VISTA, CA – June 9, 2016 – Clap your hands if you can believe it, the Tony Award-winning musical production “Peter Pan” soars back to Moonlight Amphitheatre from July 20, 2016 to Aug. 6, 2016 at 8 p.m. The classic, family favorite production hit the Broadway stage in 1954 and has since been adapted for the movie screen several times for more than 60 years. The original Broadway production and revivals received nine Tony Award nominations with the most recent in 1999 for Best Revival of a Musical. The Moonlight production features the sets and costumes of the famous Cathy Rigby production, including spectacular flying effects. Tickets are $10 to $55 and general admission lawn is $8 to $20 and includes lawn chair provided at entry. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 760-724-2110 or visit moonlightstage.com.
Broadway’s high-flying musical whisks you away to a place where dreams are born and no one ever grows up! Peter and his mischievous sidekick Tinkerbell visit the Darling children’s nursery late one night, and with a sprinkle of pixie dust begin a magical journey across the stars. In the adventure of a lifetime, the travelers come face to face with a ticking crocodile, a fierce Indian tribe, a band of bungling pirates, and of course the villainous Captain Hook.
This is the second run for “Peter Pan” on the Moonlight stage. In 1996, the show was the third production of Season 16 with Steven Glaudini making his Moonlight acting debut as the oddly friendly pirate, Mr. Smee. Glaudini, who is now Moonlight’s Artistic Director, will direct the 2016 version of the crowd-pleasing musical and plans to take a sophisticated take on a classic story. Not only will Glaudini breathe new life into a story that has been told hundreds of times before, but also provide the audience with the traditional moments they expect.
“Peter Pan has always been near and dear to my heart for two reasons,” said Glaudini. “It was my very first musical as an actor at the Moonlight 20 years ago under the direction of my dear friend and predecessor, Kathy Brombacher. The role was also my first professional theatre credit and I consider it the first job of my professional acting career. I couldn’t think of a better show to honor all of these milestones and at the same time bring back a show that is so popular with so many age groups. It will be exciting for audiences to be able to see what we are able to do with flying effects.”
Glaudini has cast principal roles from a mix of award-winning actors and others with a long history of performing at the Moonlight. Cast in the title role of Peter Pan is Misty Cotton, an Oceanside, CA native who began her acting career at the Moonlight. Cotton is an accomplished stage actress, capturing roles in Broadway and National Tours of “Miss Saigon,” “Les Misérables,” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” opposite Donny Osmond. She was last seen at the Moonlight in the 2013 production of “The Who’s Tommy,” produced as part of Glaudini’s first season as Artistic Director.
Rounding out the principal cast are Robert J. Townsend as Captain Hook, James Vasquez as Mr. Smee, Jill Townsend as Wendy, and Elliot Weaver as John Darling. Townsend (Captain Hook) is a recent recipient of a San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Award for his portrayal of Georges in San Diego Musical Theatre’s (SDMT) “La Cage aux Folles.” Vásquez (Smee) is another San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Award winner for playing Jacob in the same production of SDMT’s “La Cage aux Folles.” Vásquez is also a noted San Diego director having staged several seasons of The Old Globe’s “The Grinch.” He returns to the director’s chair later this summer to stage the Moonlight’s San Diego Regional Premiere production of “The Addams Family.” Jill Townsend (Wendy) also makes her return to the Vista stage after appearing in Moonlight’s previous production of “Peter Pan” as Tiger Lily. Townsend is just coming off her role in SDMT’s “42nd Street” as Anytime Annie. Weaver (John Darling) is another award-winner returning to the Moonlight stage after his memorable work as Young Will in “Big Fish” and Winthrop in “The Music Man” in 2015. Weaver received the Outstanding Young Artist Award from San Diego Theatre Critics Circle last year for his roles in these productions.
Also featured in the production: Jacob Farry (Michael Darling), Celeste Lanuza (Tiger Lily / Liza), Heather Lundstedt (Mrs. Darling / grown-up Wendy), Taylor Coleman (Jane) and Quinton Walker (Nana / Crocodile).
The production and design teams include: Steven Glaudini, director, Carlos Mendoza, choreographer, Kenneth Gammie, co-musical director and conductor, and J.D. Dumas, co-musical director.
“Neverland Comes to the Moonlight: An Afternoon Adventure with Peter Pan”
On Friday, July 29 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Moonlight Cultural Foundation will host the Young Performers Theatric Luncheon, “Neverland Comes to the Moonlight: An Afternoon Adventure with Peter Pan” at Moonlight Amphitheatre. Attendees will have an opportunity to enjoy vocal presentations from student actors from Moonlight Youth Theatre, including the incomparable Courtney Conway who will perform in the role of Peter Pan for the luncheon. The event will also let attendees take a backstage tour of the production set with special insights from director, Steven Glaudini. Other interactive activities will include theatrical make-up, life casting demonstration, interactive props, a scavenger hunt, games, prizes and a gourmet buffet lunch. Space is limited to 100 attendees and all guests must be registered. Registrants will receive two complimentary general lawn tickets to the Moonlight Youth Theatre production of “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” All ages are welcome to attend. Children under eight years old must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are $40 per person. To register, please contact Jennifer Bradford via firstname.lastname@example.org or 760-630-7650.
Moonlight’s Musician Mentorship program needs the public’s financial support.
Moonlight Stage Productions also hosts a side-by-side Orchestra Musician Mentorship program during its season where professional musicians and music educators mentor students participating in the pit orchestra at Moonlight Amphitheatre. This is the only music mentor program of its kind in North County, providing a marvelous opportunity for students in Moonlight’s orchestra to learn from the best San Diego has to offer in an immersive setting. The orchestra for “Peter Pan” will have four students from Carlsbad High School, Vista High School and Westview High School. Each student is paired with a professional musician to help them cultivate the best learning experiences possible. Vista residents, Dan and Cheryl Swem, who are longtime Moonlight orchestra members, and also perform in the MiraCosta Community Symphony Orchestra, will participate in the Musician Mentorship program for “Peter Pan.” Like all mentors, the Swem’s are passionate about music education.
The Musician Mentorship program has been funded for more than 15 years by Barbara Weiler and the Youth Friends Association. But in preparation for the 2017 season, Moonlight Stage Productions is in critical need of corporate and individual funders to ensure this program continues on. If new funders are not established, the program is in risk of closing. For ways to support or if interested in funding the Musician Mentorship program, please visit moonlightfoundation.com or connect with Toria Watson, CEO, Moonlight Cultural Foundation, at 760-630-7650.
July 20 – Aug. 6, 2016
NOTE: July 20 – July 31: Wednesday through Sunday nights; Aug. 4 – Aug. 6: Thursday through Saturday nights
Curtain at 8:00 p.m.
Gates open for picnicking and dining at 6:30 p.m.
Ticket price range: $10 to $55 (general admission lawn is $8 to $20 and includes lawn chair provided at entry)
Box Office Phone: 760-724-2110
“Neverland Comes to the Moonlight: An Afternoon Adventure with Peter Pan”
Friday, July 29
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Moonlight Amphitheatre, 1200 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista, CA 92084
Tickets: $40 per person.
Go behind the scenes and participate in an interactive tour with the actors and artists of “Peter Pan”
NEW FOR THE 2016 SEASON
- Reserved Lawn Seating: This option offers the convenience of not having to line-up at the gate hours before each show to get the best lawn seats. Just like a reserved seat, patrons may now reserve a specific spot on the lawn in order to picnic and enjoy the show. Lawn chairs are provided as part of the ticket price.
- Fringe Seats: The Moonlight now offers discounted prices on the outer edges of each row of reserved seats.
- General Admission Lawn: Known as the Great Lawn, this hillside area at the rear of the Amphitheatre offering a panoramic view of the stage and surroundings with its own set of speaker towers offering crystal clear sound, is now deeply discounted and is aimed at families and young people to enjoy an affordable night at the Moonlight. Lawn chairs are provided as part of the ticket prices, ranging from $8 to $20.
PICNICKING AT THE MOONLIGHT
One of the most unique theatre-going experiences found anywhere is Moonlight’s lawn seating, allowing patrons to bring their own picnic suppers into the theatre and picnicking before the show. Lawn ticket holders receive a chair as part of their ticket upon entry to the theatre. Reserved lawn seating is available.
ARTISAN CAFÉ AT THE MOONLIGHT
The Moonlight’s restaurant, the Artisan Café, is operated by Chef David Krohn. The Café offers pre-show dining outdoors on the Moonlight Patio where glimpses of the sunset can be seen before patrons take their seats for the show. The Café also offers delicious intermission snacks to all theatregoers including beverages. To view the Café’s menu, visit www.moonlightstage.com. For information and reservations, call 760-828-0596.
1200 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista, Calif.
Gates open for picnicking and dining 90 minutes before curtain. Non-alcoholic beverages and food may be brought into the Amphitheatre. Parking is free.
ABOUT MOONLIGHT STAGE PRODUCTIONS
Winner of several San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Awards among others, Moonlight Stage Productions is a cultural arts program of the City of Vista and is produced in partnership with the Moonlight Cultural Foundation, who is also the fund-raising arm for the organization. Connect with Moonlight Stage Productions on Facebook, on Twitter, and on Instagram.
Called “San Diego’s #1 Outdoor Theatre” by readers of San Diego Magazine, Moonlight Stage Productions provides high-caliber productions in the summer at the 2,000-person capacity Moonlight Amphitheatre, owned and operated by the City of Vista. Audiences attend from throughout Southern California and beyond.
ABOUT MOONLIGHT CULTURAL FOUNDATION
Moonlight Cultural Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was formed in 1974 and is the fundraising arm as well as the producing partner for Moonlight Stage Productions. In addition to providing funds for Moonlight Stage Productions, the Foundation plans and presents the Moonlight Youth Theater education program and also supports educational and community arts outreach programs. Community and financial support is essential to our mission to promote culture and diversity through theatre that unites the community. With financial, marketing, and program support from the Foundation, Moonlight Stage Productions is now regarded as one of Southern California’s most professional and mature arts institutions.
Moonlight Cultural Foundation’s sponsors include: Muriel & Hans Schiff, Forte For Children, Datron World Communications, Issa Family Foundation, Modern Builders Supply, Vista Valley Country Club, Gardenology, Cox, Scripps, Pacific Marine Credit Union, Atlantic & Pacific Management, ArtBeat on MainStreet, and Scatena Daniels Communications.
For more information on supporting Moonlight Stage Productions and helping to preserve the joy of live theatre for future generations to come, please visit www.moonlightfoundation.com, Facebook or call 760-630-7650.
OTHER EVENTS THIS SEASON AT THE MOONLIGHT
Schedule subject to change. Visit the website for details.
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Glenn Slater
Book by Cheri Steinkellner and Bill Steinkellner
Additional Book Material by Douglas Carter Beane
Based on the Touchstone Pictures Motion Picture Sister Act written by Joseph Howard
John Vaughan, Director and Choreographer
Lyndon Pugeda, Musical Director and Conductor
June 15-July 2, 2016
Opening Night: Wednesday, June 15, 2016
“Sister Act” is the feel-amazing musical comedy smash that has audiences rejoicing! “Sister Act” tells the hilarious story of Deloris Van Cartier, a wannabe diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and the cops hide her in the last place anyone would think to look — a convent! Under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own. Based on the hit Whoopi Goldberg film, this musical would raise the roof, if we had one! This will be the San Diego Regional Premiere of “Sister Act.” To purchase tickets or for more information, call 760-724-2110 or visit moonlightstage.com.
Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 8 p.m.
General Admission: $20-$55
Well-Strung, a New York City based string quartet, derives their unique blend of vocals and strings by brilliantly fusing classical music with the pop music of today. From Taylor Swift to Beethoven, selections will be performed from the most beautiful and traditional melodies to irreverent “newly-observed” chart toppers. Well-Strung is a one-night-only benefit concert presented by Moonlight Cultural Foundation on Saturday, July 9, 2016 under the stars at Moonlight Amphitheatre in Vista, Calif. The benefit concert is sponsored by Forte for Children, a 501c3 nonprofit and charitable foundation established to improve the quality of life for disadvantaged children in the community. Gates open at 7 p.m. and concert begins at 8 p.m. Single tickets are priced $20 to $55. There will be pre- and post-show VIP meet and greet experiences priced at $100 to $150. For more information and to purchase tickets visit moonlightfoundation.com or call 760-630-7650.
“Titanic The Musical”
Story and Book by Peter Stone
Music and Lyrics by Maury Yeston
Produced on Broadway by Dodger Theatricals, Richard S. Pechter and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
August 17-Sept. 3, 2016
Opening Night: Wednesday, August 17, 2016
The sinking of the Titanic in the early hours of April 15, 1912, remains the quintessential disaster of the twentieth century. A total of 1,517 souls—men, women and children—lost their lives (only 711 survived). The fact that the finest, largest, strongest ship in the world-called, in fact, the “unsinkable” ship-should have been lost during its maiden voyage is so incredible that, had it not actually happened, no author would have dared to contrive it. The musical is a factual story that examines the causes, the conditions and the real people involved in this ever-fascinating drama. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 760-724-2110 or visit moonlightstage.com.
“The Addams Family – A New Musical Comedy”
Book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice
Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa
Based on Characters Created by Charles Addams
Sept. 14-Oct. 1, 2016 – San Diego Regional Premiere
Opening Night: Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016
Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family – a man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before – keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend and his parents. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 760-724-2110 or visit moonlightstage.com.
“Chris Mann & Shoshana Bean in Concert”
Saturday, Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m.
General Admission: $20-$55
“Chris Mann & Shoshana Bean in Concert” is a one-night-only benefit concert for Moonlight Cultural Foundation. Mann rose to fame as a finalist on NBC’s “The Voice” and since then his debut album “Roads” hit number one on Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart. He is currently starring as “The Phantom” in “The Phantom of the Opera” for its national Broadway tour. The lovely and incomparable Shoshana Bean, is teaming up with Mann in concert. She is a Broadway star (“Wicked and “Hairspray”) and recording artist, has become synonymous with the word “soulful.” She is best known for her stellar performance alongside renowned R&B singer-songwriter, Brian McKnight, on the Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards. “Chris Mann & Shoshana Bean in Concert” is Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016 at Moonlight Amphitheatre in Vista, Calif. The benefit concert is sponsored by Forte for Children, a 501c3 nonprofit and charitable foundation established to improve the quality of life for disadvantaged children in the community. Gates open at 7 p.m. and concert begins at 8 p.m. Single tickets are priced $20 to $55, and there will also be pre- and post-event VIP meet and greet experiences priced at $150 to $200. For more information and to purchase tickets visit moonlightfoundation.com or call 760-630-7650.