Please see schedule changes below caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus.  Click here for info about 2020-2021 play selection.

The 2019-2020 Season is dedicated to the memory of Terrence J. Smith who passed away in March of this year.  Terry performed with distinction in many ABC Players productions.

Shows for the 2019-2020 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).  

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

Sister Act Logo Sister Act, in which disco diva Deloris Van Cartier enters witness protection and finds herself in a convent where she brings new life to the church community but blows her cover.  Directed by Devin Sudman. POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19.   Cast List.  Buy


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Based on the Touchstone Pictures Motion Picture “Sister Act” written by Joseph Howard

is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).  All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

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Radium Girls Logo Radium Girls, the battle against corporate greed, quackery, and family crises of women made ill by employment as radium watch dial painters.  Directed by Celeste Parsons. 

A Play in Two Acts
D.W. Gregory

Produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois.

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Rocky Outdoor Gear Store

The Lion in Winter logo The Lion in Winter, a staged reading presenting the dramatic and comic story of the Plantagenets who are locked in a family feud to inherit a kingdom.  Directed by Karen M. Chan.  The cast will comprise Senior Citizens (55 and up).

James Goldman

"The Lion in Winter" is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., a Concord Theatricals Company.

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Clue: The Musical, a musical edition of the popular board game in which the audience gets to play.  Directed by Sylvia Abbott with music direction by Jodi MacNeal.  Oct. 10, 11, 12, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 13 at 2 p.m.  Cast List

Book by Peter DePietro
Music by Galen Blum, Wayne Barker, and Vinnie Martucci.
Lyrics by Tom Chiodo
Based on the Parker Brothers' Board Game

“Clue: The Musical” is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. a Concord Theatricals Company.

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Frozen JR. logo Disney's Frozen JR., in which Princesses Elsa and Anna find love and acceptance as they face an emotional journey to restore their sisterly bond.  Directed by Jodi MacNeal & Jenn Fritchley.   Dec. 6, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 7, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Dec. 8 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.  Cast List

The ABC Players Kids production of
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Music and Lyrics by
Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez

Book by Jennifer Lee

Based on the Disney film written by Jennifer Lee and directed by Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee

is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).  All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

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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 2019-2020 season are on hold until we can reschedule shows after the COVID-19 virus has come and gone.


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 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.

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:

In 2017, ABC Players inaugurated the Lynn Sullivan Spirit Award in memory of beloved music director Lynn Sullivan. The award is presented to a current member of ABC Players who best exemplifies the spirit of community theater. The winner of the 2017 award is Sydney Lewis. The 2018 award will be sponsored by Tina Wilson.

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.

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

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Our meetings are open to all; everyone welcome.  No obligation.  Come and learn about your community theater.

Below is the schedule of upcoming meetings.

Tuesday, March 31st – 6:00 p.m.  Canceled because of social distancing.

Tuesday, April 28th – 6:30 p.m.  Canceled because of social distancing.

Tuesday, May 19th – 6:30 p.m. – PLAY SELECTION & OFFICER ELECTION MEETING.  If we can't meet in person, paid members will receive ballots by e-mail.  More details will be sent as the meeting date approaches.  Only paid members can vote.

The deadline for sending play proposals to[at] is Friday, April 30th.  Play Proposal Form:  (DOCX, PDF).  Dates for 2020-2021 productions are:

  • Fall – Thurs - Oct 1, Fri - Oct 2, Sat - Oct 3, and Sun - Oct 4, 2020
  • Christmas – Fri - Dec 4, Sat - Dec 5, Sun - Dec 6, 2020
  • Winter - Fri - Mar 19, Sat - Mar 20, Sun - Mar 21, Fri - Mar 26, Sat - Mar 27, Sun - Mar 28, 2021
  • Spring - Thurs - May 13, Fri - May 14, Sat - May 15, Sun - May 16, 2021
  • (Tech will begin the Sunday before each performance opening date.)


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 (PDF or (DOCX) 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 2019-2020 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!!!


AACT: We are members of the American Association of Community Theatre.



CONTACT US: Write to us at:

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

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