Cottontail Express hops into spring

As there are glimpses of green grass, clear skies, and all things seem new, The Old Brick Playhouse celebrates the joy of the season with the Cottontail Express, an excursion train for families and


In collaboration with the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad, the Old Brick staff, students, and alumni, are working feverishly to assemble the most “eggcellent” train journey of the year.

“Spring is a time when there is a sense of elation in the air, and here at The Old Brick Playhouse we are thrilled with the opportunity to create fantastical characters who join passengers in stories, songs, jokes, and simply giving folks a moment to spend laughing together. We especially enjoy training Apprentice students and alumni for onboard performances.,” says Old Brick Executive Director, Missy Armentrout McCollam. “And after such a long winter, it’s important to get out in the fresh air and experience budding trees, rushing rivers and nature’s green blanket. And a ride on the train offers all of that and more.”

“We are one of the few organizations in the country who prepare young actors to perform on rail venues,” said Phil Smith, the Old Brick Playhouse assistant director, “a very unique sort of discipline that involves a myriad of skills, it’s unlike standard performance venues.”

“The Durbin and Greenbrier Valley Railroad wanted to begin our season with a reminder of the excitement and delights in our area during springtime,” said Sandy Burky, passenger services director for the railroad. “And a family centered event seemed to be the perfect solution.”

The Old Brick Playhouse is partnering with the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad on many exciting projects in the upcoming season all of which involve multigenerational acting students.

The journey to Nova Scotia Rocks (just north of Norton) is one hour and a half and will be filled with frolicking fun.

Join the parade of animals and characters in a mad search for that hippity, hoppity Easter Bunny.

This adventure down the rails will include face painting, singing and general merriment.

For more information or to reserve tickets, call 1877 MTN RAIL or go online and log on to