The Abbey Player productions are presented at The Haid Theatre on the campus of Belmont Abbey College. All performances begin at 8pm. If you prefer to reserve tickets over the phone, please call 704-461-6787. Our Box Office opens for single ticket reservations Wednesday, September 7th.
In particular, it is my pleasure to offer congratulations to Simon Donoghue, now in his 40th Season as Director of the Abbey Players. The excellence of our theater program, which is so vitally important for the education of our students, the life of our college community, and the cultural life of the entire region, is due to Simon’s talent and dedicated service. We all owe him a great debt of gratitude for challenging and delighting us, but most of all for mentoring generations of young students.
Best of luck for a good year! Abbot Placid D. Solari, O.S.B.
Chancellor, Belmont Abbey College
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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!
Our 2016-2017 Season
A new romantic comedy from the Pulitzer-, Oscar-, and Tony Award-winner John Patrick Shanley, writer of Doubt and Moonstruck. Set in rural Ireland, Anthony and Rosemary are lovelorn farmers who haven’t got a clue when it comes to love. These hopeless singletons will need to overcome a bitter land feud, familial rivalries, and their own romantic fears to find happiness. Full of wit, humor, and poetic prose, John Patrick Shanley’s tenderhearted portrait reminds us it’s never too late to take a chance on love. 2014 Tony Award nominee for Best Play. “Mr. Shanley’s finest work since Doubt.” – The New York Times
Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of this Abbey community favorite! At 8pm on October 14th, student playwrights will be gathered in the Haid Theatre and handed a photographic “prompt” for inspiration. Their goal? To complete a one-act play by 8am on October 15th! By 9am, the plays are in the hands of student directors and actors, and by 8:00 that same night, they’re on the Haid stage. If you are interested in participating as an actor, technician, director or writer, please come on out – it’s a guaranteed blast! Season members are offered priority seating, with advanced notice. While no advanced reservations or tickets are required, and admission is complimentary, high attendance is expected, so please arrive early to guarantee seating.
HENRY IV, PART ONE
War is imminent. Guilt weighs heavily on the newly crowned King Henry after offing his rival and cousin, King Richard II. And Henry’s heir, Prince Hal, is carousing with ne’er-do-wells at the tavern. So begins Henry IV, Part I, continuing the Abbey Players’ ongoing commitment to present the entire Shakespearean canon. Shuttling between dingy alehouse and cloistered court and imbued with live music, Part I chronicles Prince Hal’s transition from wayward son—enabled by the hobbling drunk Falstaff —to the right-hand man on the eve of an epoch-defining battle. Part of the Annual Shakespeare Series.
The beloved tradition continues! What marks for many the kick-off to the holiday season, Christmas at the Abbey is an evening of festive music and readings, where longtime and new Abbey Players take to the stage and share in this joyous and sacred celebration to honor the most holy of days. Season members are offered priority seating with advanced reservations. Advanced tickets are strongly encouraged, as this One Night Only event is historically very well-attended.
THE WOMAN IN BLACK, A Ghost Play
Running for over 26 years in London’s West End, the late Stephen Mallatratt’s ingenious stage adaptation of Susan Hill’s suspenseful novel is a thrill-seeker’s paradise! A play within a play, The Woman in Black follows retired solicitor Arthur Kipps as he hires an actor to help him tell the story of a series of troubling events from his younger years, in a bid to put the memories to bed once and for all. Though first skeptical of the actor’s methods, Kipps eventually embraces his part and launches a series of past recollections. The audience is soon gripped by the powerful storytelling that subtly builds an underlying tension ripe for piercing with sporadic and spine-tingling appearances from the cast of characters.
Ever 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
A look back at our 2015-16 season
WINGS by Arthur Kopit September 24, 25, 26, 30, October 1, 2 Directed by Simon Donoghue[/fusion_text]
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