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.


Adderly logoDecember 10

The Adderley School presents

December Workshop Performances

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

TIMES: Saturday, December 10, at 10:30 A.M.

TIMES: Saturday, December 10, at 12:00 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, December 10, at 2:00 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, December 10, at 3:30 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, December 10, at 5:30 P.M.

TICKETS: $33 VIP, $23 general, $18 children, $18 groups of 10 or more for a single performance

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 12

The Las Cumbres Observatory presents

LCO Astronomy Talk Series

The Most Mysterious Star in the Galaxy

Featuring Prof. Tabetha Boyajian

The NASA Kepler Mission provided four year-long, ultra-precise light curves for over 150,000 stars–in hopes of finding the sign of transiting planets. In Kepler's field of view was KIC 8462852, a star that citizen scientists identified to have unusual, random patterns in its light curve. Prof. Tabetha Boyajian will talk about the discovery, the current leading theories, and future work planned to study this star.

Prof. Tabetha Boyajian is an assistant professor at Louisiana State University studying the fundamental properties of stars, and works to characterize the host stars of planets in other systems. In February 2016, Prof. Boyajian gave a TED talk on this mysterious object. Prof. Boyajian is also the manager of the Planet Hunters project, which utilizes citizen scientists to search for signals of planets among the Kepler space telescope data.

For more information, visit lcogt.net/events/public-talk-series/

TIMES: Monday, December 12, at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TICKETS: Free, admittance on a first-come-first-served basis

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 showing bearded dancerDecember 14 and 15

Momentum Dance Company presents

3rd Annual Company Concert

Betsy Woyach, owner/director of Santa Barbara's newest competitive dance company, is proud to present their Third Annual Company Concert! Momentum Dance Company has kicked off their third successful season of dance here in Santa Barbara and are so pleased to be teaming with Center Stage to once again bring their competitive company's season preview to the community! MDC brings dancers ages 6 to 21 to the stage performing competitive level solos, duets, trios, and large groups in all styles of dance ranging from Tap and Jazz to Contemporary and Hip Hop. We are very honored for this show to feature choreography from some of LA's top choreographers set on our dancers!

Fun for the entire family, this show is sure to inspire the artist in us all!

Performers include the 2016–2017 Competitive Companies: Junior Company, Teen Company, and Pro Company. Choreographers include Betsy Woyach, Kelly Marshall, Ambrose Respicio, Whitney Duggins and Pablo Gatica.

TIMES: Wednesday, December 14 at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLLY TIME)

TIMES: Thursday, December 15 at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLLY TIME)

TICKETS: $30 VIP, $20 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 showing several solo dancersJanuary 6 and 7

Vasily Golovin and Anastasia Banderovskaya present

Dance Fever Winter Showcase

Produced and directed by Dance Fever studio owners Vasily Golovin and Anastasia Banderovskaya. Ballroom dance showcase of kids and adults of all ages. Professional performance by World Champions from Russia and Special Guests from Boston, MA United States National Latin Finalists.

For more information, visit www.sb.dancefeverstudio.com

TIMES: Friday, January 6, at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

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

TICKETS: $35 in advance, $40 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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Adderley school logoJanuary 20 and 21

THE ADDERLEY SCHOOL presents

Ruthless

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

TIMES: Friday, January 20, at 8:00 P.M

TIMES: Saturday, January 21, at 1:00 P.M

TIMES: Saturday, January 21, at 4:00 P.M

TIMES: Saturday, January 21, at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TICKETS: $33 VIP, $23 general, $18 children, $18 groups of 10 or more for a single performance

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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Speaking of Stories logoJanuary through May, 2017

Speaking of Stories presents

SPEAKING OF STORIES 2017 SEASON

Bringing short stories to life as talented actors transform them from the page to the stage.
Stories of humor, science fiction, survival and more!

Enjoy a full season of great Speaking of Stories performances. Subscribe for all 5 shows or put together a package of 3 or 4. 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 $140.

Nothing But Laughs January 22 & 23
Stories to tickle your funny bone and make you smile! Featuring a performance by Meredith Baxter.

Personal Stories III February 26 & 27
A collection of first person true stories written and performed by members of the Santa Barbara community.

Tales from the Twilight Zone March 26 & 27
Stories that inspired episodes on the iconic Twilight Zone television show.

Voices of Tomorrow April 23 & 24
Stories from some of today’s best young and emerging authors.

Survivor Stories May 21 & 22
Inspirational, funny, poignant and moving stories of overcoming adversity and conquering life’s biggest obstacles. Featuring a performance by Joe Spano.

For additional performance details see the individual show listings below or visit www.speakingofstories.org.

TICKETS:

A LEVEL (reserved seat)
TICKETS: 5 show $140
TICKETS :4 show $112
TICKETS :3 show $84

B LEVEL (general admission)
TICKETS: 5 show $115
TICKETS :4 show $92
TICKETS :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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drawing of a man laughingJanuary 22 and 23

Speaking of Stories presents

Nothing But Laughs

Speaking of Stories begins its season with a performance of fun, silly and downright hilarious stories. Great stories performed by talented actors creating a wonderful fun performance, the perfect way to start the new year. Join the performers after the show for complimentary cookies and milk—because every good story should be toasted with cookies and milk! (all stories and readers subject to change.)

Meredith Baxter reading “Matches” by Anne Lamott
Michael Bernard reading “Love Poems” by Michael Bernard
Tom Hinshaw reading “The Foosball Championship of the Whole Entire Universe” by Simon Rich
Devin Scott reading “Manliness Manifesto” by Dave Barry
Sylvia Short reading “The Catalogical Imperative” by Anne Fadiman

TIMES: Sunday, January 22, at 2:00 P.M.
TIMES: Monday, January 23, 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 Friday, January 20)

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 logotypeFebruary 26 and 27

Speaking of Stories presents

Personal Stories III

An eclectic collection of original first-person true stories performed by their authors. Performers will range from accomplished professional actors to people appearing in front of an audience for the first time in their lives, and as authors they will include published, well-established writers and others who are just beginning. The performances will range from scripted readings to storytelling.

TIMES: Sunday, February 26, at 2:00 P.M.
TIMES: Monday, February 27, 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 Friday, February 24)

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 Twilight Zone logotypeMarch 26 and 27

Speaking of Stories presents

Tales from the Twilight Zone

Stories that inspired episodes on the iconic Twilight Zone television show. Be ready for some fun twists, turns and surprises. Fans of the show will recall that you never quite know where a Twilight Zone adventure might take you! Readers to be announced soon. (all stories and readers subject to change.)

“Perchance to Dream” by Charles Beaumont
“An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” by Ambrose Bierce
“Little Lost Girl” by Richard Matheson

TIMES: Sunday, March 26, at 2:00 P.M.
TIMES: Monday, March 27, 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 Friday, March 24)

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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Image of a record album with headphonesApril 20 through 30

Out of the Box Theatre Company presents

High Fidelity

Music by Tom Kitt (Next to Normal, Bring It On The Musical, If/Then)

Lyrics by Amanda Green (Bring It On The Musical, Hands on a Hardbody)

Book by David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole, Shrek the Musical, Good People)

Meet Rob Gordon, a thirty-something, indie record store owner who knows everything there is to know about music but nothing about how to have a mature, functional relationship. Based on the popular novel by Nick Hornby (and the 2000 film featuring John Cusack), High Fidelity follows Rob on an introspective evaluation of his life and lost loves though an original rock and roll score that's peppered with musical references to some of the great rock and pop artists of our time.

NOTE: This production contains mature content and language.

TIMES: Times: Thursday April 20, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Friday April 21, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday April 22, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Sunday April 23, at 7:00 P.M.

TIMES: Thursday April 27, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Friday April 28, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday April 29, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Sunday April 30, at 2:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $28 general, $18 student 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 logtype and crowd sceneApril 23 and 24

Speaking of Stories presents

Voices of Tomorrow

Stories from some of today’s best young and emerging authors. Readers to be announced soon. (all stories and readers subject to change.)

“Don't Worry Baby” by Benjamin Hale
“The Paper Menagerie” by Ken Liu
“Chivalry” by Neil Gaiman
“Landline” by Chris Winn

TIMES: Sunday, April 23, at 2:00 P.M.
TIMES: Monday, April 24, 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 Friday, April 21)

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 logotypeMay 21 and 22

Speaking of Stories presents

Survivor Stories

Inspirational, funny, poignant and moving stories of overcoming adversity and conquering life’s biggest obstacles. Featuring a performance by Joe Spano. Complete line-up of stories and readers to be announced soon.

TIMES: Sunday, May 21, at 2:00 P.M.
TIMES: Monday, May 22, 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 Friday, May 19)

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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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.