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.


PosterApril 18 through 19

SBCC Dance Presents

Collective

Local, national and international choreographers converge for SBCC’s annual Spring Dance Concert, Collective, under artistic director Tracy R. Kofford. An eccentric evening of works presented by SBCC Dance, featuring choreography by SBCC Faculty and students, Danah Bella DanceWorks, UCSB Student Company, The Los Olivos Dance Gallery, Fusion Dance Company and other Santa Barbara choreographic treasures. It’s an evening of dance not to be missed.

“Complex, intense, interesting, haunting, powerful and beautiful are only a few words to describe… ‘Collective.’”
The Channels

TIMES: Friday, April 18, at 7:30 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TIMES: Saturday, April 19, at 2:00 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, April 19, at 7:30 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TICKETS: $28 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 seated 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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PHoto of ballerinas standing in front of a backdrop of treesApril 24

Santa Barbara Festival BAllet Presents

The Enchanted Forest

Created by Sean L. Crawford

"Balletic spiders swirling and prancing alongside lovingly choreographed moonbeams in a hushed, wooded glade under watchful starlight...where else but in an Enchanted Forest? And who else but the imaginative and ever-surprising Santa Barbara Festival Ballet?" —Jeff Wing

TIMES: Thursday, April 24, at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TICKETS: $18 general, $15 children 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 seated 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 25 through 27

The Adderley School Presents

April Workshop Performances

TIMES: Friday, April 25, at 6:00 P.M.

TIMES: Friday, April 25, at 7:30 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, April 26, at 1:30 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, April 26, at 2:30 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, April 2,6 at 5:00 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, April 26, at 6:30 P.M.

TIMES: Sunday, April 27, at 2:00 P.M.

TIMES: Sunday, April 27, at 3:30 P.M.

TIMES: Sunday, April 27, at 5:00 P.M.

TIMES: Sunday, April 2,7 at 6:30 P.M.

TICKETS: $23 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 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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PosterMay 2 through 10

The Producing UniT Presents

Time Stands STill

Written by Donald Margulies
Directed by Peter Frisch

From Pulitzer Prize-winner Donald Margulies comes a powerful and often hilarious story of relationships, mid-life crisis and the ties of friendship. After barely surviving a bomb blast in Iraq, photojournalist Sarah Goodwin finds herself caught in a tug-of-war between her exhilarating career and the contentment of family life. Returning home into the care of her long-time lover James, Sarah's caught off guard by his desire for family and by the simple domestic life pursued by Richard, her editor, and his much younger girlfriend Mandy.

Starring Ivy Vahanian, Bill Egan, Janelle Odair, and Thom Zimerle.

TIMES: Friday, May 2, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, May 3, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Sunday, May 4, at 2:30 P.M.

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

TIMES: Friday, May 9, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, May 10, at 2:30 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, May 10, at 8:00 P.M..

TICKETS: $23 general, $15 student and groups of 10 or more

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 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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PosterMay 16 through 17

The Anacapa School Presents

Seussical Jr.,
the Musical

Tony-winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie, and a little boy with a big imagination—Jojo. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos.

The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many "thinks." Horton faces a double challenge: not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left to his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping, and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family, and community are challenged and emerge triumphant.

Seussical Jr. is fun for the whole family!

TIMES: Friday, May 16, at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TIMES: Saturday, May 17, at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TICKETS: $12 general, $7 students. Anacapa School students free with I.D.

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 seated 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 featuring a photo of T.C. BoyleMay 18 through 19

Speaking of STories Presents

Speaking of T.C. Boyle

Speaking of Stories continues its 20th Anniversary season with a performance of stories by T.C. Boyle. New and old stories by one of our favorite authors and long-time supporters. Mr. Boyle will be reading at Monday’s performance. 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!

T.C. Boyle reading "The Relive Box" - MONDAY ONLY
Charles de L'Arbre reading "Theft"
Pamela Dillman Haskell reading "The Five Pound Burrito"
Brian Harwell reading "The Relive Box" - SUNDAY ONLY

TIMES: Sunday, May 18, at 2:00 P.M.

TIMES: Monday, May 19, 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 Thursday, May 15)

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 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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PosterJune12 through 14

Turner-Cray inc. Presents

Manchester Girl

After a Fringe First win in Edinburgh and a successful run off London's west end Manchester Girl on route to New York, stops in Santa Barbara for only 3 shows at our very own Center Stage.

Escaping Thatcher's Northern England via Tokyo's 1980s modeling world, small town Sara takes a wild and dangerous ride. This riveting Fringe First-winning play takes you on a vivid journey of hilarious culture clash, discos, drugs, and heartbreak. Be catapulted around the world, from 1980s Manchester to the Japanese fashion world and witness Manchester Girl's heroic journey of self-discovery, transformation, and truth.

FOUR STARS **** THE LONDON TIMES
"Riveting...vivid..uses every inch of her body to relate her tale...feels as vital as if written in her own blood"

THE LOS ANGELES TIMES
"An energetic and engaging show...Turner-Cray doesn't let us regret a minute spent in her company"

THE DAILY TELEGRAPH
"Impressive still as an actress...Slips in and out of numerous impersonations...all vividly evoked..."

FOUR STARS **** THE SCOTSMAN
"Vividly staged...captures with an eloquence of the body, as much as of language, the huge sense of energy exhilaration and happiness that carries her through those sometimes agonising adventures."

THE HUFFINGTON POST
"Manchester Girl breathes stoic affirmation for women in search of self in an undertow of uncertainty. It dazzles the mind and spirit. Academy Award winning editor Richard Harris is in charge of major technicalities blending moving and photographic images as projectionist. Harris gives great backdrop and vision to Cray's manifesto destiny and in this case the Titanic does not sink. It soars!"

For more information, visit www.manchestergirl.com

TIMES: Thursday, June 12, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Friday, June 13, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, June 14, at 8:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $40 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 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.