KEYSER - Keyser High School graduate Hannah Tucker has been named the recipient of the 2019 Apple Alley Players/Laurin Swisher Scholarship.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - Keyser High School graduate Hannah Tucker has been named the recipient of the 2019 Apple Alley Players/Laurin Swisher Scholarship.
The scholarship, named in memory of Apple Alley charter member Laurin Swisher, who is especially remembered for his many years of portraying Uncle Dan in the outdoor drama “McNeill’s Rangers,” is awarded every year to a graduate who has been involved in the arts and who plans to remain involved through his or her college career.
Tucker, the daughter of Apple Alley veterans Melissa and Brian Tucker, practically grew up on the AAP stage and credits the community theater group with helping her find her confidence in performing in front of people.
“I thank Apple Alley every day for giving me an opportunity to shine on the stage,” she wrote in the essay that accompanied her application.
Tucker appeared in her first production when she was just 8 years old and was given the opportunity to appear in “The Wizard of Oz” at Potomac State College. There, she says, she “fell in love” with doing theater.
“My first musical with Apple Alley was ‘The Music Man.’ I was offered the role of Gracie Shinn, and that was kind of my first title role. This is when my theater career started to take off and I knew that it would become a huge part of my life.”
With Apple Alley, as well as the Keyser Middle School Drama Department and others companies, she has gone on to appear in such productions as “Oliver!” “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” “Aladdin Jr.,” “High School Musical Jr.,” “Annie Jr.,” “Honk Jr.,” “Peter Pan Jr.,” “Willy Wonka Jr.,” “Madagascar,” James and the Giant Peach Jr.,” and “Footloose Jr.”
“I really appreciate Apple Alley for letting me enjoy the stage as much as I possibly ever could, as well as forming friendships that have lasted a lifetime,” she said.
“The arts have helped shape me into who I am today.”
At Keyser High, Tucker maintained a 4.0 average and was a Goldsworthy Scholar. She plans to attend Potomac State College, then transfer to Shepherd University to study elementary education. She also plans to remain involved in the theater.