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The Apollo Civic Theatre has been called the "Miracle on Martin Street."

August 29, 2003

Completed in 1913, expanded in 1920, the Apollo stage has hosted the likes of Will Rogers and Tex Ritter, classical music and productions staged by community theater groups, the first of which was Martinsburg Little Theatre, started in 1936.

The community theater heart of the brick building annually stages five performances per season, and rehearsals for this year's first, "Children of Eden," are well under way.

The play, a musical adaptation of the first nine chapters of the Bible, is directed by Charles Johnson.

Johnson, who has served as musical director for four Frederick, Md., theaters, will be in the pit at the piano and directing the six other musicians.

"Children of Eden"

8 p.m. Sept. 19, 20, 26 and 27; 2 p.m. Sept. 21 and 28

"Mister Roberts"

8 p.m. Nov. 7, 8, 14 and 15; 2 p.m. Nov. 9 and 16

"A Christmas Carol"

8 p.m. Dec. 5, 6, 12 and 13; 2 p.m. Dec. 7 and 14

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"Ramplings"

8 p.m. March 5, 6, 12 and 13; 2 p.m. March 7 and 14

"Pippin"

8 p.m. April 23, 24, 30 and May 1; 2 p.m. April 25 and May 2

Apollo Civic Theatre
128 E. Martin St.
Martinsburg, W.Va.

Tickets cost $12 for Friday and Saturday shows; $8 for Sunday matinees.

Season tickets (all five shows) cost $55 for Friday and Saturday; $35 for Sunday.

Discounts are available.

For information, call 1-304-263-6766 or go to www.apollo-theatre.org on the Web.

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