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It’s looking like the summer is BACK ON and we are planning a fantastic programme of summer courses for 2021. 

So if you’re looking for a way for your children (aged 3 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.

And in 2020 the Covid situation inspired us to even greater creative heights! Watch this…

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. And we have two main strands – musical theatre (Wonderland, Waitless, The Lost World and West End Story) and [email protected] – our specialist acting weeks!

Our 2021 summer courses 

For ages 6 to 16

 

Wonderland!  26-30 July (St Albans)

Where has Alice gone this time? Why does that cat keep grinning? And how can the Mad Hatter hold a tea party in lockdown? 

 
Waitless   2-6 August (St Albans)

Far away on the edge of space the Great Galactic Bake Off is in full swing with contestants from throughout the universe. But whose showstopper will literally stop the show? 


The Lost World  9-13 August (St Albans)

Stranded on a strange island our adventurers go in search of the Golden Unicorn – the only animal that can save them. If it even exists… Ages 6 to 16


West End Story  16-20 August (Hertford)

The show must go on… but which one? With so many shows to choose from, competition for the available stage is intense. Which wicked show will win? Will everyone end up shouting Mamma Mia or will they be Les Miserables? 

 

And acting specialist classes for ages 11+

[email protected] – Comedy 26-30 July (St Albans)

Exploring the surpringly complex but totally enterrtaining world of acting for comedy – the techniques, the tircks and the delivery. A week of acting fun ending with a performance for family and friends! Ages 11+

[email protected] – Shakespeare 2-6 August (St Albans)

OK – here’s the play, but what does it all mean? What makes his works so timeless? And can we have some fun here? Working with Shakespeare can be amazingly excfiting, creative and fulfilling. Here’s a week to help you approach his works with confidence and anticipation! Ages 11+

[email protected] – Film & TV  9-13 August (St Albans)

Why is acting for the camera so different? What are the basic techniques you’ll need? And what are some of the clever tricks? We’ll explire all this and end with a filmed piece to show family and friends. Ages 11+

Fees

£180 (age 6+)
£160 (ages 3 to 5)

Discounts for siblings and multi-week bookings

Early drop off £25 per week

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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


Latest News

David on the radio
June 18, 2021

My dulcet tones rang forth across the airwaves last night on 92.6FM Radio Verulam Parents’ Show with Lydia El Khouri and Seema Barker. By the end I felt quite humbled by their support for what Best has done over lockdown! I am genuinely proud of what we have achieved but now there is so much… Read more »

We’re back this summer!
March 17, 2021

The great news is that we are BACK this summer term face-to-face and working towards an amazing end of term celebration – BestFest. Additionally we can now confirm that our summer courses will run 26-30 July, 2-6 August and 9-13 August.

LOCKDOWN 3 – WE’VE GOT THIS, FOLKS!
January 5, 2021

So we are back in full lockdown but fear not, for Best has it all under control. For our musical theatres tudents (and anyone else who wants to join in aged 6 to 16) we have Maskerade – a 6 week online filmed project. For our younger students aged 3 to 6 we have James… Read more »