Hedingham School Sixth Form student Isaac Raz from Wickham St Paul’s has recently heard that he has been accepted into the Youth Music Theatre, which is based in west London. Isaac, who is eighteen and studying for A levels in Drama and Media Studies and also completing a Level 3 BTEC qualification in Music, is obviously very excited at the opportunities this will present. YMT is a national performing arts company and the leading theatre company for young people aged 11 to 21 years old. The company specialises in creating brand new music theatre and works across the UK and Ireland with leading industry professionals to offer unique opportunities and high-quality training to young singers, actors, dancers and musicians as well as emerging artists and stage technicians.
Isaac first saw the company advertised on a poster in the school drama studio. It prompted his interest and he later decided to audition for a place. In February he had to take part in a 3 hour workshop which he said was very hard, but the people there were really supportive and helpful. Isaac was delighted to hear that he had been accepted and he is now looking forward to training and rehearsing during July ready to perform in London at the Lilian Baylis Studio, which is part of the Sadler’s Wells Theatre, in August. The performance he will be in is called ‘Reflections of Swan Lake’ and is a musical including a lot of dance. Isaac is thrilled that he will be able to work with top vocal and dance coaches from RADA to help him to achieve the high standard necessary for a performance of this kind. Isaac commented, ‘I am really excited because it is such an amazing opportunity. I will be following in the steps of big names such as Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith and Charlotte Ritchie from Call the Midwife who have all started their careers with YMT.’
Isaac will be finishing school this summer and then he plans to take a year out whilst applying to start university next September. He would like to study a course in the Performing Arts and would love to get into the Royal Central School for Speech and Drama. We all wish Isaac success for his upcoming performances and his future university studies!