Shows and Events

2024-2025 Season

46th Season: Legends and Legacies. An electrifying lineup of timeless classics and contemporary masterpieces that will captivate audiences and contribute to ETC’s legacy in Santa Barbara on the stage of The New Vic. Get ready to embark on an unforgettable journey through the realms of comedy, drama, music, and intrigue as we bring to life some of the most iconic tales and legendary figures.

TICKET INFORMATION

Subscription renewals to ETC’s 2024-25 “Legends and Legacies” Season will go on sale on Wednesday, April 10 and new subscriptions will go on sale Wednesday, May 15.  All shows will perform at The New Vic, 33 W. Victoria Street in Santa Barbara. Five-play season ticket prices range from $190.00 – $435.00.
Please contact the Box Office at 805-965-5400 to secure tickets for the 2024-25 Season.

 

October 2024

Rating: PG-13    Genre: Comedy

Ever wondered what would happen if you took Bram Stoker’s legendary vampire tale and put in into a blender with the comedic influences of Mel Brooks, Monty Python and The 39 Steps? That’s just what happens in this lightning-fast, laugh-out-loud 90-minute gender-bending, quick-change magical romp. Famed female vampire hunter Jean Van Helsing and her motley company chase Count Dracula from the English countryside to Transylvania to “other frightening places.” Their antics brim with enough tongue-in-cheek mayhem to fill your cup of giggles

December 2024

Rating:  G          Genre: Play with Music

The Tony® Award-nominated musical MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is set on December 4, 1956, when an extraordinary twist of fate brought Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley together at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever. MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET brings that legendary December night to life with an irresistible tale of broken promises, secrets, betrayal and celebrations that is both poignant and funny.

Relive the era with the smash-hit sensation featuring an incredible score of rock ‘n’ roll, gospel, R&B and country hits, performed live onstage by world-class actor/musicians. Showcased hit songs include “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “Walk the Line,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Who Do You Love?,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Hound Dog,” and more

February 2025

Rating: PG-13    Genre: Thriller

The most famous thriller ever written is given a visceral, frightening, and moving new modern dress production. This production of Hamlet will reinvent Shakespeare’s tragedy for the 21st century, drawing new resonance from this 400-year-old play’s investigation of family, madness, murder, and forgiveness. 


Young Hamlet returns home from university to find his father dead, his inheritance stolen, and his mother remarried to his uncle. When the ghost of his father returns from the grave and pressures his son into a mission of revenge, Hamlet jump starts a chain of events that will redefine his relationship to his parents, his mortality, his nation, and himself. 

April 2025

Rating: G           Genre: Play with Music

George Gershwin Alone tells the story of America’s great composer who, with the groundbreaking “Rhapsody in Blue,” made a “Lady out of Jazz.” The show incorporates the composer’s best-known songs from “The Man I Love” and “Someone to Watch Over Me”, through the hits of An American In Paris and Porgy and Bess, to a complete performance of “Rhapsody In Blue”. George Gershwin was born in 1898 to Russian-Jewish immigrant parents in Brooklyn. Together, he and his brother Ira wrote standards such as “The Man I Love,” “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “Embraceable You,” “Fascinating Rhythm,” “I Got Rhythm,” “’S Wonderful” and “They Can’t Take That Away from Me.” His groundbreaking opera, Porgy and Bess, is now considered an American classic. All told, George Gershwin wrote more than 1,000 songs for the stage and screen as well as works for the opera house and the symphony orchestra. In 1937, Gershwin died of an undiagnosed brain tumor at the age of 38, never knowing how famous and beloved he and his work would become.

June 2025

Rating: G          Genre: Cabaret             

JUSTICE features the “firsts” of the Supreme Court Justices. JUSTICE explores the first women on the U.S. Supreme Court Sandra Day O’Connor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Sonia Sotomayor at the height of their power. Following the fraught confirmation process of Justice Sotomayor, we uncover the true sisterhood of these three iconic Americans as they inspire, challenge, and usher in the next generation of changemakers and trailblazers in American jurisprudence, while fighting private battles of their own. They confront and comfort each other about equal justice under the law, legal strategy, civic responsibility, as well as husbands, motherhood, kids, dreams, and sorrows, all while setting a new course for our country and the world.

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In addition to hosting a myriad of theatrical productions and enriching educational programs, the New Vic serves as a venue for various community events in Santa Barbara that contribute to our vibrant community atmosphere.

Frequently Asked Questions

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All ticket sales are final, but we accommodate exchanges or transfers for the same show in case of changes in plans or emergencies. Please call at least 24 hours before the show for availability. Exchanges may incur a price increase, and no refunds or exchanges are allowed from past performances.

Santa Barbara downtown public parking lots offer convenient access to the New Vic at 33 West Victoria Street, next door to the corner of Chapala Street and one block west of State Street.

 

Patrons may park in Lot 5, access via Chapala Street (1200 block) or Lot 6 (Granada Garage) from Anacapa Street (1200 block). Both of these lots are a short walk to the theater and are part of the Downtown Public Parking District. The first 75 minutes are FREE and each additional hour or part of are $2.50. For persons with disabilities the first 2.5 hours are FREE (present your placard). Street parking after 6pm is FREE.

 

The parking lot off 100 West Victoria is FREE after 6pm Monday through Sunday (behind the Louise Lowry Davis Recreational Center

Engaging with the Ensemble Theatre Company events in Santa Barbara is a delightful opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of theatre. We offer various services and platforms for participation:

 

ETC Shop Services: Our production team, operating from a fully equipped scene shop, is skilled in fabricating for theatrical needs and various events. If you are interested in utilizing ETC’s fabrication services for an upcoming show or event, please reach out to our Production Manager at productionmanager@etcsb.org to discuss available build slots.

 

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