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Welcome to Best Theatre Arts
Best Theatre Arts in St Albans, Hertfordshire gives young people between the ages of 4 and 18 the best possible introduction to the theatre. As well as Drama classes , dancing and singing Classes, Best can help teach confidence, self-discipline and communication skills that are as useful in life as they are on the stage.
And while they’re having fun with Drama, singing and dancing at our St Albans or Hertford centres they learn all sorts of useful skills that will help them throughout their lives…
Theatre is about communication – from conveying basic needs to being able to put across complex ideas, difficult concepts and real emotions. With Best Theatre Arts Drama Classes your child will gradually develop a portfolio of techniques which will help them stand out from the crowd.
Theatre is about concentration – the ability to listen actively, to stay focused and to deliver what is needed when and where it is called on.
The discipline to stay ‘on task’ and to give your energy and full attention to the matter at hand is a wonderful thing to learn early – especially for school life. Our Drama, Singing and Dance classes in St Albans give them these tools.
Theatre is about co-operation – working as a team. At Best Theatre Arts your child will learn quickly how well things work when everyone is pulling together. At the youngest age this can simply mean learning to listen attentively to others.
As they progress through classes at Best, the children learn how to co-operate fully, helping each other out, encouraging, praising and criticizing constructively – key skills in any walk of life!
Theatre is about imagination – freeing that most precious of childhood gifts and preserving it for future life. Finding ways to stimulate and fire new thought in oneself and in others. At Best's drama classes they will learn how to inspire and to be inspired.
Theatre is about commitment – being the very best that you can be. Best Theatre Arts lets them see just what can be achieved if they really go for it!
Theatre is about caring – for yourself and those around you. Developing sensitivity to the needs of oneself and of others and learning how to be a valuable colleague and a true friend.
Theatre is about confidence – emotional and physical. Learning that it’s fine to be nervous and how to use that energy positively. And physically co-ordination and posture improve, all adding to the emergence of an individual with poise, self-esteem and authority.
During their time with Best Theatre Arts we see our students blossom and we are told over and over again (and can see for ourselves) just what a difference being at Best has made.
Whether it's Drama classes, singing classes or dancing classes, the principles are the same - work together, give things a go, have fun!
Best Theatre Arts in St Albans is a Performing Arts School in Hertfordshire offers singing classes, drama classes, dance classes and acting exams, attracting children living in St Albans, Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted, Redbourn, Radlett, Borehamwood, London Colney, Hatfield, Kings Langley, Potters Bar and areas near St Albans.
PO Box 749
Telephone: 01727 759634
School Website: http://www.besttheatrearts.com
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Saturday at 10:00 - 13:00
To get a quick feeling for what we do at Best Theatre Arts, have a look at this video shot by one of our ex-students, Ellie Utting - we think it captures the feeling of fun and friendship beautifully!
Children can join Best Theatre Arts' Best classes from age 6. It provides a fantastic springboard, teaching skills that will be invaluable in whatever the children do with the rest of their lives.
Each 'school' meets for 3 hours. During this time they will have separate theatre classes in acting, singing and dancing. We vary the order each week and there is a break between the second and third class for a snack. Even for the youngest children time absolutely flies!
The groups are divided by age - usually 6-8 (Green group), 9-11 (Blue group) and secondary school pupils (Yellow group). These splits may vary slightly according to the make up of each school. We are able to adjust our class content to meet the needs of each group - and within each group we get to know the individuals well.
In our drama classes at Best Theatre Arts we work practically rather than theoretically, preferring giving it a go to talking about it! Our drama classes are based on drama games, text work, devising techniques and improvisation skills and are always challenging, fun and extremely popular. As the children progress they learn about different techniques and approaches to drama, characterisation and text - invaluable skills for GCSE!
Not everyone is a budding Nuryev! But being in control of, and comfortable with your body is an excellent basis for good performance. Our dancing classes aim to give children confidence in their movement. Jazz and modern musical form the basis of most theatrical dance these days but most importantly we encourage and support everyone to have go at whatever we are doing. We know that some children are more comfortable moving about than others and we aim to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to particpate fully - stretching the more able and gently encouraging those less enthusiastic. Best Theatre Arts' Dance classes are great fun and often loud...
Singing is not just about hitting the right notes (although it sometimes sounds nicer if you do!) - it is also about rhythm, listening, energy in delivery and enthusiasm. At Best Theatre Arts we try to work on music we think the children will like rather than what might be best for them. We have found that when the children get enthusiastic about their songs, their singing really takes off. We also focus on the voice in performance - tone, pitch and volume! We have had fantastic results from our voice and singing classes with students showing huge progress from year to year.
Themes, Shows and Events
Each term at Best Theatre Arts has a theme and objectives. At the end of the Christmas term we invite parents in for an event. this may be open classes, a semi-rehearsed piece (like this term's High School Pantomime) or a concert of various pieces the groups have been working on. This is followed by mince pies and coffee!
The Spring term is Best Theatre Arts' show term with St Albans schools performing at the end of the term and Hertford starting part way through to put on their production in the summer term. We promise that every child will play a full part in our shows. This means we usually have to write our own pieces. these are episodic to ensure that each group has the stage to itself with enough time for everyone to have lines (if they want them). It is a massive commitment from us but every year we get better and better at delivering. The shows are always enthusiastically received and often parents are amazed at what the children are able to achieve.
Following the discipline of the rehearsal process, in the summer term we take a more relaxed approach. Often we'll decide in consultation with the students what our objectives will be - and often the children set themselves some very stiff targets! At the end of term we'll often invite parents in on a 'less formal' basis to see what their children have been up to.