PLAY SELECTION for 2019-2020 is complete.  Here is the schedule:

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

Shows for the 2018-2019 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.

Our Next Show:
Burlesque Burlesque Humor Revisited, a fast-paced, naughty romp through the jokes, puns, slow burns and double takes 20th century American comedians cut their teeth on.  Directed by Alexa Ross.  June 19 & 20, 2019, 7:30 p.m.  Special ticket prices – $8, $5 for students.  AUDITIONS

A Rundown on Old-Time Burlesque Comedy
by Dick Poston

"Burlesque Humor Revisited" is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

Sponsored by

Tansky Motors

Spring Awakening

Spring Awakening, the electrifying, Tony Award winning rock musical about teenagers discovering the inner and outer tumult of their sexuality.  Directed by Christina Barkhurst-McKinney with music direction by Devin Sudman.  October 18, 19, 20, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. and October 21 at 2 p.m.  Cast List.

Book & Lyrics by Steven Sater     Music by Duncan Sheik
Based on the play by Frank Wedekind

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

Sponsored by

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Seussical Jr Logo Seussical JR., the Cat in the Hat leads Jojo on adventures and teaches him to use his imagination.  In the Jungle of Nool, Horton hears a faint call for help and saves the Whos.  Directed by Jodi MacNeal.   November 30, Dec 1, 2018 at 7:30 p.m., matinees December 1 & 2 at 2 p.m.  Cast List
Book by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Conceived by Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty, and Eric Idle Based on the works of Dr. Seuss Music Supervised, Adapted, and Produced by Bryan Louiselle

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

Sponsored by


Beauty and the Beast Logo Disney's Beauty and the Beast, “Be Our Guest!”  The Academy Award-winning film comes to life in this romantic and beloved take on the classic fairytale.  Directed by Chris Parsons with music direction by Devin Sudman.  March 1-2, 8-9, 2019 at 7:30 p.m., matinees March 3, 9, & 10 at 2 p.m.  Cast List

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

Sponsored by


The 39 Steps Logo The 39 Steps, a hilarious mashup of a Hitchcock masterpiece, a spy thriller, and Monty Python.  Directed by Celeste Parsons.  May 2-4, 2019 at 7:30 p.m., matinee May 5 at 2 p.m.  Cast List

Adapted by Patrick Barlow
From the novel by John Buchan
From the movie by Alfred Hitchcock
Licensed by ITV Global Entertainment Limited
And an original concept by Simon Corbie and Nobby Dimon

"The 39 Steps" is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

Sponsored by

Rocky Outdoor Gear Store



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 scheduled as follows:


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.

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

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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.


OFFICERS:The 2018-2019 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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