Recent Theater Productions

Theater productions take place in Fall during Family Weekend followed by a musical performance during Spring Arts Weekend.

Besant Hill School Presents "The Wiz"

The Wiz

Spring, 2019

The Performing Arts Department of Besant Hill School presented, The Wiz written by William F. Brown and music/lyrics by Charlie Smalls on April 26th and 27th at 7:00 p.m. in the Zalk Theater located on the school’s campus.

Almost Maine

Fall, 2018

The Performing Arts Department of Besant Hill School presented, Almost Maine by John Cariani on November 9th and 10th at 7:00 p.m. in the Zalk Theater located on the school’s campus.  The play is comprised of 9 short scenes that deal with love and loss.

Once Upon a Matress

Spring, 2018

Performing Arts Department performed the hilarious musical Once Upon a Mattress, a comic/slapstick retelling of the classic Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale The Princess and the Pea.

Fall Play, All in the Timing

All in the Timing

Fall, 2017

All in the Timing is a collection of short, one-act comedies about relationships, life, con men, typing monkeys, and even the Russian Revolution! Ives’ command of language is evident in every word spoken, and the situations that the characters find themselves are absurd, unbelievable, and hysterical.

Spring Musical 2017

Leader of the Pack

Spring, 2017

The Performing Arts Department will present Leader of the Pack: The Ellie Greenwich Musical during Spring Arts Weekend in April. The show is a musical biography of songwriter Ellie Greenwich, who, along with her partner, Jeff Barry, wrote many memorable hit songs in the ‘60’s. This show is chock-full of great tunes that most everyone will recognize and remember: “Be My Baby,” “And Then He Kissed Me,” “Hanky Panky,” “Da Doo Ron Ron,” “River Deep Mountain High,” “Chapel of Love,” and, of course, “The Leader of the Pack.” Presented as a multi-media production, the cast includes 20 student actors.

Fall Play 2016, Night Must Fall

Night Must Fall

Fall, 2016

In November 11 and 12 of 2016, the Performing Arts Department presented the classic suspense-thriller Night Must Fall by Emlyn Williams in the Zalk Theater on the school’s campus. The play centered around Mrs. Bramson, an aging “invalid” living alone in her cottage in the English countryside and Dan, a former page boy at the local pub and her newly found aide who has ingratiated himself into the household. When a local woman disappeared from the pub and was found decapitated in the rubbish pit near Mrs. Bramson’s cottage, suspicions arose and lives were threatened. All alone in the house Mrs. Bramson found herself frightened and vulnerable. The sudden appearance of Dan not only scared Mrs. Bramson but the audience as well. Screams echoed throughout the theater as Dan followed through on the threat he presented to Mrs. Bramson. Too late to save her, Inspector Belsize managed to arrive in time to discover the murder and arrest Dan.

Spring Musical 2016: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Spring, 2016

A cast of 27 students performed to a full Zalk Theater, both Friday and Saturday nights, during the 70th Anniversary and Spring Arts/Family Weekend. This hilarious production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, based on the 1988 film of the same name, was the culmination of months of rehearsals, along with extensive costume and set design.

The Laramie Project

Fall 2015

Stunned by the horrific November 2015 Paris attacks, performances of The Laramie Project explored, with great passion, issues of intolerance and violence and how we, as human beings, grapple with such events.



Spring 2015

During a cool, Spring evening, the Zalk Theater was full of students, family, friends, alumni, as well as folks from the Ojai community. All were fully entertained by a fantastic, energetic production of Chicago. It was the culmination of months of hard work by the Performing Arts Department, cast and crew members, and support of many others.

The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest

Fall 2014

A classic comedy of manners, The Importance of Being Earnest has delighted millions in countless productions since it’s London premiere in 1985 and the BHS cast did not disappoint!. The plot, full of twists, turns, bon mots, mistaken identities and is considered to be one of Wilde’s wittiest and greatest works.



Spring 2014

The Performing and Visual Art Department presents the hit off-Broadway musical “Urinetown”. It’s a terrible name, but one of the most uproariously funny musicals in recent years. Set in a town plagued by drought, a malevolent corporation controls the “pay-to-pee” public amenities, jailing anyone caught peeing elsewhere.

The Real Inspector Hound

The Real Inspector Hound

Fall 2013

On Friday and Saturday, November 8 and 9, the Performing Arts Department presented Tom Stoppard’s The Real Inspector Hound in the Zalk Theater. This sophisticated comedy/parody of classic Agatha Christie murder mysteries starred Michael Hopkins as Moon, Jordan Smith as Birdboot, Ilana Ariel as Mrs. Drudge, Tristin Klipp-Sabol as Simon Gascoyne, Amber Montesanto as Felicity Cunnigham, Anja Johnson as Lady Cynthia Muldoon, Ashley Sengstaken as Major Magnus Muldoon, Kane Scherbert as Inspector Hound, and Jacob Lewine as the dead body and radio announcer.