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.


May 25 and 26

UCSB Dept. of Theater & Dance presents

UCSB DANCE COMPANY IN CONCERT

Directed by Delila Moseley

Choreography by Cherice Barton, Guest Artist, Nancy Colahan, Valerie Huston, Christina McCarthy, and Jerry Pearson, Faculty, UCSB and “Dances for Isadora” by Jose Limon.

TIMES: Wednesday, May 25, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Thursday, May 26, at 8:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $23 general, $18 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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BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408 (V/TDD)

Poster showing a fanciful carriageMay 27 and 28

Santa Barbara Festival Ballet presents

Cinderella

Denise Rinaldi, artistic director

Based upon the classical ballet

TIMES: Friday, May 27, at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TIMES: Saturday, May 28, at 2:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $20 general, $15 students and 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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BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408 (V/TDD)

posterJune 4

The Children's Montessori School presents

The Aristocats

Music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman,
Al Rinker and Floyd Huddleston, Terry Giklyson
Music adapted and arranged and additional music by Bryan Louiselle
Book adapted and additional lyrics by Michael Bernard
Based on the 1970 Disney film The Aristocats

TIMES: Saturday, June 4 at 1:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $12 general, $10 children 12 and under

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 duet dancersJune 4

Betsy Woyach & Momentum Dance Company present

Momentum Dance Company’s
2nd Annual Spring Concert

Betsy Woyach, owner/director of Santa Barbara's newest competitive dance company is proud to present the Second Annual Spring Concert!

Momentum Dance Company brings dancer's ages 6 to 20 to the stage performing senior solos, duets & trios, and large groups in all styles of dance ranging from Tap to Hip Hop.

You do not want to miss out on our competitive company's top scoring dances & our recreational dances open to all members of the community! Fun for the entire family, this show is sure to inspire the artist in us all!

Performers include the 2015—2016 competitive companies: Petite Company, Junior Company, Teen Company and Pro Company. Choreographers include Betsy Woyach, Pablo Gatica, Krista Miller, Evie Slaught

For more information, visit www.MomentumDanceSB.com

TIMES: Saturday, June 4 at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TICKETS: $23 general, $33 VIP (with seating in the first two rows)

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

Poster showing a boxing glove springing out of a boxJune 11

Instant Karma presents

Improv Comedy Battle Royale

a Kinda Competitive Battle of Wits

This June Instant Karma Improv Comedy returns to Center Stage Theater to present one night of spontaneous hilarity on Saturday, June 11, at 8:00 P.M. Audiences relished the genius of Los Angeles’s award-winning Impro Theatre in their past Santa Barbara productions of Jane Austen UnScripted at The New Vic and Twilight Zone UnScripted at Center Stage. Instant Karma Improv Comedy has performed sold-out productions at Center Stage Theater and has now issued an invitation to their creative neighbors from the south.

In an art form Santa Barbara has not previously seen, these witty, inventive, and always original troupes will face off for one night as they compete for comedy glory. Improvisers from Los Angeles’s Impro Theatre will take on a seasoned Central Coast cast comprised of both Santa Barbara’s own Instant Karma and members of the Ventura Improv Company. Patrons will be able to cheer for their favorites in this hilarious, totally spontaneous, and, well, kinda competitive evening of theater. The rallying cry of the comic competitors: “Float like a butterfly, laugh till you pee!”

Audiences suggestions (and laughter) inspire immediate, ingenious and often outrageous storytelling. The performers create improvised scenes, games, and songs in this completely raw and wild form of entertainment. If you like “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” you’ll love Improv Comedy Battle Royale.

More information available at Improv Comedy SB

TIMES: Saturday, June 11, at 8:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $20 general, $15 students with 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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BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408 (V/TDD)

Image of dancers jumping in the air in front of an ocean backgroundJune 16

Inspire Dance Santa Barbara presents

First annual June Recital

Stars and Stripes Forever! Join Inspire Dance Santa Barbara for their first annual June Recital celebration 2016. Dancers ages 3 years to 18+ will perform short pieces of their work and progress from this past year. Costume themes will be Stars and Stripes Forever and excerpts of our musical theater performance of “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” Show run time is 40 minutes and the show is appropriate for young children and family. For more information and questions please email: info@inspiredancesb.com.

TIMES: Thursday, June 16, at 6:30 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

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

poster showing wacky charactersJune 10, 17, and 18

Dance With Harout presents

Love, Seduction

& an Armenian Grandmother!

The Dance with Harout Performance Company comes back for their second year at Center Stage, presenting Love Seduction & an Armenian Grandmother! Prepare yourself for a wild ride as you learn about love, seduction and the hilarious adventures of an Armenian grandmother through dance styles encompassing Burlesque, Hip Hop, Jazz Funk and Armenian! You don’t want to miss this!

TIMES: Friday, June 10, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Friday, June 17, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, June 18, at 8:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $30 general (in advance), $40 general (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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BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408 (V/TDD)

Poster showing dance troupe dressed in whiteJune 24 and 25

the dance network presents

Series 7

The Dance Network is proud to present its third annual studio showcase. Series 7 is back and we are once again going for broke in another high-energy and diverse show! We will be presenting pieces from our studio classes, the Dance Network's professional performance companies, and other dancers in our community. The evening will include hip hop, tap, jazz, contemporary, break dancing, and more from our dancers ranging in ages 2 to 80! Our talented choreographers this year are Kyleigh Carlson, Lauren Hovey, Karyn Laver, Deja Re, Daniel Rojo, Hector Sanchez, Bethany Sutherland, and Kyle Ybarra. Our dance family is looking forward to a fun night with all of you!

TIMES: Friday, June 24, at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TIMES: Saturday, June 25, at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TICKETS: $20 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 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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BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408 (V/TDD)

Poster showing a cancan dancerJuly 16 and 17

CENTER STAGE THEATER & SPEAKING OF STORIES presents

THE 28TH ANNUAL
SANTA BARBARA
FRENCH FESTIVAL

The Santa Barbara French Festival returns to Oak Park July 16 and 17 to celebrate Bastille Day and all the things that make the French cultural history so rich. Great food, wine, mimosas, crepes, delicious pastries, music, dance—and, of course, the infamous Poodles & Pals Parade! The Santa Barbara French Festival is an event not to be missed. It's a Dance Festival, a Music Festival, an Arts & Crafts Festival and, of course, a Food Festival! It is also a way to support Center Stage Theater and Speaking of Stories, two great Santa Barbara arts organizations. Each day the fun starts at 11:00 am when the entertainment kicks off on three different stages and continues non-stop until 7:00. The stages are filled with dance and music from more than 30 different acts including performances, audience participation opportunities and instruction. And every minute of entertainment is all free! Great entertainment is only part of what the French Festival has to offer—more than 70 booths will be offering everything from crepes and delicious French pastries to face painting and henna tattoos. You can grab a mimosa or a beer, as you peruse some beautiful paintings and photography. Enjoy a delicious crepe while shopping for your French Festival t-shirt and beret. Take a moment for a quick massage before you settle in for the next performance with a sinfully delicious croissant. All in the beautiful setting of Santa Barbara's Oak Park. Center Stage Theater and Speaking of Stories are pleased to present this great community event, which serves as a joint fundraiser for the two organizations. For complete details on the performers, food, crafts, shopping and activities visit FrenchFestival.com or "Like" us on Facebook so you get all the updates as the Festival approaches.

The 28th Annual Santa Barbara French Festival Saturday and Sunday July 16 and 17, 11:00 to 7:00 in Oak Park at 300 W. Alamar. Admission is Free and the Festival is a non-smoking event.

For more information visit FrenchFestival.com, frenchfestival@sbcoxmail.com or call 805-963-8198.

TIMES: Saturday, July 16, from 11:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.

TIMES: Sunday, July 17, from 11:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.

TICKETS: Admission is free!

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.