The curtains are about to open at The Old Brick Playhouse offering a full summer curriculum for students of every age. For 22 years, the Old Brick Playhouse has hosted three week-long summer camps that teach the basics of stage performance.
"Traditionally, students who participate in summer camp continue later to join our Apprentice program during the school year" says Old Brick Executive Director Missy Armentrout McCollam. "Each summer we try to select subject matter that is both educational and fun."
Camp Kids Playhouse Elementary school students will study the story of The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling. Camp meets from 9am-12pm each day with a lunchtime showcase each Friday open to parents and members of the community. "Kipling's story has always been popular among young readers", says Old Brick Assistant Director Phil Smith. "It is funny, magical, and teaches a good lesson."
Students will be introduced to characters such as Mowgli, Baloo, and Bagheera from The Jungle Book in order to stage scenes from the prized children's story while exploring the "bare necessities" of life in the Indian wilderness. Children will act like monkeys while learning to act.
The middle week of summer camp called Studi-oli-o is designed for secondary students who have an interest in theatre. Secondary students create monologues, perform scenes, and put together a musical theatre selection for a lunchtime showcase on Friday that is open to the public. "Studi-oli-o enables participants to have one-on-one acting coaching with members of the Old Brick staff, while exploring different genres of the craft" states McCollam. "We design the curriculum much like a college course in Acting, working with voice, movement, improvisation, and comedic scene studies. The environment is incredibly informal but students accomplish a great deal of work in just a week's time."
Camp Kids Playhouse for students ages 5-7 runs from June 10-14. Students who are ages 8-11 begin on June 24th concluding on the 28th. Studi-oli-o for secondary students begins on June 17-21. For more information or to register your son or daughter for camp call The Old Brick at 304-637-9090 or log in at www.theoldbrick.org This program is conducted with assistance from the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts.