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 showing cartoon man and woman flying over an urban parkMay 15 through 23

Dramatic Women presents

In the Forest of Detroit

A new play by Ellen K. Anderson

 

Directed by Rena Heinrich

Live music by Mommy Tonk

Lighting & scenic design by Vickie Scott

 

Featuring the lovely Leslie Gangl Howe, Lisa Gates, Wendy Sims-Moten, Mickey Flacks, Terry Li, Caroline DeLoreto, Tyler X. Koontz, Erica Flor, and Tonea Lolin

Five women, an African statue, and a missionary walk into an old house in Detroit … What’s not to love about In the Forest of Detroit, Santa Barbara playwright Ellen K. Anderson’s second love letter to the Motor City?

When Grandma Trudy planted gingko trees in her forgotten neighborhood, she cast both a charm and a curse encircling the abandoned home where her daughter now hides with a mysterious statue stolen from the Detroit Institute of Arts. Join three generations of women as they revel in the power of redemption, art, and laughter that rises from the rubble surrounding them.

TIMES: Friday, May 15, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, May 16, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Thursday, May 21, at 8:00 P.M..

TIMES: Friday, May 22, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, May 23, 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)

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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)

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Title logoMay 30

The Children's Montessori School presents

Willy Wonka Kids

Based on ”Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” by Roald Dahl

Music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley

Adapted for the stage by Leslie Bricusse and Timothy A. McDonald

The Children’s Montessori School presents its twenty-seventh annual production.

TIMES: Saturday, May 30, at 1:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $12 general, $10 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)

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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)

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poaster of flying dancerJune 6

BETSY WOYACH & MOMENTUM DANCE COMPANY present

C2: MOMENTUM'S SPRING COMPANY CONCERT

Betsy Woyach, owner/director of Santa Barbara's newest competitive dance company, Momentum Dance Company, is proud to bring you C2!

After an award-winning season all over Southern California, the competitive dance companies of MDC are back to perform their highly decorated competitive pieces. Watch dancers ages 6 to 20 light up the stage with solos, duets, trios, small and large groups in all styles of dance including Hip Hop, Tap and Contemporary.

This show is fun for the whole family and will leave each audience member feeling inspired and ready to dance! After two sold out shows in December they are back for one night only to close out an incredible first season!

Performers include the 2014-2016 Competitive Dance Companies: Mini Company, Junior Company, Teen Company, Senior Company and Pro Company. Choreography by Betsy Woyach, Kelly Marshall, Krista Miller and Jess Warfield

For more information, visit www.MomentumDanceSB.com

TIMES: Saturday, June 6, at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TICKETS: $20 general, VIP $30 (seating in the first two rows)

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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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.