Ribbon Cutting Kicks Off The Newest Addition to Santa Barbara's Historic Theatre District
(November 7, 2013) 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 celebratory ribbon cutting event was held to officially launch the opening of the theater. Speakers included Jonathan Fox, ETC Executive Artistic Director; The Honorable Helene Schneider, Mayor of Santa Barbara; Rich Schuette, ETC's Board President; Derek A. Westen, Campaign Co-Chair; and Mehgan Tanner, Ensemble’s Director of Development. Attending were over 100 patrons, volunteers and enthusiastic supporters, eager to see Ensemble move into its new venue. Also in attendance were representatives from two firms who were instrumental in the dramatic transformation of the theater: PMSM Architects and Frank Schipper Construction,.
The construction budget for the theater is $12.15 M, including architectural and engineering fees, permits, and other ancillary costs. To date, Ensemble has raised just over $11.65M from over 280 households. The endowment and cash-reserves portion of the overall $16.65M campaign is $4.5M, of which $4M is endowment and $500,000 is cash reserves. Of this amount, ETC has raised, to date, $2.21M.
The theater building officially opens on Saturday, November 9, 2013 with a gala event called CURTAIN UP. Tyne Daly will be the honored performer at the gala. Ms. Daly won the Tony Award for her performance as Mama Rose in the 1989 Broadway hit revival of Gypsy, and is widely known for her work as Detective Mary Beth Lacey in the television series "Cagney & Lacey" and as Maxine Gray in the television series "Judging Amy." All proceeds for this event will support ETC's maiden season at its new home.
ETC's 2013-14 Season at the New Vic begins on December 5, 2013 with the beloved Stephen Sondheim musical A Little Night Music, starring Stephanie Zimbalist, Piper Laurie, and Patrick Cassidy. The season continues with Good People by David Lindsay-Abaire, running February 6 – 23, 2014; Metamorphoses, adapted by Mary Zimmerman from the myths of Ovid, running March 27 – April 13, 2014; Red by John Logan, running May 15 – June 1, 2014; and Looped by Matthew Lombardo and starring Marsha Mason, running July 10 – 27, 2014.
Founded in 1979, Ensemble Theatre is Santa Barbara’s leading professional, resident theatre company. Under the leadership of Jonathan Fox, Executive Artistic Director, ETC has featured accomplished artists from around the country.
On November 16, the New Vic will opens its doors to the public for two free community events. From 9:00 am to 12pm, ETC presents Family Day at the Theater. Bring the kids and enjoy an interactive tour of the theater. Activities include face-painting, crafts and fun for the whole family. From 1:00 – 4:00 pm, ETC will hold an Open House, affording the community at large a chance to see inside the New Vic. As part of the event, there will be live music, a food truck and backstage tours. These FREE events require no advance reservations. The New Vic is located at 33 West Victoria Street, Santa Barbara.
For more information, contact 805-965-5400.