You have to be at your best to perform outdoor theater on a wet stage in front of a rain drenched audience.

But that’s precisely what the youngsters of Best Theater Arts did on Monday night by directing Olympiaganza as part of the Roman Theater Festival in the Gorhambury Amphitheater.


Outstanding Olympiaganza Theatrical Art Production at the Roman Theater Open Air Festival in St Albans.
– Credit: Best Theater Arts

Because barely some of the young cast members sat on stage before the show started when it started to rain – and that is how time continued throughout the performance.

Were they appalled or reluctant in the cold and wet conditions? Not at all.

They wholeheartedly threw themselves into a show that brought together a multitude of Greek myths and legends, most of which only gave a superficial nod to Homer, but was nothing but fun.


Outstanding Olympiaganza Theatrical Art Production at the Roman Theater Open Air Festival in St Albans.

Outstanding Olympiaganza Theatrical Art Production at the Roman Theater Open Air Festival in St Albans.
– Credit: Best Theater Arts

Not that the finished product at the Roman Theater was the only pitfall suffered by Best, a part-time theater school for young people who, on this occasion, staged his 12-15 years.

The first rehearsals had to take place online because of the pandemic, they had to observe a distance from themselves when they could rehearse together, and then to top it off, the cast members had to self-isolate by due to positive cases in their schools.

Despite all of this, they put on a fun show that surpassed the vagaries of the weather and demonstrated the best of young talent.


Outstanding Olympiaganza Theatrical Art Production at the Roman Theater Open Air Festival in St Albans.

Outstanding Olympiaganza Theatrical Art Production at the Roman Theater Open Air Festival in St Albans.
– Credit: Best Theater Arts

Of course, there were issues – the audio system was erratic at times, the cast members were missing their signal (although that only added to the fun for the audience) and the wooden horse that ended. the Trojan War seemed to have lost its mind.

But none of this mattered because against all odds, the Best Youth Theater Group (BYTE) provided audiences with an evening of entertainment that overcame the questionable English summer.


Outstanding Olympiaganza Theatrical Art Production at the Roman Theater Open Air Festival in St Albans.

Outstanding Olympiaganza Theatrical Art Production at the Roman Theater Open Air Festival in St Albans.
– Credit: Best Theater Arts

Some of them were very funny, the vocals were excellent, especially the voice of Lottie McCallum as Orpheus, and a sea of ​​awesome performances, Oliver Spooner as Hercules and Menelaus stood out. .

Olympiaganza, directed by Lisa Schulberg and Dawn Hudson, might have been a bit too long, but on a warm summer evening, it wouldn’t have mattered.

And for one who has often wondered where local drama groups would find future talent, I now know they don’t need to look any further than the youngsters of Best Theater Arts.


The Roman Theater Open Air Festival 2021 at the Roman Theater of Verulamium in St Albans.

The Roman Theater Open Air Festival 2021 takes place at the Roman Theater of Verulamium in St Albans.
– Credit: Tim Morozzo


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