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The Stage/Razzamataz scholarship winners 2017

Clockwise from top left: Anna Harris, Chantelle Daley, Alexander Smith, Molly Jess, Bethan Martin, Syeda Haniyah Nuha Ahmed, Caitlin Meadows, Jessica Stemp, Freya Morse and Jay Cruickshank

Razzamataz Theatre Schools has offered 27 awards in The Stage Scholarships scheme for 2017. The winners from across the UK will each receive the equivalent of a year’s free study, worth more than £21,000 in total.

Caitlin Meadows, 9, is a winner for Razzamataz Cambridge. “I was so excited to hear that I had been chosen as the winner for The Stage Scholarship,” she says. “This is a huge privilege for me. I really appreciate how the Razzamataz staff have given me the confidence to perform.”

Alexander Smith, 13, is a winner for Razzamataz Newbury. He says: “I couldn’t believe it when I heard I’d won. I was so pleased and so surprised. I have been really looking forward to joining Razzamataz and getting started. I’m sure it will be a really fun way of developing my skills and doing what I love most.”

Syeda Haniyah Nuha Ahmed, 14, is a winner for Razzamataz Barnet: “I was so incredibly surprised and delighted when I found out that I had won. I have been really excited to start the classes and learn all the different skills. I am also looking forward to making new friends who love performing arts. I hope that I will be a valuable member of Razzamataz because I am really looking forward to it.”

Freya Morse, 13, is a winner for Razzamataz Yeovil. “I am so incredibly happy after winning this scholarship that I’m practically speechless,” she says. “Thank you so much to The Stage and Razzamataz for giving me this amazing opportunity.”

Molly Jess, 7, is a winner for Razzamataz Glasgow. “It makes me feel really happy, excited and my word of the day, ‘nerve-cited’, which means nervous and excited at the same time. A huge, big thank you,” she says.

Chantelle Daley, 10, is a winner for Razzamataz Hackney. “I have been a student at Razzamataz Hackney since it opened last year. This scholarship means I can continue to work on my dancing and see all of my new friends every week. I can’t wait for more shows, I love performing and I love Razzamataz,” she says.

Jay Cruickshank, 7, is a winner for Razzamataz West Cumbria. “I was really amazed, happy and surprised when I found out that I had won this unbelievable scholarship,” he says. “Everyone at Razzamataz has really helped me to get more confident in myself, as well as in singing, dancing and drama. I am so excited to be able to improve my skills.”

Anna Harris, 16, is a winner for Razzamataz Sutton Coldfield. “I’m delighted to have won this scholarship as it will help open new doors for me in the future,” she says. “It will also help me learn new skills and face challenges. It will mean I will be able to continue to do what I love.”

Bethan Martin, 13, is a winner for Razzamataz Newcastle. “I am absolutely delighted I’ve won the scholarship. Razzamataz Newcastle is a big part of my life and has  given me the confidence to achieve what I thought was impossible. I am looking forward to further opportunities at Razzamataz in the future,” she says.

Jessica Stemp, 12, is a winner for Razzamataz Edinburgh. “I am so delighted I won the audition for Razzamataz Edinburgh,” she says. “I am also so grateful to be part of Razzamataz – everyone has been so kind to me, helped me achieve awards and given me the confidence to go for auditions and perform on stage.

“I am so happy to have won this achievement. Thank you so much.”

Other winners of The Stage/Razzamataz Scholarships

• Lucy Ankiah, 13 (Razzamataz Chester)

• Cieran Joseph Connor Mckinney, 8 (Razzamataz Liverpool South)

• Abbie Hunt, 13 (Razzamataz Mansfield)

• Laila Dore, 8 (Razzamataz Nottingham)

Dominik Czopek, 7 (Razzamataz Dumfries)

• Ellie Houston, 15 (Razzamataz Paisley)

• Ella Mulligan, 12 (Razzamataz Glasgow North)

• Lewyss Banfield, 14 (Razzamataz Medway)

Byron Sunnucks, 17 (Razzamataz Maidstone)

• Abby Young, 12 (Razzamataz Leeds)

• Tom Botting, 13 (Razzamataz York)

• Kelsey Penty, 10 (Razzamataz Derby)

Zef Hudson, 13 (Razzamataz Rayleigh West)

• Mia Knight, 12 (Razzamataz Durham)

• Annie Lewis, 16 (Razzamataz Carlisle)

• Callum Popple, 13 (Razzamataz Penrith)

• Amber Holmes, 12 (Razzamataz Sheffield)

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