Hi all. My name is Marie Skene and I am the Artistic Director of Shazam Theatre Company. Since graduating with a BA Hons Drama from Northumbria University in 2006 I have worked for many companies and community groups and organisations. I have always had a passion for youth theatre and community arts. After graduating I decided to come back to Aberdeen to help improve the arts scene in the North East. I currently direct all of Shazam’s youth groups and also run several other drama workshops in communities around Aberdeen.
I love the family feel that Shazam has and the confidence it brings to the young people. I love watching the journey of the groups as well as our final productions. I would like to thank all who work for Shazam for helping to make the groups run and for making my dreams come true (especially David the Musical Director!). Without all the support I've received, Shazam would not be the company that it is today - look at the fantastic projects we have ran!
My favourite moments are immediately after the opening night of our shows when everyone’s hard work has paid off and you get the first night buzz… oh, and meeting Kay Adams in the toilets while attending the Scottish Charity Awards!
Hello, I am David Small! I am Musical Director for Shazam’s Musical Theatre groups. In my job I teach the cast lots of different songs from musicals and help them with their technique. I spend lots of time teaching the cast songs for their upcoming shows. When we are having a little break from all the hard work, we sing lots of different vocal warm up songs that have actions and tongue twisters - it is great fun and we always laugh lots! I am responsible for sourcing an orchestra for both groups and organising band calls. During show week, you will find me in the orchestra pit either with my keyboard or my conducting baton!
I have been with Shazam since 2014 when the organisation was founded. I love Shazam because it is one big happy family. I love what we do, I love giving people opportunities to perform and grow in confidence. I am always very proud of our company. I also really love the great shows we do and the process involved in making them come to life - I LOVE MY JOB!
Out-with Shazam I am a singing tutor. This is a part-time job, and when I’m not teaching I attend university where I am studying Primary Teaching; I am currently in my fourth year. I spend lots of my free time organising (I am an organisation addict!) and I enjoy walking my spotty Dalmatian dog, working out in the gym and seeing my friends.
My favourite Shazam memory is our Senior Musical Theatre trip to Prague in May 2015! We were walking back from the festival and suddenly the rain came on. It was a really heavy shower. I was wearing white converse and they got soaked! When we returned to the hotel a cast member put my Converse in the tumble dryer with her shoes… Little did I know her shoes were purple and turned my white Converse pink. We then discovered that it wasn’t a tumble dryer; it was in fact a WASHING MACHINE! The festival was very busy and I had to spend the rest of the trip in my flip-flops, even when it rained!
Hi! My name is Michelle, and I volunteer at Shazam as their Administrator, doing work such as collecting fees, writing letters about what’s going on at Shazam, dealing with ticket sales and attending the groups. I also run a small tuck shop for the youngsters.
I have been with Shazam from the very start. Being a stay at home mum has given me the opportunity and time to be involved with Shazam and deal with the individual needs for each of the groups within the company.
What I like about Shazam is it has a large age range of attendees who come from all over Aberdeen/Aberdeenshire to perform shows & plays at various halls, The Tivoli Theatre and locations in Inverness, Edinburgh and as far as Prague. My favourite thing about Shazam is seeing the look of pure elation on performers faces, especially when they hear the audience reaction to their performance.
Hello! my name is Ronnie and I am the Transport Manager for Shazam. You will find me driving the Shazam bus on a weekly basis and for all the trips that Shazam groups go on, although my job can involve a lot more than simpling driving the bus! You can also find me moving set, costumes and other deliveries around the city for the group and I spend lots of time cleaning, servicing and painting our lovely bus.
I love a good chat with the young people and hearing about how much fun they have in the groups. In my spare time I like to spend time with my lovely wife Iris and going to the park with the Shazam mascot - our dog Georgie! My favourite moment with Shazam so far was the Shazam Christmas party (especially the secret Santa gifts!).
Hello, I’m Ryan and I am the Workshop Assistant for some of Shazam's classes. During these classes my role comprises of taking and editing photo’s & film, managing scripts and mainly assisting the young people with their performace.
Since the birth of Shazam in 2014 I have been involved with show production in various forms; working as a stagehand, taking publicity photographs, filming where required, programme design assistance and basically anything else I’m needed for.
Prior to my involvement with Shazam, I attended Castlegate Theatre School at the Aberdeen Arts Centre under the tutelage of Marie Skene where I performed several shows. Because of the experience I have been given both on and off stage I found myself self-studying photography and filmmaking, which is something I hope to have a career in.
My favourite Shazam moment was going to Eden Court in Inverness to attend the National Theatre's 'Connections' festival for the first time, which was really cool because I got to see a lot of amazing shows and, most importantly, have tons of fun with the Junior Youth Theatre.
Shazam Theatre Company SCIO is run by a board of voluntary Trustees. The current board are: