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 logotype May 18 and 19

The Producing Unit presents

Spoon River Anthology

By Edgar Lee Masters
A Staged Reading
Adapted and Staged by Peter Frisch

Spoon River Anthology is at once unconventional in both style and content, shattering the myths of small town American life. The denizens of Edgar Lee Masters’ fictional Midwestern town speak to us from the grave - death has loosened their tongues, and they tell us what they really think about their hopes and dreams and damaged lives.

But the landscape of this particular 19th graveyard is peppered with lively and comic characters, as well as reflections that are both powerful and poignant. You’ll meet Fiddler Jones, Plymouth Rock Joe, Silas Dement, Hannah Armstrong, Marx the Sign Painter and a whole host of colorful and vivid town residents.
Spoon River Anthology genuinely shocked readers when it came out in 1915 — Masters’ more dramatic monologues take on subjects like suicide and sexual violence, telling a story about small-town America that isn’t especially positive or pretty. Nevertheless, due to the tremendous variety of characters, often profound content and uplifting poetic style, the evening is ultimately life-affirming and deeply satisfying.

Featuring a number of the Central Coast’s finest actors, including Bill Egan, Meredith McMinn, Tom Hinshaw, Ed Giron, Janelle Odair, Justin Davanzo and Ivy Vahanian.

TIMES: Friday, May 18 at 8:00 P.M.
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Saturday, May 19 at 8:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $18 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 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
Meeghan 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.
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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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Poster with logotype May 23

Las Cumbres Observatory presents

Einstein, Gravitational Waves, Black Holes and Other Matters

with Dr. Gabriela González
Professor of Physics and Astronomy
Louisiana State University, The LIGO Scientific
Collaboration, and the Virgo Collaboration

More than a hundred years ago, Einstein predicted that there were ripples in the fabric of space-time traveling at the speed of light: gravitational waves. On September 14 2015, the LIGO  detectors in Hanford, Washington and Livingston, Louisiana in the US registered for the first time ever a loud gravitational wave signal traveling through Earth, created more than a billion years ago by the merger of two black holes. Several other gravitational waves from black holes were detected, including one by LIGO and the Virgo detector in Europe produced by two neutron stars giving birth to a black hole, generating also electromagnetic waves detected by many telescopes. We will describe the history and details of the observations, and the gravity-bright  future of the field. 

For more Information see lco.global/events
First come, first served, no reservations taken

TIMES: Wednesday, May 23 at 7:00 P.M.

TICKETS: Free Admission

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 logotypeMay 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.
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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 May 26 and 27

Santa barbara Festival Ballet presents

The Toy Shoppe

The Toy Shoppe is a one act ballet for all ages, but will absolutely enthrall younger children. This ballet is a scant one hour long, but what a magic hour it is. Teeming with color, warmth, movement, and music, the production asks this question: do the dolls in a toy shop have a life of their own? This immersive production features the junior company of Santa Barbara Festival Ballet and is a showcase of amazing talent and exceptional training.

TIMES: Saturday, May 26 at 6:00 P.M.
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Sunday, May 27 at 2:30 P.M.
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Sunday, May 27 at 6:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $20 general, $15 child 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 June 2

The Children's Montessori School presents

Pirates Past Noon Kids

Music by Jenny Laird & Will Osborne
Lyrics by Randy Courst & Will Osborne
Music by Randy Courst
Based on Magic Tree House #4:®
Pirates Part Noon” by Mary Pope Osborne


Pirates Part Noon Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theater International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
www.MTIShows.com

TIMES: Saturday, June 2 at 1:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $20 general, $15 child

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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Poster with logotype June 3

The Adderley School presents

Adderley June Workshop Performances

Students from the Adderley School for the Performing Arts present musical theater performances as a culmination of their recent workshop training.

TIMES: Sunday, June 3 at 12:30 P.M.
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Sunday, June 3 at 3:30 P.M.
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Sunday, June 3 at 5:30 P.M.

TICKETS: $33 VIP, $23 general, $18 children, $18 groups of 10 or more for a single performance (contact the box office for group ticket)

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.
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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.

 

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

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Poster with logotype June 24

Carisa Carroll/Palm Dance Collective presents

Dance for Montecito

A fundraiser performance for the mudslide victims featuring dancers and companies from Santa Barbara and Los Angeles.A fundraiser performance for the mudslide victims featuring dancers and companies from Santa Barbara and Los Angeles.

Palm Dance Collective is holding a dance performance fundraiser event to raise funds for the hundreds of displaced families in the Montecito mudslide at Center Stage Theater, in Santa Barbara, CA, Sunday, June 24th. This tragedy occurred January 9th, 2018, leaving hundreds of families and businesses, homes and buildings, damaged or destroyed. We want to give to those in need by inviting all to attend a community dance performance where all proceeds will be given to the families through Habitat for Humanity Santa Barbara who is rebuilding homes. This will be a collaborative performance of many professional companies and schools in the Santa Barbara and Los Angeles areas that will be performing.

More information on their palmdancecollective.com

TIMES: Sunday, June 24 at 6:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $20 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 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.