Junior High School

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 (cross@sbunified.org) 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:

Introduction to Performing Arts: SEMESTER CLASS -- 7th grade only. Students develop their performing skills through collaborative games, scene work, vocal technique, and dance instruction. They participate in a full-scale production during their semester. (For the other semester, students take a required Health class.)

Musical Theatre 7: YEAR-LONG CLASS -- 7th grade. Students engage in dynamic instruction in vocal technique, dance, and acting. The class performs in "got Broadway" in the fall and a class musical in the spring semester. 

Musical Theatre 8: YEAR-LONG CLASS -- 8th grade. Students continue their studies in vocal technique, dance, and acting. Students are featured as soloists and ensemble in "got Broadway" in the fall, and they perform 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. 

Chorus: MEETS AFTER SCHOOL ONCE A WEEK -- by audition. Chorus is for 7th and 8th grade GV students with a passion for singing in various styles: popular, classical, world music, jazz, and musical theater. Students learn music theory and notation, practice vocal technique, and develop healthy singing habits. Students perform in school productions as well as in the Santa Barbara / Goleta community.

All-School Musical

The 2024 All-school musical will be The Little Mermaid. 

Any GV student may audition in January to be part of the musical. Rehearsals are daily M-F from 3:00-5:30 (later as performance date nears). Performances are in April. Applications for backstage and technical crew will be available in February.  

List of past shows:

2023: The Pirates of Penzance
2022: Everything I Need to know I Learned in Kindergarten
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: The Pirates of Penzance
2008: Anything Goes
2007: Fiddler on the Roof

Sign up for next year's classes

Interested in a class for the 2024-2025 school year?
We would love to have you as part of our dynamic program!

Indicate your interest on your elective form. 

Fill out THIS FORM to be added to the e-mail list of public events and announcements. 

Also feel free to introduce yourself to Ms. Ross by emailing cross@sbunifed.org.