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.


posterDecember 17 and 18

Betsy Woyach & Momentum Dance Company present

1st Annual Company Concert

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

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

Fun for the entire family, this show is sure to inspire the artist in us all! Guest performances will be included. You do not want to miss out on the first show of it's kind Santa Barbara has ever seen!

Performers include the 2014-2015 Competitive Companies: Mini Company, Junior Company, Teen Company, Senior Company and Pro Company. Choreographers include Betsy Woyach, Kelly Marshal,l and Jess Warfield.

For more information, visit www.MomentumDanceSB.com or www.MissBetsyAnn.com

Please note that the Thursday performance is sold out.

TIMES: Wednesday, December 17, at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TIMES: Thursday, December 18, at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME) SOLD OUT

TICKETS: $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 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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image of ballerinaDecember 20 and 21

WEST COAST BALLET PRESENTS

A GEM OF A NUTCRACKER

West Coast Ballet, under the artistic direction of Ellen Schipper, proudly presents its 24th annual production of Tchaikovsky's classic holiday ballet, "The Nutcracker."

E.T. Amadeus Hoffman's eternal Christmas story will come to life, complete with falling snow, dancing sweets, magical dolls, waltzing flowers, fighting mice, and much more. Bring your friends and family to join the West Coast Ballet family for this special holiday tradition.

The West Coast Ballet will be joined by the dedicated and accomplished students of the Ellen Schipper Classical Ballet Studio as well as select West Coast Ballet alumni.

This unique production, with its lavish costumes and special effects, will take place in the intimate setting of the Center Stage Theater, and is sure to be entertaining for the entire family and especially the younger audience.

Special guest artist Darion Smith, Artistic Director of Janusphere, in the role of Herr Drosselmeyer.

TIMES: Saturday, December 20, at 7:30 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME).
TIMES: Sunday, December 21, at 2:30 P.M.

TICKETS: $26 general, $21 students and seniors, $16 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 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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image of juke boxJanuary 9 and 10

Anacapa School presents

Sockhop

A Musical Tribute to Early Rock and Roll

The Performing Arts and Music classes of the Anacapa School come together to entertain you with some of the best loved songs from the 1950’s and 60’s. Enjoy music from Dion and the Belmonts, Danny and the Juniors, the Ronettes, the Five Satins and more!

TIMES: Friday, January 9, at 7:30 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME).
TIMES: Saturday, January 10, at 7:30 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TICKETS: $11.50 general, $6.50 students, Anacapa Students free with school 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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Speaking of Stories logo of open bookJanuary 11 and 12

Speaking of Stories presents

Nothing But Laughs

Stories to Tickle Your Funny Bone

Speaking of Stories begins its season with a performance of hilarious stories. 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!

Kristina Coggins reading "Meet The Sweet Potato Queens" by Jill Conner Browne
Ann Guynn reading "Wishful Shrinking" by Carrie Fisher
Rick Mokler and Devin Scott reading "Oh the Places They Will Go" by David Rakoff
Sage Parker Lang reading "French Kiss-Off" by Ali Wentworth
Michael Bernard reading "I'm a Terrible Parent" by Michael Bernard

Speaking of Stories 2015 Season: Nothing But Laughs January 11 & 12; Celebration of Stories February 15 & 16; Speaking of Food March 15 & 16; Speaking of Francesca Marciano 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, January 11, at 2:00 P.M.
TIMES: Monday, January 12, 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, January 8)

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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Speaking of Stories logo of open bookJanuary 17 and 18

The Adderley School presents

Adderley January Workshops

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

TIMES: Saturday, January 17, at 1:30 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, January 17, at 5:0 P.M.

TIMES: Sunday, January 18, at 1:30 P.M.

TIMES: Sunday, January 18, at 5:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $33 VIP, $23 general, $18 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.

 

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Posters howing hightway signsJanuary 23 through February 1

The Producing Unit presents

154 & Paradise

Written by Gerald DiPego
Directed by Peter Frisch

The Producing Unit proudly presents the world premiere of 154 and Paradise by Gerald DiPego, the celebrated screenwriter, sole credited author of Phenomenon with John Travolta, The Forgotten with Julianne Moore, Message in a Bottle with Kevin Costner, Instinct with Anthony Hopkins, Angel Eyes with Jennifer Lopez, Sharky's Machine with Burt Reynolds, and on and on.

Peter Frisch, former director of the Granada Theater restoration and opening seasons, stage director of 160 plays, musicals, cabaret and opera presentation and producer of 150 hours of network television, directs 154 & Paradise.

154 & Paradise is an extraordinary work, part Twilight Zone, part Six Characters in Search of an Author, part 12 Angry Men, about the ways in our lives are intertwined here on earth, the ways in which our every action and every word can affect each other and tip the scales of life’s delicate balance.

DiPego is a confirmed Magic Realist, and his plays, his characters and even the settings are not quite what they seem. We hope to give this script a wonderful launch as it will definitely have "legs" and eventually reach a national audience and publication.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/TheProducingUnit

TIMES: Friday, January 23, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, January 24, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Sunday, January 25, at 3:00 P.M.

TIMES: Thursday, January 29, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Friday, January 30, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, January 31, at 5:00 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, January 31, at 9:00 P.M.

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

TICKETS: $29 general, $18 students and seniors, $11.50 student rush 30 minutes before curtain subject to availability, student I.D. required

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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Speaking of Stories logo of open bookFebruary 15 and 16

Speaking of Stories presents

SPEAKING OF FRANCESCA MARCIANO

Speaking of Stories continues its season with a collection of stories from Italian author Francesca Marciano's brilliant recent collection "The Other Language." Join the performers after the show for complimentary cookies and milk—because every good story should be toasted with cookies and milk!

"Chanel"
"The Italian System"
"Roman Romance"
"An Indian Soiree"

Speaking of Stories 2015 Season: Nothing But Laughs January 11 & 12; Celebration of Stories February 15 & 16; Speaking of Food March 15 & 16; Speaking of Francesca Marciano 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, February 15, at 2:00 P.M.
TIMES: Monday, February 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, February 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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Speaking of Stories logo of open bookMarch 15 and 16

Speaking of Stories presents

SPEAKING OF FOOD

A Collection of Tasty Tales

Speaking of Stories continues its season with stories about one of our favorite topics -- food! Join the performers after the show for complimentary cookies and milk—because every good story should be toasted with cookies and milk!
"Food and Loathing in Las Vegas" by Anthony Bourdain

"The Kitchen Child" by Angela Carter
"Meatloaf" by Nora Ephron
"A Really Big Lunch" by Jim Harrison
"Family Dining" by Aleksandar Hemon
"Yancy's Red Hots" by Wright Thompson

Speaking of Stories 2015 Season: Nothing But Laughs January 11 & 12; Celebration of Stories February 15 & 16; Speaking of Food March 15 & 16; Speaking of Francesca Marciano 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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PosterApril 2 through 12

Out of the box theatre company presents

the wild party

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.

Adapted from a once-banned, book-length poem written in and about the Roaring Twenties, The Wild Party is a steamy prohibition tale that tells 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: Thursday, April 2, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Friday, April 3, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, April 4, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Sunday, April 5, at 2:00 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.

TIMES: Sunday, April 12, at 2:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $28 general, $18 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.

 

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

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Speaking of Stories logo of open bookApril 19 and 20

Speaking of Stories presents

CELEBRATION OF STORIES

Great Stories by a Collection of Wonderful Authors

Speaking of Stories continues its season with an eclectic group of charming 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!

"An Empty Jacket" by Wendell Berry
"Chilvary" by Neil Gaiman
"Baggage Claim" by Marina Keegan
"Julia and the Warlord" by B.J. Novak
"The Rematch" by B.J. Novak
"Plenty Good Fiesta" by Elizabeth Taylor

Speaking of Stories 2015 Season: Nothing But Laughs January 11 & 12; Celebration of Stories February 15 & 16; Speaking of Food March 15 & 16; Speaking of Francesca Marciano 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, 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.

 

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

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Speaking of Stories logo of open bookMay 17 and 18

Speaking of Stories presents

SPEAKING OF T.C. BOYLE

Speaking of Stories concludes its season with a collection of stories by one of our favorite authors! Stories will be announced soon. Join the performers after the show for complimentary cookies and milk—because every good story should be toasted with cookies and milk!

Speaking of Stories 2015 Season: Nothing But Laughs January 11 & 12; Celebration of Stories February 15 & 16; Speaking of Food March 15 & 16; Speaking of Francesca Marciano 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, 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)

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.