Three years ago, at our launch, we had a studio full of young people taking part in their trial class, feeling nervous, not sure what to make of each other and many too shy to have previously explored performing arts training. Today we have a school built on commitment, team work and dedication. Each and everyone of our students are a shining example of truly brilliant young people. Over the past three years our students at Razzamataz Medway have worked incredibly hard to raise thousands of pounds for charity, and to become an award winningschool – winning the Razzamataz Brand Ambassador Award for representing the theatre school brand to the highest standards in terms of quality of tuition, expertise and inspiring young people to be the best they can be.
Razzamataz Theatre Schools was launched in 2000 and achieved national recognition in 2007 after a memorable appearance on BBC’s Dragons’ Den, winning the investment from Duncan Bannatyne, who remains a committed partner supporting all new Razzamataz ventures.
Razzamataz is proud to put the welfare of its students at the heart of everything it does. From providing affordable part-time performing arts training for children and young people throughout the UK, to giving them access to some of the most talented performers through specialist workshops and classes, Razzamataz uses theatre arts within small class sizes to nurture a child’s confidence and self-esteem, all while making sure they are having a lot of fun.
Come and join the Razzamataz family to experience a range of styles from classic West End musical theatre to funky street dance and pop singing. There are always lots of opportunities to perform for both boys and girls, from local theatres and festivals to the glittering lights of London’s West End stage.
Principal Hayley and her team of fabulous teachers, are successfully in their third year at Razzamataz Medway. Three years ago, at our launch, we had a studio full of young people taking part in their trial class, feeling nervous, not sure what to make of each other and many too shy to have previously explored performing arts training. Today we have a school built on commitment, team work and dedication. Each and everyone of our students are a shining example of truly brilliant young people. Over the past three years our students have worked incredibly hard to raise thousands of pounds for charity, and to become an award winning school – winning the Razzamataz Brand Ambassador Award for representing the theatre school brand to the highest standards in terms of quality of tuition, expertise and inspiring young people to be the best they can be. Students have also performed at Her Majesty's Theatre, home of Phantom of the Opera in the West End. Inter and senior students supported the USA Motown Show on their UK tour, and have secured 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in National Vocal and Dance Competitions.
Hayley, whose professional dancing work has taken her around the world, entertaining the likes of Phil Collins and Tim Rice to name a few and the team bring a wealth of experience, training, inside industry knowledge and 'know how', offer free West End Master Classes with performers direct from the West End as part of the curriculum aswell as share a real passion for teaching and inspiring young people.
Razzamataz Medway brings a fresh, funky and modern feel for students who enjoy the performing arts who may want to pursue a career in the industry or just have fun!
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Razzamataz Performance Parties!
Want your child’s party to be the highlight of the school year? If they love singing, dancing and drama ask us about holding your very own Razz Party! Ideal for ages 4-11, the parties are tailor made to your child’s favourite songs allowing them to become a popstar or stagestar for their special day. Complete with invitations, party bags and certificates for each child the party ends with a spectacular performance for parents!
Tel: 01634 893524 / 07888 855422
Razz Tots, an exciting new class for 2-3s, is specially designed in line with the EYFS statutory framework to fit in with thegovernment’s guidelines on early years development. Our classes will enable your child’s physical and emotional developmentwhilst encouraging their communication skills and increasing their confidence. The movement and melody based classes will also allow you to build on the bond between you and your child whilst working with them one to one on songs, movement and craft activities. There is also an opportunity to socialise more with other parents at the end of the session with complimentary refreshments.
Children learn when they feel comfortable in an environment and very much through repetition so we have broken our classes down into themes each lasting 6 weeks. Contact your Principal to find out what our Tots are currently working on!
Tel: 01634 893524 / 07888 855422
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"Words cannot say how happy and proud we are as parents tonight. To think that 2 years ago Hattie was receiving intense speech therapy and it really affected her self confidence where she almost refused to speak in front of strangers to seeing her so excited and proud to be part of the show and join in with a huge smile on her face tonight is amazing!
In the news...
Local children celebrate award success and stepping stone to university. Four of our students have achieved impressive award success that will help them on their way to university. Although just at the tender ages of between 12 and 16, the youngsters have been awarded their Bronze Arts Awards, equaling 6 credits on the UCAS ratings.
The accredited qualification for young people aged 11 to 25 is recognised on the UCAS Tariff. Arts Award is offered at Bronze, Silver and Gold and is accredited by Ofqual. At each level, young people are assessed on their planning and review skills and can explore any of the art forms including performing arts, visual arts, literature, media and multimedia.
Lauren Kelly, Emily Crompton, Rebecca Handley and Amy Whitehead were delighted to have successfully passed the Bronze Awards and received their certificates at a recent Awards Evening held at Razzamataz where students and their parents were entertained by Simon Coulthard, the original Vince Fontaine from the West End show Grease! Click Here
You know you’ve got the moves when one of the Flawless crew gives you their seal of approval! Marlon from the street dance troupe who rose to fame after competing in the third series of Britain’s Got Talent in 2009 and who went on to appear in the films StreetDance 3D and its sequel, sent the dancers a tweet after watching them perform at the Kent Dance Challenge.
Our Medway Seniors performed as a troupe and were delighted to be awarded 1st Place! Judged by Marlon 'Swoosh' from Flawless, Tim Noble (Kylie Minogue's choreographer) and Damien Jackson (Resident Choreographer for Billy Elliot in the West End!) Senior students Tyler Martin, Robson Broad and Cameron Somers also scooped 1st / 2nd and 3rd places for their solo performances.
As well as bringing home an array of prizes, it was a lovely surprise to discover a message from Marlon who tweeted: “@RazzMedway you all did a great job yesterday, it was a pleasure to judge you all. Stay in touch!
Take a look at our students performing their Rock of Ages Medley:
Senior Student Charlotte Morris wins Prestiguous Scholarship in association with The Stage Newspaper! With over 200 applicants this year Charlotte has put our school on the map! Well done Charlotte and to everyone who entered, the feedback from the judges was really impressive! Keep a look out for the next round of Stage Scholarship opportunities! Click Here
Boosting your child’s self esteem and confidence with performing arts
It is a sad fact that performing arts is declining in England’s schools just as countries around the world are embracing it. A recent report by the Department for Education stated that the most commonly withdrawn subjects are drama and performing arts, which had been dropped in nearly a quarter of schools.
But although the National Curriculum is struggling to find a place for it, performing arts is widely spoken about as being one of the most positive influences on a child’s life. In her publication, The Importance of Theatre and Performance to the Development of the Child, Professor Maggie Kinloch argued that the theatre provides a host of benefits for children.
It is not only for those that want to go on and make a career on the stage, performing arts stimulates all children’s creativity. It helps them make sense of their emotions, develops their ability to understand, allows them to face their fears in a safe environment, challenges their preconceptions about the world in which they live, develops their aesthetic sense, develops their language and communication skills, introduces new ideas to them and allows them to express opinions
Students Celebrate winning Razz's Got Talent Scholarships! Click to see Students Tierney Sharp and Rose Elliott winning our latest Razz's Got Talent Scholarship programme! Click Here
Razzamataz Medway Win Theatre School Top Award! Brand Ambassador Award 2013! Click here to read more! (please can this be turned around to landscape also) Click Here
Local Medway youngsters take a little Razzamataz to the West End Stage - Click here to read more about our students performing in the London's West End! (please can this be turned around to landscape too) Click Here
Here comes the magic of motown! Students are invited to perform alongside touring motown show band 'The USA Motown Show' at the Central Theatre!
Les Miserables West End Star helps local young people dream their dream - Click here to read more about West End star Nicky Swift visiting our Summer School! Click Here
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