AnnaMarie Lea, artistic producing director of the Cow Patti Theatre Company photo submitted

Lacombe Performing Arts Centre and the Cow Patti Theatre Company team up

The Centre will be rounding up 20 young actors to be a part of a professional ‘herd’ of young actors

Starting in September, the Lacombe Performing Arts Centre will be rounding up 20 calves between the ages of seven and 17 to be a part of our professional herd of young actors.

The session will be will take place starting in September and run through till opening night on Jan. 31st and then close after the run of the show, Feb. 8th.

This course will be headed up by AnnaMarie Lea, artistic producing director of the Cow Patti Theatre Company, working in partnership with the Lacombe Performing Arts Centre. Lea has been a professional producer, actor, and director for 32 years and has been working with the youth throughout northern, western and eastern Canada for the past 28 years.

She has enjoyed using the tool of theatre to empower and delight countless children of many different backgrounds and cultures.

Lea has chosen a piece of theatre she wrote and produced in 2009 titled Much more Munsch that will be extraordinarily funny, proficient, and entertaining for the young and old alike, noted a release.

These young actors will journey through the process of a rehearsing a full-length comedy play with music.

Being directed and attending workshops with professionals in the field will enable the young actors to learn many acting skills and theatre techniques along the way which will serve them well not only as actors but as young adults working toward self-assurance, group responsibility, commitment, and affability.

What makes Cow Patti’s Youth Theatre unique and challenging is that they are approached, taught, directed and have the same expectations of that with Lea’s cast and crews in her regular professional season. This gives young actors the opportunity to experience and enjoy their moment in ‘professional theatre’.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with a professional theatre director like AnnaMarie, who has been working with children throughout her career, and being able to offer professional youth theatre classes to the area,” said Lacombe Performing Arts Centre Executive Director Rosanna Kerekes.

The course will be on a first come, first serve basis, but all applicants will go through an audition process in September so Lea can learn about their individual talents, passion, and commitment to the project.

For more information on the course or to receive an application form contact the Lacombe Performing Arts Centre via email at or by calling 403-588-4386.


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