Sondheim and Taster Day: Pauline Quirke Academy

20th January 2017

Students from The Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts in York will be performing their production of ‘Into The Woods Junior’ at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre on Saturday 21 January 2017.

‘Into The Woods Junior’ tells the story of much-loved fairy tale characters Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk), The Witch and many more as they meet and interact on their journeys. Written by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, the musical has enjoyed great success across the world as well as the popular film of the same name.

The students from the Academy, who are all aged between six and eighteen, have been working on the production since the summer.

“The young performers who are involved in the production have been working really hard,” said Academy Principal James Aconley. “It really is a challenging show, but the students have loved the rehearsal process and now can’t wait to perform the show to families, friends and members of the public”.

‘Into The Woods Junior’ is PQA York PM’s first major public performance. “We have an exciting year ahead with masterclasses, exams and performance opportunities throughout the year. Our AM Academy have even been invited to perform at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London’s West End in May”, said James. “We can’t wait to start the year off with our production of Into The Woods at the YMCA Theatre”.

‘Into The Woods Junior’ will be performed at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre in York on Saturday 21 January 2017 with performances at 2.00pm and 7.30pm. To book tickets, please visit HERE or call the box office on 01904 501935. For more information about PQA visit the PQA Academy Website. For all enquiries please contact James Aconley on 07753 179070 or email

PQA TASTER DAY - Saturday 28 January

A free taster day is being held at PQA York on Saturday 28 January at the Pauline Quirke Academy. Students spend three hours rotating through hour long sessions in Comedy & Drama, Musical Theatre and Film & Television. Specialist modules, packed full of tips that Pauline has learnt from nearly 50 years in the business, will teach you everything you need to know to act, sing, dance or direct like a professional. By working with outstanding people in their field, PQA aims to provide students with a constantly evolving experience: something that is fresh, exciting and bang up to date.

“We have been open for over three years now in York and we have seen manystudents come through our doors and take part in our fantastic performing arts opportunities”, said Principal James Aconley. “With an exciting year ahead of us at PQA we would love to open up our doors for any child aged 4-18 years old to come and try out our classes for free”.

PQA believe in inspiring and rewarding our students, so we offer free group Trinity exams, masterclasses, cinema screenings, and the opportunity to perform in London’s West End. For those students who want the chance to work professionally there is the opportunity to join Quirky Kidz Creative Management (QK) – an agency that exclusively represents PQA students. QK clients have won parts in many high profile projects including Charlie & The Chocolate Factory (West End), EastEnders (BBC) and the smash-hit feature film Les Miserables.

“Parents are welcome to join us for our free taster day too”, said James. “Tea, coffee and refreshments will be provided and families will get the opportunity to sneak a look at the classes and chat with the PQA team”.

PQA York is holding a free taster day on Saturday 28 January from 1.45 – 5pm at Huntington School, Huntington Road, Huntington, York, YO32 9WT. For more information please visit HERE or call 0800 531 6282.

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