Youth Programs

The Academy of Music offers fun and engaging programs in musical theater for children ages 7 to 15. During the summer, we provide two sessions of musical theater workshops that focus on acting, singing and dancing as well as auditions, costuming and props for the stage. These workshops are directed by outstanding and supportive professionals with notable accomplishments and who provide participants with opportunities for artistic exploration, self-expression, education and teamwork by exposing them to all aspects of musical theater. A Broadway-style musical revue performance is shared on the last day of workshops.

During the months of January, February and March, we run rehearsals for our Academy Youth Production company that includes practicing production numbers, choreography and scene work , culminating in fully staged musical theater performances on our historic stage!  The Academy Youth Production’s premiere performance in 2011 was Willy Wonka Jr., which played to a nearly sold out audience. Other past performances include Disney’s Camp Rock, The Phantom Tollbooth Jr., Fame Jr., Into the Woods Jr., and The Music Man Jr.

Please visit our links for further information about our Summer Musical Theater Workshops or our Academy Youth Productions or contact Executive Director, Debra J’Anthony at 413.584.9032 x102. Financial aid is provided when resources are available.




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eam climbed to greatness, Colombia had the highest murder rate in the world.”

Jeff and Michael credit their father, a Smith College academic expert on Latin America and sports, with instilling in them a passion for the region and the game, and their mother, a successful Northampton artist, with the creative genes.

“My mom is an artist and my dad is a Latinamericanist, so if you put the two together, it makes sense you get two sons who are filmmakers focused on Latin American themes,” Jeff once told the non-profit organization AMIGOS.

Both Jeff and Michael graduated from Northampton High School. Jeff went on to earn a bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from Brown University with honors in Art Semiotics and Modern Culture and Media, and a concentration in Latin American Studies, while Michael graduated with honors from Wesleyan University and trained as an actor at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

The mission of the Academy of Music is to enrich greater Northampton’s quality of life by offering first class performing arts and film presentations in a historic theater of national significance, and encouraging the use of the venue for social, educational, and professional events; the Academy of music seeks a broad and diverse audience through its programming and outreach efforts.