Sheffield theatre school offers £720 scholarship for youngsters - here's how to apply
A Sheffield-based theatre school is offering a scholarship worth £720 for youngsters across the UK, in a bid to boost self-esteem and confidence.
In collaboration with The Stage newspaper, Razzamataz Sheffield is offering the chance to win hundreds of pounds worth of training in dance, drama and singing.
Helen Bell, principal of Razzamataz Sheffield, said the children have proven their dedication to performing arts through online classes despite being confined to their homes during lockdown.
She said: “Our students have shown a huge amount of resilience during the last twelve months and have proved their dedication to the performing arts.
“We are delighted to be able to offer them this opportunity to give them something exciting and challenging to aim for.”
As well as the financial assistance, the scholarship offers a huge boost in confidence with many past winners explaining that it gave them the belief to go on and follow their dreams.
She added: “With so many activities suspended over this past year, it’s has been tough on many children who live for the thing they are most passionate about.
"We teach thousands of children across the UK and we know through feedback from parents just how performing arts can transform young lives.
"Although we have many children who go on to perform as professionals, we also have many students who come to us to build their confidence and learn valuable life skills.
"We urge all children to give the audition process a go and we applaud them all for stepping out of their comfort zone and trying something new.”
To ensure as many children from the age of 6-18 can enter, Razzamataz has created a scholarship system where students and young people in the local area film a short demo of no more than two minutes long showing them performing either a musical theatre song and dance, commercial dance (hip hop or street), pop song, drama improvisation or scripted drama piece.
Helen said she will be working with a team of professionals to help select the winning candidate.
The school said the star of hit musical SIX!, Shekinah McFarlane, will be joining as its judge this year.
Applications will close on June 19, 2021.