What was your biggest achievement when you were 18 years old? Passing your A Levels, getting your driving license? Or maybe getting that place at university that you’ve been waiting for for years? For one person, it’s simply helping those who need it. Emma Page meets the teenager who has already raised thousands for charity.
“I’m Zak Scott, I’m 18 years old and I study at Friesland sixth form in Nottinghamshire. I am just a normal guy who wants to help as many people as possible!”
But what he fails to mention is that in the last two years, Zak has raised more than £3,200 for charity.
Zak has been following his dreams to become a Musical Theatre actor, and has produced three charity shows in aid of two charities- The Duchess Theatre and Maggies Centre, both in Nottingham.
Featuring Musical Theatre performers from all over the East Midlands, the shows helped Zak support causes that are close to his heart.
In 2015, Zak produced, directed and starred in a show called ‘Our Moment,’ where he and his friends shared the limelight to showcase their talents in front of an audience of hundreds.
He said: “From Our Moment, we raised a massive £1000 for both charities, £2000 in total. Our Moment was a charity evening with performances from my highly talented friends, where we performed both solo and choral numbers from musicals, and on the nights we also had a live band musical, directed by Leon Wade.”
As a theatre, The Duchess is held closely to Zak and his friend’s hearts.
With a humble smile, Zak said: “The Duchess has been a venue that has helped me begin and develop my career in the theatre world, and has helped create an amazing community spirit for theatre lovers.”
The theatre was recently rebuilt after a huge fire gutted it in 2003, but the theatre owners still invest money into enhancing the facilities for the young performers to use. So far, their fundraising efforts have provided new air conditioning, and an alarm system.
But the small-town boy that has worked hard for what he has achieved, also has his own personal reasons for doing so.
Zak explained: “Maggie’s Centre became very close to my heart when my best friend’s mum was diagnosed with cancer last year. I visited Maggie’s with her, and it is such an inspirational building for people who suffer from an illness that touches the lives of so many. It’s not only a facility for cancer patients but is also a facility to support families and friends.”
The centre has to raise approximately £500,000 a year to keep it running, and every penny counts.
“I do what I do because I want to support others who need it. I want to be the one to help them get the help they need.” -Zak Scott
In the near future, Zak already has a Christmas concert planned in aid of the Canaan trust in Long Eaton.
He explained: “My aim for that is to feed the homeless this Christmas, but I also want to have one last show at home. Next year I am hoping to go to drama school to train professionally as a musical theatre actor.”
With his fundraising total now heading towards the £3,500 mark, Zak and his friends are set to host a production of ‘Zak Scott and friends’ at the All Saints Church in Sawley featuring Christmas music and mince pies. For more information click here.