- Cheri Russo
Communications and Marketing Manager
Lancaster – At 66 years old, Bill Henry has no plans of slowing down or acting his age. In fact, he’s acting quite young in a classroom with students just out of high school. Henry has joined his friend, Jerry Snider, in taking classes at Ohio University Lancaster as part of the 60 + program. They are taking the Acting Fundamentals class together this semester.
“I like it a lot,” said Henry. “I think everyone should exercise their brain. I’ve been retired for 12 years after spending 33 years at UPS. I may be 66 but that doesn’t mean I’m going to stop.”
“We’ve been friends for more than 35 years,” said Snider. “We wanted to do something fun together, so we decided to take this class.
Ohio University Lancaster offers free courses to Ohio residents age 60 and over. The courses available in this program are the standard courses offered to degree-seeking students, however those in the 60+ program do not receive college credit.
“I am open to trying anything,” said Henry. “And this class has been a lot of fun and I’m learning a lot.”
“They are both very talented and they are so excited,” said Theatre Director Victor Jones. “They have so much passion and are excited to have the opportunity to be on stage.”
In the class, the two have to perform serious and comedic monologes. The class meets twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays. Snider is also taking a painting class this semester.
“I want to paint my wife,” said Snider. “But, I haven’t decided what color yet.”
Henry plans to take a computer class in the fall, while Snider wants to take a writing class. Both say they hope to audition for one of the OUL Theatre productions in the future.
For more information on how to enroll in the 60 + program, go to http://www.ohio.edu/lancaster/community/60plusprograms.cfm.