Shows & Performances

Finale of the Songwriters at Play Song Contest

April 14, 2024 2:00 pm
Sunday 2pm

It sold out last year, so don’t miss out on the Finale of the Songwriters at Play Song Contest! We return to the Cambria Center for the Arts Theatre on Sunday, April 14. Ten contestants play two original songs each, three judges award prizes, including a grand prize of $1,000. Yes, there will be trophies too! General Seating for the 2pm concert are $28 ($23 for CCA).

The Finale contestants have already won awards at the monthly contests held at Schooners in Cayucos. So this show is the best of the best, concluding ten months of the Season Five competition. The lineup so far:
--Karyn Ann from Portland OR,
--Jean Mann from Seattle WA,
--Grover Beach's Chris Mariscal, formerly of the Jolon Station Band,
--San Joaquin Valley native Ted Nunes,
--Central Coast performer Wildflower,
--Arroyo Grande's Paddy Marsh, of Crooked Eye Tommy,
--Cate Armstrong of San Luis Obispo,
--Cambria's Bev Praver,
--plus winners of the January and February rounds at Schooners

Jesus Christ Superstar


April 26, 2024 - May 5, 2024
Friday April 26 - 7p
Saturday April 27 - 2p and 7p
Sunday April 28 - 2p
Friday May 3 - 7p
Saturday May 4 - 2p and 7p
Sunday May 5 - 2p
Cambria Center for the Arts Theatre

"Jesus Christ Superstar" is a groundbreaking rock opera that takes audiences on a riveting journey through the final days of Jesus Christ. This iconic musical, composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber with lyrics by Tim Rice, combines the raw energy of rock music with the emotional depth of a classic Broadway production.

"Jesus Christ Superstar" captivates with its dynamic score, which includes iconic songs such as "I Don't Know How to Love Him," "Superstar," and "Gethsemane (I Only Want to Say)." The music, characterized by its electrifying guitar riffs and unforgettable melodies, contributes to the show's enduring popularity and universal appeal.

Whether you are a seasoned theatergoer or a newcomer to musicals, "Jesus Christ Superstar" promises an immersive and unforgettable theatrical experience that transcends time and tradition.

Seeing Stars

a one-man show by Steve Budd

May 10, 2024 7:00 pm - May 11, 2024
Fri, Sat 7pm
Cambria Center for the Arts

"Seeing Stars" - by Steve Budd
Ever wish that someone you love would change overnight? Be careful what you wish for! At 31, Steve moves back in with his parents. He's always wished his father were different. Less distant. Less gruff. More alive. More engaged. Easier to connect with. Well…Steve is in for a surprise.

Based on a true story, “Seeing Stars” is a heartfelt and hilarious exploration of family dysfunction, mental illness, and a man's desire to connect with his dad.

What They Said About Love

a one-man show by Steve Budd

May 12, 2024 2:00 pm
Sunday 2pm
Cambria Center for the Arts

"What They Said About Love" by Steve Budd
Steve Budd wonders why other people can and he can’t–tie the knot, that is. So he asked couples about the push and pull of love—what keeps them from pulling apart despite annoying the heck out of each other. Meet a New Age couple that swears they met before they met, a pair of Metal Heads who thought it would be a hoot to get married on 6-6-06, and more. Satisfy your voyeuristic tendencies about how others look for love—and, in some cases, find it. This is documentary theater at its best, a la Anna Deavere Smith. Steve Budd brings 12 characters to life, using their words from hours of interviews, and weaves in the story of his own search for a life partner. The piece was directed by Mark Kenward, and developed with the help of David Ford at The Marsh, with additional assistance from John Coppola and Slater Penney. Skye Pelicrow served as script consultant.

Best of the 2016 San Francisco Fringe and a Theatre Bay Area Top 5 Solo Show of 2018. Budd’s show has delighted audiences in LA, New York, San Francisco, Boston, Ottawa, and London. Critics hail the show as “Funny, poignant, thoughtful, and revealing” (Talkin’ Broadway) and “A hilarious take on how people fall in love” (East Bay Express). Find out how others look for love and, sometimes, find it. 60 minutes.

Donovan Tribute Concert

A Songwriters at Play Event

May 26, 2024 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Sunday 2pm
Cambria Center for the Arts Theatre

Come celebrate the 77th birthday of Scottish folk-rocker Donovan at Cambria Center for the Arts Theatre! We'll cover his hits (Catch the Wind, Hurdy Gurdy Man, Wear Your Love Like Heaven) and deep cuts from his extensive discography. 

The performers include Cambria's own Oz Barron, longtime local favorites Bob & Wendy, Tim Pacheco; Fresno's Jonathan Low-Fi, Santa Barbara's Brent Franklin, SoCal artists Mike Berman, Stephen Bannon, James Combs, and Paul Inman's Delivery.

The concert is produced by Songwriters at Play, husband-wife team Steve Key and Bonnie Nelson-Key. Their tributes at CCAT have included the music of Aretha Franklin, Smokey Robinson, Dollie Parton, Willie Nelson, James Taylor, Carole King, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Joan Baez, and Bob Dylan.

Performance details:

Sunday May 26 at 2p

General Seating $28.00

CCA members $23.00