Congratulations to Medway school girl Shalamar Baker age 15, who has just been announced as the winner of Razz’s Got Talent, a talent show contest judged by a panel of industry experts.
Shalamar attends Fort Pitt Grammar School and beat off still competition to be crowned the winner of Razz’s Got Talent. The competition was run by Razzamataz Medway and out of 45 young performers, Shalamar came out on top to win the prize of a year’s scholarship at the popular theatre school, that has more than 500 students.
Contestants were able to perform a piece of their own choosing and Shalamar selected the song With You from Ghost The Musical. “When I leave school I want to become a singer and song writer and create songs to make other people happy and for them to be able to relate to the lyrics,” says Shalamar.
The aspiring performer is well on her way to achieving her dream. She was a finalist for Britain Does Variety in 2017, wowing the judges with her rendition of She Used To Be Mine from Waitress The Musical.
Supporting local talent and giving back to the community to help young people with their performing arts training is high on the agenda for Razzamataz Medway and it was with great delight that Shalamar was announced as the winner and awarded a year-long scholarship to attend the theatre school completely free of charge.
Shalamar was praised for her performance and confident delivery. The judges were Michelle Vellacott from The Royal Academy of Dance and Ben Irish, a musical theatre performer whose credits include Ghost the Musical Tour, Pirates of Penzance and 42nd Street in the West End.
Judges were particularly impressed by her maturity and understanding leading up to the audition. They said: “It was very clear you had researched the character, story and prepared and rehearsed every second of your piece. You make mixing drama and singing look effortless and you have lovely musicality. Our main highlight was the way you emotionally connected with the story and character and this produced a sincere and genuine performance. With continued training we believe you have the potential to be the next musical theatre star.”
Shalamar has been a student at Razzamataz Medway for seven years, starting at just eight years old. During this time, Shalamar has developed a love for singing and performing in general as she explains: “I love Razzamataz because it has and still is helping me a lot with my confidence. The teachers have also helped me to understand what other genres of music there is out there and what I love to sing. I’ve been given the opportunity to experience Soul, Musical Theatre, Motown and Rock music to name just a few.”
The teachers at Razzamataz are also helping Shalamar to develop into an all-round performer who can be an accomplished ‘triple threat artist.’ “When I first started at Razzamataz I couldn’t dance at all,” says Shalamar. “I’m now a lot more confident in this area and I’m happy to dance in front of an audience and I’m developing new skills in this all the time.”
Unlike many popular TV talent shows, Razz’s Got Talent is about nurturing young performers and celebrating the joy and experience of public performances. Part of the appeal of Razz’s Got Talent, is the opportunity to perform in front of a highly experienced team of industry experts. At Razzamataz Medway, students were thrilled to be judged Michelle and Ben and they in turn enjoyed having the opportunity to offer feedback to the talented youngsters.
Razzamataz Medway offers a wide range of performing arts styles for children age 2-18 including current trends that are accessible to children and teenagers. Razzamataz classes consist of dance, drama and singing and the curriculum covers the whole of the performing arts, from classic West End musical theatre to street dance, pop singing and acting for camera. There are also specialist Masterclasses from industry experts as well as Razz Project Intense, that allows staff to teach in the specialist areas of dance to help build a strong technical skill base to equip the Razzamataz students with the correct guidance, skills and confidence to be better prepared for professional vocational college auditions.
Classes in Medway are every Saturday during term time at Mid Kent College on Medway Road in Gillingham. To book a FREE trial session at Razzamataz Medway, email Principals Hayley or Emily on firstname.lastname@example.org, call 01634 893524 or visit https://medway.razzamataz.co.uk.