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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 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 logotypeMay 25 and 26

Santa Barbara Festival Ballet presents

Peter and the Wolf and Les Sylphides

Join Santa Barbara Festival Ballet for a celebration of dance featuring two beloved ballets in one performance. SBFB’s Junior Company, directed by Denise Rinaldi, will perform the symphonic children’s tale Peter & the Wolf. SBFB’s Performing Company will dance the ballet blanc classic Les Sylphides, staged by Artistic Director Aimee Lopez. The program will include short contemporary works by Valerie Huston and emerging choreographer Ella Onishuk. 3 performances only! Santa Barbara Festival Ballet is public 501(c)(3) Non-Profit California Corporation, for more information go to santabarbarafestivalballet.com

TIMES: Saturday, May 25 at 7:00 P.M.
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Sunday, May 26 at 3:00 P.M.
TIMES:
Sunday, May 26 at 7:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $23 general, $18 seniors, $18 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 logotypeJune 1

The Children's Montessori School presents

The Wonder of Music

TIMES: Saturday, June 1 at 12:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $20 general, $15 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 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 logotype 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: 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 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.
TIMES:
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 with logotypeJune 23 and 24

Momentum Dance Company presents

Believe in Your Own Magic

Momentum Dance Company presents the culmination of their fifth season of dance in Santa Barbara with this high energy finale of their best season yet! Believe in Your Own Magic, combines the rapidly growing recreational program with the award winning competitive company under one roof in two evenings of inspired dance at Center Stage Theater.

After a half of a decade of building a well rounded dance program for Santa Barbara's youth, Momentum’s Director, Betsy Woyach, is proud to present over 30 dances to our local community. Come enjoy our dancers ages 3 - 18, as they spread their message Believe in Your Own Magic with energetic, Tap, Hip Hop, Jazz, Ballet and Contemporary dances. Witness choreography from the entire Momentum Staff including the director and MDC's award winning choreographers. We can't wait to share our love for dance with the Santa Barbara community this June!

TIMES: Sunday, June 23 at 7:00 P.M.
TIMES:
Monday, June 24 at 7:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $20 general, $30 VIP (Front 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 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!

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.