The performance of “Our Town” marks the return of the group of actors SBCC


The Santa Barbara City College School of Extended Learning Acting for Older Adults and Theater Eclectic will present four free performances of “Our Town” by Thornton Wilder.

The shows will take place June 14 and 21 at the Wake Center and June 16 and 23 at the Schott Center. Both locations are in Santa Barbara.

The performances mark the theater company’s return to free live, in-person public performances for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began. For the past two years, Acting for Older Adults has performed via Zoom, using the platform to showcase a variety of one-act plays as well as a full production of Shakespeare’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

“Our City,” according to artistic director and instructor Philip Levien, is the perfect choice for a return to in-person performance, according to City College.

“Thornton Wilder’s masterpiece is a meditation on life,” Mr. Levien said. “It’s moving, humorous and a memorable evening of theatre.”

Acting for Older Adults offers free classes one or two nights a week. Participants produce their shows through Theater Eclectic, a company that specializes in enabling underrepresented artists to bring free theater to underserved audiences.

“You don’t need to have any acting experience to come to class,” Mr. Levien said. “Our actors have a wide range of backgrounds…You can be as involved as you want.”

Performances will adhere to SB COVID protocols, which means masks will be required indoors and proof of vaccination will be required at the door.

-Matt Smolensky

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