West End star coaches Razzamataz students

Date: Friday 3rd May 2013
Mark Hedges
Mark Hedges

ONE of the stars of the Les Miserables stage show paid a visit to Razzamataz Theatre School, Carlisle, to deliver a full day workshop to children and teenagers from Penrith, Whitehaven, Carlisle and Dumfries.

Mark Hedges has worked extensively in musical theatre for 12 years, making his professional debut in 1999 in Little Shop of Horrors at the Edinburgh Festival which was directed and choreographed by ZooNation founder Kate Prince.

He then made his West End debut in 2000 in Starlight Express before joining the original cast of Jerry Springer the Opera at the National Theatre. He then rejoined the company of Starlight Express, but this time on the UK/Scandinavian tour before returning to the West End in Les Miserables as swing and dance captain/children’s director, and he stayed there for three years.

He was part of the 25th anniversary company of Les Miserables and was in the ensemble of the 25th anniversary concert at the 02 Arena. He is currently resident choreographer and children’s director on Cameron Mackintosh’s UK tour of Oliver!

“We believe it is important to encourage more young people to get into performing arts, which is shown to not only have positive effects on health and wellbeing but also on confidence and self-esteem, massively important for youngsters who are navigating a new period in their lives,” said Charlotte Young, principal of Razzamataz Penrith.

Mark added: “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to share my passion for musical theatre with children and young people.”

As part of its pledge to keep up to date with current performance trends, Razzamataz works with professional musicians, dancers and actors to run special workshops on a regular basis to inspire and mentor students.