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Old Brick offers 21st year of apprentices

September 20, 2012
The Inter-Mountain

Representatives from the Old Brick Playhouse have announced that their 21st Apprentice season will begin this fall in downtown Elkins.

OBP encourages any secondary student with a positive attitude, a desire to have enormous fun and an inclination for adventure to participate.

This year's Apprentice program will begin with a mandatory parents meeting at 6 p.m. Oct. 8. Parents who wish to enroll their student in the program should attend this meeting. The schedule for the upcoming year and all other relevant program information will be distributed at the meeting. This gives families the opportunity to decide if they want to commit to the seven-month program.

The OBP Apprentice program uses theater as a tool to help young adults learn to thrive in society. One major aspect of the program is to promote each individual's unique qualities. OBP staff develops ideas to add exposure to life skills and mentoring situations in addition to training the Apprentices in theater performance. Last season, before each rehearsal, OBP staff presented a "60 Second Seminar" that focused on topics ranging from how to handle job interviews to the many helpful and often unknown uses of baking soda.

A major aspect of any apprenticeship in any field is to provide in-depth training for a particular skill. The unspoken benefit to an apprenticeship is the careful mentoring and guidance that prepares the apprentice with the best possible foundation to be the best he or she can be in other parts of life.

"It's important to me that our students know they have a place where they are welcome. Our biggest rule here at the Old Brick is to be nice to each other, and I believe that many potential obstacles are overcome by following this one simple rule," said Missy Armentrout McCollam, OBP executive director. "We are here to teach theater skills, yes, but we are also here to help our students in their development to become positive and energetic adults."

This and all other Old Brick Playhouse educational programming opportunities are available through support from the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts. More information is available by calling the Old Brick Playhouse at 304-637-9090 or visiting



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