Moonlight Stage Productions Presents the San Diego Regional Premiere of ‘The Addams Family – A New Musical Comedy’

Moonlight Stage Productions Presents the San Diego Regional Premiere of ‘The Addams Family – A New Musical Comedy’
July, 2016 Client News

VISTA, CA – July 20, 2016 – When the daylight ends and the moon ascends, find yourself at Moonlight Amphitheatre for “The Addams Family – A New Musical Comedy.” The creepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky family we all know and love storms onto the Moonlight stage Wednesday, Sept. 14 through Saturday, Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m. A comedic musical performance about family, “The Addams Family” brings the San Diego community together to view a different kind of family dynamic. The show opened on Broadway in April 2010 with an extremely impressive original cast, including the incomparable Nathan Lane as the family’s patriarch, Gomez Addams. Tickets for the Moonlight production are just $20 to $55 for reserved seats; $8 to $20 for general lawn admission and includes a lawn chair provided at entry. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 760-724-2110 or visit moonlightstage.com.

The original Broadway production ran for 35 previews and 722 performances, and won a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Set Design in 2010. The comedic musical also won the Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards for Favorite New Broadway Musical, Favorite Performance by a Featured Actor in a Broadway Musical, Favorite Breakthrough Performance, and Favorite Onstage Pair. The Moonlight production is the San Diego Regional Premiere.

The cast for “The Addams Family – A New Musical Comedy” includes: David Engel (Gomez Addams), Terra MacLeod (Morticia Addams), Randall Hickman (Uncle Fester), Lindsay Joan (Wednesday Addams), Ryan Singer (Pugsley Addams), Dustin Ceithamer (Lurch), and Samantha Wynn Greenstone (Grandma).

It’s been a season of local talent and “The Addams Family” follows suit with another wonderful Moonlight cast featuring San Diegans. However, the creepy captivating couple Gomez and Morticia Addams will be played by two Broadway veterans, David Engel and Terra MacLeod. Engel, a longtime Moonlight performer who was last seen at Moonlight as Harold Hill in the 2015 production of “The Music Man,” has generously stepped away from the Broadway stage to perform in “The Addams Family.” MacLeod, an award-winning actress best known for her portrayal of Velma Kelly in the hit Broadway musical, “Chicago,” will be lending her song and dance talents to the Moonlight for its final summer show.

“I can think of no better ghoul to bring to life ‘The Addams Family’ than director James Vasquez,” said Steven Glaudini, Producing Artistic Director, Moonlight Stage Productions. “As a director, James is well-known for taking audiences to outwardly places, whether it’s the ‘Rocky Horror Show’ or ‘The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.’ I couldn’t be more pleased to have two Broadway veterans, David Engel (‘Seussical,’ ‘Putting it Together,’ ‘La Cage aux Folles’ and the original ‘Smudge in Forever Plaid’) and Terra C. MacLeod (Velma in ‘Chicago’) play Gomez and Morticia respectively. Joining them is my buddy and Moonlight veteran Randall Hickman as Uncle Fester. It’s the perfect cast and the perfect show to close our 36th season.”

The production and design team includes: James Vasquez, director; Karl Warden, choreographer; Randi Ellen Rudolph, musical director; and Julie Lamoureux, conductor.

Moonlight Stage Productions is generously supported by the Moonlight Cultural Foundation, whose sole purpose is to raise funds in support of the City of Vista’s award-winning community treasure enjoyed by generations of San Diegans for more than 35 years. The organization has continued to assist with the development of the Moonlight Amphitheatre through fundraising campaigns and events. The musical theatre is owned and operated by the city of Vista. These activities have allowed capital improvements to be made, as well as increased the production value of the shows from one year to the next. To donate to the Moonlight Cultural Foundation, please visit www.moonlightfoundation.com or connect with Toria Watson, CEO, Moonlight Cultural Foundation, 760-630-7650.

CALENDAR INFORMATION:
“The Addams Family – A New Musical Comedy”
Sept. 14 – Oct. 1, 2016
NOTE: Sept. 14 – Sept. 25: Wednesday through Sunday nights; Sept. 29 through Oct. 1: Thursday through Saturday nights
Curtain at 7:30 p.m.
Gates open for picnicking and dining at 6:00 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 dedicated to producing musical theatre of the highest caliber. The Moonlight’s remarkable traditions of production and audience experience have been heralded by patrons and critics alike for 36 years and have been hailed as “San Diego’s Number One Outdoor Theatre.”

The Moonlight Amphitheatre is one of the region’s most state-of-the-art theatre venues and the most unique. Under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Steven Glaudini and Managing Director Daniel Kays, Moonlight State Productions produces four musicals each summer utilizing a combination of Broadway talent and outstanding regional artists. Both the City and Moonlight Stage Productions gratefully acknowledge the non-profit fundraising partner, the Moonlight Cultural Arts Foundation and its sponsors and donors, for its support of the theatre’s development over the past three decades.

For more information on the Moonlight or the AVO Playhouse, a 385-seat rental theatre operated by the City of Vista, visit moonlightstage.com or connect on Facebook, Twitter, and on Instagram.

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.

“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.

“Chris Mann and 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.