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Razzamataz Theatre Schools and The Stage Scholarship winners 2019

A selection of Razzamataz scholarship winners: Isabelle Griffiths, Luke Logan, Beth Gardner and Katie Francis
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Next year, Razzamataz Theatre Schools will be celebrating its 20th anniversary providing classes in dance, drama and singing to thousands of keen students in the UK. This year marks its ninth partnering with The Stage, offering a total of 25 awards to young performers all over the UK. Each winner will receive the equivalent of one year’s study, worth in excess of £20,000.

Beth Jane Gardner, aged 17, has been awarded a place at Razzamataz in Carlisle. “I am absolutely thrilled to have won The Stage Scholarship. I can’t thank everyone at Razzamataz Carlisle enough for all of their support and encouragement over the years and for helping me believe in myself. Thank you for this incredible opportunity.”

In West Cumbria, Kaitlyn Cartner, aged 10, was delighted at winning the award. “While waiting for the winner to be announced I was so nervous. After what felt like hours they called out my name. I couldn’t believe it. It was an amazing feeling. Now I get to carry on my journey with the fabulous Razzamataz family, helping build my confidence while on the stage, knowing that I can achieve if I try.”

Logan Jackson Luke, aged 10, has his eyes set on future performances with Razzamataz in Durham. “It feels amazing to win. It means a lot to me and I’m really looking forward to performing at Her Majesty’s Theatre in February.”

In Mansfield, Lilly-Mai Leonardo Muratore, aged 10, is also looking forward to the West End show. “I am astonished that I won and I’m so happy to be given this opportunity. I really like Razzamataz because they give you lots of great opportunities and the teachers are really helpful and encouraging. I am looking forward to the next term and in particular rehearsing for the West End performance.”

In Newcastle, winner Leah Marshall, aged 15, speaks very highly of the positive effect of performance. “Razz is the highlight of my week. It always cheers me up and I love all of the people there, because it is such a positive environment. Winning the scholarship is one of the best feelings I’ve ever felt. I have applied for the scholarship for the past two years, and I was successful last year as a runner up. However, I felt as though I needed to give it another try and push myself further, so I chose a song that was more difficult and I acted it out.”

Juno Bryant, aged 10, has won a place at Razzamataz in Hackney, saying: “I put so much hard work into performing and Razzamataz is brilliant for acting, singing and dancing. They really build up my confidence, teach me new things and give me great opportunities. I feel really proud – I can’t believe it.”

In Bristol, Katie Francis, aged 12, had won a scholarship for the Bristol South class. “I always dreamed of attending a theatre school and I am so grateful for this opportunity. I am really keen to enhance my skills and become a more rounded performer. I have already met some wonderful people and I am looking forward to my future at Razzamataz.”

In Chester, Isabelle Griffiths, aged nine, is keen to start her new year. “I always try my best at Razz so it’s nice to be awarded this and show my hard work has paid off. It makes me want to work even harder. I’m looking forward to all the new things that I’ll learn next year that will help me improve my performance even more.”

Maisie Woodcock, aged 10, has won a place at Razzamataz in Edinburgh. “When we were told about the scholarships I decided I had to enter. I couldn’t believe it when I won. I am so excited, Razz has shown me I could do more than I thought I could and I can’t wait to get back next term.”

Razzamataz prides itself as a place for making friends as well as encouraging excellence. Harriet Silk, aged 12, has won a place at Cambridge and says: “I feel really great and surprised and I can’t stop smiling. I can’t believe I won. I love Razz because it’s doing what I love with all my friends I’ve made who all support each other in everything we do.”


Meet The Stage Scholarship winners 2018

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