Shows for the 2016-2017 Season: We perform in the historic Stuart's Opera House in Nelsonville, OH. Click here to see all of the shows we have produced since December 1992 (with pictures). Click here to see a scrapbook of stories about us in the press. For TICKETSto our shows, please contact Stuart's Opera House.
Our 2016-2017 season is dedicated to the memory of Lynn Sullivan, music director for seasons of wonderful productions and mentor to the many lucky cast members whose lives she touched.
|Our Next Show:|
|The Addams Family Musical, Charles Addams' weird and wonderful family's devilishly delightful life shown in a new musical comedy. Book by MARSHALL BRICKMAN and RICK ELICE. Music and Lyrics by ANDREW LIPPA. Based on Characters Created by Charles Addams. Originally produced on Broadway by Stuart Oken, Roy Furman, Michael Leavitt, Five Cent Productions, Stephen Schuler, Decca Theatricals, Scott M. Delman, Stuart Ditsky, Terry Allen Kramer, Stephanie P. McClelland, James L. Nederlander, Eva Price, Jam Theatricals/ Mary LuRoffe, Pittsburgh CLO/Gutterman-Swinsky, Vivek Tiwary/Gary Kaplan, The Weinstein Company/Clarence, LLC, Adam Zotovich/Tribe Theatricals By Special Arrangement with Elephant Eye Theatrical. Directed by Chris Parsons with music direction by Devin Sudman. March 17-18 & 24-25, 2017 at 7 p.m., matinees March 19 & 26 at 2 p.m. Cast list.||Sponsored by|
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The Dixie Swim Club, a comedy in which five Southern women who met on their college swim team gather every August over a period of 33 years to catch up and share their lives. By Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten. Directed by Joe Balding. May 11-13, 2017 at 7 p.m., matinee May 14 at 2 p.m.
The Trip to Bountiful, a drama in which an elderly woman escapes from the care of her son and his controlling wife and returns to her beloved hometown one last time. By Horton Foote. Directed by Karen M. Chan. June 18, 2017 at 2 p.m. We present this performance as a stage reading in memory and honor of Lynn Sullivan while introducing our Senior Moments ensemble (actors 50+)!
|Stuart Little, the musical version of E.B. White's classic tale about a little mouse born into a normal New York family further enhances the charming story of a determined “underdog” trying to survive in a “real people's world.” Adapted by Joseph Robinette. Music by Ronna Frank. Lyrics by Joseph Robinette and Ronna Frank. Based on the book by E.B. White. Directed by Jodi MacNeal. October 21-22, 2016 at 7 p.m., matinees October 22 & 23 at 2 p.m. Cast list.||
|The Littlest Angel, the story about a little shepherd boy, newly arrived in Heaven, struggling to adjust to life in the Hereafter. Inspired by the book by Charles Tazewell. Script, original music, and lyrics by the director, Celeste Parsons. December 2-3, 2016 at 7 p.m., matinee December 4 at 2 p.m. Cast list.||Sponsored by|
Note: You don't have to be a member of ABC Players to audition, get a part, and perform in one of our productions. But, if you get a part in a second play, we'd like you to support the organization by becoming a member.
Auditions for The Dixie Swim Club and The Trip to Bountiful will both be held on Saturday, March 11th from 1-4 p.m. at the Round the Corner Studio, 49 West Washington Street, Nelsonville. Depending on your availability, it may be possible to perform in both productions.
Do yourself a favor. Download and print an audition information form, fill it out, and bring it with you to the audition. This will save you the time and hassle of trying to fill it out using your knee as a writing desk with a borrowed pen that doesn't work well.
The Dixie Swim Club is a sentimental comedy with strong parts for five women. Read about the characters here. Scripts are now available at the libraries. Performances will be May 11-13, 2017 at 7 p.m., with a matinee on May 14 at 2 p.m.
The rehearsals for The Dixie Swim Club will be 7 - 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday evenings. Copies of the script are available at the libraries. Auditions will consist of readings from the script.
To be cast in our "Senior Moments" production of The Trip to Bountiful, you must be at least 50 years old. Rehearsals will be once or twice a week during the day or at night, depending on when actors are available. There will be one performance on June 18, 2017 at 2 p.m.
There are roles for four women and four men. Read about the characters here. The script for The Trip to Bountiful can currently be found on-line here. Copies of the script are also on reserve in the libraries at Nelsonville, The Plains, or Athens. The sections of the script ("sides") that will be used for auditioning for all parts (including the NARRATOR) are:
LUDIE & JESSIE MAE p. 19
(Starting with JESSIE MAE "You sleepy, Ludie" to LUDIE "No, it won't")
THELMA & MRS. WATTS p. 38 (pp. 37-38 in the on-line version)
(Starting with THELMA "How long have you been married" and ending with THELMA "Why didn't you marry him?")
LUDIE & MRS. WATTS pp. 53-54 (pp. 52-53 in the on-line version)
(Starting with MRS. WATTS "The old house has gotten kind of rundown, hasn't it?" to LUDIE "It doesn't do any good to remember.")
ABOUT US: History of Athenian Berean Community Players
In the beginning there were the Berean Community Players (BCP), incorporated in 1973. For years, BCP's productions under the direction of Spencer Steenrod and Tony Coleman were the cultural center of gravity in southeast Ohio. Musical directors Katy McCoy and Mary Jane McKinley, were recognized throughout Ohio for the quality of their work.
For several years, Joe Balding and Steve Haskins entertained the idea of forming a community theater group in the Athens area. In the summer of 1992, while working on an Ohio Valley Summer Theatre production of On Golden Pond, Joe outlined his dream to Spence Watson, who was also in the play. Spence and Beth Watson had previously formed an amateur theater company in another community. They shared their experiences at a meeting at the Athens Unitarian Fellowship Hall on August 3, 1992. The groundwork for Athenian Players Theatre (APT) was laid at that meeting.
APT's first production was The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, opening in the Athens Unitarian Fellowship Hall on December 10, 1992. Indeed, for our first five years, APT was a sort of nomad theatre, doing shows at such locations as the Unitarian Fellowship Hall, the Athens Middle School, the Senior Citizens Center, and the Friends’ Meeting House in Chauncey. But in March 1997, the historic Stuart’s Opera House reopened in Nelsonville. On October 3, 1997, APT presented I’ll Be Back Before Midnight in the newly restored Opera House and—except for a few special productions in other locations—APT jointly produced shows with BCP in Stuart’s Opera House.
On March 18, 2009, the membership of both organizations voted to merge into a single organization called the Athenian Berean Community Players.
Our normal season is three plays, performed either Thursday through Sunday in a single week or Friday through Sunday of two successive weeks. Sunday performances are matinees; all others are evening shows.
In most seasons, one of the three productions is a musical. These have included The Sound of Music (Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein II), Into The Woods (Stephen Sondheim), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Stephen Sondheim), and Funny Girl (Isobel Lennart, Jules Styne, Bob Merrill). Comedy and dramatic offerings have included such plays as Rumors (Neil Simon), Night of January 16th (Ayn Rand), Steel Magnolias (Richard Harling), Present Laughter (Noel Coward), and Flowers for Algernon (David Rogers).
For a complete list of our productions, illustrations of the show posters, and some stage photos, please click here.
We are active in the Ohio Community Theatre Association (OCTA). Our members have served in various leadership roles in OCTA. When we have presented excerpts of our plays at OCTA regional and state-wide festivals, we have earned formal recognition of the excellence of our productions. We have earned awards for acting, direction, sets, costumes, and for our newsletter: The Minotaur.
So, we have a core of talented, experienced members with demonstrated commitment and exceptional abilities. But all of us face competition for our time, and—as with all volunteer organizations—maintaining a strong, exciting program over the years is a challenge. We are taking steps to attract and empower new members, and we are particularly seeking young people who are interested in live theatre. Although we currently have more than 30 paid members, not all are able to be actively involved in productions. Also, since "time keeps on going into the future," we need to continue to attract new members to keep the organization fresh and flourishing. Becoming a member is easy.
We owe our continuing success to numerous supporters. A few have helped us over and over, and they are mentioned here:
Click here for our bylaws and production policy. Our filings with the Ohio Secretary of State as a nonprofit corporation are available on-line. We can also be found on the Ohio Attorney General's database of charitable organizations by searching for "Athenian Berean Community Players". The IRS’s Exempt Organizations Selection Checklist can also be used to verify our eligibility to receive tax-deductible contributions.
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Our meetings are open to all; everyone welcome. No obligation. Come and learn about your community theater.
The next meeting is at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, February 20th, at Stuart's Opera House.
MEMBERSHIP: To become a member of ABC Players, all you have to do is express an interest, be at least 14 years old, and pay $10 a year. Families may join for $20. The membership year runs from September 1 to August 31. Dues are not prorated. To ensure your membership is correctly recorded, please fill out a Membership Enrollment Form and submit it with your dues.
There are two categories of membership. If you aren't able to participate actively in play production, but you still want to support community theatre, you can join as a Supporting Member. Supporting Members receive all mailings regarding auditions, meetings, and upcoming shows. Members who participate actively (as actors, musicians, ushers, directors, designers, etc.) are known as Guild Members and have the additional privileges of voting on elections of board members and helping to choose the plays that we will produce.
OFFICERS:The 2016-2017 officers are
Officers are elected annually and serve from September 1st through August 31st.
FUTURE PRODUCTIONS: Do you have a good play that you would like to see Athenian Berean Community Players produce? Are you just waiting to return to the stage after your experiences in high school but you have put it off for 20 years? Would you like to direct or just smell the grease paint? Write and let us know!!!
We have been active members of the Ohio
Community Theatre Association (OCTA) since 1999. Our members have
served on OCTA boards and committees, and we have received OCTA awards for excellence in acting,
directing, costume and set design, and newsletter.
We are also currently members of the American Association of Community Theatres.
CONTACT US: Write to us at:
Athenian Berean Community Players
P.O. Box 283
Athens, Ohio 45701
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