First Class Holidays

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Acting, singing, dancing and crafting their way through fun themed courses, First Class Holidays provide an exciting, challenging, rewarding and FUN way for children aged 3-6 to spend a week of their Spring or Summer holidays.

If you’d like a little taste of what a First Class Holiday is all about, click here for a video we made recently

And now the courses are even more exciting as our younger ones join with the older children in the theatre on the last day to show you their work on the SandPit Theatre stage!

They will develop their own section of the show during the week and then have the chance to be on a stage with all the lights a nd sounds and excitment the theatre has to offer. Our pilot scheme for this was a huge success – The Lost Bunnies were the highlight of our show ‘Sunlight’.

Note on age – At age 6 children have the choice to attend First Class, or to move up to our Best Academies. It’s entirely up to you.

Our 2021 summer courses for ages 3 to 6 

Adventures in Wonderland! 26-30 July (St Albans)

Who are we going to meet down the rabbithole? What wonderful friends will we make on our way through this amazing place?


Journey into Space  2-6 August (St Albans)

Join us on a First Class rocketship to the stars! What wonderful plents will we find and who will we discover living there? An interstellar treat for our young astronauts!


Magical Creatures  9-13 August (St Albans)

What fantastic beasts will we discover in this lost world? Unicorns? Dinosaurs? Any creatures you can dream of, this is where they live!

Fees

Only £160 per week, £130 siblings/second week

 



So What Happens at a First Class Holiday Course?

It’s 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. Every week is different so children can come to as many as they like.

Classes run from 9.45am to 12.30am daily, with a showing on the last day at 12 non. In his/her time with us, your child will get the chance to try out all the creative skills and quickly get to know other children through play and listening.

Each morning has three elements. There is a gentle performance class with songs, dances and drama. Next is craft time where your child will create all sorts of wonderful things – lots of glue, glitter and colour! And then there is the show, usually based on a children’s classic tale but given our special flavour, which is put on for family and friends at the very end of the week. But the show is just a small part of a week bursting with energy, fun and friendship.

Your child will leave us with a goody bag full of their work, a personalised and themed certificate, a souvenir group photo, a cool t-shirt and some little extras…

Just a reminder, there’s video here which shows what happens during a week – enjoy!



Our Classes

  • BestBeans: 3 Months - 4 Years

    What a wonderful world it is for the very young – every day filled with new sights, sounds and experiences. Bestbeans helps develop in your child the skills needed to make the most of them.

    Bestbeans are classes from Best Theatre Arts for babies and toddlers in St Albans and offer the best start for your child – a brilliant new way to begin their voyage through childhood with growing self-esteem, easy sociability and a good sense of fun.

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    BestBeans
  • First Class: 3 - 6 Years

    First Class is a gentle introduction to communications skills and performance from Best Theatre Arts. Learning through play and experience is vital and your child will have the chance to try things out in an atmosphere of fun and support. Of course not all the children are comfortable with performance – indeed many are initially nervous or shy. But it is amazing how quickly that changes as we help them grow the confidence to move forward.

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    First Class
  • First Class Holidays: 3 - 6 Years

    It’s 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. Every week is different so children can come to as many as they like.

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    First Class Holidays
  • Best - acting, singing & dancing: 6 - 16 Years

    If you are looking for drama classes, acting training or the whole range of performing arts for the theatre in Hertford or St Albans, there’s no better place to start than Best Theatre Arts.

    Best’s core course features an hour each of acting/drama, singing and dancing on a Friday or Saturday.

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    Best - acting, singing & dancing
  • TheBYTE: 6 - 16 Years

    Best Youth Theatre (aka TheBYTE) is creative, re-inventive, challenging and progressive – a well-established, dynamic young people’s theatre company in St Albans.

    Based at The Maltings Arts Theatre in St Albans, We build confidence and skills in a supportive, friendly and open environment in which all the group feel able to give things a go. And, most of all, we have FUN! TheBYTE is part of Best Theatre Arts, St.Albans’ leading independent theatre school for young people and is run by Lisa Schulberg, principal of Best School of Acting.

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    TheBYTE
  • LAMDA: 6 - 16 Years

    Best’s LAMDA classes have achieved truly remarkable results- we are delighted that so far we have achieved a 100% pass rate – the vast majority (over 90%) at either Merit or Distinction!

    We offer expert tuition to all grades of LAMDA examination. Each grading takes a course of eight 20 minute classes and there’s a huge variety of performance skills you can choose to explore – acting, devising, reading, musical theatre – either individually, with a friend or in larger groups.

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    LAMDA
  • Holiday Academies: 6 - 16 Years

    If 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.

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    Holiday Academies
  • Best School of Acting: 6 - 16 Years

    Best School of Acting is an entirely new concept in children’s part-time theatre training – a term time course offering professional training to young people interested in advancing their acting and drama skills. Based in St.Albans, the three-hour weekly sessions on term-time Saturday afternoons (2pm-5pm) are purely based around drama and performance.

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    Best School of Acting



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