Abbey Players - Everyone is welcome to join us!
Participation in the Abbey Players is open to any interested member of the Belmont Abbey College community, and students, faculty, staff and monks regularly appear together. In addition, we function as the Belmont Community Theatre, which brings in theatre artists from the surrounding Metrolina area. Our audiences are drawn from both Gaston County and Charlotte/Mecklenburg. Actors audition for roles. Audition notices appear both on-campus, and in the Gaston Gazette and Charlotte Observer, and are open to all.
The Abbey Players of Belmont Abbey College were founded in 1883, and have been an integral part of campus life for over a century. At present, the theatre produces six shows a year, representing a wide repertoire of drama, comedy and musicals. Recent notable productions have included Michael Frayn’s Copenhagen , Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey into Night, Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins, Anne Nelson’s The Guys and Kaufman and Ferber’s The Royal Family. In addition, the Players present The Abbey Shakespeare Series, an ongoing project dedicated to producing each of William Shakespeare’s plays. We recently concluded the fifteenth play as part of this series, The Taming of the Shrew.
In addition to performance opportunities, the Abbey Players welcomes anyone interested in technical work. Under the direction of Gary Sivak (B.F.A., UNC-Charlotte), technicians build sets, design and hang light/sound plots, and run shows through state-of-the-art instruments. Technicians trained by the Abbey Players have been accepted into M.F.A. programs at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro based upon the strengths of their portfolios alone, since Belmont Abbey College does offers a minor theatre, and not a bachelor’s degree. Student actors at Belmont Abbey College have been accepted into programs at such diverse institutions as the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre and the North Carolina School of the Arts.
The 2005-2006 Academic year marks the debut of both the minor in theatre and the Fr. John Oetgen Scholarships.