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 tango dancersFebruary 13

Danceformational productions presents

Colors of love

A Valentine Dance Show. Benefit for Arts without Limits Non-Profit.

A Unique Event With Flavors and Songs From Italy and Spain weaved with hot Argentine Tango, Latin, Ballroom Dancing and Contemporary dancing. Colors of Love is a Dance Show featuring Professional Dancers an International Star Tenor Eduardo Villa. They blend their unique colors together into a beautiful expression of love.

 

TIMES: Saturday, February 13, at 8:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $30 General (in advance), $35 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 with open book and head shotsFebruary 14 through 16

Speaking of Stories presents

Personal Stories II

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. 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!

Bill One:
Sunday, February 14 at 2:00 P.M. SOLD OUT
Tuesday, February 16 at 7:30P.M.

Yvonne Bazinett reading “Traveling with Dad”
Arnie Cooper reading “My Year without Testosterone”
Jerry DiPego reading “Drummer's Dream”
Madelena Fossatti reading “Mad Blood”
Peggy Lamb reading “Disheartened”
Julia McHugh reading “Sharp Tongued Mother”
Tony Miratti reading “The Coach”
Starshine Roshell reading “I Did Naked Yoga”
Nancy Shobe reading “Death by Design”

Bill Two:
Sunday, February 14 at 6:00 P.M.
Monday, February 15 at 7:30 P.M.

Michelle Ciccati reading “Tea Fire”
Pat Distad reading “Adopting”
Joelle Hannah reading “Master Gardener”
Tom Hinshaw reading “My Dad and J. Edgar”
Tania Israel reading “Santa Barbara Dreaming”
Anna Jordan reading “Learning to Aim”
Noah Lashly reading “DDS”
Michael Seabaugh reading “Your Friend, Always”
Sylvia Short reading “1956”
Steven Sysum reading “Tragedy”

Speaking of Stories 2016 Season Performances: Nothing But Laughs January 17 & 18, Personal Stories II February 14 & 15; Tales from the Twilight Zone March 13 & 14; Madams of Mayhem April 17 & 18; Literary Potpourri May 22 at 2:00 & 6:30

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.

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

TIMES: Sunday, February 14, at 2:00 P.M. (Bill One SOLD OUT) and 6:00 P.M. (Bill Two)

TIMES: Monday, February 15, at 7:30 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME) (Bill Two)

TIMES: Tuesday, February 16, at 7:30 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME) (Bill One)

TICKETS: $28 general, $18 students and military, $18 Early Bird Special (Sunday performances only, must be purchased by Friday, February 12)

Buy a ticket to one Bill and get the other for $20 (Contact the box office for this deal)

 

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.

 

PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE

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

Poster showing a dancer seen from aboveFebruary 19 through 21

Nebula Dance Lab presents

HH11 Dance Festival

Presented by Nebula Dance Lab, HH11 Dance Festival is an annual dance festival in its second year, showcasing more than thirty works within three unique shows. Artists featured in the 2016 festival include: Weslie Ching (SB); Fuse Dance Company (LA); Kiruthika Rathanaswami (Canada); Watson Dance (OC); ArtBark International (SB); SELAH Dance Collective (SB); RE Dance Group (IL); The Dance Network (SB); Nebula Dance Lab (SB); Carisa Carroll (SB); Motion Theatre Dance Company (SB); Jessica Kondrath, The Movement (LB); Nectar/Cybil Gilbertson (SB); Rebecca Bryant (LA); Alyssa Mitchel (SF); Janos Feledi/Feledi Project(Budapest; Hungary); Lauren Chertudi (SB); Rubans Rouges Dance Company (LA); Nicole Powell (SB); Kendra Pearson (SF); Allan Hancock College Dance (SM), Louise Reichlin & Dancers/LA Choreographers & Dancers (LA).

HH11 strives to bring together international & national artists both emerging and established in three professional-quality performances. Each show is unique, featuring a diverse representation of professional dance works. Don’t miss any of these amazing performances!

Get your festival pass and participate in the rich experience the HH11 Dance Festival provides (passes are transferable). VIP Festival passes are available for patrons interested in early entry, a complimentary beverage, and the opportunity to personally select and reserve your seat prior to the show (early VIP entry is 30 minutes prior to performance start time, general entry is 15 minutes prior to the start time); seat selection is during the early VIP entry, not at the time of ticket purchase.

“HH11 Dance Festival reaches for the stars...” —The Santa Barbara Independent

“International & National artists under one roof, three unique performances, 30+ dance works, across three days...exhilarating” —Devyn Duex, Founder/Artistic Director, Nebula Dance Lab

“Galaxy of Dance: HH11 Dance Fest promises three days of new and recent work” —Santa Barbara News-Press
 

TIMES: Friday, February 19, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, February 20, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Sunday, February 21, at 2:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $21 general, $16 students. Festival Pass $55. VIP Festival Pass $65.

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 dancer seen from aboveFebruary 22 through May 2

SPEAKING OF STORIES presents

READERS THEATER CLASS

Uncover the Performer Inside of You!

Develop your acting and public speaking skills recreating stories and characters. Explore classic and modern literature and discover the language of theater, dig for literary themes, build character, uncover through-lines and learn the essentials skills needed for spoken word performance. Eight two-hour class meetings and a final performance. Class will not meet on March 14 or April 18, due to Speaking of Stories performances.

Two sessions of the class will be offered, both on Mondays, one at 3:30 and one at 6:00. (Classes must meet minimum enrollment to proceed.)

Classes are open to all experience levels. Class size is limited. 

TIMES: Mondays, February 22 through May 2, at 3:30 P.M. (No class on March 14 or April 18)

TIMES: Mondays, February 22 through May 2, at 6:00 P.M. (No class on March 14 or April 18)

TICKETS: $203 registration fee

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.

 

PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE

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

Photo of a dancer bending over backwardMarch 5 through 12

The Arts Mentorship Program and Dance Arts present present

2016 Configuration

Come see Santa Barbara’s premiere youth dance company at the annual sell-out smash, Configuration, presented by Santa Barbara Dance Arts and the Arts Mentorship Program. Perfect for the entire family, Configuration features high-energy hip hop, evocative contemporary, and sassy jazz numbers that will leave you dancing in your seat. This year, you can also see our award-winning Competition Team; choreography by local favorite Brittany Sandoval; Director Alana Tillim is excited to present a tribute to the childhood classic, "The Giving Tree"; and Kyleigh Carlson’s nationally recognized “What I Am Within” addresses issues of insecurity and self-worth. Unique to this production, student work shares the stage with professional choreographers; carefully selected nurtured by professional mentors. A $250 cash prize courtesy of Honey’s will be awarded at the opening evening performance. Patron VIP seating available at all shows.

TIMES: Saturday, March 5, at 7:00 P.M.

TIMES: Sunday, March 6, at 2:00 P.M.

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

TIMES: Saturday, March 12, at 2:00 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, March 12, at 7:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $53 patron, $22 general, $15 students (matinees only)

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.

 

PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE

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

Poster with logotypeMarch 13 and 14

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! 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!

Henry Brown reading “What You Need” by Lewis Padgett
Anne Guynn reading “The Beautiful People” by Charles Beaumont
Robert Lessor reading “The Self-Improvement of Salvadore Ross” by Henry Slesar
Rudy Willrich reading “To Serve Man” by Damon Knight

Speaking of Stories 2016 Season Performances: Nothing But Laughs January 17 & 18, Personal Stories II February 14 & 15; Tales from the Twilight Zone March 13 & 14; Madams of Mayhem April 17 & 18; Literary Potpourri May 22 at 2:00 & 6:30

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.

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

TIMES: Sunday, March 13, at 2:00 P.M.

TIMES: Monday, March 14, 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 11)

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.

 

PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE

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

Poster with image of cameraMarch 31 through April 9

Out of the Box Theatre Company presents

35mm: A Musical Exhibition

Music and lyrics by Ryan Scott Oliver
Based on photographs by Matthew Murphy

A picture is worth 1,000 words—what about a song? Can a picture inspire a song or fifteen? In 35mm, each photo creates an unique song, moments frozen in time; a glimmer of a life unfolding, a glimpse of something happening. A stunning new multimedia musical which explores a groundbreaking new concept in musical theater. This intricately woven collection of stories told through song re-imagines what the modern American musical can be.

For more information, visit www.outoftheboxtheatre.org.

TIMES: Thursday, March 31 at 8 P.M.

TIMES: Friday, April 1, at 8 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, April 2, at 8 P.M.

TIMES: Thursday, April 7, at 8 P.M.

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

TIMES: Saturday, April 9, at 8 P.M.

TICKETS: $35 on-stage cabaret table seating (where cocktails and other beverages and treats can be purchased and enjoyed), $28 general, $15 student (with student 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.

 

PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE

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

Poster with logotypeApril 17 and 18

Speaking of Stories presents

Madams of Mayhem

Shady Ladies, Femmes Fatales, Dangerous Broads, and some plain old Bad Girls! The ladies take center stage for a collection of sizzling stories of mystery, mayhem and shenanigans. 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! Stories and performers to be announced soon.

Speaking of Stories 2016 Season Performances: Nothing But Laughs January 17 & 18, Personal Stories II February 14 & 15; Tales from the Twilight Zone March 13 & 14; Madams of Mayhem April 17 & 18; Literary Potpourri May 22 at 2:00 & 6:30

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.

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

TIMES: Sunday, April 17, at 2:00 P.M.

TIMES: Monday, April 18, 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 15)

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.

 

PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE

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

Center Stage Theater logoMay 1

Center Stage Theater presents

Savory & Sweet:

It all Begins at Center Stage

An artistic and edible feast pairing exemplary Center Stage performances, carefully selected from the year’s best work, with great food and libations at the lovely home of Pamela Vander Heide

Imagine a space where artists, young and old, experienced and novice, can create and share their work with their community…a space where it is safe to experiment and dare the boundaries of your talent because a seasoned, professional staff is there to support and encourage you…a space where the quality exceeds the costs, where financial support is available to the enterprising newcomer, so that art can still find its way. This is not a dream. This space is Center Stage.

Born 25 years ago in a unique collaboration of business, city government, and the community, Center Stage owes its existence, and continuous improvement, to the generosity of our supporters. Please join us at our annual fundraiser, Savory and Sweet: It All Begins at Center Stage on Sunday May 1, at the lovely home of Pamela Vander Hiede, where you will get a delicious taste of good food and some of the sweetest and savoriest moments from our last year….

With your help, we hope to raise $15,000 toward capital improvements for the theater and to sustain our Rental Subsidy Fund.

Here is what our performers are saying:

“You’re the only game in town and thank goodness for you.”
“Love the staff—everyone is very helpful and supportive.”
“Ummmmmm…You folks ROCK!!!!”

Together, we will keep Center Stage alive and thriving, so that every aspiring artist in Santa Barbara can know that there is space to realize their dreams.

TIMES: Sunday, May 1, at 3:00 P.M.

TICKETS: Co-host $1,000 (includes 8 tickets); Producer $500 (includes 4 tickets); Sponsor $250 (includes 2 tickets); single tickets $75 each or 2 for $100

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.

 

PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE

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

posterMay 4

Jacquelyn De Longe presents

Expressing Motherhood Santa Barbara

The National Play about Motherhood
Created in 2008 by Lindsay Kavet and Jessica Cribbs

Expressing Motherhood is coming to Santa Barbara’s Center Stage Theater! This national hit production has been showcasing true stories about motherhood to sold-out audiences since 2008. This one night only show is the perfect way to celebrate Mother’s Day, with readings from published authors Ann Faison and Judy Silk, and tales by many more talented storytellers and actors. Enjoy musical performances by comedic duo Mommy Tonk and local song bird Tommie Vaughn of Wall of Tom.

For more info, visit http://expressingmotherhood.com/ and http://www.delongewrites.com/

Cast:
Ann Faison
Cybil Gilbertson
Judy Silk
Karen Kasaba
Maria Cina
Meredith Miller
Michelle Joyner
Mommy Tonk
Tommie Vaughn

TIMES: Wednesday, May 4 at 6:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $23 general in advance, $28 eneral 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.

 

PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE

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

posterMay 22

Speaking of Stories presents

LITERARY POTPOURRI

A mixture of lovely and spicy tales that are just too good not to be shared! Please note that for the May performance we will be doing 2 shows on Sunday, at 2:00 and 6:00, instead of our traditional Sunday and Monday schedule. 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! Stories and performers to be announced soon.

Speaking of Stories 2016 Season Performances: Nothing But Laughs January 17 & 18, Personal Stories II February 14 & 15; Tales from the Twilight Zone March 13 & 14; Madams of Mayhem April 17 & 18; Literary Potpourri May 22 at 2:00 & 6:30

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.

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

TIMES: Sunday, May 22, at 2:00 P.M.

TIMES: Monday, May 22, at 6:00 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 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.

 

PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE

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)

box office photo

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 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.