The Santa Maria Civic Theater is celebrating its 60th anniversary with the debut of a new show.
A Streetcar Named Desire debuts at the theater on North McClelland Street on Friday night.
The theater was founded in 1959 as the first organization in the city to put on continuous live theater shows. There have been more than 200 productions over the decades.
The director of A Streetcar Named Desire says the live actors and set design make for a different experience than seeing the performance in any other space, including in the movie format.
“You’re actually moving and working with the characters that are on the stage. It’s a totally different experience to see live theater than it is to see a movie or just about anything else,” said Sally Buchanan.
There are 100 seats in the theater, which is designed to create a more intimate experience for the audience.
The first performance of A Streetcar Named Desire is Friday at 7 p.m. Performances will continue through February 10th.
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