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Razzamataz Theatre Schools welcomes first male Principal

14th July 2011 Print

Razzamataz Theatre Schools is delighted to announce they have just signed up their first male Razzamataz Principal. Neil Roberts from Rickmansworth will be opening a Razzamataz franchise in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, with his actress wife Lisa Hollander where they will be heading up a team of dedicated teachers to instruct children in dance, drama and singing.

Neil is a professional actor who has worked on a number of high profile shows such as Aaron Spelling’s Charmed, as Tori Spelling’s love interest in Beverley Hills 90210, as David Hasselhoff’s sidekick in the movie Nick Fury and as cardiothoracic specialist Philip Lawlor in Holby. He has just finished a tour of the Sound of Music playing Captain Von Trapp, but is back in plenty of time to oversee the launch of Razzamataz Rickmansworth with Lisa.

“To be honest I’m quite surprised to find out that I am the first male Razzamataz franchise owner because this is a really sound business venture,” says Neil. “Razzamataz is extremely flexible so I can be a Principal without compromising my work as a professional actor.”

Neil and Lisa first heard about Razzamataz while watching BBC’s Dragons’ Den in 2007 when Founder and Managing Director Denise Hutton-Gosney appeared on the show. “Duncan Bannatyne's backing gave it a lot of credibility. We liked the fact that the classes were exciting and the topics that are covered very current, exactly what kids want. The cost to parents for the classes for their children during these difficult times is also a plus, it's more cost effective for the pupils than many schools.”

Razzamataz are also very committed to working with professional performers and in the past have worked with an array of people from Kylie Minogue’s choreographer to a Lady Gaga tribute act and hip hop crew Zoo Nation. “As a professional actor myself I’m really excited about using my contacts to make Razzamataz Rickmansworth a really great place for children to learn and have fun. I will definitely be calling on colleagues in the industry to show my pupils what they can achieve through hard work and dedication.”

Razzamataz is one of the fastest growing theatre schools in the UK. There are more than 40 part-time Razzamataz Theatre Schools, all successfully following the franchise formulae that Hutton-Gosney and Bannatyne have created.

To become a Razzamataz principal it is not necessary to have a performing arts background or to have run a part-time theatre school previously although an interest in the arts is a must. If you decide to take up the franchise option, the Razzamataz team provides a fully comprehensive training week that will include how to find the most dynamic teachers, first aid training, health and safety issues, child protection, PR and marketing, performing arts material as well as customer service.

There are many options for would-be Razzamataz Principals and the team at Head Office is happy to talk through all the possibilities including learning about potential turnover of £46,000 with profit potential of £26,000 with only one part-time theatre school and the opportunity for multiple schools and managed outlets.

Razzamataz is currently recruiting Principals to open further Razzamataz Theatre Schools. If you have an interest in the performing arts and are looking to launch a new business with the support of the Razzamataz team, visit: