Center Stage Theater, Santa Barbara, CACenter Stage Theater
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SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA

An intimate black box theater with weekly performances by a variety of artists and companies, located in Paseo Nuevo in the heart of the downtown Santa Barbara cultural district.

Calendar of Events

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Center Stage Theater is an intimate space, therefore LATE SEATING is limited or not allowed at all. The LATE SEATING POLICY will vary with each show. The theater staff strongly suggests allowing ample time to find parking, locate the theater, and pick up your tickets.


Poster with logotypeApril 20 and 21

Opera Santa Barbara presents

Trouble in Tahiti and Gallantry

Before there was Mad Men – there was Trouble in Tahiti....
Before there was Grey's Anatomy – there was Gallantry…


Trouble in Tahiti is Leonard Bernstein’s witty, haunting take on the “perfect life” of a suburban couple, and is presented in honor of the "Bernstein at 100" centennial year. Douglas Moore’s hilarious Gallantry is a sendup of the American soap opera - complete with commercial interruptions!
Adding to the fun of Opera Santa Barbara's performances of these one-act operas (April 20 & 21) at Center Stage Theater is a free wine tasting. Your ticket includes a tasting from Andrew Murray and Santa Julia wines prior to the 7:40 curtain, and again at intermission.
Two operas, two wines – twice the fun for everyone.

This production is sponsored by the Mosher Foundation and features OSB’s Chrisman Studio Artists, directed by Alison Moritz with Kyle Naig as music director.

TIMES: Friday, April 20 at 7:30 P.M.
TIMES:
Saturday, April 21 at 7:30 P.M.

TICKETS: $35 general


All seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges. For all performances late seating is on a limited basis, or is not allowed at all once the performance begins. Please plan your arrival time accordingly.

 

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Poster with logotype April 22 and 23

Speaking of Stories presents

Speaking of Friends

Featuring readings by Meredith Baxter & Joe Spano

Stories of friends and friendship.

Meredith Baxter reading Proper Wolf by Ron Carlson
Joe Spano reading Take My Hand by John Roman
Matt Talbott reading War by Matt Talbott
Pamela Dillman reading Monster Ball by Anabelle Gurnitch

(all stories and readers subject to change.)

TIMES: Sunday, April 22 at 2:00 P.M.
TIMES:
Monday, April 23 at 7:30 P.M.

TICKETS: $28 general, $18 students and military, $18 Early Bird Special (Sunday Matinee only, must be purchased by Friday, April 20)

Other than A Level season subscribers, all seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges. For all performances late seating is on a limited basis, or is not allowed at all once the performance begins. Please plan your arrival time accordingly.

 

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Poster with logotype April 28

Santa Barbara Festival Ballet presents

Ballet in Bloom

Join the Santa Barbara Festival Ballet Performing Company for a Spring celebration of classical and contemporary ballet featuring choreography by Valerie Huston and Artistic Director Aimee Lopez. Ballet In Bloom will include special guest performances from State Street Ballet Young Dancers, Opus I, and the UCSB Freshman Dance Company as well as excerpts from Denise Rinaldi's new children's ballet, The Magic Toy Shoppe.

TIMES: Saturday, April 28 at 3:00 P.M.
TIMES:
Saturday, April 28 at 7:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $28 general, $22 students and seniors, $20 children (under 12)

All seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges. For all performances late seating is on a limited basis, or is not allowed at all once the performance begins. Please plan your arrival time accordingly.

 

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Poster with logotype April 29

Bahia Magia Dance Company and The Brazilian Cultural Arts Center of Santa Barbara presents

The Roots of Brazil

Let your imagination take you on an adventure as the magic of Brazil comes to life just before your eyes in the breathtaking performances by the Bahia Magia Dance Company - A Mariano Silva Production. In vivid celebration of the rich history of Brazilian culture the Bahia Magia Dance Company's performances include acrobatic Capoeira demonstrations, live Brazilian percussion and drumming ensemble, Orixa dances, traditional African Brazilian dances, stick fight dance of resistance and contemporary African Brazilian dance pieces which will weave together the many components of Brazilian culture. These whirling, magical performances will have your heart beating to the drum and have you out of your seats as performers will be leaping across the stage in these feet stomping, skirt twirling and body soaring pieces. This don't-want-to-miss performance will only be occurring on Sunday April 29th for matinee and evening shows. Purchase your tickets today to guarantee an unforgettable evening of culture, music, history and of course magic! We will be showcasing this amazing performance in a Matinee at 2pm. There is also an evening showcase that will include a reception where complementary delectable appetizers and beverages will be served prior to the show. Reception begins at 5pm and Evening show starts at 6pm.

TIMES: Sunday, April 29 at 2:00 P.M.
TIMES:
Sunday, April 29 at 6:00 P.M.

TICKETS: Matinee: $30 general, $15 children
TICKETS: Evening: $40 general, $20 children

All seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges. For all performances late seating is on a limited basis, or is not allowed at all once the performance begins. Please plan your arrival time accordingly.

 

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Poster with logotype May 2 and 3

DTLA Entertainment Group, LLC presents

OUTLAW:

A One-Man Show Starring George Christie

Written and Directed by Richard La Plante

What is it like to be a member of the Hells Angels? What is it like to lead a notorious Motorcycle Club? George Christie did that for thirty-five years and now he tells his story, his side of the story.

OUTLAW is a one-man show, starring George Christie, thirty-five-year president of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club. It takes us from his childhood, growing up as the son of poor Greek immigrants, to his tenure as an employee of the Department of Defense with top security clearance, to his glory days as a leader of the most infamous outlaw motorcycle club on the planet. OUTLAW chronicles the rise and fall of a man, from celebrity parties to solitary confinement in federal prison. It is the story of an era in America that has come and gone, with all its myth, magic, music and harsh reality.

OUTLAW is also the story of redemption, human spirit and the will to survive.

www.georgechristieoutlaw.com

TIMES: Wednesday, May 2 at 7:30 P.M.
TIMES:
Thursday, May 3 at 7:30 P.M.

TICKETS: $33 general

All seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges. For all performances late seating is on a limited basis, or is not allowed at all once the performance begins. Please plan your arrival time accordingly.

 

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Poster with logotype May 5

Inspire Dance Santa Barbara presents

The Wizard Of OZ

Join Inspire Dance Santa Barbara Performing Groups for a storybook ballet performance of your favorite childhood story Wizard of Oz! Dancers ages 5+ to 16+ will enchant you with their talent, creativity, and expression. Audience members ages 2 years and up will be sure to enjoy this classic children's tale.

TIMES: Saturday, May 5 at 4:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $20 General, $18 Seniors and children under 12

All seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges. For all performances late seating is on a limited basis, or is not allowed at all once the performance begins. Please plan your arrival time accordingly.

 

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Poster with logotype May 20 and 21

Speaking of Stories presents

Celebration of Stories

featuring Joe Spano

Inspirational, funny, poignant and moving stories, a free for all of great stories performed by fabulous actors!

Faline England reading The Lover of Horses by Tess Gallagher
Meegan Holaway reading The Haunting by John Connally
Joe Spano reading One Quarrel by Ron Carlson

(all stories and readers subject to change.)

TIMES: Sunday, May 20 at 2:00 P.M.
TIMES:
Monday, May 21 at 7:30 P.M.

TICKETS: $28 general, $18 students and military, $18 Early Bird Special (Sunday Matinee only, must be purchased by Friday, May 18)

Other than A Level season subscribers, all seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges. For all performances late seating is on a limited basis, or is not allowed at all once the performance begins. Please plan your arrival time accordingly.

 

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May 24 and 25

UCSB Dance Company presents

UCSB Dance Company in Concert

Directed by Delila Moseley

TIMES: Thursday, May 24, at 8:00 P.M.
TIMES:
Friday May 25 at 8:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $23 general, $20 seniors, $16 students

All seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges. For all performances late seating is on a limited basis, or is not allowed at all once the performance begins. Please plan your arrival time accordingly.

 

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Poster with logotype June 15 and 16

Dance with Harout Performance Co. presents

The Seven Deadly Sins

Performance by the Dance with Harout Performance Co.

A sultry production where dancers will captivate your attention through nine exceptional dance numbers and sinful story-telling. Combining hip hop, modern dance, and burlesque…and offering a different perspective on sin. Special Guest Performance June 16th only.

Harout Aristakessian, Founder of the Dance with Harout (DWH) Performance Co., teaches dance classes that are open to dancers of all ages, backgrounds, and levels of dance experience. His students get the life-enriching journey of participating in a show from the early stages of choreography to dancing on stage in a professional production.

More information on their facebook page here

TIMES: Friday, June 15 at 8:00 P.M.
TIMES:
Saturday, June 16 at 8:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $32 general (in advance), $42 general (at the door)

All seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges. For all performances late seating is on a limited basis, or is not allowed at all once the performance begins. Please plan your arrival time accordingly.

 

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Poster with logotypeSeptember 21

Dijo Productions presents

The Sorrow Cart

Announcing the most important show of the year!

Dijo Productions presents the West Coast premiere of The Sorrow Cart, a musical play about and for the homeless. All proceeds from the show will benefit The Soldiers Project to assist in aiding our homeless vets.

The Sorrow Cart brings to the stage an immense array of talent. It features well known K-LITE radio personality Catherine Remak, Ed Giron, most recently featured in A Walk In the Woods and host of the radio show Community Matters on KZSB Los Angeles casting director, actor and film director Chris Game, L.A. actress Lisa England, and renown Santa Barbara acting luminaries, including George Coe, Leslie Story, Erika Leachman, Richard Lonsbury, Oliver Hamilton, Phil Moreno, Rachel Christian, Van Riker, and Alison Waxman.

In this holiday season, this is Santa Barbara’s chance to help those most in need.

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”

Give yourself the present of giving!
SUPPORT OUR HOMELESS VETS!

TIMES: Friday, September 21 at 8:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $20 general, $15 students, $10 military

All seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges. For all performances late seating is on a limited basis, or is not allowed at all once the performance begins. Please plan your arrival time accordingly.

 

BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408 (V/TDD)

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Box Office Information

The Center Stage Theater Box Office is open Wednesday through Friday from noon to 5:00 P.M., and one hour before each performance. Tickets may also be purchased online at any time. See below for location and directions.

TICKETS

Purchase Tickets Online click here for a complete list of current programs

Purchase by Phone with Visa, Mastercard, American Express, or Discover: (805) 963-0408 (V/TDD)

All ticket prices include a Center Stage Facility Fee which helps maintain the theater.
All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges.

Online sales subject to a $1.50 surcharge per ticket.
There are no additional charges to purchase tickets over the phone.

Unless otherwise noted, all seating is general admission.

NOTE: If online sales are closed, tickets may still be available by phoning the box office at (805) 963-0408 (V/TDD).

PLEASE NOTE: Because of the intimacy of Center Stage Theater, latecomers may be seated at appropriate intervals only. Some performances may not allow late seating. Please arrive 20-30 minutes early if you must purchase a ticket at the door.

logo LOCATION AND DIRECTIONS

Center Stage Theater is located in Paseo Nuevo Center, upstairs at the intersection of Chapala and De la Guerra Streets, Santa Barbara, California. Click here for map.

Take Highway 101 to Carrillo Street, exit and turn toward the mountains (northbound turns right, southbound turns left). Proceed to Chapala Street (fourth light) and turn right. Proceed 1-1/2 blocks and turn left into either of two entrances to Paseo Nuevo. Park near the elevator, or proceed to roof-level parking.

This Project is funded in part by the Organizational Development Grant Program using Funds provided by the City of Santa Barbara in partnership with the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission.