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The coronavirus crisis has disrupted the arts world on the Central and South Coasts, forcing the cancellation of everything from rock concerts to crafts fairs.

A four-decade-old theater company in Santa Barbara is responding to the crisis by rethinking its current and upcoming seasons.

The Ensemble Theater Company’s season came to a screeching halt because of the shutdown. Now, like many non-profit groups and businesses, the Santa Barbara based organization is trying to figure out how to reopen.

It’s one of Jane Austen’s most endearing, and popular novels. Emma started as a book, which led to plays, TV miniseries, and a number of movies. Now, Santa Barbara’s Ensemble Theater Company is staging the romantic comedy as a musical.

A theater company on the South Coast has announced details of its 40th anniversary season, which opens next month.

Ensemble Theater Company will open its five show season with a new play, the comedy “The School of Lies.”

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It’s a musical about an incredible, but little known jazz legend whose career spans six decades, with an unusual pause in the middle. “Cookin’ at the Cookery: The Music and Times of Alberta Hunter” tells Hunter’s amazing story.

Marion Caffey wrote, choreographed, and directs the two woman show, which opens this week in Santa Barbara.

A play based on the classic Jane Austen characters from "Pride and Prejudice" is the latest production by a Santa Barbara theater company.  "Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberly" takes some of the characters made famous in the original book, and puts them in an original story with a holiday theme.

A theater company and a ballet company in Santa Barbara have teamed up in a unique collaboration to present a production which blends theater and dance. 

“Syncopation” is the story of a lonely meatpacker in Manhattan’s Lower East Side in the early 1900’s, who dreams of being a ballroom dancer. A newspaper ad gets him a dance partner, and much more.