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

    Posted December 2, 2016

    Enjoy a performance of Charles Dickens' holiday classic A Christmas Carol featuring our very own performing arts director Dan Call! The show will run December 7 through 24 at the Rubicon Theater in downtown Ventura.

  • Audition for the Fall Variety Show!

    Posted December 2, 2016

    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 soon for a quick, informal audition and claim your spot in this year's Fall Variety Show!

  • Fall Play 2016: Night Must Fall

    Posted November 14, 2016

    On Friday and Saturday night, the Performing Arts Department presented the classic suspense-thriller Night Must Fall by Emlyn Williams in the Zalk Theater.

  • Suspense and Thrills for November's Fall Drama!

    Posted October 27, 2016

    The Performing Arts Department presented the classic suspense/thriller Night Must Fall by Emlyn Williams on Friday and Saturday, November 11 and 12 at 7:00 p.m. in the Zalk Theater on the school’s campus.

  • Alumnus Kiefo Nilsson plays Harry Nilsson's "The Point!"

    Posted October 23, 2016

    On October 22, alumnus Kiefo Nilsson '03, with brother Zak Nilsson narrating, and a stellar band, put on a great performance of their father Harry Nilsson's 1971 album and animated feature The Point! Local Ojai musicians Vaughn Montgomery and Aaaron Embry opened the night together singing Nilsson's The Moonbeam Song each followed with a set of originals. What an honor it was to host fans from near and far to enjoy this magical night of musical storytelling. The show was live streamed on Facebook.

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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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


student actors

music students playing piano


choral singers

The Zalk Theater