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‘Last Romance’ To Bring New Life Into Old Apple Shed Theater

Posted on Monday, July 2, 2018 at 4:00 pm

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For much of the latter part of the last century, there was no bigger stage for live theater in Pike County than that of the Apple Shed Theatre.
The Raintree Arts Council and its affiliated theater troupe staged two to three productions per year — spring and fall productions were generally dramatic and comedic plays and summer productions were of beloved musicals such as “Hello Dolly!” “Oklahoma!” “Grease” and “My Fair Lady.”
Other well-known productions brought to life by the Raintree Arts Theatre Guild over the years include: “Peter Pan,” “Show Boat,” “A Christmas Carol,” “Nunsense I,” “Nunsense II,” and “The Good Doctor.”
Yet, despite a devoted following within the local community, the theater troupe disbanded, and the magic of live theater at The Apple Shed seemed to be destined to be on a path to become a relic of the past within Pike County.
That path altered its course last week when the Raintree Arts Council voted unanimously to resurrect its theatre troupe.
Following the meeting, Raintree Arts Council Co-President Debbie Ingram said she was elated by the vote’s outcome.
“My first reaction to the idea is that it is wonderful to try and get a group together,” Ingram said in a telephone interview with the Times. She later added that there was a noticeable void in The Apple Shed without an active theater troupe.
“I missed it,” Ingram said. “I missed going to the theater and seeing plays and the musicals.”

After several years of being dormant, The Apple Shed Theater will roar back to life later this fall when the local arts council stages The Last Romance. This will be the first performance under the Raintree Arts Council’s recently rebranded theater troupe, The Changelings.

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