One of the stand out films of the year has to be The Greatest Showman, a musical loosely based on the life of PT Barnum and his circus. The universal themes will relate to most audiences, especially young people with a passion to perform.
It has been an overwhelming hit with many of the Razzamataz schools throughout the UK whose students can empathize with many of the characters who feel the circus is the place where they can be accepted for who they are.
Many of our students tell us that Razzamataz is the place where they can really be themselves and this, in turn, has led them to grow in confidence and self-belief.
Ollie Cartwright-Lomax, age 15 from Razzamataz Torbay says: “I’ve been coming to Razzamataz for ten years now and it has been a place to escape the stress of life and somewhere where you can express yourself without the worry of being judged.” His fellow student Azahara Kain age 12 adds: “Razzamataz is a fun and friendly, nice place to be. I am allowed to be myself and I have learnt a lot from the brilliant teachers.”
Across the UK, Razzamataz has this powerful message across billboards, in the hope of inspiring more youngsters to step out of their comfort zone and into a place where they can be accepted, nurtured and grow in confidence.
Students take part in singing, acting and dance classes and cover a wide curriculum so they experience both West End and Broadway musical theatre as well as the commercial genres of street dance, pop singing and acting for the camera. This creates ‘triple threat performers’ which is what the industry now demands.
Whether students are taking part for fun and fitness or they want to make performing arts a career, all the way through their training, Razzamataz provides the support they need to establish connections and gain experience in this competitive industry.
Students of all ages also get a chance to work with industry professionals from the West End, Broadway and commercial genres. Razzamataz regularly hosts masterclasses where experienced performers come into the schools to teach sections from well-loved shows and iconic routines.
This has recently included street dance crew, Diversity, winners of Britain’s Got Talent and Kerry Ellis, star of shows such as Wicked, Oliver!, My Fair Lady, Miss Saigon and Les Miserables.
“Razzamataz is not just about creating the next generation of performers but many of our students show the passion, talent and determination to succeed in this industry so we do all we can to support them,” says Denise Hutton-Gosney, MD and Founder of Razzamataz. “It is wonderful that many students go on and perform professionally but what we are most proud of are the lovely testimonials about how coming to classes have given them the confidence to achieve their dreams, whatever they may be.”
Razzamataz has many contacts with industry professionals so franchisees who run their own Razzamataz school don’t necessarily have to have performing arts experience. Franchisees in each school come from a range of backgrounds including new parents who want a career to fit flexibly around their families, former teachers and young performers.
To find out if franchising is the right option, Razzamataz holds regular Discovery Den days across the UK where potential franchisees get a chance to meet the head office team, find out more about franchising in general and discover what it is like to run a part-time theatre school.
If you would like to find out more about becoming part of our team and attending a Discovery Den, click the link below.