On the cusp of their annual production of "Pippin," The Old Brick Apprentices are having, in collaboration with Applebee's in Ekins, a fundraiser to benefit the program.
From 8-10 a.m. Saturday, patrons can partake of a delicious pancake breakfast at Applebee's and enjoy the Apprentices as their wait staff. There may even be singing involved.
The Old Brick Playhouse Apprenticeship, awarded as one of the top Educational Arts programs in America, begins in October of each year and offers eight months of afterschool arts workshops. Apprentices are secondary students from Randolph and surrounding counties who have an interest in either the performing arts or visual arts. With an alumni roster of over 2,500 youth, the Apprentice program also provides staff and volunteers to work on the Polar Express project in collaboration with the Durbin and Greenbrier Valley Railroad.
The Old Brick Apprentices perform in a recent play. The Apprentices will host a fundraiser breakfast at Applebee’s in Elkins on Saturday.
"The Apprentices volunteer for many projects in the community," said Old Brick Executive Director Missy Armentrout McCollam, "and they are really an industrious, creative and giving group of students. My colleagues throughout the country are envious that we have so many young people willing to invest so much time into their communities, and as a result, I feel honored and humbled."
"Despite our large enrollment and solid community support, we endlessly struggle for means by which to provide better programming," said Old Brick Playhouse Assistant Director Phil Smith, "and this Applebee's breakfast is another means to do that."
This year's Apprentice program boasts five alumni as staff members and several alumni who provided scholarships and assistance in many other ways.
"Not everyone can afford to sponsor a scholarship," said Armentrout McCollam, "but most can afford $5 for a good pancake breakfast."
For more information or to purchase a ticket, phone the Old Brick Playhouse at 304-637-9090.
Tickets will also be available at the door.