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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.

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 19 and 20

State Street Ballet Young Dancers presents

SSBYD Emerging Choreographer’s Showcase

Featuring innovative new works by the young choreographers of SSBYD
The State Street Ballet Young Dancers, the apprentice student company to State Street Ballet, presents a performance, showcasing the new works of student choreographers, performed by SSBYD dancers. The works feature fresh and inventive choreographic ideas, set to contemporary music, like Joe Bellion, The Walters, and Harry Baker.. The performance is sure to entertain and inspire.

learn more at https://ssbyd.org

TIMES: Friday, April 19 at 7:00 P.M.
TIMES:
Saturday, April 20 at 1:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $18 general, $11.50 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 logotypeApril 25 through 28

Rock Cats Rescue presents

The Amazing Acro-cats Scampers into Santa Barbera

The Amazing Acro-cats Featuring Tuna and the Rock Cats are a troupe of touring performing house cats. This one-of-a-kind, two hour long purrformance features talented domesticated house cats roll on balls, ride skateboards, jump through hoops, and more!

The finale is the only all-cat band in the entire world - Tuna and the Rock Cats! The current band lineup features Nola on guitar, Asti on drums, Nue on keyboard, and NOW some brand new members: Ahi on woodblocks and Albacore on cowbell, Buggles on trumpet, and Oz on Saxophone. There is even a chicken - Cluck Norris - rockin’ the tambourine!

“I can die happy now!” an audience member has claimed after seeing the band.

It all started with Chief Executive Human (or CEH for short) and cat lover Samantha Martin. Training animals at a young age, she knew instantly she would be working with animals for the rest of her life. By founding Rock Cats Rescue, the real reason behind having a traveling animal show, she has saved the lives of over 215 cats and kittens. Using the magic of clicker training, Samantha (and a few other humans) travel with over 15 cats and kittens all across the United States, educating and entertaining audiences that cats actually can be trained. Currently recovering from stage 3 cancer, she tenaciously continues to save the lives of cats and kittens through rescue, foster, and adoption.

Featured on national TV shows like the 2016 Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet, Tuna and the Rock Cats purrformed the half-time honors! Their most recent national appearance was on Adult Swim.

Learn more about the Amazing Acrocats Here

TIMES: Thursday, April 25 at 7:00 P.M.
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Friday, April 26 at 7:00 P.M.
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Saturday, April 27 at 3:00 P.M.
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Saturday, April 27 at 7:00 P.M.
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Sunday, April 28 at 6:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $26 general, $46 Very Important Cat People Seats Furront Row, $36 Very important cat people 2nd and 3rd row

 

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 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!

The Amazing Randi by Alan Arkin read byDan Gunther, Robert Lesser & Devin Scott
A Letter to My Grandson by Dave Barry read by Dan Gunther
Bar Mitzvah by Michael Bernard read by Michael Bernard
Odd Jobs by Stuart McClean read by Devin Scott
The Bleacher Couch Bum by Jess Walter read by Rudy Willrich

TIMES: Sunday, April 28 at 2:00 P.M.
TIMES:
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 5

MOTION THEATRE dance company presents

JOURNEY

MotionTheatre Dance Company announces “Journey” a dance production to be presented Sunday May 5, 2019 at 2 pm and 7 pm at Center Stage Theater, Santa Barbara, CA. Award winning artist Maria Rendina Frantz will premiere “Trois Saintes de la Mer” a mystical dance choreographed to the complete “Moonlight Sonata” by Ludwig van Beethoven. Also premiering is “Journey” a dance about immigration to music by Italian composer Nino Rota. Rendina says “It’s a humorous, motion theatre piece set in 1920’s highlighting the life of an Italian immigrant before the Great Depression, like my Nonna coming to the U.S. for a better life.”  Both contemporary ballet and modern dance will be on the program including the students at Santa Barbara Movement Arts. Rendina says “When I moved here I brought what I began in Santa Fe in 1995. Movement Arts encompasses dance, yoga and other movement methodology.”  Also on the program are some talented dancers and graduates from the UCSB dance program will present three exciting, original contemporary works you won’t want to miss.  Kelly O’Connor created a duet openspaces” on the concepts of self-awareness, and the relationship between inner-space and outer-space to music by Nicolas Jar.  “Locate” is a continuation of a contemporary ballet piece by Sammy Gerraty while studying the effects of human noise pollution on the lives of marine mammals, and seeks to spread awareness about its devastating impacts.  Gianna Burright will perform Turn It On, Turn It Off” about a woman searching for understanding and closure from a traumatic relationship. Also joining the dance troupe is Tara McAninch and Hannah Kistner
Come and discover the authentic quality and rare beauty of the Motion Theatre Dance Company. You will be pleasantly surprised!

TIMES: Sunday, May 5 at 2:00 P.M.
TIMES:
Sunday, May 5 at 7:00 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 logotypeMay 10 and 11

The Anacapa School presents

James and the Giant Peach Jr.

Based on one of Roald Dahl’s most poignantly quirky stories, Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach Jr. is a delightfully offbeat take on this "masterpeach" of a tale. 

When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that grows a tremendous peach, rolls into the ocean and launches a journey of enormous proportions. James befriends a collection of singing insects that ride the giant piece of fruit across the ocean, facing hunger, sharks and plenty of disagreements along the way. Featuring a wickedly tuneful score and a witty and charming book, this adventurous musical about courage and self-discovery has something for everyone.

Book by Timothy Allen McDonald
Music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

TIMES: Friday, May 10 at 7:30 P.M.
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Saturday, May 11 at 7:30 P.M.

TICKETS: $15 general, $5 Students, free for Anacapa Students (with student ID)

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 18 and June 2

Inspire Dance Santa Barbara presents

Peter Pan A Storybook Ballet 

Join student Performing Groups from Inspire Dance Santa Barbara for a magical telling of Peter Pan on May 18th at 3pm and 6 pm and June 2nd at 3 pm. See the characters from your favorite fairytale come to life through dance, acting and costume. Performers will be sure to warm your heart and bring a smile to your face as they fly to Never Never Land. Save a seat for your favorite Fairytale. Audience members ages 2 1/2 to Adult welcome. Performance time 35 minutes. Need more information? Email: info@inspiredancesb.com.

TIMES: Saturday, May 18 at 3:00 P.M.
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Saturday, May 18 at 6:00 P.M.
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Sunday, June 2 at 3:00 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 logotypeMay 19 and 20

Speaking of Stories presents

Celebration of Stories

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.

Speaking of Stories by Saral Burdette read by Saral Burdette
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.
TIMES:
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.

 

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Poster with logotypeMay 23 and 24

UCSB Theater Dance presents

UCSB Dance Company

This evening of choreography offers a whole spectrum of contemporary dance: three new works commissioned for the company, and three re-stagings, including an historically significant work by Jose Limon.

New York choreographer Doug Elkins has been described as
“musical, witty, and inventive” by the New York Times. He set his
work Kinstsugi Variations on the company during a recent residency. Ephrat Asherie  of New York was also in residence, creating a new work, Swept In. Both residencies were supported by the Jody and John Arnhold Production Fund. Faculty member Nancy Colahan, former member of the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company and the White Oak Dance Project, has restaged her compelling work Deep Currents, set to an original score by William Pasley. Brandon Whited, former member of the Shen Wei Dance Company, has reset a male duet, Simple Man, and Meredith Cabaniss, graduate of UCSB, has been commissioned to create a new work, Human Methods, for the company. Alice Condodina, Professor Emerita, who was honored to receive the 2018 Dickson Emeriti Award, has restaged the  historic work by Jose Limon, The Unsung.

TIMES: Thursday, May 23 at 8:00 P.M.
TIMES:
Friday, May 24 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 logotypeJune 1

Inspire Dance Santa Barbara presents

Neverland Adventures

Join Inspire Dance Santa Barbara students for a magical telling of Peter Pan on June 1st at 4pm. This is our fourth annual recital at Center Stage! See the characters from your favorite fairytale come to life through dance, acting and costume. Performers will be sure to warm your heart and bring a smile to your face as they fly to Never Never Land. Save a seat for your favorite Fairytale. Audience members ages 2 1/2 to Adult welcome. Performance time 35 minutes. More information? Email: info@inspiredancesb.com.

TIMES: Saturday, June 1 at 4:00 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 logotypeJune 7 and 8

Dance with Harout presents

Forbidden Desires

June 7 & 8, 2019 — A sultry and sexy production where dancers will captivate your attention through a variety of dance ensembles and nine stories of desire.  Combining dance genres of burlesque, hip hop, jazz-funk, contemporary, and striptease, “Forbidden Desires”, performed by the Dance with Harout Performance Company, invites the audience into the mind of the Producer’s past, as it relates to desires he perceived as forbidden.  Special guest performance by the LA Dance with Harout Performance Company on Saturday, June 8th.

Harout Aristakessian, Founder, Choreographer, and Artistic Director of the Dance with Harout (DWH) Performance Company, teaches inclusive dance classes that are open to dancers of all ages, backgrounds, and levels of dance experience.  His students get the unique life-enriching opportunity of participating in a performance from the early stages of choreography to dancing on stage in a professional production.  For many participants, this show is their first time on stage.  For more information about DWH, visit www.facebook.com/DanceWithHarout or email DanceWithHarout@gmail.com.

TIMES: Friday, June 7 at 8:00 P.M.
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Saturday, June 8 at 8:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $35 general (in advance), $40 general (day of the show)

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 showing a cancan dancerJuly 13 and 14

CENTER STAGE THEATER & SPEAKING OF STORIES presents

THE 31st ANNUAL
SANTA BARBARA
FRENCH FESTIVAL

The Santa Barbara French Festival returns to Oak Park July 13 and 14 to celebrate Bastille Day and all the things that make the French cultural history so rich. Great food, wine, mimosas, crepes, delicious pastries, music, dance—and, of course, the infamous Canine Cavalcade! The Santa Barbara French Festival is an event not to be missed. It's a Dance Festival, a Music Festival, an Arts & Crafts Festival and, of course, a Food Festival! It is also a way to support Center Stage Theater and Speaking of Stories, two great Santa Barbara arts organizations. Each day the fun starts at 11:00 am when the entertainment kicks off on three different stages and continues non-stop until 7:00. The stages are filled with dance and music from many different acts including performances, audience participation opportunities and instruction. And every minute of entertainment is all free! Great entertainment is only part of what the French Festival has to offer—more than 70 booths will be offering everything from crepes and delicious French pastries to face painting and henna tattoos. You can grab a mimosa or a beer, as you peruse some beautiful paintings and photography. Enjoy a delicious crepe while shopping for your French Festival t-shirt and beret. Take a moment for a quick massage before you settle in for the next performance with a sinfully delicious croissant. All in the beautiful setting of Santa Barbara's Oak Park. Center Stage Theater and Speaking of Stories are pleased to present this great community event, which serves as a joint fundraiser for the two organizations. For complete details on the performers, food, crafts, shopping and activities visit FrenchFestival.com or "Like" us on Facebook so you get all the updates as the Festival approaches.

The 31st Annual Santa Barbara French Festival Saturday and Sunday July 13 and 14, 11:00 to 7:00 in Oak Park at 300 W. Alamar. Admission is Free and the Festival is a non-smoking event.

For more information visit FrenchFestival.com, frenchfestival@sbcoxmail.com or call 805-963-8198.

TIMES: Saturday, July 13, from 11:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.

TIMES: Sunday, July 14, from 11:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.

TICKETS: Admission is free!

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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.