The world may have been put on hold but that hasn’t stopped children and young people dreaming of their futures. For those with a passion for performing arts, Razzamataz, a national theatre school network has helped keep those dreams alive with a prestigious scholarship worth up to £855 per student.
Over the last few months, all of the part-time franchises in the Razzamataz Theatre School network have worked alongside the prestigious newspaper for the performing arts industry The Stage. Together, they have created an exciting scholarship opportunity for children and young people across the UK. The network are offering thousands of pounds worth of free tuition, something which means a great deal to many families trying to support their kids.
“We are so proud to once again offer these prestigious scholarships in association with The Stage newspaper,” says Denise Hutton Gosney, MD and Founder of Razzamataz Theatre Schools. “It’s been particularly challenging for business with all the lockdowns but we were all determined that our students and young people in the community would not miss out on this wonderful opportunity. Although the impact of Covid has hit small businesses like ours very hard, we collectively felt that it was important to continue to offer as many opportunities as possible to support young people who have had to show incredible resilience over the last year and a half. A huge congratulations to all of our scholarship winners and we are delighted to welcome lots of new students to the Razzamataz Family.”
The scholarships were open to all young people between the ages of 6-18. Both current Razzamataz students and those that haven’t had any formal training were eligible to apply. For young people who have had to continue their practice at home while in lockdown or isolating, they have shown a huge amount of drive and determination.
“The performing arts is wonderful but competitive career but our students have proved that they have the resilience to work their way through the difficult times,” adds Denise. “For children who have never had any training before, we are so delighted to welcome them to Razzamataz and the excellent training that our schools offer. We know what a positive impact that the performing arts can offer all children so we are so pleased that our franchisees have continued this exceptional offer.”
Former Razzamataz scholarship students have gone on to be successful in many West End shows including Hamilton, &Juliet, Matilda, School of Rock and many TV shows as well as a starring in a Disney movie.
As well as the financial incentives, the auditions gave students something positive to look forward to. Performing arts professionals across the UK helped to make the difficult judging decisions, giving students the opportunity to stretch themselves and aim high.
Razzamataz Theatre Schools teach thousands of children. With more than 20 years’ experience, the Principals 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 Razzamataz classes.
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“We have talked for years about how important the arts are for children,” adds Denise. “Our classes help to develop confidence, teamwork, resilience and can help with both physical and mental health. The lockdowns have really shined a light on the fact that more needs to be done in these areas so we are really delighted to be part of the movement to promote the arts.”
Although for much of the last 18 months, the schools have been closed or operating with restrictions, that hasn’t stopped new franchisees from joining the network. So far in 2021, five new schools have joined the Dragons’ Den backed franchise with many existing franchisees growing their original territory.
The new franchisees join the ten new Principals who joined the network in 2020. Even during the pandemic, Razzamataz was able to continue to grow the network and continue the high level of support and training.