#GiveDay

Help us celebrate the Lobero by joining in our first Lobero Give Day on Wednesday, February 22–our 144th birthday!

“Give Days” are like a 24-hour digital pep rally, and we’re throwing our first this Wednesday. And, like any party, we want to invite all our friends to be there.

The Lobero is Santa Barbara’s community theater, a home for so many of our favorite memories; whether you performed on this stage, or watched a young performer here, so many of us got our first taste of the stage right here. The Lobero has been right here for 144 years, which, is pretty incredible. It’s been a big part of Santa Barbara history, standing proud since the big earthquake of 1925, seen each and every Old Spanish Days celebration, and remains the favorite venue for many top performers.

Making a gift on #LoberoGiveDay will help to ensure this community stage remains a viable community asset for many years to come. But don’t worry, if you can’t make a gift, there are other ways to get involved:

Save me and use as your profile pic on #GiveDay!

 

  • We’d love to hear your stories on Wednesday, February 22. Please share a memory or story on Facebook and Tag us @LoberoTheatre. (Add the hashtag #LoberoGiveDay so we can keep track)
  • Would you be willing to share on your own page asking people to make a gift to support your favorite theater? Let us know, and we’ll send you everything you’ll need.
  • Save this cute photo and make it your temporary profile pic for the day.

Thanks so much to all our friends, fans, followers… We couldn’t do it without you!

RSVP here on Facebook

Casting Call

Actors Needed:

AUDITIONS FOR THE LOBERO THEATRE’S PRODUCTION OF “IF ALL THE SKY WERE PAPER”

Written by Andrew Carroll

Directed by John Benitz.

  • PRINCIPAL Auditions will be held Saturday, October 10 10AM-5PM at the Lobero Theatre
  • 1st Rehearsal: November 7, 2015
  • Performance: November 11 at 7:30 PM

TO PREPARE: If All the Sky Were Paper is a new play by Andrew Carroll based on his bestselling books WAR LETTERS: Extraordinary Correspondence from American Wars and BEHIND THE LINES: Powerful and Revealing American and Foreign War Letters – And One Man’s Search to Find Them.

 

SEEKING: Women ages 20-60, Men ages 20-70. Seeking a very diverse cast, all ethnicities encouraged to attend.

For more information and to schedule a time slot, please call (818) 446-6671.

NOTE: Producers are considering only bona fide Santa Barbara area hires for this production. In order to be considered a bona fide local Santa Barbara Area hire, actors must legally, that is, according to your tax records, reside within the Santa Barbara, Ventura metropolitan areas.

*Please indicate if you are Equity or Non-Union.

PLEASE BRING A HEADSHOT AND RESUME, STAPLED TOGETHER. NON-EQUITY PERFORMERS WILL BE SEEN, TIME PERMITTING.

 

 

 

King Sunny Ade Cancelled

KING SUNNY ADE & HIS AFRICAN BEATS ON JULY 17 HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO VISA ISSUES.

Earlier today, the Lobero received word from King Sunny Ade’s management regarding this development:

Today we deeply regret to report that King Sunny Ade & his African Beats concert planned for July 17 has been cancelled. Due to a worldwide computer system breakdown within The Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs, US Consulates have been unable to issue visas. The State Department has provided no specific timeline as to when this problem will be corrected. Once it is fixed, priority will be given to medical and humanitarian cases only. Performers and artists will not be given priority. This is a worldwide problem, not specific to only a few consulates, and affecting both immigrant and non-immigrant processing.

Due to the uncertainty surrounding this unfortunate situation, we are forced to announce the cancellation of King Sunny Ade’s remaining tour dates in both the US and Canada.

The State Department has posted this recent update here.

We apologize for any inconvenience surrounding this issue.

Refunds will be issued automatically for any credit card sales.

Please contact the Lobero box office at 805.963.0761 if payment was made in cash, or if you have any questions regarding your purchase.

Ask Me Another

Just before his hit AMC show “Mad Men” comes to a close, show creator Mathew Weiner sits in the hot seat as VIP (Very Important Puzzler) for this week’s episode of “Ask Me Another” – presented by KCLU & recorded at the Lobero Theatre.

In addition to the VIP segment, KCLU listeners and contestants were challenged with run rounds of trivia, word games and puzzles. This note from the program sums it up: Warning: Impersonations, puns, math, cover songs, singing and dancing are all involved in this process! Be sure to listen carefully for some celebrity voices straight from the show in this segment.

Mad Men has earned Mr. Weiner seven Emmy Awards, three Golden Globes, a Peabody and more. Listen to the story here, or below, as you prepare yourself for the series finale on Sunday.

Catch the full episode recorded at the Lobero Theatre when it airs on Sunday, May 17 & Monday, May 18 on KCLU, 102.3 FM & 1340 AM

PS, we love this photo of Matthew Weiner and Ophira Eisenberg taken in the Lobero’s Greenroom.

*Image and story originally posted here: http://www.npr.org/2015/05/14/406467009/matthew-weiner-no-longer-lindas-loser-husband

Ghost Stories

“The Lobero Ghost Project”

The intrepid Matt “Muahaha” Mazza, of the Santa Barbara Sentinal spent a few chilling hours in the Lobero Theatre last week in his own “Blair Witch Project” to bring us a spooky Halloween story. Read all about Matt’s experience in the full story below and here

The Lobero  has stood on its current spot for 140 years, racking up thousands of live performances, hours of raw emotion in theatrical performances, energy spent in musical performance… seems like an ideal playground for spirits.

“Theaters are places filled with lots of intensity, places that are full of meaning.
I think some of that energy remains.” – Nancy Moore, former executive director

The Lobero Theatre staff and stage crew make allowances for our, how shall I say, ‘bodily-challenged’ guests, by leaving a light on all night, every night – the Ghostlight.

First, and most commonly encountered, is former stagehand and night watchmen, Harry Pideola. Harry passed away in the theatre, and continues to make his presence known to staff here alone after dark, stomping around or playing tricks. The other, Dr. Frank Fowler, a founding member of the Alcahema Theatre Group, has been known to turn up in the crowd or wings of the stage in his top hat and tails, eager to share in that curtain call.

We’ve embraced the philosophy behind the ghostlight and the “spirits” of the Lobero for a select group donors, who keep the lights on and the “muses” at home in this historic hall. (Learn more about this crucial group, and email Jim Dougherty if you have any questions.)

As we stand on the edge of the Lobero’s next 140 years, it’s fun to look back, and see what memories remain–some, more viscerally than others… I’m looking at you Harry. 

Happy Halloween!

*originally posted October 30, 2013

 

Summer Vacation

Tessitura Learning & Community Conference
San Francisco, July 14-18

The LTF recently sent five staff members up  to the San Fran for five days of software knowledge and professional training as part of the Tessitura Network (#TLCC13). We had a blast meeting and mingling with theatre personnel from all over the world and our own backyard, joining our colleagues at the Granada Theatre and Arts & Lectures. Now we’re all armed with new tricks and tips from the world of ticketing and fundraising.

Beyond conference walls, team Lobero cruised daily through Union Square, noshed at the San Francisco Ferry building marketplace, enjoyed an evening reception with a gorgeous view of the Bay Bridge, and represented at the conference-closing bash at the California Academy of Sciences (which is a stunner of a museum).

As I once wrote in my Junior High yearbook, Stay cool, Don’t ever change. Have a great summer!!!