Shows Planned for the 2021-2022 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 Production:
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.  Mar. 18-19 & 25-26, 2022 at 7:30; and Mar. 20 & 27, 2022 at 2 p.m.   Cast List


Music by

Lyrics by

Book by




Additional Book Material


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.

Sponsored by


Coming Soon After:
Matilda Logo Matilda the Musical , in which a precocious 5-year-old girl with the gift of telekinesis, who loves reading, overcomes obstacles caused by her family and school, and helps her teacher to reclaim her life.  Produced jointly with the Nelsonville-York Drama Club.  Directed by Devin Sudman.  Apr. 28-30, 2022 at 7:30.   Cast List

Roald Dahl's


The Musical


Music & Lyrics



Orchestrations and Additional Music

Chris Nightingale

Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical
is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).  All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

Awaiting Sponsor

Break a Leg logo Break a Leg, a fast-paced comedy of theatrical disaster.  Directed by Devin Sudman.  May 12-14, 2022 at 7:30; and May 15, 2022 at 2 p.m.

John O'Brien

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

Sponsored by
Cooper Ventures LTD.

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).  June 19, 2022.

James Goldman

"The Lion in Winter" is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.

Sponsored by

Realty logo

James and the Giant Peach JR., in which orphaned James discovers magic in a large peach and undertakes a journey across the ocean to New York City during which he faces hunger, sharks, and other adversity, helped out by singing insects who journey with him on this larger-than-life musical adventure.   Directed by Jodi MacNeal & Jenn Fritchley.   Dec. 2-3, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.  Matinee Dec. 3-4 at 2 p.m. 

Words and Music by
Benj Pasek & Justin Paul

Book by
Timothy Allen McDonald

Based on the book James and the Giant Peach
by Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach JR. is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized materials are supplied by Music Theatre International, New York, NY (212) 541-4684

Sponsored by


Ordinary Days Logo

Ordinary Days, in which the lives of four young New Yorkers intersect as they search for fulfillment, happiness, love, and cabs in COVID times.  Through a score of vibrant and memorable songs, their experiences ring startlingly true to life.  Directed by Devin Sudman. Mar. 26-27, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.  You may see the show in the Opera House (seats are limited by social distancing restrictions) or via Internet streaming.  Cast list.

Ordinary Days
Music and Lyrics by
Adam Gwon

ORDINARY DAYS is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals.

Sponsored by
Cooper Ventures LTD.

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.  Oct. 7-9, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.  Matinee Oct. 10, 2021 at 2 p.m. Cast List

A Play in Two Acts
D.W. Gregory

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

Sponsored by

Rocky Outdoor Gear Store

Santa Claus Chronicles Logo Ho Ho Ho! The Santa Claus Chronicles, a special live edition of “The Santa Claus Chronicles” at the North Pole just a few days before Christmas.  Directed by Jodi MacNeal & Jenn Fritchley.  Dec. 4, 2021 at 8 p.m.  Matinee Dec. 5, 2021 at 8 p.m. Cast List

Pat Cook

Produced by special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service, Inc., Denver, Colorado

Sponsored by

The MacNeal and Parsons Families.



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. 

Upcoming auditions will be listed here.


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.


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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The next meeting will be announced here when scheduled.


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 2021-2022 officers are

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


CONTACT US: Write to us at:

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

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