Perry lives many lives. First and foremost, he has been Marilyn’s husband for over 40 years. He is also father to Lisa and Mandy.
Secondly, Perry is a business lawyer, who has been a partner of Kahn Zack Ehrlich Lithwick LLP since February 1, 1980. Perry’s clients include an international wholesale membership club, a restaurant chain and a national pharmaceutical chain, and he has been honoured by the Canadian Bar Association for his community involvement.
Thirdly, Perry has been for many years involved in musical theatre and working with talented young performers, for which he was acknowledged with an Ovation Award by APPLAUSE! Musicals Society for his significant contribution.
Perry was profiled in the September 2022 issue of The Advocate, the magazine of the Vancouver Bar Association. Read it online or download the PDF.
Born and raised in Yorkton, Saskatchewan, Perry studied piano and voice, participated in choirs and musicals, competed in music festivals, and proceeded through the various grade levels of the Royal Conservatory of Music. Before and during Law School, he played dinner music at various restaurants, and sung with Greystone Singers at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon . He was also music director for “Legal Follies”, a show produced each year by the College of Law to raise money for charity.
Perry created Gotta Sing! Gotta Dance! at the Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver twenty-four years ago. At that time, the Faculty included Wendy Bross Stuart, who has been with him throughout this journey and whose stellar work as a musical director has been showcased at Theatre Under the Stars and at various venues throughout the Lower Mainland.
In addition, Perry has been director of two performances troupes. With Simon Isherwood, he directed Sound Sensation. Perry currently directs ShowStoppers, a dynamic teen-age performance troupe, that appears in concert, on TV and radio, and at numerous conventions, awards dinners, galas, and corporate and charitable events throughout British Columbia.
Perry has also been involved in numerous other musical activities. In particular, he was talent co-ordinator and supervisor for recording sessions for the late ventriloquist, Shari Lewis, whose television show was produced here in Vancouver. In addition, he wrote a song and appeared in an episode of Fox’s science-fiction television series, “Wayward Pines”.
Perry considers himself extremely blessed to have had the opportunity to have a wonderful marriage, family, and law practice, and an incredible relationship with hundreds of young musical theatre performers.
Perry has been featured in a number of newspaper and magazine articles. Please click on the links below to read some of them:
Bartalk Magazine (PDF)
Lifestyles Magazine, Spring 2005 (PDF)
The Double Life of Dual Careerists – BC Business Magazine – July 2, 2013