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Moonlight offers theater under the stars this summer!

Posted on: June 20th, 2017 by Kate Hamernik

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The 37th season of theater under the stars has opened at Moonlight Amphitheatre in Vista! Taking a show at Moonlight has been a tradition for so many in North County San Diego!  Check out the 2017 season line up here and make plans for a date night or family outing! Supporting local theater is a great way to invest in your community!  The line up at Moonlight is awesome this year!

Shows begin at 8pm.  Tickets can be purchased online.  Numbered seats, reserved lawn seating, and open seating is available.  Tickets have a wide range from $10 – $55.  If you love theater, the best value is to lock in your summer entertainment with Season Tickets.

Ticket booth and dinner options open at 6pm.  Our favorite tradition is to bring our own picnic.  Food and beverages are allowed into Moonlight, but leave alcohol at home (it is available for purchase, but not permitted to be brought in).

Aida – playing NOW – July 1st

“The triumphant love story between an Egyptian prince and a slave transcends warring nations and brings a country together. Winner of four 2000 Tony Awards, Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida is an epic tale of love, loyalty and betrayal chronicling the love triangle between Aida, a Nubian princess stolen from her country, Amneris, an Egyptian princess, and Radames, the soldier they both love. As their forbidden love blossoms, Aida is forced to weigh her heart against the responsibility she faces as leader of her people. The love Aida and Radames has for one another becomes a shining example of true devotion that ultimately transcends the vast cultural differences between their warring nations, heralding a time of unprecedented peace and prosperity. With an unforgettable score featuring soaring ballads and rousing choral numbers, Aida is a rock version of the Verdi opera.”


The Little Mermaid – plays July 19th – August 5th

“Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney’s The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater, and a compelling book by Doug Wright, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including Under the Sea, Kiss the Girl, and Part of Your World. Ariel, King Triton’s youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human, Prince Eric, in the world above and bargains with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. But, the bargain is not what it seems and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull, and Sebastian the crab to restore order under the sea.”


Sunset Boulevard – August 16th – September 2nd

“Sunset Boulevard weaves a magnificent tale of faded glory and unfulfilled ambition. Silent movie star, Norma Desmond, longs for a return to the big screen, having been discarded by tinsel town with the advent of “talkies.” Her glamour has faded in all but her mind. When she meets struggling Hollywood screen-writer Joe Gillis in dramatic circumstances, their subsequent passionate and volatile relationship leads to an unforeseen and tragic conclusion. Based on the film noir classic by Billy Wilder that starred Gloria Swanson and William Holden, it received seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical and features some of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most soaring melodies including, With One Look and As If We Never Said Goodbye.”


In the Heights – September 13th – 30th

“From Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of the current Broadway hit Hamilton, In the Heights tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood – a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It’s a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind. In the Heights is the winner of the 2008 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score, Best Choreography and Best Orchestrations.”


This season we are attending opening night at every show and will share our thoughts on social media!  Make sure to be following @HighlightsAlongtheWay on Instagram and also San Diego Deals and Steals on Facebook!

Moonlight Amphitheatre is located at 1250 Vale Terrace Drive Vista, CA 92084


Big Fish by Moonlight Stage Productions

Posted on: September 13th, 2015 by Kate Hamernik


The Summer Season of Moonlight’s 35th anniversary is coming to a close.  You have one more chance to enjoy live theater under the moonlight with Big Fish.

I remember the movie by Tim Burton but we had never seen the stage show.

Big Fish plays on select night NOW through September 26, 2016.

Tickets are a splurge starting at $24 each, but for live theater this is actually quite a steal!  If you have never experienced theater under the stars, Moonlight Amphitheatre is the place to go!  Located in Vista California the Moonlight is worth the drive even if you are not in North County.  I highly suggest taking in a show before the season is over!

Description of Big Fish by Moonlight Stage Production’s site

“Based on the celebrated Daniel Wallace novel and the acclaimed Tim Burton film, Big Fish overflows with heart, humor and spectacular stagecraft. This extraordinary new musical reminds us why we go to the theatre, to have an experience that’s richer, funnier, and bigger than life itself. Edward Bloom lives life to the fullest – and then some – as he spins incredible, larger-than-life stories that thrills all who are around him. Yet his son, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales. San Diego regional premiere!”

Big Fish is beautifully performed by the entire cast.  Prepare yourself for tears, but good, happy, therapeutic tears.  While I didn’t feel there was anything inappropriate for children in Big Fish, I think it is the only production we saw that wouldn’t have really held my kid’s attention.  I believe the theme is appropriate for teens and up – it made the prefect date night for us!

Thank you to The Moonlight for having us!


*photo source – Moonlight Stage Productions and used with permission

Shrek the Musical Opens this week at Moonlight Amphitheatre

Posted on: August 13th, 2015 by Kate Hamernik

MSP Shrek 2390 L-R Marc Ginsburg Michelle London Credit Ken Jacques Photography

We have really enjoyed Moonlight Stage Production‘s Summer Line up this year!  We enjoyed All Shook Up and The Music Man earlier – my kids have been most excited about the Musical Shrek.  They haven’t really seen the movie but they know the premise and they are super excited!  I love seeing animated movies made into live stage productions – I feel it brings new life to the live arts!

As predicted, our kids were on the edge of their seats and it was so much fun for the adults as well.  The story celebrates misfits and twists our expectations for fairytales.  This musical is inspired by the movie Shrek and there is a fair amount of ‘little boy’ humor – my son wishes all musicals could have ‘tooting contests’ – but alas, only this one has ever delivered.  While I felt the movie was full of innuendo I am not quite ready for my kids to watch yet, I felt the musical had less and what there was went over our kid’s heads.  It totally got our family’s stamp of approval!

As always seems to be the case with Moonlight over the last 35 years, the cast was phenomenal.  Make sure to go and see it!  Shrek the Musical plays from NOW through August 29th.  The Moonlight is a splurge, but well worth it!  Investing in the community and the arts!  Make sure to check your Entertainment Book for bogo coupons!


If you are unfamiliar with the story of Shrek – here is the synopsis…..

“Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek…” And thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude, and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand…and his name is Shrek.”


Want to see a little behind the scenes fun? Check out this video!

The Moonlight Amphitheatre is located in Vista in North County!


Support the arts in our community and have a great time!  Shrek is a fun outing for the whole family!

The Music Man at Moonlight Amphitheatre

Posted on: July 16th, 2015 by Kate Hamernik


The Music Man is the next in the awesome line up of Broadway shows at Moonlight Amphitheater.

My son and I enjoyed a mother son date night for opening night and it was magical.  I love that we have so many high quality productions here in North County San Diego so we can introduce our kids early to live theater.

If you have not seen The Music Man yet and are wondering if it is a good show to bring the kiddies to – here is the synopsis from the Moonlight Stage Production’s site…

“Described as American as apple pie, The Music Man is family entertainment at its very best. The show follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys band that he will lead despite the fact that he doesn’t know the difference between a trombone and a treble clef! Before can skip town, his heart is stolen by the town librarian who transforms him into a respectable citizen.”

While I was familiar with The Music Man, it was the first time for my son and he really enjoyed it.  He loved the message and identified with the kids as well as Harold Hill – he was so happy with the ending (no spoilers here though). 😉

David Engle and Aleesa Neeck are perfect at Harold Hill and Marian Paroo.  They lead an all star cast that is sure to impress those new to the show as well as those who have loved it for years.  This show is perfectly family friendly with only the tiniest bit of innuendo.


The Moonlight Amphitheatre has been bringing “Broadway Under the Stars” in Vista for 35 years now! Located at Brengle Terrace Park at 1200 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista CA 92084.

The 2015 Summer Season includes

All Shook Up!  – Ah nuts – you missed it!

The Music Man – July 15 – August 1st

Shrek The Musical – August 11 – 29th

Big Fish – September 9 – 26th

Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office


All Shook Up – Moonlight Amphitheatre!

Posted on: June 12th, 2015 by Kate Hamernik


All Shook Up! is the first show of the 35th season at the Moonlight Amphitheatre and it is a wonderful kick off! Moonlight is the San Diego Regional Premiere of this all new story that features the hits of Elvis Presley.

The musical features a rowdy ‘roustabout’ who rides into a boring little town in the 1950s and just stirs it up!  Hilarity and romance ensues and without giving too much away – it is happy endings all around.


We decided to bring the whole crew with us for their first Moonlight Amphitheatre experience and it was perfect for our whole family.  Our littlest (3) quite literally danced in the aisles during every musical number!


 Tickets range from $24 – $52

(SDDS hot tip!  Look in your Entertainment Book for a discount coupon!)

Here is a sneak peek behind the scenes video!

The Moonlight Amphitheatre has been bringing “Broadway Under the Stars” in Vista for 35 years now! Located at Brengle Terrace Park at 1200 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista CA 92084.

The 2015 Summer Season includes

All Shook Up!  Playing NOW through June 27th

The Music Man – July 15 – August 1st

Shrek The Musical – August 11 – 29th

Big Fish – September 9 – 26th

Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office


*Images are by Moonlight Stage Productions and used with permission*