The Baldwin Players had a great run of Thornton Wilders’ The Skin of Our Teeth. Watch this space for the announcement for the auditions for the spring play, Nunsense by Dan Goggin. Auditions will take place early in January.
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The Current Season – 2015-2016
The Skin of Our Teeth – by Thornton Wilder
Oct. 29-31, 2015 – 7pm – Howard Auditorium
This Pulitzer Prize winning comedy takes a long look at just what it means to be a human being. Mankind has spent all of history surviving climate change, natural disasters, and war. Horrible things happen, but mankind picks up, dusts off, and carries on. In this epic romp about the Antrobus family that spans all of human history from the dawn of the Ice Age to the not-so-distant future, Thornton Wilder gets us to laugh at our strengths and our weaknesses as a species. In this play that takes place in a theatrical world (as the audience is constantly reminded throughout the play) mankind faces the end of the world – three times(!) – and still goes on, hanging on by the Skin of Our Teeth.
Nunsense (the Musical) – by Dan Goggin
Mar. 31-Apr. 2 – 7pm – AND Apr. 3, 2016 – 3pm – Howard Auditorium
This hilarious musical involves five nuns who need to raise cash fast after a culinary disaster nearly wipes out the convent, so they put on a variety show. We meet Reverend Mother Regina, a former circus performer; Sister Mary Hubert, the Mistress of Novices; a streetwise nun from Brooklyn named Sister Robert Anne; Sister Mary Leo, a novice who is a wannabe ballerina; and the delightfully wacky Sister Mary Amnesia, the nun who lost her memory when a crucifix fell on her head. The story has an unabashed desire to make you laugh, with songs and comic interludes paced at break-neck speed. Nunsense offers a wonderful load of fun!
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. Recent investigation has revealed that the first recorded performance by the Baldwin Players occurred on December 15, 1933 – 82 years ago! The show that was performed was Stop Thief by Carlyle Moore. It was directed by Mr. George P. Donaldson, who was later named the ABAC President in 1947. As a celebration of the long heritage of the Baldwin Players, this play will be performed once again in the fall of 2018 (the 85th anniversary of the Baldwin Players).
Director’s Welcome 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.
Spring 2015 – The Whipping Man by Matthew Lopez
Fall 2014 – The Odd Couple (female version) by Neil Simon
Spring 2014 – Connie Ray and Alan Bailey’s Smoke on the Mountain