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W.Va. fundraiser tells biblical story of faith

March 30, 2006|by JULIE E. GREENE

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A one-night performance of "The Story of Ruth" at The Apollo Civic Theatre will be held Saturday to raise money for Destiny Baptist Church's new Ministry of Hope.

The musical drama is based on the Bible's book of Ruth, says Augusta Williams, who co-wrote the script and is serving as director, producer and stage manager.

The story is about Ruth, who accepted and acknowledged God, turning away from idols, says Williams, a minister in training at Destiny Baptist.

Altheia V. Anthony, who has performed with the Puccini America Opera Company and Baltimore Municipal Opera, will portray Ruth.

Performing within the show will be Crossbearer Adult Drama team from Word of Faith Tabernacle in Kearneysville, W.Va., and Christians Rejoicing in Earth Gospel Ensemble from Mount Zion United Methodist Church in Martinsburg.


The nonprofit Ministry of Hope's vision is to develop a community wellness center, adult and special-needs day care, transitional housing for veterans, job training, a food/clothing pantry and benevolence services for the West Virginia, Maryland and Virginia area, Williams says.

Cast and crew for "The Story of Ruth"

The cast and crew include Brenda Robertson, Kaitlynn Suzette Kornegay-Gober, Candice Patterson, Marcus Roper, Myles Roper, Deacon Ronald Duncan, Altheia V. Anthony, Joseph Herbert, Daniel Frazier, Kris Paul Kornegay-Gober, Dora Hufford, Chantel Hufford, Viola G. Johnson, Lelia Swanson, Solomon Watts, Patricia A. Jones, Rhoda Patterson, Gwen Montgomery, Nathaniel "Nate" Moore, Juanita Hamilton, Steward W. Frazier, Lenny Reese, Gloria Jefferson, Ethel Thomas, Janice Johnson, Horace Thomas, Anthony Wright, Reeves Shambley, Coni Smith, Deborah Stoner, Justin Braxton, Floyd Strother, Darryl T. Williams, K.C. McMeans, Carmen Hickerson, Marcia McClendon, Anthony Brooks, Leslie Gober and Sarah Harris.

If you go ...

WHAT: "The Story of Ruth"

WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday, April 1

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

COST: $15. Tickets can be bought at the door; at Mission Outpost Bookstore in Destiny Baptist Church, 115 N. Raleigh St., Martinsburg; or at The store's hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

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