Productions are presented at The Haid Theatre on the campus of Belmont Abbey College. All evening performances begin at 8pm. Sunday matinees begin at 2:30pm. All Mainstage productions are Reserved Seating. While reservations are suggested for more popular productions and to ensure a specific seat request, tickets are nearly always available at the door beginning 1 hour prior to performance.
If you prefer to reserve tickets over the phone, please call 704-461-6787. Discounts offered for groups of 10 or more. Email AbbeyPlayers@bac.edu for more information.
“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
Sept 24 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 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.
by Charles Dickens
November 9-11 & 16-18 at 8pm
November 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.
Directed by Simon Donoghue
Music Directed by Seth Kane
December 1 at 8pm
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.
January 20th at 8pm Facilitated by Elizabeth Brandolini 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 19th 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.
by Frederick Knott
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 this classic, edge-of-your-seat, thriller. A Greenwich Village apartment becomes the setting of a suspenseful game of cat and mouse when a group of thuggish con-men manipulate and terrorize the recently blinded Suzy over a mysterious doll hidden inside. 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.
Book by Jon-Michael Tebelak
Music & Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
April 12-14 & 19-21 at 8pm
April 22 at 2:30 pm
Directed by Simon Donoghue, Music Directed by Jim Eddings
As is the nature of theatre, all productions are subject to change. Due to a professional touring production in NC this spring, the rights to The Sound of Music have been pulled for our production. We are delighted to have been able to quickly secure the rights to Godspell and offer it to our audiences as the final production of the 2017-18 season.
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” Godspell features 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.