WHAT WE DO
At Best, we're passionate that every child gets their time to shine.
This means that, with our performances, we very rarely use full pre-existing shows where only a handful of children get to play the leads, leaving the others to just fill the stage.
Instead, for our Musical Theatre weekly classes big show, we create shows from scratch. We never audition and build the content and characters based on the talents and unique personalities of our young people. This means that, over the years, we have written and composed over 10 new musicals for young people. At our Musical Theatre Holiday Camps, we create the show over the week from the groups' input, that way they perform the numbers they love and play the characters they want to play. We ensure that each child gets their own role and their time in the spotlight.
In Acting, if we use pre-existing text, we choose ensemble pieces or plays with casts large enough for every student to have their own, fully developed part in the production.
Over our quarter of a century of work, our young casts have performed on a huge variety of stages; from our Best Youth Theatre twice gracing the stage at The National Theatre, to our Best School of Musical Theatre's annual production at The Sandpit Theatre, our huge open-air productions at the Roman Theatre of Verulamium and our many youth theatre festival entries across the country.
Our Saturday musical theatre classes get to perform every spring in a big theatre production. Our Friday evening musical youth theatre present innovative musical productions every winter. In our early years performing arts class the group share their work every term to help build confidence and yearly in the spring join the big MT school for their show. Best School of Acting showcase their skills in their own drama presentations in theatres and arts centres.
Whether it's an adaptation, a piece of new writing, a modern retelling of a classic, an original musical or a piece devised from scratch by the cast themselves, we know that these shows create memories that will last a lifetime for many of our young people.
Saturday Musical Theatre present 'Best & Even Better Tales' a magical new musical at The Sandpit Theatre 1st April 7pm (St Albans AM Class) and 2nd April 2.30pm (St Albans PM Class & Best Beginners)
Best School of Acting present 'Shakespeare Shenanigans' at The Sandpit Theatre April 2nd 7pm
BYT1 & BYT2 present The Norse Mythology Ragnasplosion at The Roman Theatre of Verulamium 16th and 17th July
Tickets on sale soon
Easter Holiday Musical Theatre Camp 'Silver Screen' at Sandringham School, show at Sandringham School, 15th April 3.15pm
Summer Holiday Musical Theatre Camp Productions show dates July 28th, August 4th and August 12th 3.15pm