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

Business 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,

Payment Accepted:
    Cash,   Amex,   MasterCard,   Visa,  

Admittance:
    During normal business hours

Location Type:
    Performing Arts Center

Languages Spoken:
    English,  

Indoor/Outdoor:
    Indoor Location

Parking On-Site?
    Yes  

Handicapped Accessible?
    Yes

Smoking?
    NOT Permitted

Cell Phones?
    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 News & Buzz!!
7/9/15 - Opens this weekend ... Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
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Comic genius Christopher Durang creates a wildly funny farce about a self-absorbed movie star returning to her Pennsylvania farmhouse home -- with her 20-something boyfriend in tow -- to visit her brother and sister. Her arrival, and subsequent announcement, quickly turn the genial reunion into a hilarious free for all! Winner of the 2013 Tony Award, New York Drama Critic's Circle, Drama League and Drama Desk awards, all for best play of the season, this delightfully off-kilter romp is a laugh-out-loud comedy with a touch of the naughty!
Presented by ... Santa Paula Theater Center
Venue ... Santa Paula Theater Center
5/14/15 - Tony-nominated comic drama "Good People" ... at Santa Paula Theater Center
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This Tony-nominated comic drama for Best Play illustrates social class distinctions in two Boston neighborhoods: working class Southie and upscale Chestnut Hill. Margie Walsh has just been let go from her job at the Dollar Store and is now one bingo game away from being evicted from her home. Perhaps old high school boyfriend Mikey, who has escaped his blue collar upbringing to become a successful doctor, could be her ticket out.
With surprising plot twists filled with humor, pathos and suspense, GOOD PEOPLE is one of the most popular plays being produced on American stages today.
Presented by ... Santa Paula Theater Center
Venue ... Santa Paula Theater Center
5/7/15 - Good People is one of todays most popular plays ... at Santa Paula Theater
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This Tony-nominated comic drama for Best Play illustrates social class distinctions in two Boston neighborhoods: working class Southie and upscale Chestnut Hill. Margie Walsh has just been let go from her job at the Dollar Store and is now one bingo game away from being evicted from her home. Perhaps old high school boyfriend Mikey, who has escaped his blue collar upbringing to become a successful doctor, could be her ticket out.
With surprising plot twists filled with humor, pathos and suspense, GOOD PEOPLE is one of the most popular plays being produced on American stages today.
Presented by ... Santa Paula Theater Center
Venue ... Santa Paula Theater Center
4/23/15 - Don't Miss It! ... POOF! -- at Santa Paula Theater Center
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A Magical Musical for the Entire Family ..... This camp and creepy musical tells the tale of a tween-aged witch who just wants to be normal, and her twisted mother who wants her to continue their evil lineage. What will happen when she has to choose between her wicked family name, and the teenage boy of her dreams? Will she betray her mother? Will she turn to the dark side? This magical night of music, drag, and hilarity will leave you spellbound!
Presented by ... Santa Paula Theater Center
Venue ... Santa Paula Theater Center
4/16/15 - This Weekend ... The Hidden Fifth playing at Santa Paula Theater Center
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The HIDDEN FIFTH brings energy and youthful exuberance to folk music traditions reaching back through the generations. Rooted primarily in the Irish tradition of dance music, the band incorporates their own North American musical heritage with contemporary rhythm and drive. With dynamic flute-fiddle duos, and full bodied accompaniment from piano, guitar and bass, Hidden Fifth's music stirs the soul, and puts the call to dance in your feet.
Doors open at 7pm, concert scheduled to begin at 7:30pm General Admission $15.00. Order now through Brownpaper Tickets to guarantee your favorite seat. Online ticket sales will end at 7am the morning of the concert. Any available seats will be sold at the door, so come on over.
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4/16/15 - POOF! - A Magical Musical for the Entire Family .... Santa Paula Theater
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A Magical Musical for the Entire Family ..... This camp and creepy musical tells the tale of a tween-aged witch who just wants to be normal, and her twisted mother who wants her to continue their evil lineage. What will happen when she has to choose between her wicked family name, and the teenage boy of her dreams? Will she betray her mother? Will she turn to the dark side? This magical night of music, drag, and hilarity will leave you spellbound!
Presented by ... Santa Paula Theater Center
Venue ... Santa Paula Theater Center  Website
2/19/15 - Other Desert Cities ... coming to Santa Paula Theatre on February 27
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“Other Desert Cities” tells the story of the fictional Wyeth family — a clan led at the top by a mother and father highly regarded in old Hollywood circles and admired by Republicans for their service to and friendship with Ronald and Nancy Reagan in their heyday. The play explores the dark family secrets that threaten to destroy external and internal perceptions about the life the members lead.
Family drama is well-traversed territory, but Baitz, 51, has laced the story with humor and wit, political commentary (setting it in 2004 after the Iraq War is underway), sharp dialogue and an affecting premise: The grown daughter, Brooke, a writer who has suffered a nervous breakdown, has just written a memoir about her life, her parents and their role in the tragic loss of her brother. But she has not told her parents, Polly and Lyman, of her plans to publish the memoir until the publication date nears while on a Christmas visit back home.
Among many other questions raised in the play, Baitz asks whether Brooke has a greater obligation to her family (who saved her during her darkest moments) or to the truth and to her work as a writer. (PBS - News Beat)
Presented by ... Santa Paula Theater Center
Venue ... Santa Paula Theater Center  Website
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  Website
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.
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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
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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



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