By Liz Beavers
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - Apple Alley Players are going back into their own history books this month for their performances in the fourth annual Larenim Amphitheater Benefit Show.
"We're doing a song from just about every show we've done since 'Music Man," director Alex McDonald said, explaining that the original casts from each show will be performing the numbers.
"We've got just about everybody in our Apple Alley family involved," he said.
McDonald actually started the benefit shows on his own, before signing on as Apple Alley's director and when he was still a student at Frankfort High School.
As a child, he had appeared in some Apple Alley productions on the rustic amphitheater stage and one day in 2009, on a whim, he stopped at the site on his way back from appearing in a production in Moorefield.
He was so appalled by the condition of the theater at the time that he put together a benefit show to be held at the amphitheater that fall. Bad weather caused the show to be postponed, however, and it was finally held in 2010 in the theater at Frankfort.
The money raised from that show was used to replace some badly deteriorated backstage floor boards that summer.
The show has therefore become a regular part of Apple Alley's yearly schedule of shows and all profits have been used for the ongoing renovation and restoration at the theater.
This past summer, for the first summer in several years, a packed house enjoyed the last few performances of "Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" - seated in a freshly concreted audience area.
The 2013 benefit show is scheduled for 8 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26, and Sunday, Jan. 27, with a matinee performance set for 3 p.m. on Sunday the 27th. All shows will be in the Keyser High School theater.
Among the songs to be performed by the original Apple Alley cast members are:
"Hello Dolly" from "Hello Dolly."
"One More Angel" from "Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat."
"Trouble" from "Music Man."
"Honey Bun" from "South Pacific."
A "to be announced" song from "Aladdin."
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students, and will be available at the door.
Apple Alley also has two other projects coming this year - a reprise of their popular "Legends" Valentine's show on Tuesday, Feb. 12 (show only) and Thursday, Feb. 14 (dinner and show at Potomac State College), a children's theater version of "Cinderella," and their major summer musical, "Shrek: The Musical," at Larenim.
For further information on Apple Alley Players, email firstname.lastname@example.org.