1st August 2017
Now in its third year, a part-time theatre school franchise has once again supported its students in helping them achieve their professional dreams of working in the performing arts industry.
Students who attend one of the Razzamataz schools across the UK got the opportunity to compete for a scholarship to help finance the cost of studying performing arts at college. The Future Fund scholarship was created to support the schools’ hard working, dedicated and talented students and gives them the chance to audition in front of an experienced and talented judging panel.
The auditions were held at Pineapple Dance Studios in Covent Garden and were judged by a panel of independent performing arts specialists. Dancer and choreographer Robert Hamilton has a huge amount of experience in both the musical theatre and commercial genres. West End credits include, CATS, playing the lead Mr. Mistoffelees and FAME with the added responsibility of being Dance Captain. Robert’s commercial work includes The Brit Awards with Robbie Williams, Stars in Your Eyes, The Royal Variety Performance and Hyde Park with Kimberley Wyatt.
Alongside Robert was Victoria Ward who has a wealth of performing arts experience. She is currently performing in The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre and is also co-producer of Upstage Productions who have produced pantomimes for the Radlett Centre for over ten years.
Actor and dancer, Carl Tracey was the final judge and an original member of the Go! Go! Go! Show. Carl also performs in many pantomimes, musicals, cruises and TV shows and has visited many of the Razzamataz schools with his specialist workshops.
Competing to win the scholarship were Lucas Cooper from Razzamataz Medway, Lorna Clark from Razzamataz Medway and Jodie Hall from Razzamataz Sutton Coldfield. Each candidate performed a song, dance and drama piece to demonstrate their versatility as performers.
The standard of this year’s entries was again very high but after much deliberation, the first prize of £3,000 was awarded to Lucas Cooper, age 17 from Razzamataz Medway with the other students offered £500 towards their own training.
Lucas has been offered a place at Reynolds Performing Arts College where he will be fine tuning all his skills to make him into a strong triple threat performer who is able to turn his hand to singing, dancing and acting.
The Future Fund is just one of the many opportunities that Razzamataz franchisees can take advantage of. Being part of a network of performing arts professionals, who combine their knowledge and contacts about the industry with proven business success, is a winning combination for successful theatre schools.
The growing network has almost 50 schools up and down the country and students, staff and Principals regularly take part in fundraising events to help towards the Future Fund.
23rd February 2018
To help to encourage youngsters to try something new, Razzamataz Theatre Schools is hosting a National Bring a Friend Day.
8th February 2018
Teamwork triumphed at the, Dragons' Den backed, Razzamataz Theatre Schools franchise conference.
23rd January 2018
Aspiring Razzamataz performers are given the chance to work with a top industry professional.
18th December 2017
Razzamataz have started preparation for GDPR already so they have plenty of time to make sure their Principals are fully up to date when the new regulations come into force in May 2018.
1st December 2017
Razzamataz students travelled to Disneyland® Paris for a special performance opportunity.
27th October 2017
Youngsters from Razzamataz Cambridge will be performing alongside Collabro.
20th October 2017
Razzamataz Theatre Schools children take part in a special performance during Disneyland® Paris anniversary.
16th October 2017
Youngsters from Razzamataz Theatre Schools have been raising money for the company’s charity Future Fund.
9th October 2017
Razzamataz Theatre Schools fully support the development of the hundreds of teachers who work across the network of theatre schools.
2nd October 2017
National Work Life Week gives the opportunity for both employers and employees to focus on well-being and creating a good work-life balance.
18th September 2017
Scholarship winners will be taking up their places with their local Razzamataz schools in September.
21st August 2017
Razzamataz Theatre Schools allow children to find their place in the world through performing arts.
3rd July 2017
Razzamataz Theatre Schools will be hosting a gala performance at the indigo at The 02 on Sunday 18th November 2018.
29th June 2017
In the Smith & Henderson survey Razzamataz Theatre Schools was scored so highly that they received a 5 Star Franchise Satisfaction Award.
12th May 2017
Throughout the UK Razzamataz Theatre Schools franchisees are offering fun and affordable summer schools.
10th May 2017
After her diagnosis and the care she received from the NHS, Ellie Channer was determined to give something back.
27th April 2017
Aspiring performing artists can win a year's place at a local Razzamataz Theatre School with The Stage newspaper.
24th April 2017
The Razzamataz Theatre Schools franchise is delighted to be welcomed into the British Franchise Association (bfa).
20th April 2017
A dance competition is to be held to celebrate the launch of the new Razzamataz Performing Arts classes at Eurocamp.
16th March 2017
Razzamataz Theatre Schools is proud to be sponsoring Rock Challenge in various venues across the UK.
20th February 2017
Charlotte Young, Principal of Razzamataz West Cumbria has been asked to return this year to MOVE IT to inspire more youngsters who dream of dancing.
I don’t have a business background so after deciding to retire from professionally performing it was the memories of Razzamataz on Dragons’ Den that set the wheels in motion. I was really inspired by the brand and the business model and because it is a franchise business we receive a lot of help and support from Head Office as well as on-going training so I can make Razzamataz Barnet the success that I believe it can be. In the last 12 months, I have doubled my student numbers in a very competitive market and I have now clear plans on how I would like my business to progress this year.Michael French, Razzamataz Barnet
“It was 10 years ago that I left hairdressing and for anyone thinking that it is too late to change their careers I would say step out of your comfort zone and just do it. I never thought I would be able to and it’s the best thing I have done and wished I’d done it years ago!”Pam Dixon, Razzamataz Dumfries
“The support from Head Office is fantastic and they are always there to listen and to guide you through. You are getting advertising/marketing ideas, contacts and systems provided for you that you may not have if you were to open an independent school.”Amy Latchman, Razzamataz Rickmansworth.
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