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 logotypeNovember 9 through 18

Out of the Box Theatre Company presents

AMÉLIE

One woman decides to change the world by changing the lives of the people she knows in AMÉLIE, a fanciful modern-day fairy tale. Embark on a mesmerizing journey with inquisitive and painfully shy Amélie as she turns the streets of Montmartre into a world of her own imagining, while secretly orchestrating small but surprising acts of kindness that bring joy to those around her. When a chance at love comes her way, Amélie realizes that to find happiness she’ll have to fight against her fear and find her voice.

Music and lyrics by Daniel Messé
Lyrics by Nathan Tyson
Book by Craig Lucas
Based on the film written by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Guillaume Laurant.

Featuring Nikko Arce (Nino), Deborah Bertling (Amandine/Philomene), Christian Duarte (Lucien/Good-Looking Lug/Adrien Wells), Bill Egan (Raphael/Bretodeau/Mysterious Man), Austin Escamilla (Joseph/Fluffy/Collignon’s Father), Samantha Eve (Amélie), Felicia Hall (Suzanne), Rich Hoag (Collignon/Dufayel), Miller James (Blind Beggar/Gnome/Anchorman), Mikayla Knight (Gina), Terry Li (Georgette/Sylvie/Collignon’s Mother), Ember Reiter (Young Amélie), Willie Simpson (Hipolito/Belgian Tourist/Elton John), and Hattie Ugoretz (Young Amélie).

TIMES: Friday, November 9 at 8:00 P.M.
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Saturday, November 10 at 8:00 P.M.
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Sunday, November 11 at 2:00 P.M.
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Friday, November 16 at 8:00 P.M.
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Saturday, November 17 at 8:00 P.M.
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Sunday, November 18 at 2:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $35 general, $20 students and seniors

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 logotypeNovember 29 through December 2

Lit Moon Theatre Company presents

The Glass Menagerie

By Tennessee Williams
Directed by John Blondell

Remodeled from the company’s 2016 staging, Tennessee Williams’ haunting memory play centers on the remembrances and longings of the Wingfield family in Depression-era St. Louis. Featuring Victoria Finlayson, Stanley Hoffman, Anna Telfer, Chris Wagstaffe. Lighting by Danielle Draper.

“Brilliant and innovative….[an] unqualified success…” -Charles Donelan, Santa Barbara Independent

 

TIMES: Thursday, November 29 at 7:30 P.M.
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Friday, November 30 at 7:30 P.M.
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Saturday, December 1 at 7:30 P.M.
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Sunday, December 2 at 4:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $23 general, $18 students and seniors

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 logotypeDecember 6 through May 20

Speaking of Stories presents

SPEAKING OF STORIES 2019 SEASON

Speaking of Stories is pleased to announce our 25th season of performances, running February through May of 2019. The 2019 season will include 3 shows, Personal Stories February 24-27, Nothing But Laughs April 28-29, and Celebration of Stories May 19-20 featuring performances by T.C. Boyle and Joe Spano.
This will be a very special season, because in addition to being our 25th Anniversary it will also be our final season. After much deliberation we have decided that it is time to bring the series to an end. We are excited to present these final three wonderful shows along with a special Holiday performance in December 2018.

Subscribe for all 4 shows or put together a package of 3. Select an A-level Subscription with an assigned seat, or a B-level with open seating. Whatever works for you! Remember, being a subscriber comes with special privileges! Unlike single tickets, Subscriber tickets can be exchanged if your plans change. As a subscriber you receive a discount on any additional tickets you purchase. Subscriptions range from $69 to $112.


Holiday Memories December 6 through 9, 2018

An eclectic collection of original first person true stories of holiday memories performed by their authors. The performances range from scripted readings to storytelling. Stories of love, family, loss and adventure, lots of adventures, your Santa Barbara neighbors have some wonderful stories to share! Join the performers after the show for complimentary cookies and milk—because every good story should be toasted with cookies and milk!

Personal Stories 2019, February 24 through 27
Currently Accepting Submissions for this performance. Please see Personal Stories full listing below for submission details
An eclectic collection of original true stories performed by their authors. Performers range from accomplished professional actors to people appearing in front of an audience for the first time and as authors they include published, well established writers and others who are just beginning. Stories of love, sex, family, childhood misadventures and more. Your friends and neighbors have some wonderful stories to tell, don’t miss being with us to hear them! Join us on the patio after each show to toast the actors with cookies and milk – the perfect way to celebrate any great story.
There will be 2 bills of stories, each program will be performed twice.

Nothing But Laughs, April 28-29
Stories to Tickle Your Funny Bone! Speaking of Stories continues its 25th season with a performance of hilarious stories. Great stories performed by talented actors. Join the performers after the show for complimentary cookies and milk—because every good story should be toasted with cookies and milk! Performers to be announced soon.

A Letter to My Grandson by Dave Barry
Bar Mitzvah by Michael Bernard read by Michael Bernard
The Don of the Dance by Karl MacDermott
Leo Wouldn’t Iron His Jeans by Jane Gawahl
Odd Jobs by Stuart McClean

Celebration of Stories May 20 & 21
featuring T.C. Boyle and Joe Spano
Inspirational, funny, poignant and moving stories, a free for all of great stories performed by fabulous actors! Please join us after the shows on the patio for a special celebration to toast the final performances.

I Walk Between the Raindrops by T. C. Boyle read by T.C. Boyle
The Blue Tree by Rick Bass read by Faline England
Refresh, Refresh by Benjamin Percy read by Joe Spano

TICKETS:
A Level (reserved seat)
4 show $112 (Season plus Holiday Memories)
3 show $84
B Level (general admission)
4 show $92 (Season plus Holiday Memories)
3 show $69
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.

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.

 

BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408 (V/TDD)
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Poster with logotypeDecember 6 through 9

Speaking of Stories presents

Holiday Memories

An eclectic collection of original first person true stories of holiday memories performed by their authors. The performances range from scripted readings to storytelling. Stories of love, family, loss and adventure, lots of adventures, your Santa Barbara neighbors have some wonderful stories to share! Join the performers after the show for complimentary cookies and milk—because every good story should be toasted with cookies and milk!

TIMES: Thursday, December 6 at 7:30 P.M.(BILL ONE)
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Friday, December 7 at 7:30 P.M.(BILL TWO)
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Saturday, December 8 at 7:30 P.M.(BILL ONE)
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Sunday, December 9 at 2:00 P.M.(BILL TWO)

TICKETS: $28 general, $18 students and military,
TICKETS:$18 Early Bird Special (Sunday matinee and Thursday night only, must be purchased by Tuesday, December 4)
TICKETS:$20 for 2nd bill (If you purchased a ticket for one bill and would like to go to the other you may purchase a discounted ticket. Please call the box office to arrange)

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 logotypeDecember 13

Momentum Dance Company presents

Believe

Celebrating 5 years of dance in Santa Barbara, Momentum Dance Company is back at Center Stage Theater this winter to perform their annual Company Concert for the community!

This season's message, "Believe," is woven into every stitch of choreography so as to spread the message not only to the dancers themselves, but to all of those experiencing the movement. Audience member's are sure to not only feel inspired by the magic of the dancers but the authenticity of the director's message, "believe in yourself."

After a half of a decade of building a competitive dance program for Santa Barbara's youth, Momentum’s Director, Betsy Woyach, is proud to present her National Award Winning Competitive Company and their Season Five dances to our local community. Come enjoy dancers ages 7 - 18, as they spread their message “Believe” with energetic, Tap, Hip Hop, Jazz, and Contemporary dances. Witness choreography from not only the director but also Santa Barbara’s up and coming dance educators: Hannah Graham, Carly Visger, and Pablo Gatica.

Believe” will definitely kick off your holidays with an empowering message and inspired dance! Join us in celebrating the arts in Santa Barbara!

TIMES: Thursday, December 13 at 7:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $20 general, $30 VIP

 

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 logotypeDecember 15

Inspire Dance Santa Barbara presents

Clara in the Land of Sweets

Join Inspire Dance Santa Barbara's Performing Groups dancing the story of Clara in the Land of Sweets. You will see swirling dancers, silly Mice and more favorite Nutcracker characters. Ages 2 to Adult will enjoy this special holiday presentation through dancing and performance. Photo Credit - Alejandro Navarro Photography.

TIMES: Saturday, December 15 at 2:30 P.M.
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Saturday, December 15 at 4:30 P.M.

TICKETS: $18 general, $15 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 logotypeDecember 21 through 23

Lit Moon Theatre Company presents

Humbug!

By Charles Dickens
Adapted and Directed by John Blondell

“You will be visited by three ghosts…” Lit Moon premiered its version of Charles Dickens’ haunting story about Christmastide redemption in 2007. Refreshed and back for Christmas 2018! Featuring Victoria Finlayson, Stanley Hoffman, Nina Sallinen, Anna Telfer, Chris Wagstaffe, with music by Jim Connolly. Props and objects by Jaco Connolly, Costumes by Olivia Warner, Lighting by Jonathan Hicks.

TIMES: Friday, December 21 at 7:30 P.M.
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Saturday, December 22 at 4:00 P.M.
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Saturday, December 22 at 7:30 P.M.
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Sunday, December 23 at 4:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $23 general, $18 students, seniors and 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 logotypeJanuary 4

Lit Moon Theatre Company presents

A Doll House

By Henrik Ibsen
Directed by John Blondell

Did you miss Lit Moon’s landmark performance the first time around? It’s back – for one 2019 performance! Ibsen’s iconic domestic drama in a vividly contemporary new staging.

“a fascinating and sharply defined production of one of the world’s great dramas.…” -Charles Donelan, Santa Barbara Independent

TIMES: Friday, January 4 at 7:30 P.M.

TICKETS: $23 general, $18 students and seniors

 

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 logotypeJanuary 5

Lit Moon Theatre Company presents

The Nina Variations

By Steven Dietz
Directed by John Blondell

In a remarkable tour de force, Steven Dietz riffs on a famous scene between Nina and Konstantin in Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull. As part of the Lit Moon Reunion Weekend, 43 company actors from the past and present play the 43 scenes of this poignant and heartbreaking play. A not to missed one-time-only event!

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

TICKETS: $30 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 logotypeFebruary 24 through February 27

Speaking of Stories presents

PERSONAL STORIES

An eclectic collection of original first person true stories performed by their authors. The performances range from scripted readings to storytelling. Stories of love, family, loss and adventure, lots of adventures, your Santa Barbara neighbors have some wonderful stories to share! Join the performers after the show for complimentary cookies and milk—because every good story should be toasted with cookies and milk!

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: If you are interested in participating in this unique performance you are invited to submit your true stories for consideration.

The selection of the stories will be a 2-phase process. Artistic Director, Maggie Mixsell, will review the submissions and select those stories that she feels will best translate to the stage. This group will then be invited to audition. From the auditions she will select the final stories/authors for the show and they will receive one-on-one coaching and direction in preparation for the final performance. Maggie will work with the authors to determine the style of performance that best suits each selection. Everyone is welcome to submit. For the past Personal Stories productions, we had an eclectic and wonderful group that included professional actors who were making their first attempt at writing, published writers who were performing their works for the first time and pretty much everything else in between.

Submission Deadline: Monday December 3
Auditions: Selections announced December 10, auditions December 14-19
Final Selections announced December 21

First-person true stories
Word count 500-1500
5 to 10 minutes when read aloud

Digital submissions preferred in Word or PDF documents submitted to speakingof@sbcoxmail.com

or hard copy to:
Center Stage Theater
751 Paseo Nuevo
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
If you have any questions or would like additional information call 805-963-8198 or email speakingof@sbcoxmail.com

TIMES: Sunday, February 24 at 2:00 P.M. (BILL ONE)
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Monday, February 25 at 7:30 P.M. (BILL TWO)
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Tuesday, February 26 at 7:30 P.M. (BILL ONE)
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Wednesday, February 27 at 7:30 P.M. (BILL TWO)

TICKETS: $28 general, $18 students and military,
TICKETS:$18 Early Bird Special (Sunday matinee and Wednesday night only, must be purchased by Thursday, February 21)
TICKETS:$20 for 2nd bill (If you purchased a ticket for one bill and would like to go to the other you may purchase a discounted ticket. Please call the box office to arrange)

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 logotypeApril 5 through 14

Out of the Box Theatre Company presents

Fun Home

A Coming-of-Age Musical

Description: The winner of five 2015 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, FUN HOME is based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir. This groundbreaking production introduces us to Alison at three different ages, revealing memories of her uniquely dysfunctional family that connect with her in surprising new ways.

“Heart-gripping and cathartic, FUN HOME occupies the place where we all grew up” The New York Times.

NOTE: This production contains mature language and content.

Music by Jeanine Tesori
Lyrics by Lisa Kron
Book by Lisa Kron
Based on the Graphic Novel by Alison Bechdel

TIMES: Friday, April 5 at 8:00 P.M.
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Saturday, April 6 at 8:00 P.M.
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Sunday, April 7 at 2:00 P.M.
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Friday, April 12 at 8:00 P.M.
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Saturday, April 13 at 8:00 P.M.
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Sunday, April 14 at 2:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $35 general, $20 students and seniors

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 logotypeApril 28 and 29

Speaking of Stories presents

Nothing But Laughs

Stories to Tickle Your Funny Bone Speaking of Stories begins its 25th season with a performance of hilarious stories. Great stories performed by talented actors. Join the performers after the show for complimentary cookies and milk—because every good story should be toasted with cookies and milk! Stories and actors to be announced soon.

A Letter to My Grandson by Dave Barry
Bar Mitzvah by Michael Bernard read by Michael Bernard
The Don of the Dance by Karl MacDermott
Leo Wouldn’t Iron His Jeans by Jane Gawahl
Odd Jobs by Stuart McClean

TIMES: Sunday, April 28 at 2:00 P.M.
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Monday, April 29 at 7:30 P.M.

TICKETS: $28 general, $18 students and military,
TICKETS:$18 Early Bird Special (Sunday matinee only, must be purchased by Friday, April 26)

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 logotypeMay 19 and 20

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!  Stories and actors to be announced soon.

I Walk Between the Raindrops by T. C. Boyle read by T.C. Boyle
The Blue Tree by Rick Bass read by Faline England
Refresh, Refresh by Benjamin Percy read by Joe Spano

TIMES: Sunday, May 19 at 2:00 P.M.
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Monday, May 20 at 7:30 P.M.

TICKETS: $28 general, $18 students and military,
TICKETS:$18 Early Bird Special (Sunday matinee only, must be purchased by Thursday, May 16)

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.

 

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.