Best Youth Theatre

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

*LOCKDOWN UPDATE*

During the lockdown TheBYTE has gone (amazingly successfully) online. We have two groups Byte1 6pm-7pm for school years 7 to 11 and Byte2 (7-8.30pm) for school years 12 and 13. We are also running FREE scene development workshops and invitre all Byte studnets to join in Best School of Acting on Saturday afternoons online.

When things get back to normal…

Based at Sandringham School, over the past few years, under the leadership of Lisa Schulberg and Dawn Hudson, the group has gone from strength to strength. 

In 2015 TheBYTE’s moving and disturbing production of The Boy Preference was selected from over 300 groups across the UK to perform at the National Theatre.

In 2017 our production of Just won three awards at the Welwyn Drama Festivals and our younger group began a new tradition with an open-air summer production at the Roman Theatre of Verulamium – The Birds

In 2018 our stunning production of These Bridges showed everyone what could be accomplished with commitment and teamwork and our second open-air show at the Roman Theatre, Are We Connected? was a huge success.

Timetable

During the lockdown we have two groups on Wednesday evenings via ZOOM..

TheBYTE1 6pm-7pm

TheBYTE2 7pm-8.30pm

In normal times, we have two groups – the first for school years 8,9 and 10 (meeting 4.30pm-6.15pm), and the second for school years 11,12 and 13 (meeting 6.15pm-8pm).

Come and give it a free trial – just click the relevant class below, or call or email us! There is no audition, but entry is subject to availability.

 
 
 
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Our Classes

  • Best Beans ONLINE: 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 ONLINE
  • First Class ONLINE: 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 ONLINE
  • 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 ONLINE: 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 ONLINE
  • TheBYTE ONLINE: 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 ONLINE
  • 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 ONLINE: 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 ONLINE


Latest News

COVID19 Latest
June 27, 2020

Here is the latest on COVID19 as it affects Best (15 July 2020) The Government has eased the restrictions around holiday clubs which means we are thrilled to confirm that our summer academy courses for ages 6 to 18 will be going ahead and are already booking extremely quickly! We’ll be following all the Covid-19… Read more »

Singalongabest!
March 28, 2020

Hi everyone Here’s the singalongabest instructions Instructions Teach yourself the song using the lyrics below and the backing tracks (sorry about my singing on the vocal one) – backing tracks can be found here When taping, please sing unaccompanied (without the backing track) For the dance break please just go mad jumping around, again unaccompanied… Read more »

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!