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The Academy for Musical Theatre (formerly PAMT)

January 2014

Hello music and theatre students, and families! I hope that you have all had a wonderful holiday! We are gearing up for an exciting 2014 with many new and exciting workshops, classes, trips, performances, and theatrical adventures of all sorts - we hope so much that you can join us for an amazing year!

Welcome to The Academy newsletter. Where you will regularly be kept up-to-date on all of our activities, plans, upcoming workshops, events, and other exciting news. See you soon! Musically yours,

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In This Issue

Orion Theatre Company presents Les Miserables!

2014 March Break & Spring Workshops

New Music Theory Course

We are changing our name!

Les Misérables comes to Perth!

The 2014 Stratford Tour

Two new exciting venues for The Academy!

Spring 2014 Workshops The “Best of Broadway” March Break 2014 Come and join us for the funnest March Break ever! Open to ages 5 through 16, learn to act, sing, and dance your way through a series of numbers from all your favourite Broadway shows. With professional instruction in vocals, dance, and acting, plus having the opportunity to be onstage in several amazing costumes, the final production on the Friday night will be a toe-tapping, heart lifting extravaganza! Workshop: Mon to Fri, March 10-14 from 9:00 am—3:00 pm Final Performance: Friday Mar 14, 7pm at Full Circle Theatre in Perth

Workshop & Course Fees March Break: $275 Disney’s Peter Pan: $350 Music Theory: $200 + $40 textbook (note that fees are HST exempt)

For more information or to

J>M> Barrie’s Peter Pan Spring School Tour

register, visit our website:

Wendy Darling loves to tell stories to her brothers, Michael and John. But when her father announces she must move out of the nursery, Peter Pan comes to visit the children and whisks them away to Never Land. Their adventure introduces them to the Lost Boys, Mermaids, Indians and even the infamous pirate, Captain Hook!

Each workshop participant (ages 5 to 16) will have the chance to play a lead role in the show, as well as be part of a “tech team” – either sets, props, costumes, sound or lighting and special effects. We will learn about theatre craft, both on and off the stage, and put it all together by going on tour for three days in our own private bus! We will travel to local schools (maybe even yours!) and perform our show for local youths, then do a final evening performance for family and friends.

Call us: 613-706-2287 Or email us:

Two of our 2014 Summer Staff

Workshop: Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00 – 6:00 pm, March 17 – May 7, 2014 at St. Paul’s Church, 25 Gore St. W., Perth Performances: Mon. May 5, Tues. May 6 and Wed. May 7 at local schools, and Fri. May 9 at 7:00 pm at St. Paul’s church in Perth

Music Theory Class

Understanding music theory means knowing the language of music. To this end, we will be studying exciting concepts such as keys, intervals, chords, major and minor scales, rhythm, transposition and musical analysis. All this may sound rather daunting, but it's quite fun, and gives you a whole new appreciation for what music is and how it works.

Eva Perringer

The class will cover all requirements for both the RCM "Basic Rudiments" and the RCM "Intermediate Rudiments" exams. All ages are welcome, including adults!

Class: Thursdays from 6:35—7:30 pm , January 16—May 8 at St. Paul’s United Church, Perth Optional RCM exam: Saturday, May 10

Madeleine Smith

The new “Academy for Musical Theatre� After 17 successful years of PAMT in Perth, it is time for us to expand, and share the beauty of what we have all created at PAMT with the rest of the world. It is also time to create more viable careers in the arts in Canada, and encourage our arts-talented youth to pursue careers in their field. To this end, I have decided to open our second branch (of what may be, if all goes well, many more in future) of the newly renamed "Academy for Musical Theatre" in Ottawa, at the prestigious and beautiful Gladstone Theatre (former home of the Great Canadian Theatre Company). We will be running seven weeks of programs (through July and August) at the Gladstone this summer, as well as eight weeks of programs in Perth at our exciting new location, the Full Circle Theatre on Craig Street, with our excellently trained and professional staff who have been with us over the years.

The Gladstone Theatre, 910 Gladstone Avenue, Ottawa


Announcements of the exciting workshops and shows this summer season at each location are coming very soon - keep checking Facebook and the website! Thank you, everyone, for 17 amazing years so far, and here's to many more of PAMT (now The Academy!) becoming a going force in the world! Full Circle Theatre, 26 Craig Street, Perth, Ontario

Our 2014 Annual Stratford Tour Wednesday, June 4 through Friday, June 6. Join us for the adventure of a lifetime, and see five great shows: - Crazy For You (Gershwin Musical - Festival Theatre) - Man of La Mancha (Classic Musical - Avon Theatre) - King John (Shakespeare - Tom Patterson Theatre) - Mother Courage (with the great Seanna McKenna - Tom Patterson) - Alice Through the Looking Glass (whimsical drama - Avon Theatre)

The trip also includes: - 2 nights hotel room downtown Stratford at the beautiful historic Queen's Inn ( - luxury coach bus travel from Perth - a Stratford Festival costume warehouse tour - 2 post-show chats with the actors of the shows - a special workshop with actors from the Stratford company - other fun and exciting surprises TBA!

Contact Us For more information about our workshops and courses: The Academy for Musical Theatre 57 Foster St., Box 2005 Perth, Ontario K7H 1R9 (613) 706-2287

This amazing Trip is a great deal at only $540.00! For PAMT students planning to attend a PAMT workshop in July or August, 2014, a $50 discount applies if you register for both this trip and a workshop!

Les Misérables comes to Perth Seen by nearly 65 million people worldwide in 42 countries and in 22 languages, Les Misèrables is undisputedly one of the world's most popular musicals ever written. And now, local theatre-goers have a chance to see for themselves what all the fuss is about, as a highly talented group of actor/singers and musicians (including several PAMT alumni) present a powerful and intimate version of this amazing show at Code’s Mill in Perth. Based on the widely acclaimed 19th century novel by Victor Hugo, Les Misèrables tells the story of Jean Valjean, and his quest for redemption after serving 19 years in jail for stealing a loaf of bread, who breaks parole to start a new life, but is relentlessly chased by a police inspector Javert. It depicts the life of the poor in early 19th-century Paris, and the revolutionary spirit that existed amongst the students and working class who were frustrated by the inequalities and cruelties perpetuated by the ruling class and the rich. Set during the Paris rebellion of 1832, the play climaxes during an epic battle between revolutionary students and the army. It is also a story about the great themes of justice, charity, redemption, mercy, and love. Performances of Les Misèrables will take place at Code’s Mill on the Park, located at 17 Wilson St. E. in Perth, on February 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, and 15 at 8 p.m., and February 9, and 16 at 2 p.m. Ticket prices range from $24 for a single reserved seat to $160 for a table of 8, and all seats are $15 on opening night (plus HST and ticket vendor fees). Tickets are available through Tickets Please (in Jo’s Clothes at 39 Foster St.), by calling 485-6434, or by visiting

For more information on the show, visit

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