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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THE EIGHTH ANNUAL 24-HOUR THEATRE PROJECT
January 24, 2015
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
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
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!”
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.
Simon Donoghue, Director of Theatre
Jill Bloede, Associate Professor of Theatre
Gary Sivak, Technical Director
Annamarie Gatto, Resident Costumer