Casting workshops with West End casting director

Our students gain insight into the life of a professional performer

The dream of working in musical theatre has come one step closer for young people attending Razzamataz Sheffield. On December 14th, a casting director visited the school and recreated exactly what is required during an audition for a child actor in a West End show.

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Harry Blumenau, who is responsible for the children’s casting of Annie, Thriller Live, Show Boat and Kinky Boots in the West End paid a visit to Razzamataz Sheffield. Harry worked with students who are enrolled in Razz Project Intense, a new class offered by the theatre school designed to support students who wish to pursue a professional career within the performing arts.

The workshop mirrored a real-life casting for Annie, which is currently appearing in the West End. Harry worked with the students on the song Hard Knock Life from the show and then listened to all students sing a short section of the song Tomorrow.

“We’re really excited to give Razz Project Intense students such a true to life industry experience and have no doubt that this was a fantastic and stretching session for them,” says Helen Bell, Principal of Razzamataz Sheffield. “As well as giving the students more opportunity to build a strong technical skill base in dance, Razz Project Intense gives the experience and confidence to be better prepared for professional vocational college auditions.”

During the workshop, students also got the opportunity to talk to Harry to gain an insight into what casting agents are looking for when selecting people for professional roles. A number of the students are represented by Top Talent Agency and are already securing work in TV adverts, modelling and even appearing in short films.

To find out more about joining Razzamataz Sheffield and Razz Project Intense, contact the Razzamataz Sheffield team on or call 07979189177/0114 3030 455.

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