Theatre School looking for ‘Razzamataz’ in Essex

Ellie Wilcox, 9, Rayleigh stage scholarship winner 2016

Children in Essex have the opportunity to enter a competition for a chance to win a year’s worth of free performing arts tuition with a BBC Dragons’ Den backed theatre school.

Razzamataz Rayleigh & Brentwood work in association with The Stage newspaper to offer a year’s scholarship to attend the theatre schools to participate in signing, dancing and acting classes as well as lots of performance opportunities.

Both theatre schools are currently on the hunt to find undiscovered potential and would like to hear from children and young people from the ages of six to 17.

“It is really not necessary to have received any formal tuition beforehand because we can spot the raw talent in youngsters.

“We are looking for those that show a real desire to learn and a passion for the performing arts who we feel will benefit from our training,” says Jessica Chandler Smith , Principal at Razzamataz Brentwood.

To ensure as many youngsters as possible can enter, Razzamataz has created a scholarship system whereby potential students film a short demo 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 demo does not have to be professionally filmed, something created on a smart phone will suffice.

Applicants will also complete a short application form detailing what winning this opportunity would mean to them.

“It’s a very simple process to apply and we would like as many youngsters as possible to give it a go even if they have never performed before,” says Jessica.

“We would especially love teachers at local secondary schools, to also encourage older students to apply – to have won The Stage Scholarship would look impressive on their CV.”

The Stage is the only weekly newspaper for the performing arts industry and it has been in publication for more than 135 years.

Razzamataz was the first part-time theatre school to participate in the scholarships scheme and is incredibly proud to have been able to offer numerous youngsters the chance to train.

“Many Razzamataz past scholarship winners are now gaining places in prestigious performing arts colleges and have gone on to achieve some exciting professional work on stage and screen,” adds Catherine Morales, Principal at Razzamataz Rayleigh.

Razz Rayleigh’s last year’s winner of The Stage scholarships was Zef Hudson,14, who said: “It was a huge shock when I found out I had won, I was ecstatic. I would never have been able to afford to train as many hours as I have been able through the scholarship.

“A huge thank you for this life-changing opportunity.”

Their previous year’s winner at just aged 9 was Ellie Wilcox who then gained a contract in London’s West End hit show We Will Rock You.

Applications are open until June 20.

Apply directly by visiting: what-we-do/the-stage-scholarship/


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