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.


Photo of Rudy WillrichApril 19 and 20

Speaking of Stories presents

CELEBRATION OF STORIES

Great Stories by a Collection of Wonderful Authors

An eclectic group of compelling stories, full of charm and a few surprises. 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!

Jenny Mercein reading "Dad" by Anne Lamott
Jenny Mercein and Rudy Willrich reading "Julia and the Warlord" by B.J. Novak
Edward Romine reading "An Empty Jacket" by Wendell Berry
Joseph Velasco reading "Plenty Good Fiesta" by Elizabeth Taylor
Rudy Willrich reading "The Rematch" by B.J. Novak

TIMES: Sunday, April 19, at 2:00 P.M.
TIMES: Monday, April 20, at 7:30 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

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

All seating is general admission with the exception of reserved seat subscribers. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges. For all performances late seated 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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Speaking of Stories logo of open bookApril 19, 25 and 26

The Adderley School presents

Adderley April Workshops

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

TIMES: Sunday, April 19, at 5:30 P.M.

TIMES: Sunday, April 19, at 7:00 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, April 25, at 10:00 A.M.

TIMES: Saturday, April 25, at 11:30 A.M.

TIMES: Saturday, April 25, at 1:00 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, April 25, at 2:30 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, April 25, at 4:30 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, April 25, at 6:30 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, April 25, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Sunday, April 26, at 11:30 A.M.

TIMES: Sunday, April 26, at 1:00 P.M.

TIMES: Sunday, April 26, at 3:00 P.M.

TIMES: Sunday, April 26, at 4:30 P.M.

TIMES: Sunday, April 26, at 6:30 P.M.

TICKETS: $33 VIP, $23 general, $18 children

TICKETS: $18 Groups of 10 or more for a single performance (Available at the box office or by phone only)

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 seated 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)

PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE  Click for a complete listing

poster showing dancersApril 24

Santa Barbara Festival Ballet presents

Festival Ballet Dances

With guests: UCSB Student Company and Selah Dance Collective.

TIMES: Friday, April 24, at 8:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $30 general, $22 students and seniors, $20 children 12 and under

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 seated 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)

PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE  Click for a complete listing

posterMay 1

Santa Barbara Festival Ballet presents

Alice in Wonderland

A short children’s ballet with dancers 5-1/2 to 18 years old.

TIMES: Friday, May 1, at 6:30 P.M.

TICKETS: $20 general, $15 students and seniors, $12 children ages 12 and under

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 seated 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)

PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE  Click for a complete listing

CST logoMay 3

CENTER STAGE THEATERt presents

SAVORY & SWEET:

It All Begins at Center Stage

An artistic and edible feast pairing exemplary Center Stage performances, carefully selected from the year’s best work, with great food and libations at the lovely home of Pamela Vander Heide

Featuring performances by The Adderley School for Performing Arts, The Dance Network, Proboscis Theater Company, and Sue Turner-Cray

Imagine a space where artists, young and old, experienced and novice, can create and share their work with their community…a space where it is safe to experiment and dare the boundaries of your talent because a seasoned, professional staff is there to support and encourage you…a space where the quality exceeds the costs, where financial support is available to the enterprising newcomer, so that art can still find its way. This is not a dream. This space is Center Stage.

Born nearly 25 years ago in a unique collaboration of business, city government, and the community, Center Stage owes its existence, and continuous improvement, to the generosity of our supporters. Please join us at our annual fundraiser, Savory and Sweet: It All Begins at Center Stage on Sunday May 3, at the lovely home of Pamela Vander Hiede, where you will get a delicious taste of good food and some of the sweetest and savoriest moments from our last season….

  • Musical theater selections by the talented young students of The Adderley School for the Performing Arts
  • Dancers from The Dance Network performing a site-specific piece created for the event
  • Sue Turner-Cray performing an excerpt from her one-woman tour de force Manchester Girl
  • Proboscis Theater Company sharing a bit of La La La Strada, a new play that recently concluded its Center Stage run with rave reviews. “It may be worth seeing La La La Strada more than once to fully appreciate the extent of its artistry. The cumulative impact of the ensemble is quite seamless; together the actors weave a total—and totally bizarre—world.” —Charles Donelan, Santa Barbara Independent

With your help, we hope to raise $15,000 toward capital improvements for the theater and to sustain our Rental Subsidy Fund.

Here is what our performers are saying:

“You’re the only game in town and thank goodness for you.”
“Love the staff—everyone is very helpful and supportive.”
“Ummmmmm…You folks ROCK!!!!”

Together, we will keep Center Stage alive and thriving, so that every aspiring artist in Santa Barbara can know that there is space to realize their dreams.

TIMES: Sunday, May 3, at 3:00 P.M. at the home of Pamela Vander Heide

TICKETS: Co-host $1,000 (includes 8 tickets); Producer $500 (includes 4 tickets); Sponsor $250 (includes 2 tickets); single tickets $75 each or 2 for $100

 

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

PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE  Click for a complete listing

Photo of Joe Spano at a podium, speaking. Actually he's not speaking, he's just smiling. He's squinting from the light in his eyes. He can't see me. He doesn't even know I'm writing this. Hey Joe! Hey, over here! Hey! Nananananan!!!May 17 and 18

Speaking of Stories presents

SPEAKING OF T.C. BOYLE

Speaking of Stories concludes its season with a collection of stories by T.C. Boyle, one of our favorite authors! This is a great chance to hear some of Mr. Boyle newest works, including "No Slant to the Sun" which is the first chapter of his recently published novel The Harder They Come. Join the performers after the show for complimentary cookies and milk—because every good story should be toasted with cookies and milk!

"You Don't Miss Your Water (Till the Well Runs Dry)" read by Joe Spano
"The Silence" read by Charles de L'Arbre
"No Slant to the Sun" read by Brian Harwelll

TIMES: Sunday, May 17, at 2:00 P.M.
TIMES: Monday, May 18, at 7:30 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TICKETS: $28 general, $18 students and military, $18 Early Bird Special (Sunday Matinee only, must be purchased by Thursday, May 14)

All seating is general admission with the exception of reserved seat subscribers. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges. For all performances late seated 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)

PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE  Click for a complete listing

photo of dancers surrounding a backlit mannequinMay 27 and 28

UCSB DANCE COMPANY IN CONCERT

Directed by Delila Moseley

TIMES: Wednesday, May 27, at 8:00 P.M.
TIMES: Thursday, May 28, at 8:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $23 general, $18 students

All seating is general admission with the exception of reserved seat subscribers. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges. For all performances late seated 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)

PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE  Click for a complete listing

photo of many people as if in jailMay 30 and 31

Harout Aristakessian presents

Dance with Harout Performance Company

Spring Showcase

Directed and Choreographed by Harout Aristakessian

“Everyone dances. Everyone has a place.”

Dance with Harout Performance Company is a unique dance ensemble that integrates dancers of all ages and abilities, from all walks of life. Everyone dances and everyone has a place on stage, regardless of age, race, body type, sexual or gender orientation, dance experience or physical limitations. Under the stewardship of founder, artistic director, producer and instructor Harout Aristakessian, the company has grown exponentially over the last three years, and now comprises more than 35 dancers, aged 22 to 70. While a few have formal dance training, many of the company’s performers have little or no previous dance instruction. Most had never danced in front of an audience before joining the group.

Harout’s unique choreographic voice coalesces stylistic elements from street and lyrical hip hop, burlesque, urban-inspired jazz and Middle Eastern dance traditions. Instead of insisting on rigid adherence to any one form of expression, Harout encourages dancers to infuse each dance move with her or his own spirit and style. This artistic focus on self-expression and self-acceptance (as opposed to physical or aesthetic “perfection”) allows dancers the freedom to explore new emotional, intellectual and physical connections to the music and choreography. Harout has harnessed and forged this artistic diversity into an eclectic repertoire of cohesive works that showcase each dancer’s voice and abilities.

Spring 2015 marks the first solo showcase performance for the Dancewith Harout Performance Company and promises to be a powerful, energetic and inspiring event. Dance with Harout Performance Company has performed at a variety of venues up and down California’s Central Coast over the past three years, including two previous showcases in collaboration with other dance companies, and they will be bringing both fan favorites and new choreography to the Solo Showcase. The company’s Spring Showcase will be the group’s third annual showcase performance in downtown Santa Barbara.

Harout also teaches a variety of dance classes in Santa Barbara, including hip hop, burlesque and cardio dance. For more information on Harout and Dance with Harout, please go to Facebook.com/DanceWithHarout or send an email to: dancewithharout@gmail.com.

TIMES: Saturday, May 30, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Sunday, May 31, at 2:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $28 general in advance, $38 general at the door

All seating is general admission with the exception of reserved seat subscribers. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges. For all performances late seated 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)

PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE  Click for a complete listing

June 19 and 20

THE DANCE NETWORK presents

SERIES 7

TIMES: Friday, June 19, at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TIMES: Saturday, June 20, at 7:00 P.M. ((NOTE EARLY TIME)

TICKETS: $20 general, $13 children

All seating is general admission with the exception of reserved seat subscribers. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges. For all performances late seated 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)

PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE  Click for a complete listing

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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

Purchase by Phone with Visa or Mastercard: (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.