Best Youth Theatre

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

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. Our aim is to produce a stream of challenging, stretching and compelling theatrical events for local theatres and national festivals.

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 which we followed in 2018 with Around the World in 80 Days

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. And GONE in 2020 took us to new heights of drama and stagework.

Timetable

We have two groups – the first for school years 8,9 and 10 (meeting 5pm-7pm), and the second for school years 11,12 and 13 (meeting 7pm-9pm).

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

  • 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

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 »

We’re back again after Lockdown2
December 3, 2020

Best, Best School of Acting, TheBYTE and First Class are BACK this week following our enforced lockdown break. Well done to all those who took part in our online classes – you made the lockdown fly past!