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.
Fall play 2013
Huzzah! The Baldwin Players have completed their performances of The Taming of the Shrew. The play marked the first time that a play by William Shakespeare was performed at ABAC in quite a few years, and it was a resounding success. The cast and crews worked long, hard hours over the last few months to bring this story to life. They earned the heartfelt thanks of the director, Dr. Brian Ray, who said he couldn’t be prouder of their success. The play had great audiences over the three nights of performances, and they had a great time – many came back for more than one performance! The Baldwin Players’ next production will be a musical, Smoke on the Mountain, to be performed at the Wiregrass Opry stage at the GMA on march 6-8.
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.