Make this year the year you give your children the chance to do something different. Razzamataz is not just a place where youngsters go to learn how to sing, dance and act, it is a place where experiences come to life and dreams become reality.
For children who long to be on the stage, Razzamataz Sutton Coldfield is giving students the opportunity to perform in an iconic venue at the The Crescent Theatre, Birmingham. The Crescent is one of Birmingham’s oldest theatre companies, operating from a purpose built theatre in the Brindleyplace development. The theatre has a 300 seat capacity in the main house, 100 plus seat studio theatre, rehearsal rooms and spacious bar. Treading the boards here will really give the students a taste of what being a professional performer is all about.
As much as Razzamataz enjoys giving students opportunities to explore the world of theatre arts, it is also focused on giving back to the community. “We recently performed carols for a local elderly people’s home and have agreed to return this year,” explains Gemma Hextall, joint Principal of Razzamtaz Sutton Coldfield. “There is a strong community focus at the school and opportunities such as this helps us to bridge the gap between younger and older people living locally and by using the arts as a tool, we are teaching children valuable life lessons about the importance of giving back.”
Giving experiences to the children is something that Gemma and co-Principal Nick Furlong are keen to keep offering to their students. Since launching the school, the duo has been keen to offer children a whole range of exciting workshops and guest teachers so students get to experience different styles of performance and learn to work with different skill sets.
During the first term the children participated in a street dance workshop with local street dance exert Jovan Rumble and most recently, fresh from the award-winning show the Lion King, performer Shekinah McFarlane shared her performing arts experiences.
“It was a pleasure to be able to share my knowledge of musical theatre with the aspiring performers at Razzamataz Sutton Coldfield,” says Shekinah. “It’s wonderful that these children get the opportunity to work with professionals because it gives them a real insight into the working world of performing artists.”
The fun classes are for all children whatever their background or ability and there is a strong focus on keeping fit and active, having fun and making friends. As well as learning dance, acting and singing in both musical theatre and commercial genres, students get many opportunities to experience different parts of the arts.
“We are also having a guest workshop from Jack Dent who will be sharing his circus skills and his magic with students,” says Nick. “This is something a bit different from most theatre schools and not only will it be tremendous fun, but we hope to introduce the students to another arts genre.”
Classes start at age four and go on to 18 and there are lots of opportunities to perform giving children the opportunity to grow in confidence.
To book a FREE trial session, email Principals Nick and Gemma on [email protected] or call 07505 013160 / 0121 285 0919.