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 logotypeJuly 27

The Adderley School presents

Adderley July Workshops 2

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

TIMES: Thursday, July 27, at 5:00 P.M.

TIMES Thursday, July 27, at 6:30 P.M.

TICKETS: $33 VIP, $23 general, $18 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 logotypeJuly 29

Santa Barbara Centre for Aerial Dance presents

Student Narratives

“One of the most ambitious performing arts projects ever to launch in Santa Barbara.” –Santa Barbara Independent

From aerial dance theory to technical application, students of the Santa Barbara Center for Aerial Dance’s 2017 Summer Intensives program debut three collective works highlighting their creative exploration of contemporary movement from the ground, up! Working in apparatus duets that include aerial fabrics, single-point trapeze, and cotton corde, dancers will explore relational concepts (with the apparatus; with other dancers; with themselves) and how they might influence physical aspirations and limitations. Join us for an afternoon of inspired flight at the intersection of athleticism and kinetic poetry, where eleven young artists share the fruits of their summer labor to bring you flight-bound dance from a decidedly contemporary point of view. Under the direction of Ninette Paloma with choreography by Serra Benson, Naphtali Bollenbaugh, Amelie Funk, Rachna Hailey, Lydia Johnson, Kara Le, Lucia Metcalf, Olivia Powell, Eleanor Simon, Skyler Storm, and Emily Stratton.

More information at www.sbaerial.com

TIMES: Saturday, July 29, at 2:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $25 general

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 logotypeJuly 30

Street lamp Productions presents

Luminosity: Better Together

Street Lamp Productions is a new non-profit organization that teams up with local boutiques to create a fashion show that will inspire & bring the community together.
100% of profit from this fashion show will go to Planned Parenthood.

Dress Formal
Ticket includes one raffle ticket & after party.

TIMES: Sunday, July 30 at 7:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $15 general

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 logotypeAugust 9

Las Cumbres Observatory presents

The Spinning Sun, the Twirling Stars

With Dr. Tim Brown

We are pleased that our own Dr. Tim Brown of Las Cumbres Observatory will be speaking at our event in August! Dr. Tim Brown is Principal Scientist at LCO and Adjunct Professor with the Center for Astrophysics and Space Astronomy (CASA) at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Before joining LCO, he spent over 25 years with the High Altitude Observatory, a division of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), and was concurrently an Adjoint Professor in the department of Astrophysical, Planetary, and Atmospheric Sciences, at the University of Colorado, Boulder. In 2016, Dr. Brown was awarded the prestigious James Craig Watson Medal for Astronomy by the National Academy of Sciences. The Academy awarded him this honor for “his visionary scientific and technical advancements that have been critical to the fields of helioseismology, asteroseismology, and the emerging field of spectroscopy of transiting exoplanets, and for his critical role in helping a new generation of scientists and facilities to succeed.”

The Spinning Sun, The Twirling Stars
All stars rotate. The Sun spins roughly once per month; some stars -- ones that are otherwise similar to the Sun -- spin several times per day. It turns out that this huge difference is related to age: like people, young stars move faster than old ones. But why? A picture addressing this question is just now becoming clear. I will tell the story of how astronomers have gained this clarity, and what the picture is. It describes a tangled relationship between the magnetic fields that cause sun- and starspots, rotation that carries spots around their stars, and the still-mysterious processes that drive stellar magnetic cycles. Studying these phenomena has required all the tools of modern astronomy, from imaging of the Sun's outermost atmosphere (the same "solar corona" that will be on dramatic display in this month's solar eclipse), to supercomputer models, to space-based photometry. Unexpectedly, the new understanding based on these studies suggests that our own Sun's magnetic behavior changed markedly at least once in the distant past, and that in the fairly near future it may change again.

TIMES: Wednesday, August 9 at 7:00 P.M.

TICKETS: Admission is free, space is limited

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 logotypeAugust 11

Goleta School of Ballet presents

The Summer Intensive Workshop Performance

Paquita - Les Sylphides - Giselle Act 2

Join the Goleta School of Ballet and their Summer Intensive students as they dance a selection of classic romantic ballets.

TIMES: Friday, August 11 at 7:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $20 general, $15 students

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 logotypeAugust 18 through September 2

Dijo Productions presents

A Walk in The Woods

A play by Lee Blessing starring Ed Giron and Bill Waxman
A timely, emotionally charged, and humorous play about two nuclear arms negotiators during the Cold War

A Walk in the Woods tells the story of two diplomats, one an experienced Russian arms treaty negotiator (Ed Giron), the other an idealistic American (Bill Waxman). Based on a real incident that took place in the woods outside of Geneva, Switzerland, in 1982, it portrays how these two men exited the formal proceedings of a nuclear arms nonproliferation meeting between the superpowers to take the title’s “walk in the woods," getting to know each other as people. In the process, they develop a new strategy for de-escalating the mutual buildup of weapons of mass destruction.

"It's a clear-eyed look at realpolitik and human relations, highlighting the frustrations of the former and the importance of friendship in the latter." - David Bazemore

Select performances include a post-show conversation with leadership from the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation.

TIMES: Friday, August 18 at 8:00 P.M.
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Saturday, August 19 at 8:00 P.M.
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Sunday, August 20 at 2:00 P.M.
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Saturday, August 26 at 8:00 P.M.
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Sunday, August 27 at 2:00 P.M.
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Friday, Sept 1 at 8:00 P.M.
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Saturday, Sept 2 at 8:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $24 general, $21 students and Seniors, $18 groups of 10 or More (contact the Box Office to arrange)
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 logotypeAugust 25

Santa Barbara Acoustic Instrument Celebration present

CHAPDELAINE | MCMANUS

CLASSICAL OUTLAWS PLAY SOMOGYI

Michael Chapdelaine is the only guitarist ever to win First Prize in the world’s top competitions in both the Classical and Fingerstyle genres; the Guitar Foundation of America International Classical Guitar Competition and the National Fingerstyle Championships at the Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival in Winfield, Kansas.  From New York’s Lincoln Center to the Cactus Cafe in Austin, from Milano to Bangkok, Michael continues to enchant, dazzle and surprise audiences and critics alike as he redefines the modern acoustic guitar with his amazing technique, “soulful” expressiveness, and versatility as a performer, composer and arranger/producer.
Tony McManus is known as one of the leading Celtic guitar players, collaborating with top musicians in Ireland, Brittany and Galicia as well as his native Scotland. Tony is also a fine classical player, and will team with Michael in a classical pairing not seen before.
Ervin Somogyi is one of the leading steel string and classical acoustic guitar builders in the world.  This concert is rare opportunity to hear both luthier and musician.
Presented informally, trading stories and humor, the evening of acoustic music will be a delightful treat for those who love the harmonies of the classical guitar and have an opportunity to meet truly gifted maestros in their fields.

Visit their website here: www.sbaic.com http://sbaic.com/concerts/

TIMES: Friday, August 25, at 8:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $20 general, $12 students

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 logotypeDecember 3

Speaking of Stories presents

Love Letters

by A.R. Gurney
Starring Meredith Baxter & Michael Gross

Directed by Maggie Mixsell

Two Performances only!

The stars of the iconic Eighties sitcom Family Ties reunite to bring to life A.R. Gurney’s wildly popular Love Letters. A benefit performance for Speaking of Stories. Two performances only! Join us on the patio after the performance for a reception with the actors.

TIMES: Sunday, December 3, at 2:00 P.M.

TIMESSunday, December 3, at 6:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $150 sponsor, $25 general, $20 students and military

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.