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 logotypeOctober 15

SYLVIA SHORT MEMORIAL,
LIFE CELEBRATION,
STORY FEST

Sylvia Short
October 22, 1927 – April 14, 2018
Memorial, Life Celebration, Story Fest

Images from many of her performances (plus the rest of her very jam-packed, fun-filled life) will be shown and attendees are encouraged to share any Sylvia story they wish. For she lives on in our hearts and minds. Most indelibly. No tale is off limits – our girl didn’t feel compelled to play by any rules and she would want to be remembered in her full blown, unvarnished glory. In an effort to reach all the different circles in which Sylvia frolicked, please share details of the event with anyone you may know from her wide cadre of friends.

In lieu of flowers Sylvia asked that donations be made, in her name, to Center Stage Theater. Follow this link to donate.

TIMES: Monday, October 15 at 7:00 P.M.

TICKETS:Free Admission, all are welcome

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 logotypeOctober 17

Comedy Pet Theater presents

The World Famous Popovich Comedy Pet Theater

Voted Best Family Show in Vegas!

International circus legend award winner Gregory Popovich brings his European-style physical comedy, acrobats, jugglers but most important his furry cast of animals, the real stars of the show! All animals have been rescued from shelters all over the country and they have been transformed into Las Vegas stars.  The show features an amazing cast of house-cats, dogs, parrots, geese, mice, even a miniature horse named Diamond!

 He has published two books such as "You Can Train Your Cat" followed by "Doggy Gone Good". Gregory has been featured on The Tonight Show, David Letterman, in USA Today, People Magazine and was recently a finalist on America's Got Talent.  He starred in his first full-length film, winning the Audience Choice Award at the Dances With Films Festival in Los Angeles, CA.

POPOVICH Live Show Promo
Popovich on Animal Planet    
Popovich TV show promo  

TIMES: Wednesday, October 17 at 7:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $38 general, $33 senior, $23 Students and kids

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 logotypeOctober 20 and 21

ANNE TORSIGLIERI presents

"A" Train


Written and performed by Anne Torsiglieri
Music by Brad Carroll
Directed by Risa Brainin

 

“A” Train – Laughter. Songs. Autism. F-Bombs. Winner: Best Production at the United Solo Festival 2017. For more information visit www.ATraintheplay.com.
All proceeds from these performances will be donated to Hidden Wings, a place where young people with autism are empowered to spread their wings. To learn more visit www.hiddenwings.org.


“A” Train was developed through Launch Pad at UC Santa Barbara Department of Theater and Dance.

TIMES: Saturday, October 20 at 7:30 P.M.
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Sunday, October 21 at 7:30 P.M.

TICKETS: $22 general, $15 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 logotypeOctober 26 and 27

The Dance Network presents

Voodoo Strut


The Dance Network's 4th annual fall performance features Halloween-themed dance pieces, fun costumes, some tricks, and a fun treat at the end of the show! This unique showcase can be enjoyed by the whole family. Come see performers ranging in age from 3 to over 70 years old in a variety of dance styles, including tap, hip hop, jazz, contemporary, and more! The talented choreographers for this year's showcase are Meredith Cabaniss, Kelli Forman, Karyn Laver, Daniel Rojo, Melanie Schuller, Bethany Sutherland, and Kyle Ybarra. Our dance family is looking forward to having a blast with all of you!

TIMES: Friday, October 26 at 7:00 P.M.
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Saturday, October 27 at 7:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $22 general, $13 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 logotypeNovember 1

Theater of the Feminine Underground presents

Anima

Local female artists share their deepest longings, secrets, dreams, vulnerable moments and soul revelations through dance, song, spoken word and performance art.

“Vulnerable, daring, thought provoking."
-Montecito Journal

TIMES: Thursday, November 1 at 7:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $23 general (in advance), $28 general (at the door)

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 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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December 2 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!

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 November 5
Auditions: Selections announced November 9, auditions November 12-16

Final Selections announced November 19

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: 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: $25 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 21 through 23

Lit Moon Theatre Company presents

Humbug!

By Charles Dickens
Adapted and Directed by John Blondell

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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February 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: $25 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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April 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.

TIMES: Sunday, April 28 at 2:00 P.M.
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Monday, April 29 at 7:30 P.M. (Note early time)

TICKETS: $28 general, $18 students and military,
TICKETS:$18 Early Bird Special (Sunday matinee and Thursday night 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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April 28 and 29

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.

TIMES: Sunday, May 19 at 2:00 P.M.
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Monday, May 20 at 7:30 P.M. (Note early time)

TICKETS: $28 general, $18 students and military,
TICKETS:$18 Early Bird Special (Sunday matinee and Thursday night only, must be purchased by Friday, May 17)

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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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.