Santa Paula Theater Center
125 South Seventh Street
Santa Paula, CA  93060

(805) 525-4645
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Year Founded:
    1917
Description:
   Originally the Ebell Club; offers live theatre in 1917 building; Ventura County Historical Landmark #76; National Register #89000949; shown by appt.
    "Santa Paula is steeped in history. Wafting from its vintage brew are the heady fragrances of oil and citrus. Birthplace of the Union Oil Company of California and Citrus Capital of the World are just two of Santa Paula’s claims to fame. It has also been a center of the silent movie business when Gaston Melies held sway here with his Star Film Stock Company and home of the largest lemon ranch in the world." Excerpt from www.santapaulahistoricalsociety.org/Links-SantaPaula.htm
    Today Santa Paula has the greatest collection of vintage homes, commercial buildings, churches and schools in Southern California, and is the home of the Santa Paula Airport, Aviation Museum of Santa Paula, the California Oil Museum, and the Limoneira Company. Equally historic is the Santa Paula Cemetery which dates to the early 1870s and continues to serve the city. In addition, farms of the pioneers continue to produce under the skilled supervision of their farming descendants.
Entertainment Category:
    Concerts, Shows & Performances
Entertainment Type:
    Theatre
Auditions & Try outs?:
    Yes, depending on the event.
Rent Out Props?:
    Yes


   
Location Type:
    Performing Arts Center
Payment Accepted:
    Cash,   Amex,   MasterCard,   Visa,  
Languages Spoken:
    English,  
General Business Classification:
    Leisure & Recreation
    Categories:
    Arts & Cultural Associations
    Box Office / Ticket Sales
    Business & Professional - Misc.
    Convention Services & Facilities
    Conventions & Trade Shows
    Dancing
    Entertainment Bureaus
    Leisure Activities - Misc.
    Live Music
    Performing Arts
    Performing Arts Centers
    Theatres: Live
    Venues - Misc.
    Visual Arts

Admittance:
    During normal business hours.
Indoor/Outdoor:
    Indoor Location
Parking On-Site?
    Yes  
Handicapped Accessible?
    Yes
Smoking?
    NOT Permitted
Cell Phones & Pagers?
    Some restrictions
Cameras/Recording Equip.?
    Some restrictions
Pets Allowed?
    Some restrictions
Gift Certificates?
    Available for Sale
Classes Offered?
    Yes.
Season Tickets?
    Available for Sale
Group Sales Programs?
    Yes
 Recent Buzzes!!
8/12/14 - See a Play at the Santa Paula Theatre Center- Chasing Summer -- 8/14
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Backstage at SPTC (Santa Paula Theater Center), presents "Chasing Summer" A coming of age story set in the late 1950’s west coast surf culture. The play is based on the reminiscing of Samantha Anne Gaynor, a woman in her mid to late 60’s recounting to her granddaughter Stacey, the story of her younger self “Sam”, a young girl age 16 going on 17 in the summer of 1957. During this one adventurous summer Sam discovers that life isn’t always perfect and we sometimes learn the hard way what matters most.
on Thursday August 21st we are sponsoring a Surfer discount - come in your best surf attire and pay what you can!
Presented by ... Santa Paula Theater Center
Venue ... Santa Paula Theater Center
8/12/14 - The Hope and Justin Band Performs At Santa Paula Theater Center -- 8/16
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Hope and Justin Schneir have been playing music together since the first night they met - more than 10 years later they bring to you a soulful yet playful collection of original songs; it’s what you loved about 70’s folk and bluegrass with a modern vibe. Since the 2013 release of their album Eastern Bound, they have been selected as “New Folk Finalists” in the Texas Kerrville Folk Festival, and awarded “Best Folk Song” in the West Coast Songwriter’s Competition. Featuring Sean Wood of Celtic Spring on Fiddle, Daniel Bagdazian on bass, Sam Harvey of Sam and Ash on Accordion and Piano, and Jeff Evans of The Mini Bar Project, Blimp on percussion, the energy and chemistry of this new local band is sure to put a smile on your face. Want to know more about Hope and Justin www.hopeandjustin.com
Presented by ... Santa Paula Theater Center
Venue ... Santa Paula Theater Center  Website
6/23/14 - See a Play This Weekend- Fool for Love -- 6/27
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The "fools" in the play are battling lovers at a Mojave Desert motel. May is hiding out at said motel when an old childhood friend and old flame, Eddie, shows up. Eddie tries to convince May to come back home with him and live in the trailer on the farm they always wanted to buy. May refuses because she has started a new life and knows that if she goes back to Eddie their relationship will repeat the same destructive cycle it has before. Throughout the play the character of the Old Man — the father of both lovers — is present and talks to each of the other two characters. It is revealed that the Old Man had led a double life, abandoning each family for different parts of each child's life. The two became lovers in their high school years and when their parents finally figured out what had occurred Eddie's mother shot May's mother. May is afraid that Eddie has begun to emulate his father; taking to drinking and secretly seeing a woman May refers to as the Countess. The play centers around the drama of the confrontation rather than a plot with a rising and falling action. In the end the two lovers have not reconciled, the Old Man begins to lose himself to his own delusions, and a stranger is left on stage to observe it all.
Presented by ... Santa Paula Theater Center
Venue ... Santa Paula Theater Center  Website
4/16/14 - Santa Paula Theatre Center Presents -The Seagull - Starts Friday
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Celebrated actress irina Arkadina's visit to her aspiring playwright son with her successful novelist lover in tow creates a ripple effect of unrequited passions and petty jealousies among her friends and family in Anton Chekhov's comic masterpiece.
Set in Russia in the early part of the 20th Century. The Seagull is hailed as Chekov's most well known and best loved play.
Presented by ... Santa Paula Theater Center
Venue ... Santa Paula Theater Center  Website
2/25/14 - See a play by Sarah Ruhl in Santa Paula- Dead Man's Cell Phone -- 2/28
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Dead Man's Cell Phone is a play by Sarah Ruhl. It explores the paradox of modern technology's ability to both unite and isolate people in the digital age.[1] The play was awarded a Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play.[2]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dead_Man's_Cell_Phone
Presented by ... Santa Paula Theater Center
Venue ... Santa Paula Theater Center  Website
12/17/13 - Santa Paula Theater Center Presents At Long Last Leo, now until Dec. 22nd!
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An idealistic young man named Leo has spent two years creating a 638-page masterpiece that promises to revolutionize life on this planet. Problem is - no one will read it, including his own family. Mark Stein has created a heartwarming story about looking for answers in a world that is filled with too many hard questions. "Sweet and Brilliant" - Los Angeles Times
Presented by ... Santa Paula Theater Center
Venue ... Santa Paula Theater Center  Website
10/18/13 - See a Play-Seatbelts Required Starts Tonight!
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Local playwright Kimberly Demmary’s new play Seatbelts Required, is a rollercoaster of grief, amusement and heart. After their mother’s funeral, three sisters gather at the house they grew up in and try to come to terms with the destruction their mother brought to their lives. As the afternoon progresses, they hesitantly try to connect through remembered laughter and sorrow as harrowing memories of their childhoods are brought to the surface. As sometimes traumatic memories are brought to the surface, they struggle to realize that, though they have been wounded, they are connected by a deeply shared bond and they can only look to each other for healing.
“With shades of Albee’s Zoo Story, the first scene begins with light hearted banter, and gradually crescendos to an intense, almost volatile, powerful second act.” ~Talucan Times
Presented by ... Santa Paula Theater Center
Venue ... Santa Paula Theater Center  Website
8/13/13 - Special "pay what you can " Performance of Random!
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BACK STAGE AT SANTA PAULA THEATER CENTER The Santa Paula Theater Center presents the original drama, RANDOM by Michael Perlmutter in its alternative venue BACK STAGE AT SANTA PAULA THEATER CENTER from Aug. 9 through Aug. 25 (dark Sat., Aug. 17) including a special "pay what you can " performance on Thursday, Aug. 15 at 8 pm. All Fri. and Sat. performances are at 8 pm and Sunday matinees are at 4 pm. Click Website Link   Website
8/13/13 - Upcoming - The Perfect Gentlemen-The Perfect Blend of Harmony & Humor! -- 8/17
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The Perfect Gentlemen provides the perfect blend of harmony and humor in a family friendly vocal variety show that harkens back to the days of Vaudeville. Preserving America's great vocal sounds from a time when music was music, The Perfect Gentlemen recreate the close harmonies of such legendary groups as The Ink Spots and the Pied Pipers, while including the era's great comic songs made famous by the likes of Louis Jordan and The Hoosier Hotshots. In addition, the group also plays a rare instrument from the days of the traveling Chautauqua circuits: the Deagan organ chimes, "universally conceded as being the greatest novelty instrument ever invented" by the company that made them, J.C. Deagan Musical Bells, Inc. Once you've seen and heard The Perfect Gentlemen, you won't settle for anything less!
Presented by ... Santa Paula Theater Center
Venue ... Santa Paula Theater Center  Website
6/26/13 - Atlanta playwright Pamela Parker's Pulitzer Prize nominated play - Second Samuel -- 6/28
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Atlanta playwright Pamela Parker's Pulitzer Prize nominated play takes us to the small town of Second Samuel Georgia in 1949 where everybody knows everyone's business - or so it seems. The death of the town's matriarch, Miss Gertrude, is about to reveal deep dark secrets that will turn this tiny town upside down in a poignant tale that will bring laughter to your soul and a tear to your eye.
Presented by ... Santa Paula Theater Center
Venue ... Santa Paula Theater Center  Website
3/21/13 - Young Ireland -inspired by Irish folk tradition- Santa Paula Theater March 23
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Young Ireland is a father-son duo Patrick and Michael O’Hara, based in San Luis Obispo. Newcomers to the Irish folk music scene, they are first and second generation Irish who write and perform original songs and classic Irish favorites reflecting the spirit of the Irish struggles and traditions in both Ireland and America from the 1600's to the modern day. Their acoustic music is driven by “skillfully crafted ballads and delicate harmonies in a richly Irish tradition.” At age fourteen, Michael sings with the “heart of an old soul”.
Venue: Santa Paula Theater Center.  Website
1/2/13 - A New Year's Present for the Santa Paula Theater
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The old seats at SPTC were removed on New Year's Day to make way for our new seats and carpet, coming this month.  Website
9/3/12 - Hello and Goodbye open on September 7th at Santa Paula Theater Center
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From award-winning South African playwright Athol Fugard comes this explosive tale of an estranged brother and sister whose search for an elusive inheritance reveals the deep buried truths of their damaged lives.
In a world where memories become a means to survival, HELLO AND GOODBYE brings us a bittersweet snapshot of pain, forgiveness and the possibility of finding hope where you never expect it.
Venue: Santa Paula Theater Center.  Website
8/16/12 - Paul Sanchez and friends -- This Saturday
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All the way from Portland, Paul's songs contain elements from a wide variety of musical interests, from bluegrass to Cajun to popular music and contemporary folk. They express his impressions of the hopes and struggles of the people in the world around him, as well as the emotions inside himself.
Venue: Santa Paula Theater Center.  Website
6/25/12 - Elephant’s Graveyard opens June 29 at Santa Paula Theater Center
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It was 1916. There was a Town. There was a Circus. And there was a Murder. When The Sparks World Famous Shows Circus pulls into the quiet town of Erwin, Tennessee, the residents of the sleepy little hamlet can hardly contain their excitement. But when a member of the circus commits a horrific crime, the townsfolk demand justice.
Building on both historical fact and legend, Elephant’s Graveyard questions how good people can, if only for a moment, turn into monsters, unleashing a deep-seated craving for spectacle and revenge.
Elephant's Graveyard is directed by Fred Helsel and David Ralphe, with Leslie Nichols producing. Scenic design is by Mike Carnahan with lighting design by Gary Richardson and costume design by Justine Abbitt. Karl Krause will stage manage the production.
Venue: Santa Paula Theater Center.  Website
4/20/12 - The Santa Paula Theater Presents- Prelude to a Kiss -- April 20
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After a whirlwind courtship, Rita and Peter marry. Following their storybook wedding, an elderly man congratulates Rita with a kiss. But it is no ordinary Kiss.
Venue: Santa Paula Theater Center.  Website
2/9/12 - The Trip to Bountiful -- Starts February 10
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Trapped in a tiny apartment in Houston, widow Carrie Watts yearns for Bountiful, the gulf coast town where she grew up and spent the best years of her life. And-latest pension check in hand- she's determined to get there come hell or high water. A heartbreaking and life affirming journey by Pulitzer Prize winner Horton Foote.
Venue: Santa Paula Theater Center.  Website
1/5/12 - Save the Date -- Organic Acting Class -- January 14
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Professional Actor and Director Andrea Tate will teach this industry workshop.
Actors will be given actual scripts from Film, TV, Commercials and Theatre that will be filmed and critiqued in class. This is a valuable workshop for those wanting to break into Film, TV, Commercials, and Theatre. Andrea is a member of The Screen Actors Guild as well as Actors Equity Association. She has played Guest-Starring roles for NBC, CBS, HGTV, and APN, in such shows as Fred, The Others, Hollywood Safari, Days of Our Lives, and Redesign. She received critical acclaim by the American Film Institute for her lead role in the film Terra Mea. She has performed leading roles in over 50 plays, through out the country. Currently she directs for the Sacred Fools Theatre in Hollywood as well as locally for The Santa Paula Theatre and The Elite Theatre. Andrea’s classes are fun informative, and nonjudgmental. She is originally from NYC, where she performed OFF-BROADWAY in several productions. Andrea studied under the legends Uta Hagen, Sanford Meisner and Stella Adler, as well as Milton Katselas and Howard Fine. She is a graduate of The American Musical Dramatic Academy in NYC.
Andrea’s students have successfully worked professionally in FIlm, TV, Commercials and Theatre Auditioning for Film, TV, Commercials and TheatreOn Camera Workshop-all ages, all levelsJan. 14th-Feb 25th (no class 2/18) Saturdays-9am-11am$175 for 6 weeksScholarships availableTo Register contact-Leticia Mattson at 805-878-5201or email lpmattson@verizon.net
Venue: Santa Paula Theater Center.  Website
12/13/11 - Arsenic and Old Lace plays at The Santa Paula Theater Center, through December 18
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All Sunday performances are now SOLD OUT for Arsenic and Old Lace. Make your reservations for a Friday or Saturday evening performance (8PM) NOW! Happy Holidays!  Email   Website
8/25/11 - All New Organic Acting Class!
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Organic Acting ON CAMERA TELEVISION & FILM Workshop All Levels, All Ages!AUDITIONS and COLD READINGS from Current TELEVISION, FILM & COMMERCIALS The Santa Paula Theater Center 125 South 7th Street, Santa Paula 93060 Saturdays 9/24-10/29 9am-11am $175 for 6 weeks Featuring Professional Award Winning Director Andrea Tate Award Winning Director for Theatre Professional Actor in Film and Television Member of The Screen Actors Guild and Actors Equity Performed leading and guest star roles in Film and TV for AFI, ABC, CBS, NBC, HGTV, APN.  Website
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