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.


posterMarch 7 through 14

SB DANCE ARTS AND THE ARTS MENTORSHIP PROGRAM PRESENT

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 see choreography by local favorite Brittney Sandoval and Los Angeles artist Nika Kljun, who recently worked with Beyonce and J-Lo. Plus, UCSB Dance Major Kyleigh Carlson’s moving tribute to the Isla Vista shootings and a piece by Director Alana Tillim address issues of insecurity and self-worth round out the repertory.

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 7, at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)
TIMES: Sunday, March 8, at 2:00 P.M.
TIMES: Friday, March 13, at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)
TIMES: Saturday, March 14, at 2:00 P.M.
TIMES: Saturday, March 14, at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TICKETS: $53 patron, $22 general, $15 students (Student tickets only available for matinees.) Prices include CST Facility 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 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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illustration of a girl flyingMarch 9

UpGroove PRESENTs

Ivy and the
Wicker Suitcase

Songs and Story by Brian Beattie

Illustrations by Valerie Fowler

It's a book, it's a record, it's a movie for your ears!

Ivy and the Wicker Suitcase is an epic surreal ear movie musical, a low-tech extravaganza whose story is told with tunes, dialogue, and sound effects, accompanied by a 64-page fully illustrated book, not unlike the old Disney gatefold Buena Vista album.

Limited touring engagement, appearing in Santa Barbara for one night only!

For more information visit: www.ivyandthewickersuitcase.com and www.valeriefowler.com

TIMES: Monday, March 9, at 7:30 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TICKETS: $11.50 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 a man eating cakeMarch 15 and 16

Speaking of Stories presents

SPEAKING OF FOOD

A Collection of Tasty Tales

Speaking of Stories presents a feast of foody tales, deliciously delivered. Join us on the patio after the show for complimentary wine and samplings both savory and sweet, in honor of our tasty subject matter.

"How to Make an Apple Pie" by Elizabeth Berg read by Linda Burrows
"The Kitchen Child" by Angela Carter read by Pamela Dillman Haskell
Excerpts from "Kitchen Confidential" by Anthony Bourdain read by Dan Gunther
"Family Dining" by Aleksandar Hemon read by Bob Lesser

Speaking of Stories 2015 Season: Nothing But Laughs January 11 & 12; Speaking of Francesca Marciano February 15 & 16; Speaking of Food March 15 & 16; Celebration of Stories April 19 & 20; Speaking of T.C. Boyle May 17 & 18

Subscribe for all 5 shows or put together a package of 3 or 4 shows. 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. Also as a subscriber you receive a discount on any additional tickets you purchase. Subscriptions range from $74 to $137.

For complete subscription details visit www.speakingofstories.org.

TIMES: Sunday, March 15, at 2:00 P.M.
TIMES: Monday, March 16, 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, March 12)

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 showing dancersMarch 22

Hart Pulse Dance Company presents

Hart Pulse Dance Company California Tour 2015

Celebrating their ninth year, Hart Pulse Dance Company brings their newest, most loved contemporary dance works to four different California stages with their 2015 tour! Presenting one world premiere and twelve fan favorites along with guest performances by Santa Barbara natives ArtBark International and Nebula Dance Lab, Hart Pulse Dance is excited to share their passion for strong technique, music and dynamic choreography with this amazing community of dance enthusiasts!

Recognized by the New York Times this past August and voted LA's Top Dance Show by LA Weekly newspaper, Hart Pulse Dance Company is known for its dynamic partnering, beautiful storytelling and addictive musical choices.

Hart Pulse Dance Company's 2015 California Tour will offer company-taught master classes the day of each performance and post-show mingling so dancers and audiences alike can get to know its dancers and director. This tour is guaranteed to move you, impress you, and leave you wanting more!

For more information, visit www.hartpulsedance.com

TIMES: Sunday, March 22, at 3:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $20 general, $15 students 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 showing title HH11 Dance FestivalMarch 27 through 29

Nebula Dance Lab presents

HH11 Dance Festival

Presented by Nebula Dance Lab, HH11 Dance Festival is an annual dance festival in its inaugural year, offering an opportunity to showcase more than 30 works within three unique shows. Artists featured in the 2015 festival include: Nebula Dance Lab (Santa Barbara), Tonia Shimin (Santa Barbara), Weslie Ching (Santa Barbara), Jessica Kondrath (Long Beach), Kendra Pearson (San Francisco), Michelle Lynch (New York City), Rebecca Bryant (Los Angeles), Keith Johnson and Dancers (Long Beach), Louise Reichlin & Dancers (Los Angeles), Kelly Todd (Long Beach), Anna Krupp (Iowa), Noelle Andressen/Rubans Rouge Dance Company (Los Angeles), Josh Romero/FUSE Dance Company (Los Angeles), Karyn Laver (Santa Barbara), Dominique Miller/Strickly Addikcted Dance (Los Angeles), Project 21 Dance Company (Los Angeles), Matt Nelson (Santa Barbara) and Watson Dance (Los Angeles).

HH11 strives to bring together 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 HHII Dance Festival provides (passes are transferable). VIP festival passes are available for patrons interested in early entry to reserve their seats prior to the show, and include a complimentary ticket to the Hart Pulse Dance Company west coast tour at CST March 22, with special guest performances by ArtBark International and Nebula Dance Company. VIP entry is 30 minutes prior to the start time for the performance (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. VIP pass must be purchased prior to March 22 performance to receive a ticket to the Hart Plus Dance Company performance.

Each performance will have a unique lineup, exact details to be announced soon.

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

TIMES: Saturday, March 28, at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TIMES: Sunday, March 29, at 2:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $21 general, $16 students, $55 Festival Pass (includes entry to all festival performances), $65 VIP Festival Pass (includes entry to all festival performances with early admission at to reserve a seat, and a ticket to Hart Pulse Dance Company's March 22 performance at CST)

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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PosterApril 8 through 11

Out of the box theatre company presents

the wild party:
In Concert

Music, book and lyrics by Andrew Lippa

Based on the poem by Joseph Moncure March

In the 1920s, urban America shed its moral inhibitions as brazenly as women had discarded their high-button shoes and whalebone corsets. Hot jazz, flappers, and flowing bootleg booze were emblematic of a devil-may-care, post-WWI cynicism and irrational exuberance. Like F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, The Wild Party evokes the darker recesses of that era.

Out of the Box Theatre Company presents their unique, cabaret-style interpretation of The Wild Party, a steamy prohibition tale based on a once-banned, book-length poem written in and about the Roaring Twenties. Come dressed to the “nines” to our makeshift speakeasy at Center Stage Theater as we tell the story of one wild evening in the Manhattan apartment shared by Queenie and Burrs, a chorus dancer and a vaudeville clown. In a relationship marked by vicious behavior and recklessness, they decide to throw a party to end all parties... but after a long night of hellbent hedonism, jealousy erupts and a romantic double-triangle ends in tragedy.

NOTE: This production contains adult material and language.

More info at www.outoftheboxtheatre.org

TIMES: Wednesday, April 8, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Thursday, April 9, at 8:00 P.M.

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

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

TICKETS: $35 on-stage cabaret table seating (where prohibition-themed 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 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 Rudy WillrichApril 19 and 20

Speaking of Stories presents

CELEBRATION OF STORIES

Great Stories by a Collection of Wonderful Authors

An eclectic group of compelling stories, full of charm and a few surprises. 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!

Jenny Mercein reading "Dad" by Anne Lamott
Jenny Mercein and Rudy Willrich reading "Julia and the Warlord" by B.J. Novak
Rudy Willrich reading "The Rematch" by B.J. Novak

TIMES: Sunday, April 19, at 2:00 P.M.
TIMES: Monday, April 20, 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, April 16)

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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posterMay 1

Santa Barbara Festival Ballet presents

Alice in Wonderland

A short children’s ballet with dancers 5-1/2 to 18 years old.

TIMES: Friday, May 1, at 6:30 P.M.

TICKETS: $20 general, $15 students and seniors, $12 children ages 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 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 Joe Spano at a podium, speaking. Actually he's not speaking, he's just smiling. He's squinting from the light in his eyes. He can't see me. He doesn't even know I'm writing this. Hey Joe! Hey, over here! Hey! Nananananan!!!May 17 and 18

Speaking of Stories presents

SPEAKING OF T.C. BOYLE

Speaking of Stories concludes its season with a collection of brand new stories by T.C. Boyle, one of our favorite authors! This is a great chance to hear some of Mr. Boyle newest works, including "No Slant" which is the first chapter of the novel he is currently writing. Join the performers after the show for complimentary cookies and milk—because every good story should be toasted with cookies and milk!

"You Don't Miss Your Water" read by Joe Spano
"The Silence" read by Charles de L'Arbre
"No Slant to the Sun" read by Brian Harwell

TIMES: Sunday, May 17, at 2:00 P.M.
TIMES: Monday, May 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 Thursday, May 14)

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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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

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.