One of the stand out films of this year had to be The Greatest Showman about PT Barnum and the creation of his circus and the lives of its star attractions.
The theme running throughout the film was how performing can bring magic to the audience and help the artists to believe in who they really are. These ideals are what the young performers in Wimbledon held on to throughout the months of rehearsals and preparations for their show held on 24th June at The Stockwell Playhouse as they put on a show to remember.
The cast all attend Razzamataz Wimbledon and the whole school played a part in the show which was called Razzamataz: A Wicked Summer Show. The annual performance gives students a chance to demonstrate what they learn each week in classes and shows off the whole Razzamataz Curriculum that features traditional West End musical theatre through to pop singing, street dance and acting for stage and screen.
The youngest age group attend the Minis class and they put on an adorable display which delighted their family and friends and gave many of them the opportunity to perform for the very first time. The Juniors, Inters and Seniors classes had the opportunity to explore the musical theatre world of Wicked as well as more commercial dance and singing pieces.
There really was something to appeal to everyone in the annual show and the cast worked together to produce something that even PT Barnum would be proud of. “The months of rehearsals, costume fittings and organisation really makes sense when you see the children and young people perform,” says, Sophie Atkins, Principal of Razzamataz Wimbledon. “The process of putting on a show is a wonderful way of teaching young people about teamwork, collaborating and sharing ideas, why practice is important and pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone.”
Some of the key moments in the show included, our Minis performing extracts from Matilda, some of our students getting up on stage to do solos and of course painting our Elphaba GREEN!
The audience had a terrific time and appreciated the work that the staff and young cast put in to produce such a slick show. Typical of many of the testimonials received was one from Mum of Razz Senior: “I also wanted to say what an absolutely amazing show you and the team put on at the Stockwell Playhouse the other weekend. Not only a feat of singing, dancing and drama but also such a fantastic experience for the kids. You could just see by their faces how much they all enjoyed it.”
The Razzamataz annual show gives students the chance to audition for various roles and allows each performer the opportunity to shine. The experience of performing is something that helps students to become more confident individuals and teaches them the art of communication. The youngsters had a fantastic time as Holly who attends the Inters class explains: “I got to be Glinda – it was amazing!”
Razzamataz Wimbledon offers a wide range of performing arts styles for children with classes in dance, drama and singing. In all sessions, the emphasis is on having fun, meeting new friends and keeping fit and healthy. Students range in age from 2-18 and there is a strong emphasis on performance opportunities to help build confidence and skills for life in
Razzamataz Wimbledon is held at St Cecilia’s School every Saturday morning. There is currently the opportunity to book a FREE trial session and the chance to learn about all the different opportunities. For more information about the school and all the various opportunities that are on offer, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07500 837 911. Alternatively visit www.wimbledon.razzamataz.co.uk