Razzamataz Performing Arts School Wimbledon

Razzamataz Online Summer school

Wimbledon theatre school extends support to families over the summer

Traditionally, the six-week summer holiday has provided a chance for children and their families to take a break from the routine. With the closure of schools and the disruptions to everyday life, the six-week break is leaving many parents feeling concerned about a further lack of structure.

When schools closed, Razzamataz Wimbledon responded with a well-considered and researched strategy to take all their classes online, with small groups enabling the students to interact with their teachers and other classmates. Not only have there been regular classes, there’s been a host of special events including masterclasses with performers from West End shows, talks given by Felicity French, casting director for Cameron Mackintosh and former students who are appearing in shows such as &Juliet as well as former Razzamataz Barnet student Tamara Smart who is a young actress with leading roles in many TV shows and films including Artemis Fowl, which is soon to be shown on Disney+.

In usual times, during the long six-week summer holiday, finding things to keep children entertained day in and day out is not easy. During the pandemic, finding things to keep children active and also interactive with others has been even more challenging, which is why Razzamataz Wimbledon is delighted to announce its Online Summer School running every Saturday throughout August.

“We have had so many testimonials from parents thanking us for continuing to provide classes, which has helped create a structure for family life,” says Heather Hurd-Sinclair, Principal of Razzamataz Wimbledon. “We have proved that through our small, interactive classes, we can keep the students having fun and maintain a high standard of performing arts training.”

Razzamataz Wimbledon is part of a BBC Dragons’ Den backed network of almost 50 other schools throughout the UK. When schools closed their doors, Razzamataz Wimbledon thoroughly researched and gained skills to create the same amazing experience online. Some of the many testimonials from families include: “Our son loves the sessions! He is further developing his confidence and dancing / singing / general performing skills in the caring environment led by Heather and supported by Ellie and Rosie. Thank you for setting up the online classes during the lockdown! Great for continuity.”. and “My girls absolute enjoy their Saturday classes. The teachers Rosie and Ellie are very knowledgeable and are always giving so positive feedback. Great communication via Emails. 5* for Razzamataz”

During the summer school, students between the ages of 4-18, will be split into small age appropriate groups to work on either a musical theatre or commercial piece to create a short presentation that is performed at the end of the course. With more and more casting agents looking for performers to create ‘self-tape auditions’ this is a great way of understanding and preparing for the changes in the industry.

As well as the performance side, students will also get to participate in some of the backstage aspects of theatre and the arts. This will include prop making and set and costume design, all created with everyday objects that can be found in the home.

“Although COVID-19 has changed the way we do things, it doesn’t have to stop us from being creative and engaging young people in a new and exciting way,” explains Heather. “We know that parents are also exhausted and although everyone’s situation is unique, many are still reaching out to find activities for their children.”

As well as the online classes, Razzamataz Wimbledon have continued to provide lots of free activities to engage children. These have included everything from quizzes and story times to online workshops.

To enquire about the Razzamataz Online Summer School, please contact Heather on 07453 940248 or email wimbledon@razzamataz.co.uk.

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