VISTA, CA – April 15, 2016 – Hallelujah! Raise your voice to celebrate the opening of Moonlight Stage Productions’ 36th Season at the Moonlight Amphitheatre with the San Diego Regional Premiere of “Sister Act” from June 15, 2016 to July 2, 2016 at 8 p.m. The comedic Broadway production, produced by Whoopi Goldberg who also starred in the original hit movie, received five Tony Award nominations in 2011 earning rousing critical and public acclaim. Tickets are $23 to $55 for all reserved seating, and $8 to $20 for general admission lawn seating. To purchase tickets or for more information, call (760) 724-2110 or visit moonlightstage.com.
When disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place cops are sure she won’t be found – a convent! Disguised as a nun. She finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and an uptight Mother Superior. Using her fabulous disco-ness and killer voice to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church, but in doing so blows her cover. Soon, it’s nun-on-the-run time, but she finds salvation in the heavenly power of her newly found sisterhood. “Sister Act” features an original Alan Menken and Glenn Slater score with a vast inspiration of musical styles from Motown, soul and funk to great big disco anthems and Barry White inspired musical comedy.
“’Sister Act’ is the perfect opener for our 36th season,” said Steven Glaudini, producing artistic director, Moonlight Stage Productions. “The show is filled with laugh out loud comedy, fun choreography, and a story that’ll move you. The creators of the musical version wisely decided to give their musical a new setting apart from the film by setting it in 1977 and placing it in Philadelphia. This time period allowed composer Alan Menken to flavor the score with soul, funk and disco with a little nod to Barry White.”
The cast for “Sister Act” includes: Daebreon Poiema (Deloris Van Cartier), Victoria Strong (Mother Superior), Rufus Bonds, Jr. (Curtis Jackson), Cornelius Jones, Jr. (Eddie Souther), Sarah Errington (Sister Mary Robert), Susan Stuber (Sister Mary Lazarus), Bethany Slomka (Sister Mary Patrick), and Jim Chovick (Monsignor O’Hara).
The production and design team includes: John Vaughan, director and choreographer; Lyndon Pugeda, musical director and conductor; Jean-Yves Tessier, lighting designer; Carlotta Malone, Roz Lehman, and Renetta Lloyd, costume execution; Jim Zadai, sound designer; Bonnie Durben, properties designer; Peter Herman, wig design; and Stanley Cohen, stage manager.
June 15 – July 2, 2016
NOTE: June 15 – 26: Wednesday through Sunday nights; June 30 – July 2: Thursday through Saturday nights
Curtain at 8:00 p.m.
Gates open for picnicking and dining at 6:30 p.m.
Ticket price range: $23 to $55 (general admission lawn is $8 to $20 and includes lawn chair provided at entry)
Box Office Phone: (760) 724-2110
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 (facebook.com/moonlightstage), on Twitter (twitter.com/moonlightstage), and on Instagram (moonlightstage).
Called “San Diego’s #1 Outdoor Theatre” by San Diego Magazine, Moonlight Stage Productions provides high-caliber productions throughout the year at the 2,000 person capacity Moonlight Amphitheatre, owned and operated by the City of Vista. Audiences attend from San Diego County, Southern Riverside County and Orange County.
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.
7th Annual Moonlight Cultural Foundation Gala
“Moonlight Over London”
Saturday, June 4, 2016
At Moonlight Amphitheatre
Tickets: $250 to $2,500
This theatrical affair presented by the board of directors of Moonlight Cultural Foundation is the organization’s most significant fundraiser of the year. The money raised directly benefits their various cultural arts outreach programs, helps maintain the of quality shows, and provides financial support to children who would otherwise not be able to participate in an arts program. The evening will include a dinner on stage, entertainment, and special performances from Moonlight Stage Productions’ award-winning actors. Emcee is George Chamberlin. A special Award of Excellence will be presented to a long-time friend and supporter of the Moonlight, Jim Minarik, chief executive officer of DEI Holdings. Sponsorships are available. For more information and to purchase tickets visit moonlightfoundation.com or call (760) 630-7650.
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 for Moonlight Cultural Foundation on Saturday, July 9, 2016 under the stars at Moonlight Amphitheatre in Vista, Calif. 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.
Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh
Music by Morris “Moose” Charlap
Additional Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Additional Music by Jule Styne
Based on the play by Sir James M. Barrie
July 20-August 6, 2016
Opening Night: Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Based on J.M. Barrie’s classic tale and featuring an unforgettable score, Peter and his mischievous fairy sidekick Tinkerbell visit the nursery of the Darling children late one night and with a sprinkle of pixie dust begin a magical journey across the stars that none of them will ever forget. “Peter Pan” is the perfect show for the child in all of us who dreamed of soaring high and never growing up. To purchase tickets or for more information, call (760) 724-2110 or visit moonlightstage.com.
“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” 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. 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.