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 with logotypeJune 17, 23 and 24

The Dance Network presents

Series 7

The Dance Network is proud to present its fourth annual studio showcase, Series 7! Our dancers are going for broke to bring you a night of high-energy, diverse, and entertaining performances!

We will present pieces from our studio classes, the Dance Network's professional performance companies, and guest dancers from our community. The evening will include tap, hip hop, jazz, contemporary, break dancing, and more from dancers ranging in ages 2 to almost 80!

Our talented choreographers this year are Meredith Cabaniss, Lauren Hovey, Karyn Laver, Colleen Mayer, Emma Neumann, Deja Re, Daniel Rojo, Grace Salsido, Hector Sanchez, Bethany Sutherland, and Kyle Ybarra. Our dance family is looking forward to a fun night with all of you!

TIMES: Saturday, June 17 at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)
TIMES: Friday, June 23, at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)
TIMES: Saturday, June 24, 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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Poster with logotypeJune 30 and July 1

Momentum Dance Company presents

Momentum Dance Company
Summer Concert

Betsy Woyach, owner/director of Momentum Dance Company, is proud to bring you our first ever Summer Concert!
Three seasons strong of training Santa Barbara's finest dancers, MDC is back to close out an award winning season by bringing their competitive dances to our community!
The recreational dancers and competitive dance companies of MDC light up the Stage to perform their highly decorated competitive pieces and studio taught recreational dances in this 90 minute family friendly dance show. Dazzle in the upbeat arrangement of solos, duets, trios, small and large groups in all styles of dance including Hip Hop, Tap and Contemporary.

Betsy Woyach, director, teacher and choreographer of Momentum, prides herself on "keeping the fun" in dance. Dancers age 6-21 will keep you inspired and movin' in your seats as you enjoy each and every piece in this one-weekend show!

Performers include the 2016-2017 Competitive Dance Companies: Junior Company, Teen Company, Senior Company and Pro Company as well as Recreational dancers of Momentum. Choreography by Betsy Woyach, Kelly Marshall, Whitney Duggins, Kylie Transki and Pablo Gatica.

More info at www.MomentumDanceSB.com

TIMES: Friday, June 30, at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)
TIMES: Saturday, July 1, at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TICKETS: $20 general, $30 VIP
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 with logotypeJuly 8

Goleta School of Ballet presents

Peter and the Wolf

And Selected Works

Peter and the Wolf takes place in the meadow surrounding Peter’s house. Despite his Grandfather’s warnings of the dangers of wolves, Peter and his friends, a Bird, a Cat and a Duck, go into the meadow to play. Then a Wolf does come out of the forest. Peter is the hero of the day with his 3 friends in tow!

TIMES: Saturday, July 8 at 7:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $20 general, $15 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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Poster with logotypeJuly 15 and 16

Spotlight Productions presents

Rent

Student directed, cast, and produced

Spotlight Productions is a non-profit organization that supports young aspiring artists giving them a place to work on their craft, express themselves freely and gain experiences beyond just performing. Jessica Kurtzman, 23, and Ryan Evans, 20, both Santa Barbara natives, have collectively been part of the theater and dance communities of Santa Barbara for over 20 years. They have grown from performers to producers, directors and choreographers in this time, and have had the mentorship of many adults they respect over the years. Now they are ready to take on the role of mentoring others. The cast includes both high school and colleges students, with the majority participating in the Santa Barbara Theater community for most of their lives. It includes students from the local high schools—SBHS, SMHS and DPHS and from colleges such as UCSB and NYU: Tisch. The Spotlight team is thrilled to be performing RENT at Center Stage.

More info at: Facebook and generosity.com

TIMES: Saturday, July 15 at 7:00 P.M.
TIMES:
Sunday, July 16, at 2:00 P.M.
TIMES:
Sunday, July 16, at 7:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $20 general, $50 VIP
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 a cancan dancerJuly 15 and 16,

CENTER STAGE THEATER & SPEAKING OF STORIES presents

THE 29TH ANNUAL
SANTA BARBARA
FRENCH FESTIVAL

The Santa Barbara French Festival returns to Oak Park July 15 and 16 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 Canine Cavalcade! 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 29th Annual Santa Barbara French Festival Saturday and Sunday July 15 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 15, from 11:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.

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

TICKETS: Admission is free!

 

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

Poster with logotypeAugust 25

Santa Barbara Acoustic Instrument Celebration present

CHAPDELAINE | MCMANUS

CLASSICAL OUTLAWS PLAY SOMOGYI

Michael Chapdelaine is the only guitarist ever to win First Prize in the world’s top competitions in both the Classical and Fingerstyle genres; the Guitar Foundation of America International Classical Guitar Competition and the National Fingerstyle Championships at the Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival in Winfield, Kansas.  From New York’s Lincoln Center to the Cactus Cafe in Austin, from Milano to Bangkok, Michael continues to enchant, dazzle and surprise audiences and critics alike as he redefines the modern acoustic guitar with his amazing technique, “soulful” expressiveness, and versatility as a performer, composer and arranger/producer.
Tony McManus is known as one of the leading Celtic guitar players, collaborating with top musicians in Ireland, Brittany and Galicia as well as his native Scotland. Tony is also a fine classical player, and will team with Michael in a classical pairing not seen before.
Ervin Somogyi is one of the leading steel string and classical acoustic guitar builders in the world.  This concert is rare opportunity to hear both luthier and musician.
Presented informally, trading stories and humor, the evening of acoustic music will be a delightful treat for those who love the harmonies of the classical guitar and have an opportunity to meet truly gifted maestros in their fields.

Visit their website here: www.sbaic.com http://sbaic.com/concerts/

TIMES: Friday, August 25, at 8:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $20 general, $12 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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Poster with logotypeDecember 3

Speaking of Stories present

Love Letters

by A.R. Gurney
Starring Meredith Baxter & Michael Gross

Directed by Maggie Mixsell

Two Performances only!

The stars of the iconic Eighties sitcom Family Ties reunite to bring to life A.R. Gurney’s wildly popular Love Letters. A benefit performance for Speaking of Stories. Two performances only! Join us on the patio after the performance for a reception with the actors.

TIMES: Sunday, December 3, at 2:00 P.M.

TIMESSunday, December 3, at 6:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $20 general, $12 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.

 

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

PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE

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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.