Out of the Box Theatre Company presents


Book by Enda Walsh
Music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová
Based on the Motion Picture Written and Directed by John Carney

April 14-23, 2023

From the very first note, Once draws you in and never lets go. This emotionally captivating musical is the only show to have music that won an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, an Olivier Award, and a Tony Award. This Central Coast premiere musical features a cast of incredible musicians from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles, starring Mica Basilici as Girl and Ojai-based singer/guitarist Sam Kulchin as Guy.

On the streets of Dublin, an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant are drawn together by their shared love of music. Over the course of one fateful week, an unexpected friendship and collaboration quickly evolve into a powerful but complicated love story, underscored by emotionally charged music. Featuring all of the magical songs from the critically acclaimed film, including the Oscar-winning "Falling Slowly," this achingly beautiful, joyously uplifting show strikes an unforgettable chord in audiences and speaks to the power of music to connect us all. A show like that only comes around Once.

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Performance Dates and Times:

Friday, April 14 at 8:00 pm (pre-show and bar open at 7:30 pm)
Saturday, April 15 at 8:00 pm (pre-show and bar open at 7:30 pm)
Sunday, April 16 at 2:00 pm (pre-show and bar open at 1:30 pm)
Friday, April 21 at 8:00 pm (pre-show and bar open at 7:30 pm)
Saturday, April 22 at 8:00 pm (pre-show and bar open at 7:30 pm)
Sunday, April 23 at 2:00 pm (pre-show and bar open at 1:30 pm)

Ticket Prices:
*PLEASE NOTE! ALL TICKETS ARE WILL CALL ONLY. All tickets must be picked up at the box office. Must show ID.

Limited Onstage Seating (Age 12+ only): $40
General Admission: $35
College/Senior, with ID: $20

Under 18, with ID: $0

**All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges.**

All seating is general admission unless otherwise noted. For all performances, there is limited late seating once the performance begins. Please plan your arrival time accordingly.

There are no social distancing requirements in place for seating. There are no vaccine or testing requirements at this time. Masks are encouraged but not required. We are continuing our mitigation efforts. The HVAC system for the theater is set to bring in 100% fresh air. We are using CDC-recommended MERV-13 filters, the air is turned over 7.35 times an hour, and we also have portable HEPA air purifiers and our generous use of hand sanitizer. (thank you to the Santa Barbara Foundation!) All of our staff are fully vaccinated, and performers are either vaccinated or tested negative before performing.

You can use either e-tickets, print-at-home tickets, or request Will Call tickets to be waiting for you at the Box Office. If you have any questions, please email Executive Director Teri Ball at

Thank you to everyone in the community who supported us through this prolonged intermission. We would not still be here without your support.


Presented by Out of the Box Theatre Company 


Date Performance Times
Apr 14, 2023 8:00 pm Buy Tickets
Apr 15, 2023 8:00 pm Buy Tickets
Apr 16, 2023 2:00 pm Buy Tickets
Apr 21, 2023 8:00 pm Buy Tickets
Apr 22, 2023 8:00 pm Buy Tickets
Apr 23, 2023 2:00 pm Buy Tickets

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