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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 logotypeMarch 9 through 16

Santa Barbara Dance Arts presents

Configuration

Come see Santa Barbara’s premiere youth dance company at the annual sell-out smash, Configuration, presented by Santa Barbara Dance Arts and The Arts Mentorship Program. Perfect for the entire family, Configuration features high-energy hip hop, evocative contemporary, and entertaining jazz numbers that will leave you dancing in your seat. See award winning choreography from Los Angeles choreographers Phil Wright and Richard Elszy, plus work from local favorites Brittany Sandoval, Chloe Roberts, Lauren Serrano, and Alana Tillim. Unique to this production, student work shares the stage with professional choreographers; carefully selected nurtured by professional mentors while they compete for a $250 cash prize courtesy of American Riviera Bank will be awarded at the opening evening performance. Patron VIP seating available at all shows.

TIMES: Saturday, March 9 at 7:00 P.M.
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Sunday, March 10 at 2:00 P.M.
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Friday, March 15 at 7:00 P.M.
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Saturday, March 16 at 2:00 P.M.
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Saturday, March 16 at 7:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $50 patron, $25 general, $17 Student (matinees 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 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 logotypeFebruary 24 through May 20

Speaking of Stories presents

SPEAKING OF STORIES 2019 SEASON

Speaking of Stories is pleased to announce our 25th season of performances, running February through May of 2019. The 2019 season will include 4 shows, Personal Stories February 24-27, Personal Stories II April 8-11, Nothing But Laughs April 28-29, and Celebration of Stories May 19-20 featuring performances by T.C. Boyle and Joe Spano.
This will be a very special season, because in addition to being our 25th Anniversary it will also be our final season. After much deliberation we have decided that it is time to bring the series to an end. We are excited to present these final wonderful shows in celebration of 25 great years.

Subscribe for all 4 shows or put together a package of 3. Both the February and April Personal Stories shows will actually have 2 bills of performers (Bill A and Bill B). You can chose one bill as your subscription show, and then add the second bill for just $20.
Select an A-level Subscription with an assigned seat, or a B-level with open seating. Whatever works for you! Remember, being a subscriber comes with special privileges! Unlike single tickets, Subscriber tickets can be exchanged if your plans change. As a subscriber you receive a discount on any additional tickets you purchase. Subscriptions range from $69 to $112.

Personal Stories 2019, February 24 through 27
An eclectic collection of original true stories performed by their authors. Performers range from accomplished professional actors to people appearing in front of an audience for the first time and as authors they include published, well established writers and others who are just beginning. Stories of love, sex, family, childhood misadventures and more. Your friends and neighbors have some wonderful stories to tell, don’t miss being with us to hear them! Join us on the patio after each show to toast the actors with cookies and milk – the perfect way to celebrate any great story. There will be 2 bills of stories, each program will be performed twice. If you purchase both bills, for the second bill your tickets will be just $20!

Personal Stories II 2019, April 8 through 11
There were so many great stories to chose from that we could not fit them all into a single show, so we are doing a second set of shows! An eclectic collection of original true stories performed by their authors. Performers range from accomplished professional actors to people appearing in front of an audience for the first time and as authors they include published, well established writers and others who are just beginning. Stories of love, sex, family, childhood misadventures and more. Your friends and neighbors have some wonderful stories to tell, don’t miss being with us to hear them! Join us on the patio after each show to toast the actors with cookies and milk – the perfect way to celebrate any great story. There will be 2 bills of stories, each program will be performed twice. If you purchase both bills, for the second bill your tickets will be just $20!

Nothing But Laughs, April 28-29
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! Performers to be announced soon.

A Letter to My Grandson by Dave Barry
Bar Mitzvah by Michael Bernard read by Michael Bernard
The Don of the Dance by Karl MacDermott
Leo Wouldn’t Iron His Jeans by Jane Gawahl
Odd Jobs by Stuart McClean

Celebration of Stories May 19 & 20
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

TICKETS:
A Level (reserved seat)
4 show $112 (Season plus Holiday Memories)
3 show $84
B Level (general admission)
4 show $92 (Season plus Holiday Memories)
3 show $69

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 logotypeMarch 22 through 24

Opera Santa Barbara presents

Dr. Miracle

by Georges Bizet

Featuring Opera SB’s Chrisman Studio Artists, this zany romance whisks together the best elements of The Elixir of Love and The Barber of Seville. Pacific Opera Project’s Josh Shaw directs. Certain to delight audiences of all ages! Soprano Jennifer Lindsay as Loretta and mezzo-soprano Ashley Kay Armstrong as Vivian. Baritone Yazid Gray will play the Sheriff and Michael Kollmorgen as the titular Doc Miracle and Captain Samuel/Pierre. The operetta will be in English and set in the American West.

March 22-24 5pm reception / 6pm performance
Ticket includes a pre-performance reception with small bites and wine.

More information here

TIMES: Friday, March 22 at 6:00 P.M.(5pm reception)
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Saturday, March 23 at 6:00 P.M.(5pm reception)
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Sunday, March 24 at 6:00 P.M.(5pm reception)

TICKETS: $25 general, $13 for 18 and under (must show ID at pickup)

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

Deborah Bertling (Helen), Henry Challen (John), Rob Grayson (Bruce), Mikayla Knight (Joan), Paige Mobley (Medium Alison), Sam Pillow (Christian), Aileen Marie Scott (Alison), Zachary Thompson (Roy), Ember Reiter (Small Alison), and Hattie Ugoretz (Small Alison).
PRODUCTION TEAM: Amy Baer (Music Director), Ted Dolas (Lighting/Set Design), Austin Escamilla (Assistant Director), Samantha Eve (Director), Gitte (Props), Keith Robinson (Music Director), Mandy Sabedra (Stage Manager), and Maggie Yates.

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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Poster with logotypeApril 8 through 11

Speaking of Stories presents

PERSONAL STORIES II

There were so many great stories to chose from that we could not fit them all into a single show, so we are doing a second set of shows! An eclectic collection of original true stories performed by their authors. Performers range from accomplished professional actors to people appearing in front of an audience for the first time and as authors they include published, well established writers and others who are just beginning. Stories of love, sex, family, childhood misadventures and more. Your friends and neighbors have some wonderful stories to tell, don’t miss being with us to hear them! Join us on the patio after each show to toast the actors with cookies and milk – the perfect way to celebrate any great story. There will be 2 bills of stories, each program will be performed twice.  If you purchase both bills, for the second bill your tickets will be just $20!

Bill One

Valerie Burns Venice Vision
Susan Cochran My History Is In My Hands
Gary Delanoeye Running Away
Barbara Greenleaf This Old Body
Laura Kenig Losing Zane
Laurie Lindop Tick Tocker Club
Rudi Lion Under The Stars
Ann Lippincott The Walnut
Tony Miratti Asthma
Angie Swanson-Kyriaco Numbers

Bill Two

Carolyn Butcher Stevie The Troll
Dan Fontaine A Minor Gift In Prophecy
Madalena Fossatti The Voice Of God In Schools
Deborah Gunther Peter And The Wolf
Gib Johnson Mrs. Habegger’s Gift
Noah Lashly This Might Seem Stupid
Kathy Marden A Shock in the Shower
Jemi Reis McDonald Pronouns
Matthew Talbott Heyday
Catherine Weissenberg Taxi Cab Delivery

TIMES: Monday, April 8 at 7:30 P.M. (BILL ONE)
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Tuesday, April 9at 7:30 P.M. (BILL TWO)
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Wednesday, April 10 at 7:30 P.M. (BILL ONE)
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Thursday, April 11 at 7:30 P.M. (BILL TWO)

TICKETS: $28 general, $18 students and military,
TICKETS:$18 Early Bird Special (Monday and Tuesday night only, must be purchased by Friday, April 5)
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 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.

 

BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408 (V/TDD)
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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! Performers to be announced soon.

A Letter to My Grandson by Dave Barry
Bar Mitzvah by Michael Bernard read by Michael Bernard
The Don of the Dance by Karl MacDermott
Leo Wouldn’t Iron His Jeans by Jane Gawahl
Odd Jobs by Stuart McClean

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

 

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

 

BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408 (V/TDD)
PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE

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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.