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 weeklong 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," said Old Brick Executive Director Missy Armentrout McCollam. "Each summer we try to select subject matter that is both educational and fun."
Children of all ages take part in weeklong summer camps each year at the Old Brick Playhouse in Elkins.
Camp Kids Playhouse elementary school students will study the story of "The Jungle Book" by Rudyard Kipling. Camp meets from 9 a.m. to noon 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," said 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 theater. 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," McCollam said. "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 to 7 is running this week. Students who are ages 8 to 11 begin on June 24. Studi-oli-o for secondary students begins June 17.
For more information or to register your son or daughter for camp, anyone interested can 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.