A network of national theatre schools is delighted to announce that this year’s scholarships in association with The Stage newspaper have been revealed. Children and young people were given the chance to audition for a year’s worth of free tuition at their local Razzamataz Theatre School, offering thousands of pounds worth of free tuition for families across the UK.
The Stage newspaper is the trade publication for theatre and the performing arts founded in 1880. This prestigious industry newspaper and website has been working in association with Razzamataz Theatre Schools for several years to offer a scholarship to a young person who displays the drive, dedication and natural talent that will help them to succeed in whatever path they choose in life.
Each applicant was asked to submit a self-tape audition of no more than two minutes long showing them performing either a musical theatre song and dance, street dance, pop song, drama improvisation or scripted drama piece. The audition was open to both current students and those without any previous training, because the judges were looking for young people with a raw talent and the ambitions to embrace the Razzamataz training.
“We are so proud of every child that took part in the audition process and applaud them for having the courage to give it a go,” says Denise Hutton-Gosney, MD and Founder of Razzamataz. “After the last few years of lockdowns, children have lost a lot of confidence, so we were delighted with how many applicants we had and the high standard of entries. We looked for those that demonstrated a maturity and a real desire to learn, and we were delighted to offer more than 50 scholarships across the UK. We really hope this inspires the young people to keep working hard and enjoying their performing arts training at their local Razzamataz school.”
The Stage scholarship is worth up to £855 per student, offering financial assistance to families and a huge boost of confidence for the young winners. Past winners have gone on to achieve exceptional things in the performing arts including former winner Robson Broad, who is now a regular on the West End stage in shows such as Hamilton and currently Moulin Rouge.
Razzamataz have been committed to supporting young people in the arts from the very early days. In fact, when Denise entered BBC’s Dragons’ Den back in 2007, she took in with her four young students to perform. One of those students, Danielle Fiamanya, became part of Razzamataz after winning a scholarship. She then went on to study at Guildford School of Acting, received the 2019 Stage Debut Award for Best Actress in a Musical, was in smash hit musical &Juliet and is currently understudying Elsa in Frozen on the West End. Danielle says: “Razzamataz was the first theatre school I stepped into and I just wouldn’t be here without you and my scholarships at the school. Completely indebted to you.”
The Stage scholarships are just one of the many opportunities that Razzamataz is committed to offering its franchisees and their students. Others include a wide range of performing events both locally and on the West End stage, the chance to take part in workshops led by professional performers and the unique opportunity to audition for the Future Fund, the school’s own charity which helps to financially support students going on to study performing arts at college or university.
Razzamataz Theatre Schools teach thousands of children across the UK, offer employment for hundreds of teachers and staff and has created exciting and flexible businesses for franchisees from a wide range of backgrounds. With more than 22years’ experience, the franchisees have seen first-hand how performing arts can transform young people’s lives. With the focus now firmly on children’s physical and mental health, there is more demand than ever before for the support and training that Razzamataz offers, and new schools are regularly being opened.
Being part of the Razzamataz franchise network enables people without previous performing arts or business experience the opportunity to run their own theatre school, thanks to all the training, support, and contacts. Razzamataz is currently recruiting and expanding its team of teachers, staff, and new Principals.
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