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News

  • Dave Cosby says "Happy Birthday, Mozart!", shares Video

    Posted January 29, 2016

    Please join me in celebrating one of the world's greatest and most significant composers' birthday. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart who would have been 260 on Wednesday January 27. Watch this wonderful, short video.

  • No bowls were harmed in the making of this film.

    Posted January 27, 2016

    The Media Team has taken on another hard hitting boarding school issue: people not returning their bowls to the Commons!

  • Student & Faculty Performances Showcased in Fall Variety Show

    Posted December 17, 2015

    Emcees Emily K. '18 and Jacob G. '16 hosted a GREAT Variety Show last Friday that featured music, dance, spoken word, and funny skits by students and faculty. View photos and video.

  • "Dan Call's bumptious Fezziwig!" Read VC Star review of A Christmas Carol

    Posted December 16, 2015

    "Dan Call's bumptious Fezziwig!"... read Rita Moran's review of the Rubicon Theater's "A Christmas Carol" recently published in Ventura County Star.

  • Audition for the Fall Variety Show!

    Posted December 4, 2015

    Past shows have been full of original music, poetry, dancing, magic tricks, and hula hooping! The Variety Show is always a fun time and a great opportunity for students and faculty to try out a new piece of music, poetry, or any special talent in front of a community full of support for all of our creative efforts! Please see Dave or Greg soon for a quick, informal audition and claim your spot in this year's Fall Variety Show!

  • See Dan Call in new production of A Christmas Carol!

    Posted December 4, 2015

    Students attended a performance of an adaptation of Charles Dickens' holiday classic A Christmas Carol. The cast includes our very own performing arts director Dan Call! The show will run through December 20th at the Rubicon Theater in downtown Ventura.

  • Aun Aprendo Magazine, Fall 2015

    Posted November 25, 2015

    Our school's seasonal magazine, Aun Aprendo, is named after our school motto, which means "I am still learning." In this latest edition you will find articles, photos and links to video, save-the-dates, and more. Find alumni news in the Alumni Howl section. View as a PDF download, or as an interactive magazine (works best on desktop/laptop).

  • Fall Production: The Laramie Project

    Posted November 17, 2015

    With the Paris attacks fresh in everyone's minds and hearts, Friday and Saturday's performances of The Laramie Project explored, with great passion, issues of intolerance and violence and how we, as human beings, grapple with such events.

  • Young Filmmaker Michael Hopkins '16 in Festival Panel

    Posted November 16, 2015

    Last year, Hopkins won first place and the audience choice awards for his film Closed. Last Friday, he took part in a screening of the winning films and a panel discussion.

  • Hypersomnia, A Film by Simeon Hu '16

    Posted November 15, 2015

    Talented visual artist and filmmaker Simeon Hu not only attended an art program in New York over the summer, he also managed to shoot a film in Beijing!

Performing Arts

The Besant Hill School Performing Arts Department is dedicated to educating students of all levels in the art of theatre, film, vocal and instrumental music and musical theater. Curricular offerings include classes in acting/directing, beginning and advanced levels of instrumental and vocal ensembles, music theory, applied instruction in any instrument as well as voice and beginning and advanced levels of film.

We believe that education in the performing arts occurs not only in the classroom, but must occur in performance/production opportunities as well. Each year, Besant Hill produces mainstage theater productions, formal musical concerts and student led variety shows. Students are also actively involved in performing in the community as well.

Recent opportunities have included, Ojai Day, local battle of the band competitions, a combined concert with the Ojai Youth Symphony and the Ojai Film Festival. Occasionally, curricular offerings are supplemented with opportunities to work side by side with professional artists for lectures and workshops, sharing their knowledge of the art and business of theater and film. Here at Besant Hill School of Happy Valley, from the earliest days of Aldous Huxley to Beatrice Wood, the arts have been an integral part of every student’s education and in an era when the arts are often eliminated, here, we celebrate them!

The arts are forms of storytelling, human relations, and emotional expression. Imagination has always been a celebrated characteristic of those learning & teaching at the school. Yes, we are “still learning”, but, in the arts we’re also dreaming and in the words of playwright Jane Martin: “You gotta have a dream. It’s our dreams that make us what we are.”

Theater Program

The Besant Hill School Theater program is dedicated to educating students of all levels in the art of theater through classes in acting, directing, design, voice, dance, musical theatre, production and technical theater. Education occurs not only in the classroom, but also in production opportunities.
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Music Program

The music program at Besant Hill is performance based, providing performance opportunities for all skill levels from beginning to advanced. These opportunities include not only school concerts, variety shows and assemblies, but off campus events as well. Some of these off-campus events include Ojai Day, M.L.K. Day, Battle of the Bands, performances at other county High Schools, the Beatrice Wood Studio, and a variety of other venues.
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Dance Program

During our time together, students will be introduced to dance, movement, and creative exploration through various styles of dance such as ballet, jazz, modern, tap, social dances, and the current commercialized style known as hip hop. Students will learn dance technique through ballet barre work with correct body alignment, conditioning, traveling floor and center combinations, and choreography.
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News

  • Dave Cosby says "Happy Birthday, Mozart!", shares Video

    Posted January 29, 2016

    Please join me in celebrating one of the world's greatest and most significant composers' birthday. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart who would have been 260 on Wednesday January 27. Watch this wonderful, short video.

  • No bowls were harmed in the making of this film.

    Posted January 27, 2016

    The Media Team has taken on another hard hitting boarding school issue: people not returning their bowls to the Commons!

  • Student & Faculty Performances Showcased in Fall Variety Show

    Posted December 17, 2015

    Emcees Emily K. '18 and Jacob G. '16 hosted a GREAT Variety Show last Friday that featured music, dance, spoken word, and funny skits by students and faculty. View photos and video.

  • "Dan Call's bumptious Fezziwig!" Read VC Star review of A Christmas Carol

    Posted December 16, 2015

    "Dan Call's bumptious Fezziwig!"... read Rita Moran's review of the Rubicon Theater's "A Christmas Carol" recently published in Ventura County Star.

  • Audition for the Fall Variety Show!

    Posted December 4, 2015

    Past shows have been full of original music, poetry, dancing, magic tricks, and hula hooping! The Variety Show is always a fun time and a great opportunity for students and faculty to try out a new piece of music, poetry, or any special talent in front of a community full of support for all of our creative efforts! Please see Dave or Greg soon for a quick, informal audition and claim your spot in this year's Fall Variety Show!

  • See Dan Call in new production of A Christmas Carol!

    Posted December 4, 2015

    Students attended a performance of an adaptation of Charles Dickens' holiday classic A Christmas Carol. The cast includes our very own performing arts director Dan Call! The show will run through December 20th at the Rubicon Theater in downtown Ventura.

  • Aun Aprendo Magazine, Fall 2015

    Posted November 25, 2015

    Our school's seasonal magazine, Aun Aprendo, is named after our school motto, which means "I am still learning." In this latest edition you will find articles, photos and links to video, save-the-dates, and more. Find alumni news in the Alumni Howl section. View as a PDF download, or as an interactive magazine (works best on desktop/laptop).

  • Fall Production: The Laramie Project

    Posted November 17, 2015

    With the Paris attacks fresh in everyone's minds and hearts, Friday and Saturday's performances of The Laramie Project explored, with great passion, issues of intolerance and violence and how we, as human beings, grapple with such events.

  • Young Filmmaker Michael Hopkins '16 in Festival Panel

    Posted November 16, 2015

    Last year, Hopkins won first place and the audience choice awards for his film Closed. Last Friday, he took part in a screening of the winning films and a panel discussion.

  • Hypersomnia, A Film by Simeon Hu '16

    Posted November 15, 2015

    Talented visual artist and filmmaker Simeon Hu not only attended an art program in New York over the summer, he also managed to shoot a film in Beijing!

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Friday & Saturday
November 13 & 14
7pm (click for info)

The world is a complicated place, and there's a lot of division between people. The performing arts tend to unify people in a way nothing else does." David Rubenstein

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