Horsham is set to welcome a brand new part-time theatre school that won the backing of ‘Dragon’ Duncan Bannatyne, back in 2007, on BBC’s Dragons’ Den. With its unique mix of both commercial and musical theatre styles of singing, dancing and drama, the Saturday theatre school has plenty of opportunities for would-be stars of the stage and screen, as well as those that want to learn new skills, have fun and make new friends.
Razzamataz Horsham is launching on Saturday 7 September at The Forest School, Horsham. To celebrate its launch, the school will be holding an open day where local youngsters between the ages of 4-18 can come along and try the singing, dance and drama classes that will be available every Saturday during term time.
The theatre school is run by Caroline Kavanagh who is passionate about inspiring the next generation. With a background in Musical Theatre, Caroline trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and has always wanted to run her own theatre school.
“Razz skills keep young people active, instill a confidence and pride and encourage social skills. All of which are vital today,” Duncan Bannatyne.
Part of Caroline’s plans for the school are to give the students as many performing opportunities as possible: “Taking part in a show or local performance are so much more than just giving the student a chance to demonstrate what they have been learning in class each week. The pride and sense of achievement a child has from performing has a real positive effect on their confidence and self-esteem and it is a pleasure to watch students’ progress.”
Studies have shown that participating in the theatre arts gives young people skills that they can use everyday in life. Learning to sing, dance and act is just the very tip of the iceberg. Whatever career children go on to choose, the confidence and the life skills that they learn through performing arts gives them a huge advantage to fulfill their dreams.
Being part of the Razzamataz network means that Caroline can offer the students many exciting opportunities. These include lots of performing roles, both locally and on a West End theatre stage, a chance to audition for Top Talent casting agency, guest workshops from industry experts, such as street dance crew Diversity and musical theatre stars and many scholarships, including a prestigious award held in association with The Stage newspaper.
Students will also get the opportunity to audition for the Future Fund, Razzamataz’s own registered charity that will financially assist a student looking to go on to study performing arts at college or university.
Caroline explained: “I’m very excited about the launch of Razzamataz Horsham and would like to invite local children to come along and give our performing arts day a try. Regardless of their experience, the open day is for all children who think they would like to meet new friends and learn a new skill.”
Razzamataz Horsham offers a wide range of performing arts styles for children ranging in age from 4-18, with classes in dance, drama and singing. Students experience various genres from classic West End musical theatre through to pop singing and street dance. In all sessions, the emphasis is on having fun and bringing out the creativity and unique potential in each and every student.