Shows for the 2017-2018 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 Next Show:
Kiss Me, Kate Logo Kiss Me, Kate, a Broadway hit based on Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew.  Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter.  Book by Sam and Bella Spewack.  Directed by Sylvia Abbott.  March 2-3, 9-10, 2018 at 7:30 p.m., matinees March 4 & 11 at 2 p.m.  Cast list.
KISS ME, KATE
is presented by arrangement with TAMS-WITMARK MUSIC LIBRARY, INC.  560 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10022

Sponsored by

HVB

Auntie Mame Logo Auntie Mame, in which a New York socialite becomes the guardian of her young nephew and teaches him to live life to the fullest.  Directed by Celeste Parsons.  May 3-5, 2018 at 7:30 p.m., matinee May 6 at 2 p.m.
AUNTIE MAME
BY JEROME LAWRENCE AND ROBERT E. LEE
Based on the bestselling novel by Patrick Dennis.

Sponsored by

Rocky Outdoor Gear Store

Trifles Logo Trifles, a staged reading “who done it” where the real sleuths turn out to be trifling women — or not.  Directed by Karen M. Chan.  June 17, 2018 at 2 p.m.
TRIFLES
by Susan Glaspell is in the public domain.

Sponsored by

Tansky Motors

Completed:
Godspell

Godspell, the timeless tale of friendship, loyalty and love based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew.  Directed by Chris Parsons.  October 19-21, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. and October 21 and 22 at 2 p.m.  Cast list.

GODSPELL
Conceived and Originally Directed by JOHN-MICHAEL TEBELAK
MUSIC AND NEW LYRICS BY STEPHEN SCHWARTZ
Originally Produced on the New York Stage by
EDGAR LANSBURY / STUART DUNCAN / JOSEPH BERUH

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

Sponsored by

Intelliwave logo

Elf Jr Logo Elf - the Musical Jr., the story of Buddy, a human boy who was raised as one of Santa's elves. Directed by Jodi MacNeal.  December 1-2, 2017 at 7:30 p.m., matinees December 2 & 3 at 2 p.m.  Cast list.
ELF - THE MUSICAL JR.
Book by Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin
Music by Matthew Sklar
Lyrics by Chad Beguelin
Based upon the New Line Cinema film written by David Berenbaum. 

ELF - THE MUSICAL JR.
is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).  All performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.com

Sponsored by

OUFCU

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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. 

Information on auditions for each show will be posted here.  Keep checking back to get the latest info.

To audition for this show, you must be able to look at least 16 years old.  Any age older than that is fine.
Prepare a one-minute song (not a song from Kiss Me, Kate) that you can sing with no accompaniment.
Also expect to be asked to read from the script and perform basic dance moves.
Wear comfortable shoes for dancing.  No flip flops, please!
Click to see a role list for Kiss Me, Kate.
Expect some Sunday afternoon dance rehearsals.
Click to download the audition information form (.DOCX or .PDF).
If you have questions, please contact the director, Sylvia Abbott at (740)593-5427 or sylviaabbott98@gmail.com.

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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:

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 and twitter.

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MEETINGS:

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

The next ABC Players meeting will be held Thursday, December 14th at 6:30 p.m. at 30 Public Square.

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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.  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.

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OFFICERS:The 2017-2018 officers are

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

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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!!!

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OCTA: 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.
OCTA 60 Logo

We are also currently members of the American Association of Community Theatres.

AACT

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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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