Tales of Transformation: ETC Presents METAMORPHOSES
By Ted Mills, News-Press Correspondent (reprinted News-Press March 28, 2014)
For viewers in the front rows for Ensemble Theatre Company's latest production, you might just get wet while watching "Metamorphoses." But don't worry, director Jonathan Fox has the audience covered ... literally, with rain ponchos. It's can't be helped when a great part of the stage will be a wading pool, built per stage instructions included in Mary Zimmerman's adaptation of Ovid's classic tales of myth and transformation.
Ribbon Cutting Kicks Off The Newest Addition to Santa Barbara’s Historic Theatre District
Ensemble Theatre Company of Santa Barbara (ETC) cut the ribbon today on its new home, the New Vic. After several years of planning, ETC has completed its extensive renovation of the 80-year old Victoria Community Hall at 33 West Victoria Street, transforming the facility into a modern and intimate theater. As the only 300-seat theater in downtown Santa Barbara, the completed New Vic will be a wonderful new home for ETC and a flexible, intimate venue for other performing arts throughout the greater Santa Barbara area. It will also complete the City of Santa Barbara's long-term vision for a downtown performing arts district to serve the broader arts community.
The Curtain Rises on the New Vic
Ensemble Theatre Company’s Grand New Hall
by Charles DONELAN
This weekend, the curtain goes up at the new Victoria Theater, Ensemble Theatre Company’s $11.5-million top-to-bottom renovation of the space on the corner of Chapala and Victoria streets in Santa Barbara. A handful of features inside the 92-year-old building are the same. The ceiling was structural, and has been retained, albeit with some radical steampunk screens for ornamentation, and the room’s balcony structure remains intact beneath what is now a single bank of seats stretching from the foot of the stage to the control booth. But to all but the most discerning architectural detectives, the interior of the theater is unrecognizable. Where there was once a shallow and ungainly raised platform with public lavatory adjacent, there is now a giant fly loft soaring high above a generous state-of-the-art stage. The sight lines from every one of the New Vic’s 294 permanent seats are impeccable, and there’s plenty of comfortable space along the back wall for standing room.
Cover Photo: Paul Wellman
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