"Sometimes you have such a great influence on somebody, and you don't even realize it," said Donegan.
The youth workshop turns 25 this year, and the theater is celebrating.
Donegan and another former workshop director, Cecilia Parker of Chambersburg, Pa., will host a free musical revue Saturday at the Martinsburg Roundhouse Center. Workshop alumni and a few of its current participants will perform songs from each of the workshop's annual productions.
On Friday, there's Taste of the Theatre, a semiformal gala and reception at the Historic Shenandoah Hotel. Tickets for the event cost $25.
Also, "Guys and Dolls" opens Thursday, July 26, and closes Sunday, July 29.
The Apollo's youth workshop puts on a play each summer. This year's production, "Guys and Dolls," is the same one included in the workshop 25 years ago, said Judy Malone, theater publicity chairwoman.
The workshop is open to any student between the age of 9 and 19 who pays the $150 fee, Malone said.
"They start off not even knowing the script, and six weeks later they'll put on a show that will knock your socks off," Malone said.
If you go ...
WHAT: Taste of the Theatre
WHEN: 6 p.m. Friday, July 20
WHERE: Historic Shenandoah Hotel, 100 W. Martin St., Martinsburg, W.Va.
COST: $25, available in advance or at the door
MORE: For tickets and other information call Howie Lore, 304-262-0118, or call the Apollo Civic Theatre box office, 304-263-6766.
WHAT: Youth Summer Gala Revue at the Roundhouse
WHEN: 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 21
WHERE: Martinsburg Roundhouse Center, 100 E. Liberty St., Martinsburg
MORE: For tickets and other information call 304-262-0118.
WHAT: "Guys and Dolls"
WHEN: 8 p.m. Thursday, July 26, through Saturday, July 28; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, July 29
WHERE: Apollo Civic Theatre, 128 E. Martin St., Martinsburg
COST: For information, visit apollo-theatre.org/tickets.asp
MORE: For more information, call 304-263-6766