The 2014 – 2015 Performing Arts Season Schedule

All performances begin at 8:00 P.M. The Belmont Abbey College Performing Arts Theatre is located in the Haid building.

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Lion poster 193x300 Theatre Schedule & TicketsTHE LION IN WINTER
Written by James Goldman

Directed by Simon Donoghue

Sibling rivalry, emotional dysfunction and dungeons – The Lion in Winter, by James Goldman, is a modern day classic. Comedic in tone, dramatic in action – the play tells the story of the Plantagenet family who are locked in a free for all of competing ambitions to inherit a kingdom. The queen, and wealthiest woman in the world, Eleanor of Aquitaine, has been kept in prison since raising an army against her husband, King Henry II. Let out only for holidays, the play centers around the inner conflicts of the royal family as they fight over both a kingdom, as well as King Henry’s paramour during the Christmas of 1183. As Eleanor says, “every family has its ups and downs,” and this royal family is no exception.

“A work of intelligence, astringent wit, and much theatrical skill.” – The New York Times

“Marvelously articulate language, with humor that bristles and burns” – The Los Angeles Times



GODSPELLby Jon-Michael Tebelak, Book and Stephen Schwartz, Music and Lyrics.

Purchase tickabbey godspell Theatre Schedule & Ticketsets here: Sept. 25 | Sept. 26 | Sept. 27 | Oct. 2 | Oct. 3 | Oct. 4

September 25, 26, 27, October 2, 3, 4

8:00 P.M.

Directed by Simon Donoghue

Godspell was the first major musical theatre offering from 3-time Grammy and Academy Award winner Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Children of Eden); and it took the world by storm. Led by the international hit, “Day By Day” GODSPELLfeatures a parade of beloved songs including “Prepare Ye The Way Of The Lord,” “Learn Your Lessons Well,” “All For The Best,” “All Good Gifts,” “Turn Back, O Man” and “By My Side.”

A small group of people helps Jesus Christ tell different parables by using a wide variety of games, storytelling techniques, and hefty doses of comic timing. An eclectic blend of songs ranging in style from pop to vaudeville is employed as the story of Jesus’s life dances across the stage. Dissolving hauntingly into the Last Supper and the Crucifixion, Jesus’s messages of kindness, tolerance, and love come vibrantly to life.


KING LEAR by William Shakespeare

November 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22

8:00 P.M.

The 2014-2015 Shakespeare Series

Directed by Simon Donoghue

Old King Lear, weary of royal duties, proposes to break up his kingdom and divide it among his three daughters. But this rash generosity is cruelly repaid and Lear discovers too late the false values by which he has lived – and, in turn, the suffering common to all humanity.

Its tempestuous poetry shot through with touches of humor and moments of heart-rending simplicity, King Lear is one of the deepest artistic explorations of the human condition.



December 5

8:00 P.M.

Directed by Simon Donoghue

The beloved tradition returns. An evening of music and festive readings to celebrate the season! For many members of our audience, this has become the official start of their holidays. Join us again, or for the very first time. Seating is limited, so be sure to make your reservations early.



January 24, 2015

8:00 P.M.

Facilitated by Kurt Ferrreira and Rianna Wontrop

At 8:00 p.m. on January 23, playwrights will be locked into the Haid Theatre and handed a photographic “prompt” for inspiration. Their goal? To complete a one-act play by 8:00 a.m. on January 24th! By 9:00 that morning the plays are in the hands of directors and actors, and by 8:00 that night, they’re on the Haid stage. This annual event has become an Abbey Players tradition, and is completely in the hands of our students. If you are interested in participating as an actor, technician, director or writer, please come on out for it—it’s a guaranteed blast!


ANGEL STREET by Patrick Hamilton

Feb. 19,  20, 21, 26, 27, 28, 2015

8:00 p.m.

Directed by Jill Bloede

A Broadway hit first produced on the West End under the title Gaslight and filmed twice, Angel Street tells the story of the Manninghams who live on Angel Street in 19th Century London. As the curtain rises, all appears the essence of Victorian tranquility. It is soon apparent however, that Mr. Manningham, a suavely handsome man, is slowly driving his gentle, devoted wife Bella, to the brink of insanity with an insinuating kindness which masks more sinsister motives. While he is out, Mrs. Manningham has an unexpected caller: amiable, paternal Inspector Rough from Scotland Yard. Rough is convinced that Manningham is a homicidal maniac wanted for a murder committed fifteen years earlier in this very house. Gradually the inspector restores Bella’s confidence in herself and as the evidence against Manningham unfolds, the author has built and sustained some of the most brilliant, suspenseful sequences in modern theatre.


THE STING: Adapted by David Rogers from the screenplay by David Ward

April 9,10,11,  16,17,18

8:00 P.M.

Directed by Jill Bloede

The excitement, maneuvers and comedy of the Paul Newman/Robert Redford screen triumph have been brilliantly adapted for stage production by one of the finest professional playwrights writing today. This show takes place in Chicago many years ago in a world of small-time hustlers and their girls, their money nonexistent but their ingenuity abundant. Johnny Hooker (a small-time grifter played by Redford in the film) joins a friend in a successful con of a “runner.” Unfortunately for them, the runner works for a powerful, vindictive rackets boss, Doyle Lonnegan, who is infuriated and arranges the killing of Johnny’s friend. Hoping to avenge this senseless murder, Johnny enlists the aid of the master con man Henry Gondorf (originally played by Newman). Together they decide to try the big con called “The Wire.” Structured in classic style, their first move is “The Set Up.” From there they proceed to “The Tale.” The tension mounts as they succeed and, with the powerful Lonnegan half-hooked, go on to “The Shut Out.” The excitement becomes explosive and a final scene, with switch upon switch upon switch, has the audience guessing and gasping as it builds to the final con movement, “The Sting!”



April 25

8:00 P.M.

A chance for an audience to experience the talents of our student directors in a series of scenes and/or one-act plays! Free to the public.

Theatre Staff:

Simon Donoghue, Director of Theatre

Jill Bloede, Associate Professor of Theatre

Gary Sivak, Technical Director

Annamarie Gatto, Resident Costumer