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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.

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

Our 2020 summer courses… 

11-14 April Hairplay

Good morning Baltimore – welcome to the 60’s! But a shortage of hairspray has stopped the beat and only a Hairplay can raise enough money to buy more.                     Tuesday to Friday course

27-31 July Marvellous Avengers of the Galaxy

As the universe prepares for the Endgame Apocalypse, superheroes (and some not quite so super) from across the galaxy assemble to find a solution.           Monday to Friday course

3-7 August Lord of the Olympic Rings  

The hobbits set out once more to travel across Middle Earth in a marathon series of athletic tests in their quest to return precious gold, silver and bronze medals to Mount Doom.  Monday to Friday

3-7 August The Musical That Goes Wrong

A wicked series of miserable events lead to the triple booking of a theatre with rival musical casts determined to perform. But what will the critics say…?                                Tuesday to Saturday course

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.

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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.

Fees

£180 (£140 multi week)

Siblings £140 (£120 multi-week)

Early drop off £25 per week

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Our Classes

  • Best Beans: 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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    Best Beans
  • 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: 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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  • 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

Best voted Best School Age Club by readers of Raring2Go Magazine
November 1, 2019

We were thrilled to be voted Best School Age Club 2019 by readers of Raring2Go magazine. And we were finalists in Best Holiday Course AND Readers’ Choice categories. It’s all down to our fantastic teachers, students and parents. Thank you all!

BSA Plays on Words brilliantly
March 30, 2019

Congratulations to our advanced group for a fantastic performance at Trestle last Sunday. The most difficult kind of sketches for any actor delivered with skill and energy. Well done everyone!

Best shortlisted for award!
October 12, 2018

We are delighted to announce that Best Theatre Arts has been shortlisted for the Hertfordshire Business of The Year Award for Corporate Social Responsibility! We’re thrilled that this should happen in our 20th anniversary year. The winner will be announced on 22 November so fingers crossed, but it’s a huge honour to be shortlisted so… Read more »