Holiday Academies

bestAcademyIf you’re looking for a way for your children (aged 6 to 16) to burn off some energy, improve their confidence, meet new friends and have some fun, look no further than our fantastic holiday courses that run during the school holidays from 10am-4pm daily, usually Monday to Friday. A Best Theatre Arts holiday workshop is not just a drama class, a singing class or a dancing class – it is a place for making new friends, building confidence and having a fantastic time – a safe, friendly and dynamic atmosphere where even the most timid child will feel able to join in. And perhaps the best recommendation comes from the number of children who come back to our holiday courses year after year. No experience is necessary, and there are no auditions.

Each week is different so children can come to as many as they like.

Full details of our 2017 courses are below.

There’s a video about one of our holiday weeks which will give you a good idea of what we do – click here to see it! And there are some videos of our final shows here!

Best Theatre Arts has been running holiday classes for kids in St. Albans for 19 years and over that time we have seen our workshops grow hugely in popularity due to our ability to deliver a memorable and inspiring experience for all students. So early booking is definitely advised! And as we are OFSTED registered we are able to accept Childcare Vouchers.

Dates and themes for 2017

You can book online below, or just call us on 01727 759634

academy-of-rock-logo-copy10-13 April     –    Academy of Rock

At the Roche Academy there are new teachers, new students and old style rock’n’roll? Can the three mix and totally rock out? Or will other types of music go to the top of the class?



Details of our 2017 Summer Academies :-

themilkbarlogo-copy24-28 July – The Milk Bar Zombies – St.Albans

A delicious new milkshake flavour is proving very popular, but it seems to be having a terrible effect on its consumers! As more and more people fall under its ghoulish spell, who will save the earth from disaster? Is there a flavour which could cure the victims? Or are we all doomed…?



24-28 July – Summer theatre workshop (theme tbc) – Hertford

It’s going to be a fantastic and frantic 4 days, devising, rehearsing and performing a brand new musical show! We’re working on the theme – news soon! But book your place now!

tempest2-copy31 July – 4 August  – Tempest!

A group of schoolchildren is shipwrecked on the mysterious island of Prosperia. But were they brought here for a purpose? What are those sweet sounds and strange creatures? Who is the island’s powerful and magical owner?


8 – 12 August – Minions Assemble

The peace of the Minions world is shattered by the arrival of a new group of creatures. As they assemble to protect their world, is there a plan that will help everyone to live together in harmony? Or is “Minexit” the only solution?

What happens at a holiday academy?

Each day runs from 10am to 4pm. In the morning the children have energetic classes in acting, singing and dancing. Here we use the theme of the week’s show to introduce them to new performance techniques and dramatic ideas. We begin with a skeleton script which the students help us to flesh out during the week – this makes sure that everyone can participate fully and the students feel a real sense of ownership.

We may also add an unusual element such as circus skills or juggling.Nightatmusicals2 138

After lunch we get together to focus on the week’s performance project. We begin with a theme and, with plenty of ideas from the children, develop a totally unique and exciting show for family and friends. In this way every single student is fully involved throughout and the final performances are always unique, impressive and thrilling. Parents are constantly amazed at just how much can be achieved in a few days!

The show is at The SandPit Theatre on the last day at 3.15pm.

Children leave with some fantastic memories and a new circle of friends – not to mention a signed, themed and personalised certificate, a cool t-shirt and a souvenir group photo.

Class Dates and Booking