14th May 2018
From the West End to Broadway, Kerry Ellis has starred in some of the most iconic shows as well as achieving chart-topping success as a recording artist. As a mother to two young boys, Kerry is passionate about the benefits of performing arts for children also. Razzamataz was delighted to exclusively host Kerry’s singing and performing masterclasses in Scotland, Sheffield and London for its students.
Kerry worked with the children who attend Razzamataz schools across the country to create a masterclass in singing and performing. The start of the workshop was to focus on the students and what they wanted to get out of the class. Kerry explained that she loved to also learn from them and to find out how they access music, what their aspirations are and what challenges they face. During the workshop, the students learnt how to act through a song and how to approach a song right from the start. Kerry also shared her knowledge and experience on audition prep and how to get the most out of each performance.
Kerry was the first British Elphaba in the West End smash, Wicked, for which she won the 2008 Whatsonstage.com Award for 'Best Takeover in a Role'. Oliver!, My Fair Lady, Miss Saigon and Les Miserables are just some of the other wonderful shows she’s starred in.
"From working on the West End stage to Broadway, there’s really been so many special moments in my career and I’m eternally grateful for it all. Some of the most special memories are performing with Brian May (Queen’s guitarist) at the Royal Festival of Remembrance to honour those who have given their lives fighting for the country. As someone who loves musical theatre, performing on Broadway for the first time was of course a dream come true and recording my first album was a wonderful experience."
The relaxed workshop allowed the students to ask Kerry lots of questions and it gave them a wonderful insight into the life of a professional performer who has achieved a huge level of success.
"Performing arts can offer so much, regardless if children want to work professionally in the industry. Theatre practice really brings in an awareness of yourself and teaches skills such as team work, communication as well as general physical fitness."
It’s a big part of the Razzamataz ethos to bring in top class professionals to work with the students. Learning from those who are currently enjoying successful careers is extremely motivating for students and gives them a real sense of what the performing arts industry is all about.
Children who attend Razzamataz take part in dance, drama and singing classes and experience everything from classic West End musical theatre styles through to street dance, pop singing and acting for camera. Students get lots of opportunities to perform, have fun and make new friends, build on their confidence and social skills all while keeping fit and active. Classes start at age 2 and go on to 18 and there are regular special guest workshops for students of all ages.
Razzamataz has many contacts with industry professionals so franchisees don’t necessarily have to have performing arts experience. Franchisees in each school come from a range of backgrounds including new parents who want a career to fit flexibly around their families, former teachers and young performers.
To find out if franchising is the right option, Razzamataz holds regular Discovery Den days across the UK where potential franchisees get a chance to meet the head office team.
4th July 2018
Razzamataz was delighted to be among the winners at the bfa Awards 2018.
28th June 2018
Razzamataz Theatre Schools is offering a special financing incentive for new franchisees.
15th June 2018
Razzamataz Theatre Schools have developed a training system that works for all.
12th June 2018
Are working-class children are being denied the opportunity to participate in Performing Arts due to rising costs of training?
4th June 2018
Two Razzamataz Theatre Schools franchisees have been announced as finalist in bfa awards.
1st May 2018
Razzamataz discuss franchisees exit strategy because with the right support in place the potential resale value is an exciting prospect.
27th April 2018
To add to its long list of awards, incentives and support initiatives, Razzamataz Theatre Schools has launched a new incentive for franchisees.
24th April 2018
Razzamataz Early Years Franchise has been created for people wanting to work in the children’s performing arts industry.
3rd April 2018
Students from Razzamataz Tonbridge got the opportunity to dance with Darcey Bussell.
23rd March 2018
Razzamataz Theatre School in Sutton Coldfield are supporting a Ugandan student to attend school.
22nd March 2018
Razzamataz Theatre Schools is backing ITV’s This Morning’s newly launched Be Kind Campaign.
13th March 2018
Razzamataz Theatre Schools has joined the ranks of the elite after their own franchisees provided feedback for an industry survey for a second year in a row.
23rd February 2018
To help to encourage youngsters to try something new, Razzamataz Theatre Schools is hosting a National Bring a Friend Day.
8th February 2018
Teamwork triumphed at the, Dragons' Den backed, Razzamataz Theatre Schools franchise conference.
23rd January 2018
Aspiring Razzamataz performers are given the chance to work with a top industry professional.
18th December 2017
Razzamataz have started preparation for GDPR already so they have plenty of time to make sure their Principals are fully up to date when the new regulations come into force in May 2018.
1st December 2017
Razzamataz students travelled to Disneyland® Paris for a special performance opportunity.
27th October 2017
Youngsters from Razzamataz Cambridge will be performing alongside Collabro.
20th October 2017
Razzamataz Theatre Schools children take part in a special performance during Disneyland® Paris anniversary.
16th October 2017
Youngsters from Razzamataz Theatre Schools have been raising money for the company’s charity Future Fund.
9th October 2017
Razzamataz Theatre Schools fully support the development of the hundreds of teachers who work across the network of theatre schools.
2nd October 2017
National Work Life Week gives the opportunity for both employers and employees to focus on well-being and creating a good work-life balance.
18th September 2017
Scholarship winners will be taking up their places with their local Razzamataz schools in September.
21st August 2017
Razzamataz Theatre Schools allow children to find their place in the world through performing arts.
It was 10 years ago that I left hairdressing and for anyone thinking that it is too late to change their careers I would say step out of your comfort zone and just do it. I never thought I would be able to and it’s the best thing I have done and wished I’d done it years ago!Pam Dixon, Razzamataz Dumfries
Buying into a franchise is an excellent way to begin running your own business. You have all the benefits of working for yourself but the added support and proven success of a well established and recognised brand. For a person new to business, it is ideal.Helen Green, Razzamataz Sheffield
The support and training we get means that we can get help on any aspect of our business. It has also been a fantastic and rewarding way of working, allowing me to continue to be there for the family while running my own business.Lisa Roberts, Razzamataz Rickmansworth
TWO franchises for the price of ONE!
Affordable part time performing arts lessons
One of Dragons Den most successful investments!