On Sunday 16th November, 22 children from D&G had the amazing experience of performing at Her Majesty’s Theatre, in the heart of London’s West End and home to the hugely successful The Phantom of the Opera.
But for one night only, the cast and crew made way for the students of Razzamataz Dumfries who performed a show-stopping piece inspired by Hairspray The Musical, Razz can’t stop the beat.
Razzamataz Dumfries were delighted to be joining up with other Razzamataz Theatre Schools all round the country to perform a special show case production, featuring songs, dances and drama pieces from many well loved shows as well as some original contemporary pieces.
“There are not many people who can say that they have danced on a West End stage,” says Pam Dixon, Principal of Razzamataz Dumfries. “The students really stepped up to the challenge of performing in such a large and famous theatre and this was an experience that they will remember for the rest of their lives.”
The young cast ranged in age from 8 to 18 and for many of them, this performance gave them their first taste of what it would be like to be a professional dancer, singer or actor. Each child had to earn their place through an audition and all had to show the necessary maturity to take part.
Amy Houston 16 has been a student at Razzamataz Dumfries for 12 years and was delighted to be accepted as a part of Her Majesty’s show team. She says: “Performing at ‘Her Majesty’s Theatre’ was an amazing experience and something I will remember forever. I was really nervous but loved the whole performance and it gave me a taste of what it would be like to be a West End performer.
Parents, family, friends and teachers were especially proud of not only the finished performance but also how well the children supported each other through all the rehearsals and the day of the show. “We are very honored to give our students such wonderful opportunities,” adds Pam. “It is an experience that will really build a young’s person’s confidence and who knows, perhaps we have uncovered a future superstar,” adds Pam.
Razzamataz Dumfries is held every Monday starting at 1.30pm for Tots through to our main school from 4pm to 8pm at St Georges Church Hall for ages 2-18. Classes consist on dance, drama and singing and cover the whole of the performing arts from classic West End shows through to street dance and pop singing. As well as high profile performance opportunities such as Her Majesty’s Theatre, Razzamataz is proud to be actively involved in many community events from fundraising for local charities through to performing at local events and shopping centres.
For a free trial session at Razzamataz Dumfries please call 01228 631844 or email [email protected] or visit www.razzamataztheatreschools.co.uk.
Students from Razzamataz Dumfries performed Razz can’t stop the beat on stage at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London