Brentwood welcome’s 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 Brentwood launched on September 16th 2017 at The Holiday Inn, Brook Street, Brentwood. To celebrate its launch, the school held an open day where local youngsters between the ages of 4-18 came along to experience singing, dance and drama classes that will be available every Saturday during term time. The red ribbon was cut by talented local girl band D’luXE, Phoenix FM dj Courtney-Lee Collins and Councillor William Russell.
The theatre school is run by Jessica Chandler Smith who is passionate about the performing arts. Jessica has a strong performing arts and dance background and has been on shows such as “The Bill” and “Holby City”. She has also worked on films not only acting but behind the scenes to on sound and production. Jessica also owns local princess and superhero entertainment company Pick a Princess Party Appearances!
“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 Jessica’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,” says Jessica. “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 Jessica 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.
“I’m very excited about the launch of Razzmataz Brentwood and would like to invite local children to come along and give our performing arts day a try,” adds Jessica. “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 Brentwood 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.