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’d been waiting for years? For one person, it’s simply helping those who need it. Emma Page met the teenager who has already raised thousands of pounds for charity.
“I’m Zak Scott, I’m 18-years-old and I study at Friesland sixth form in Sandiacre. I am just a normal guy who wants to help as many people as possible,” he said.
But what Zak fails to mention is that in the last two years, he has raised more than £3,200 for charity.
Zak, from Long Eaton, 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 Maggie’s Centre, both based 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 of people.
He said: “From Our Moment, we raised a massive £1,000 for each of the charities, that was £2,000 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.
“Performing with friends was always an honour as it was a chance to show the community that teenagers aren’t the typical stereotypes people see. We were called an inspiration which made me feel very proud of everyone involved.”
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 who has worked hard for what he has achieved, also has his own personal reasons for doing what he is doing.
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.
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’ on December 19 at 7.30pm at the All Saints Church in Sawley featuring Christmas music and mince pies.
Tickets can be bought online by logging on to Zak Scott event tickets at ticketsource.co.uk/zakscottlive or by phoning 0779 1916001.