BURLINGTON - Those attending the last three presentations of Apple Alley Players' “The Wedding Singer” this weekend will be greeted by a newly-refurbished box office at the top of the hill at Larenim Park.
By Liz Beavers
Tribune Managing Editor
BURLINGTON - Those attending the last three presentations of Apple Alley Players’ “The Wedding Singer” this weekend will be greeted by a newly-refurbished box office at the top of the hill at Larenim Park.
The rustic amphitheater was built in the early 1980s to serve as a summer home for Apple Alley productions. Little had been done to the box office area since that time, however, and weather had taken its toll on the pavilion.
Members of the Keyser Rotary Club therefore recently joined forces with Apple Alley and the Mineral County Parks and Recreation Department to secure the funds to improve the box office area.
The Keyser Rotary Club was able to secure a Rotary District grant for the work, and the local club supplied a match.
Once the materials were purchased, a group of volunteers - from children to grandparents - showed up at the park and completely re-planked the sides of the pavilion and waiting area. The workers even finished two sides that had been previously open, thus creating an area where Apple Alley can display framed posters from previous productions.
Keyser Rotarian Louie Kitzmiller served as chairman of the project, and Brandon Combs coordinated the finances. Charles Julian assisted by completing the paperwork.
Among the others involved in the project were Keyser Rotarian Dinah Courrier, Justice Courrier of Potomac State College’s Rotaract Club, Jay Courrier, president of Apple Alley Players; Gary Kalbaugh, Carter Williams, Bill Ack, Reagan Kitzmiller; and Kaleb Kitzmiller,
“Apple Alley, Parks and Recreation, and Rotary certainly hope that the renovations to the pavilion/box office will add to the enjoyment of our guests at Larenim Park,” Jay Courrier said.
“We are especially thankful to the Keyser Rotary Club and Rotary International for funding this project; to Rotarians Chuck Julian, Louie Kitzmiller and Dinah Courrier for planning and organization; Boggs Supply for assisting with planning and for delivering the materials; to Parks and Recreation director Kevin Simon for assistance in planning; to the hours of volunteer work in renovating the pavilion, with particular expertise and dedication from Gary Kalbaugh and Carter Williams; and to Dinah Courrier for framing and hanging Apple Alley show posters in the pavilion.”
“The Wedding Singer” will be presented tonight, Saturday and Sunday at 8 p.m. at the amphitheater.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and will be available at the gate.