Baldwin Players’ Comedy on Stage at ABAC October 4-6


TIFTON—Pulling from the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College archives, members of the Baldwin Players theatre troupe are set to take the stage in the same roles as students from 1933 did in their upcoming fall production of the classic comedy, “Stop Thief.”

Written by Carlyle Moore in 1911, “Stop Thief” was the first play performed by the Baldwin Players on Dec. 15, 1933. Directed by George “Pete” Donaldson, who later became president of ABAC, this performance is a tribute to the 85-year history of the Baldwin Players at ABAC. Dr. Brian Ray directs the production.

This mile-a-minute paced farce is sure to entertain the audience in Howard Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Oct. 4-6. Tickets are $10 for general admission and free to ABAC students, staff, and faculty with a current ABAC ID. Tickets are available online at, or at the door.

With 12 actors, this story focuses on a wealthy family getting ready to celebrate the daughter’s wedding. On the day of the wedding, the guests start to arrive, a new maid shows up, and the very expensive wedding presents go missing. Apparently, a thief has gotten into the house, leading to chaos, confusion, mistaken identities, misplaced treasures, and an investigation by the police.

Combine all these factors with the pressure of the impending wedding ceremony, and you have a hilarious look at how the upper class in early 20th century America lived.

Cast members include Angel Rewis, a history and government major from Homerville, as Mrs. Carr; Corey Douglas, a music major from Sylvester, as William Carr; Tia Williams, a theatre major from Willacoochee, as Madge Carr; and Hannah Mosely, an agricultural communication major from Cochran, as Joan Carr.

Nell is performed by Caroline Kirkland, a biology major from Tifton, and Jack Doogan is played by Craig Wells, an ABAC alumnus from Tifton.

Other performers include Jeffrey Murray, a theatre major from Camilla, as James Cluney; Tyler Evans, a writing and communication major from Forsyth, as Dr. Willoughby; and Michael Reives, a theatre major from Douglas, as both Mr. Jamison and Joe Thompson.

Rounding out the cast is Reese Johnson, a livestock production major from Nashville, as Reverend Spelain; Luke Hillman, a history and government major from Sparks, as the Police Sergeant; and Diego Diaz, a theatre major from Tifton, as Police Officer Garcia.

For more information regarding the performance, interested persons can contact Ray at

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