Joseph and Mary, a love story

December 08, 2005|by JULIE E. GREENE

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Three years ago when The Apollo Civic Theatre presented the musical "Two From Galilee," it sold out its last two performances, says Catherine Fronck, musical director.

Many of the cast members have returned for this year's production.

"Two From Galilee" tells the love story between Mary and Joseph and how they fought the Jewish tradition of arranged marriage to be together, Fronck says. The musical includes Joseph's struggle to accept God's plan for Mary to give birth to the Messiah.

While the roughly two-hour musical ends after the birth of Jesus, it includes an earlier than usual visit from the wise men, Fronck says.


Based on a novelization of the love story by Marjorie Holmes, the musical features contemporary Christian music and dancing and a traditional Hebrew dance, Fronck says. A song has been added since the original performance at the Apollo.

Fronck says the story is appropriate for all ages.

"It is a Christian story. It is a Christmas story. But I think anybody would enjoy it because the music is absolutely gorgeous," she says.

If you go ...

WHAT: "Two From Galilee," a musical

WHEN: 8 p.m. Fridays, Dec. 9 and 16, and Saturdays, Dec. 10 and 17; and 2 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 11 and 18.

WHERE: The Apollo Civic Theatre, 128 E. Martin Street, Martinsburg, W.Va.

COST: Evening shows are $14; Matinees are $12. For either time, students with valid ID card, $7. Tickets may be reserved at the door or by calling The Apollo Civic Theatre at 1-304-263-6766. Reservations are recommended.

DIRECTIONS: Take Interstate 81 south to Exit 13 (King St.) in West Virginia. Turn left onto King Street and go about one mile to Queen Street. (Look for the public library on the right). Turn left (north) onto Queen Street. Go two blocks to Martin Street and turn right (east). Go one block on Martin Street. The Apollo Civic Theatre is on the south (right) side of the street. Approximate driving time is 25 minutes from Hagerstown.

MORE: For more information, call 1-304-263-6766 or go to

'Two From Galilee' cast and crew


Heather Ann Grandon as Mary

Darrell S. Berger as Joseph

Myrtle Holland as Hannah, mother of Mary

Jim Holland as Joachim, father of Mary

Dan Henderson as Gabriel, the Archangel

Trudi P. Dixon as Timna, mother of Joseph

Lou Ramos as Jacob, father of Joseph

Jimmy Clegg as Balthazar, a wise man

Wade V. Myers as Kaspar, a wise man

Brian James as Melchior, a wise man

Gabrielle Tokach as Deborah, cousin of Mary

Harriett Eyler as Ruth, Deborah's Mother

Olivia Novotny as Leah, a young girl hoping to marry Joseph

Peregrine Herlinger as Inn Keeper

Debbie Myers as Inn Keeper's Wife

Ken Kulp and Ralph West as Centurions/Soldiers

Elisabeth Curry as Traveler

Rachel Roberts as Angry Woman

Erin Rose and Kaitlyn Whetzel as Angel Soloists

Peregrine Herlinger and Brian James as Suitors


Michael Stiles is director

Catherine Fronck is musical director

Amanda Joyner and Jenny Kellogg are chor-eographers

Meaghan Barry is stage manager

Hazel Ballard and Debra McCauley-Tokach are producers

Anthony Brooks is lighting designer

Brett Cole is lighting assistant/operator

"Doc" Greenfield is set foreman

Kathy Gerkin, Ann Alter and Liz Lundberg are scenic artists

Rico Massimino is sound designer

Stacey Kay Chaney is costume coordinator

Joyce Gillick, Louise Brashear and Susan Lovell are costume assistants

Lori Stiles, Judy Malone and Bess Day are publicists

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