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).  

For TICKETSto our shows, please contact Stuart's Opera House.

Shows Planned for the 2024-2025 Season:

Our Next Production:
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Glengarry Glen Ross – September 27, 28, 29, 2024 at 7:30 p.m. – Four Chicago salesmen—Levene, Roma, Moss, and Aaronow—and their supervisor, Williamson, work together selling undesirable real estate at inflated prices.  It´s the end of a month in which the bosses of the company, Mitch and Murray, have declared a “sales contest” in which the salesman who clears a certain high dollar amount will win a Cadillac, and the two salesmen who perform worst will be fired.  The desperate sales agents will do anything to make their sales.

Rated R for adult language and profanity.

GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS
by David Mamet

“Glengarry Glenn Ross” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.   www.concordtheatricals.com

Sponsored by
The Ethan Cooper Fund—with gratitude to the arts community of Southern Ohio and in support of our local artists.

Coming Soon After:
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Disney's Alice in Wonderland JR. – December 6 & 7, 2024 at 7:30 p.m. and December 7 & 8, 2024 at 2 p.m. – Alice navigates the world of wonderland after falling down a rabbit hole.  She finds herself in a strange world where everything seems upside down.  As she tries to find her way home, she encounters some strange characters including the White Rabbit who is never on time, the Chesire Cat whose smile is quite curious, the caterpillar with a cool demeanor, the Mad Hatter who could not be whackier, and a Queen of Hearts with a red-hot temper.

The ABC Players
Production of

Key
Music and Lyrics by
Danny Elfman,
Sammy Fain
& Bob Hilliard,
Oliver Wallace
& Cy Coben,
Michael Abbott
& Sarah Weeks,
AND Mack David, Al Hoffman & Jerry
Livingston

Music Adapted and Arranged
and Additional Music and Lyrics by
Bryan Louiselle
Additional Arrangements & Orchestrations by
Patrick Sulken
Book and Additional Lyrics by
David Simpatico
Based on the 1951 Disney film Alice in Wonderland and the novels
The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland
and Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll

Disney’s Alice in Wonderland JR. is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized materials are supplied by
Music Theatre International, New York, NY
212-541-4684 mtishows.com

Sponsored by

OUFCU

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The Full Monty – March 7, 8, 14, 15, 2025 at 7:30 p.m. and March 9 & 16, 2025 at 2 p.m. – Six unemployed steel workers form a male striptease act.  Based on the film of the same name, this story is full of heart, honest affection, sharp humor, and engaging melodies.

THE FULL MONTY
The Broadway Musical

Book By
Terence McNally

Music and Lyrics by
David Yazbek

Based on the Motion Picture released by Fox Searchlight Pictures and written by Simon Beaufoy, produced by Umberto Pasolini and directed by Peter Cattaneo

Originally Produced for Broadway by Fox Searchlight Pictures, Lindsey Law, and Thomas Hall
World Premier at The Globe Theaters, San Diego, CA

THE FULL MONTY
is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).  All authorized materials are also supplied by MTI.
www.mtishows.com

Sponsored by

Rocky
Friends logo Sensory-Friendly Holiday Concert & Friends - April 19, 2025 at 11 a.m. & 3 p.m. - In the Christmas season, a half-hour concert of live holiday music with sing-alongs by Mr. & Mrs. Santa and elves.  In April, a set of songs about friendship, followed after intermission by “Eeyore´s Birthday,” a musical based on the Winnie the Pooh stories.

Awaiting Sponsor

Awaiting Artwork To Be Announced!!! –May 8, 9, 10, 11, 2025 – A new collaboration from the ABC Players/Nelsonville-York Drama Club team that brought us Matilda, School of Rock, and Wizard of Oz.

Awaiting Sponsor

TFHAWFI

The French Have a Word for It – June 22, 2025 at 2 p.m. – A flirt refuses lovers so long as her husband is faithful, but wild plot to entrap her stumbling husband in flagrante delicto becomes so frenetic that the seducers, angry husbands, spying wives, innocent maids, pubescent bellboys and police inspectors lose track of who´s in bed with whom.  A staged reading.

THE FRENCH HAVE A WORD FOR IT
By Georges Feydeau
Translated by Barnett Shaw

“The French Have a Word for It ”
is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.
www.concordtheatricals.com

Awaiting Sponsor

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AUDITIONS: Tips

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. 

Glengarry Glen Ross Auditions - Saturday, August 3rd, 2024 - 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Rehearsals begin Monday, August 5th - 6:30 p.m.  
Rehearsals will be Monday through Thursday 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. until tech.  
Performance Dates:  Friday, Sept 27th, Saturday, Sept. 28th, and Sunday, Sept. 29th.

Glengarry Glen Ross is the Pulitzer Award-Winning play by David Mamet.  The play depicts two days in the lives of four real estate salesmen, and their increasing desperation when the corporate office threatens that all but the top two salesmen will be fired within one week.
Come audition for one of seven roles:

Sides will be provided to read for the audition.  All roles are written as male, but all gender identities will be considered.  Just bring yourself!

Fill out the Audition Information Form (DOCX) or (Fillable PDF), and bring it with you to the audition.  Hard copies will be available at the audition in case you forget.

“Glengarry Glen Ross” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.
www.concordtheatricals.com
Glengarry Glen Ross
By David Mamet

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ABOUT US: History of Athenian Berean Community Players

In the beginning was 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 to five 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, at least one of the 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.

For many years, we were active in the Ohio Community Theatre Association (OCTA).  Our members served in various leadership roles in OCTA.  When we presented excerpts of our plays at OCTA regional and state-wide festivals, we earned formal recognition of the excellence of our productions.  We earned awards for acting, direction, sets, costumes, and for our newsletter:  The Minotaur.  Facing rising printing and postage costs and the general availability of the Internet, we stopped publishing The Minotaur in 2014.  In 2018, the membership voted to end our membership in OCTA, while retaining membership in the national American Association of Community Theatre which publishes the bimonthly Spotlight magazine.

AACT

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 by searching for "Athenian Berean Community Players".  Our Certificate of Good Standing as an Ohio nonprofit corporation is here.  We can also be found on the Ohio Attorney General's database of charitable organizations.  The IRS’s Exempt Organizations Selection Checklist can also be used to verify our eligibility to receive tax-deductible contributions.

We're also on facebook, twitter, and instagram.

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MEETINGS:

When meetings are scheduled, they will be listed here.

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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.  Click here to join or pay dues.

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OFFICERS:The 2023-2024 officers are

Officers are elected annually and serve from September 1st through August 31st.

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CONTACT US: Write to us at:

Athenian Berean Community Players
P.O. Box 283
Athens, Ohio 45701

Join our mailing list of people interested in community theater in southeast Ohio.

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