Moonlight Stage Productions Presents the San Diego Regional Premiere of ‘Titanic The Musical’

Moonlight Stage Productions Presents the San Diego Regional Premiere of ‘Titanic The Musical’
June, 2016 Client News

VISTA, CA June 9, 2016 – What a remarkable age this is! The five-time Tony Award-winning “Titanic The Musical” sets sail for the Moonlight Amphitheatre from Aug. 17, 2016 to Sept. 3, 2016 at 8 p.m. The production made port on the Broadway stage in March 1997 and won five Tony Awards that same year, including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score, Best Scenic Design and Best Orchestrations. The musical “Titanic” is a factual story, a far cry from James Cameron’s film, that examines the causes, conditions and characters involved in this ever-fascinating drama, and honors the lives lost on the fateful journey. Tickets are $10 to $55 and general lawn admission is $8 to $20 and includes a lawn chair provided at entry. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 760-724-2110 or visit moonlightstage.com.

“Titanic The Musical” played for 804 performances at Broadway’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Maury Yeston’s riveting and haunting musical based on the worst nautical disaster in history depicts the final hours of the real-life people who set sail on the “unsinkable” Titanic. The production celebrates the human spirit of the rich and the poor, the lovers, the heroes, and cowards for a theatrical experience that will stay with you long after the curtain comes down.

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 and only 711 survived. In the tragedy, America lost well-known businessmen John Jacob Astor IV and Benjamin Guggenheim along with several other corporate moguls that made an impact on our economy. The fact that the finest, largest, strongest ship in the world – called 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 cast for “Titanic The Musical” includes: Norman Large (Captain E.J. Smith), Robert J. Townsend (Thomas Andrews), Steven Glaudini (J. Bruce Ismay), Richard Bermudez (Frederick Barrett), Bets Malone (Alice Beane), Eric Michael Parker (Harold Bride), Bryan Banville (Frederick Fleet / Roger Bricoux), Johnny Fletcher (William Murdoch) and Eric Hellmers (Charles Lightoller).

Other than Norman Large, a Los Angeles resident, the rest of the 38-person cast consists of San Diego residents, including Moonlight’s Artistic Director, Steven Glaudini, who performs the misunderstood coward, Mr. J. Bruce Ismay. Not only is most of the cast local, but also the talented members were picked based on how closely they resembled the historical characters.

“This musical is a real gem with actors because it is a brilliant piece of theatre,” Glaudini said. “But it is rarely produced because of its sheer scale in terms of technical elements, cast size and the large orchestra it requires. Our auditions for the show attracted actors from near and far who were clamoring to work on this project. In the end, we didn’t have to look far because so many well-known and well-respected actors from the San Diego area came out for the show. We also paid attention in the casting process of how the actors would closely resemble the real life person they would be portraying. Some of the resemblances are uncanny.”

The production and design team includes: Larry Raben, director, Elan McMahan, musical director and conductor, Jean-Yves Tessier, lighting design, Jonathan Infante, projection design, Jim Zadai, sound design, Roslyn Lehman, Renetta Lloyd, and Carlotta Malone, costume coordination and execution, and Stanley D. Cohen, stage manager.

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.

“Titanic The Musical” features a lush 26-piece orchestra with four of its members being students from Westview High School and Carlsbad High School. 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 new 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, 760-630-7650.

CALENDAR INFORMATION:
“Titanic The Musical”
Aug. 17 – Sept. 3, 2016
NOTE: Aug. 17 – Aug. 28: Wednesday through Sunday nights; Sept. 1 – Sept. 3: 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)
Web: moonlightstage.com
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.

MOONLIGHT AMPHITHEATRE
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.

Well-Strung
Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 8 p.m.
General Admission: $20-$55
VIP: $100-$150

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.

“Peter Pan”
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.

“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
VIP: $100-$150

“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.