Performing Arts

Goleta Valley Junior High School 
Theatre, Musical Theatre and Chorus!

ADD yourself to GVJH's Theatre e-mail list and receive notices about all of our upcoming performances and events by filling out THIS FORM.

E-mail Ms. Ross ( with questions about theatre classes.

Our Program

We have a vibrant Performing Arts program that will take you from your current level (whether beginner or experienced performer) and offer you individualized instruction in singing, acting, dance, and technical theatre. 

Students collaborate daily through games, exercises, and full-scale productions that help build self-confidence, allow for self-expression and creativity, and offer the opportunity to develop many transferable life-skills including critical thinking, problem-solving, and self-reflection.

We are a close-knit group of "flexible, aware, creative, and encouraging" actors, singers, dancers, and theatre technicians who provide support for each other in and out of theatre class. We are a community!

7th/8th grade offerings for 2023-2024:

Chorus: This class is for those with a passion for singing in various styles: popular, classical, world music, jazz, and musical theater. Curriculum includes instruction in music theory, reading musical notation, as well as digital music and recording. Students perform as a group and as soloists (if desired) for invited audiences at school and in the community.

Theatre Arts: Students develop their acting skills through collaborative games, scene work, and putting on plays for invited audiences. 

Musical Theatre: Students engage in dynamic instruction in vocal technique, dance, and acting. The class performs "got Broadway" in the fall and a class musical in the spring semester. 

Stagecraft (1st semester only): This semester-long class meets 7th period. Students learn the fundamentals of technical theatre -- including costuming, lighting, sound, set and prop design. They support GV's theatre productions as crew. Many 7th period students also have a performance-based theatre class during the regular day. 

Play Production* (2nd semester only): Students audition to be part of the cast or crew for the spring musical (title to be announced in December). The class meets 7th period, with additional hours required most days. 

All-School Musical

This year's all-school musical is The Pirates of Penzance. 
Performances are Friday, April 28th at 7pm and Saturday April 29th at 2pm and 7pm.

Tickets are available "at the door" or for advance tickets, contact or visit the GVJH front office the week of the show. 

List of past shows:

2020: Hello, My Baby! (pictured below)
2019: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang!
2018: Oklahoma!
2017: Fiddler on the Roof
2016: Beauty & the Beast (pictured above)
2015: The Music Man
2014: Guys and Dolls
2013: Sound of Music
2012: 42nd Street
2011: Bye Bye Birdie
2010: Honk!
2009: Pirates of Penzance
2008: Anything Goes
2007: Fiddler on the Roof

Sign up for next year's classes

Interested in a class for the 2023-2024 school year?
We would love to have you as part of our dynamic program!

Indicate your interest on your elective form. 

Also feel free to introduce yourself to Ms. Ross by emailing