The Baldwin Players is the theatre performance organization at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. It provides an opportunity for students, faculty, staff, and community members to experience and enjoy live theatre. There are two shows produced each year, one in fall semester and one in spring semester. Under the direction of Dr. Brian Ray, the main stage plays are performed in Howard Auditorium, ABAC’s 330 seat theatre, and there are other venues, such as the Georgia Museum of Agriculture, that are available to perform smaller, more versatile plays.
Spring play 2014
The Baldwin Players announce the Spring 2014 production, a musical, Smoke on the Mountain, will be performed at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village on March 6-8. The story of the play is that the Sanders family, a group of country/bluegrass gospel singers is presenting a Saturday Night Sing at the small, rural Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in the hills of western North Carolina on a June evening in 1938.
Let me welcome you to the Baldwin Players’ web page. More importantly, let me welcome you to the Baldwin Players world of THEATRE! Yes, theatre is a special place where the stories written by playwrights across the ages come to life. You may ask what live theatre is all about, especially when there are so many entertainment options beckoning for your attention. While television, movies, video games, and other sorts of possibilities exist, none of them can equal the energy and excitement that watching or participating in a live theatrical performance can bring to the audience member and the performer. The play gives a living, breathing form to the stories that fill the stage. The connection that is formed between the actors and the audience is, for lack of a better word, MAGIC! Come try it for yourself, just once, and I’m sure you will want to come back, time and again.
Baldwin Players Director
The director of the Baldwin Players is Dr. Brian Ray. He brings a life-long passion for theatre to the Baldwin Players. In addition to one of his English Literature doctoral specialties being Renaissance Theatre including Shakespeare, he holds a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts. Further, he has been in over 50 productions over the course of his career in community and academic theatre as an actor, director, and technician in dramas, comedies, musicals, and experimental theatre.
The Baldwin Players plan to do Connie Ray’s Smoke on the Mountain as the spring play in 2014. It will be performed at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village’s Wiregrass Opry stage on Mar. 6-8, 2014. Watch this page for updates about audition dates!
Fall 2013 – William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew
Spring 2013 – The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams.
Fall 2012 - The Hallelujah Girls by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, & Jamie Wooten.