Arts

Events

06Mar

Spring Variety Show

24Apr

Parents Day/Spring Arts Celebration

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Spring Drama Production

Saturday, April 25, 2015

News

  • International Week Celebrations

    Posted February 20, 2015

    This week was dedicated to celebrating our international boarding school community with special assemblies, presentations, student led language classes, music, dance, amazing food and more. Kudos to the entire community for making International Week so festive and educational.

  • Fun Assembly Jam

    Posted February 6, 2015

    Because we're a small boarding school, senior Briggs and math teacher Brian got a lot of laughs as they performed John Prine's "A Town This Size" during Friday's assembly.

  • Classical Music Trio's Southern California Tour Stops in Ojai

    Posted January 27, 2015

    Musicians traveling through Southern California often stop through Ojai to perform against the backdrop of unique lighting and stunning views. And each year, The Happy Valley Cultural Center presents a handful of intimate concerts featuring world renowned musicians. The fact that it happens next door to our school campus, adjacent to the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts is an incredible opportunity for our students.

  • MLK School Celebration Inspires

    Posted January 22, 2015

    Martin Luther King Jr. Day inspired an uplifting school assembly during Monday's private school Open House. Along with the assembly, visiting families were able to experience a day in the life of a Besant Hill School student, attending classes, an informative panel discussion, campus tours, and a delicious lunch.

  • Variety Show 2014

    Posted December 15, 2014

    An innocent elf is caught between two pairs of co-hosts conflicted over whether this year's Variety Show should have a Christmas or Monty Python theme, and after many amazing acts, the real Santa ends up saving the day, bringing everyone together and performing an awesome duet!

  • BHS Radio is Back!

    Posted November 14, 2014

    After months of preparation by Director of Technology Richard Ellwood '92, Besant Hill Radio is back!

  • Fall Play 2014

    Posted November 8, 2014

    The Performing and Visual Art Department at Besant Hill School presented Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest - A Serious Comedy for Trivial People, on November 7th and 8th at 7:00 p.m. in the Zalk Theater on the BHS campus.

  • Family Weekend 2014

    Posted October 28, 2014

    Thanks to everyone who could be here for last weekend's Family Weekend. The weather was beautiful as was the community spirit all around campus. Click below for a video montage of Friday's fantastic fall concert and photos from Saturday's volleyball game and farm-to-table dinner.

  • Ojai Day

    Posted October 24, 2014

    Last Saturday was Ojai day, a celebration full of local art community and culture. BHS admission office had a booth to speak with local families while our students played on one of the five music stages. They were a huge hit.

  • Special Assembly Guest, Harpist Alice Giles

    Posted October 5, 2014

    Alice Giles has been celebrated as one of the world’s leading harp soloists. She performed on Sunday as part of the Chamber on the Mountain series, and today, gave a presentation during assembly to students about her trip to Antarctica.

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

  • International Week Celebrations

    Posted February 20, 2015

    This week was dedicated to celebrating our international boarding school community with special assemblies, presentations, student led language classes, music, dance, amazing food and more. Kudos to the entire community for making International Week so festive and educational.

  • Fun Assembly Jam

    Posted February 6, 2015

    Because we're a small boarding school, senior Briggs and math teacher Brian got a lot of laughs as they performed John Prine's "A Town This Size" during Friday's assembly.

  • Classical Music Trio's Southern California Tour Stops in Ojai

    Posted January 27, 2015

    Musicians traveling through Southern California often stop through Ojai to perform against the backdrop of unique lighting and stunning views. And each year, The Happy Valley Cultural Center presents a handful of intimate concerts featuring world renowned musicians. The fact that it happens next door to our school campus, adjacent to the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts is an incredible opportunity for our students.

  • MLK School Celebration Inspires

    Posted January 22, 2015

    Martin Luther King Jr. Day inspired an uplifting school assembly during Monday's private school Open House. Along with the assembly, visiting families were able to experience a day in the life of a Besant Hill School student, attending classes, an informative panel discussion, campus tours, and a delicious lunch.

  • Variety Show 2014

    Posted December 15, 2014

    An innocent elf is caught between two pairs of co-hosts conflicted over whether this year's Variety Show should have a Christmas or Monty Python theme, and after many amazing acts, the real Santa ends up saving the day, bringing everyone together and performing an awesome duet!

  • BHS Radio is Back!

    Posted November 14, 2014

    After months of preparation by Director of Technology Richard Ellwood '92, Besant Hill Radio is back!

  • Fall Play 2014

    Posted November 8, 2014

    The Performing and Visual Art Department at Besant Hill School presented Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest - A Serious Comedy for Trivial People, on November 7th and 8th at 7:00 p.m. in the Zalk Theater on the BHS campus.

  • Family Weekend 2014

    Posted October 28, 2014

    Thanks to everyone who could be here for last weekend's Family Weekend. The weather was beautiful as was the community spirit all around campus. Click below for a video montage of Friday's fantastic fall concert and photos from Saturday's volleyball game and farm-to-table dinner.

  • Ojai Day

    Posted October 24, 2014

    Last Saturday was Ojai day, a celebration full of local art community and culture. BHS admission office had a booth to speak with local families while our students played on one of the five music stages. They were a huge hit.

  • Special Assembly Guest, Harpist Alice Giles

    Posted October 5, 2014

    Alice Giles has been celebrated as one of the world’s leading harp soloists. She performed on Sunday as part of the Chamber on the Mountain series, and today, gave a presentation during assembly to students about her trip to Antarctica.

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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