partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. Through a restless night, the spirits show him happy memories from his past, cruel realities from the present, and the grim future should he continue his cantankerous ways. The Spirits offer Scrooge a chance at a better future and teach him it is never too late to change. Usher in the holidays with the beloved Dickens redemption tale. Christmas at The Abbey December 1 at 8 pm The holiday season continues with this beloved, one-night-only performance. With poignant, heartfelt, and comedic readings, and favorite secular and sacred music, this evening brings tidings of comfort and joy to all who can attend this traditionally sold-out event. *Season members are guaranteed admission with advanced reservations.
The 24-Hour Theatre Project
January 13 at 8 pm
Back again for the 11th consecutive year, this student-inspired and a student-produced project is a unique exercise in the creative process. With images for inspiration, local playwrights delve into their craft on Friday, January 12th at 8 pm, and 24 hours later, a series of brand new short plays have been developed. The lights go up on The Haid stage for a traditionally sold-out house, and the magic and wonder of the creative process is revealed! *Season members are guaranteed admission with advanced reservations.
Wait Until Dark
by Frederick Knott, adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher
Feb 22-24 & March 1-3 at 8pm, March 4 at 2:30pm
Directed by Jill Bloede
From the author of Dial M For Murder comes a major revival of this classic, edge-of-your-seat, thriller. With a new adaptation by Jeffrey Hatcher, the play is reset in 1944 Greenwich Village during WWII, and follows the story of Suzy, a blind woman who, left alone in her apartment, becomes embroiled with a group of conmen hatching an elaborate and dangerous scam. As the climax builds, Suzy discovers that her blindness just might be the key to her escape. Made into a film starring Audrey Hepburn in 1967, this exciting production proves that live theatre is thrilling, indeed.
The Sound of Music
Music by Richard Rodgers & Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II Book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, suggested by The Trapp Family Singers by Maria Augusta Trapp
April 12-14 & 19-21 at 8pm, April 22 at 2:30pm
Directed by Simon Donoghue
The hills are alive! For the first time on the Haid stage, the beloved story of the famous Von Trapp family will come to life. Capturing a personal tale of growth and hope amidst the horrors of war, The Sound of Music tells the tale of young postulant Maria, whose free spirit has trouble fitting into the rules and regulations of Nonnberg Abbey. Sent to serve as the governess for seven motherless children, Maria transforms the Von Trapp family home from a place of dour rules and regulations to one filled with joy, with laughter, and with music. First a Broadway classic, then a film, which continues to be the most successful movie musical in history.
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Our shows from the 2016-2017 season…
A look back at our 2015-16 season
WINGS by Arthur Kopit September 24, 25, 26, 30, October 1, 2 Directed by Simon Donoghue
YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart November 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21 Directed by Jill Bloede
THE LARK by Jean Anouilh February 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 Directed by Simon Donoghue
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS by Howard Ashman, Book and Lyrics, Alan Menken, Music April 14,15,16, 21,22,23 Directed by Jill Bloede Jim Eddings, Music Director