Moonlight Stage Productions Presents The San Diego Professional Premiere of ‘All Shook Up’

Moonlight Stage Productions Presents The San Diego Professional Premiere of ‘All Shook Up’
May, 2015 Client News

Inspired by the songs of Elvis Presley
Joe DiPietro, Author
Charlie Williams, Director and Choreographer
Lyndon Pugeda, Musical Director and Conductor
June 10-27, 2015 (Press Opening: Wednesday, June 10, 2015)

VISTA, CA – May 14, 2015 – Moonlight Stage Productions presents the San Diego Professional Premiere of “All Shook Up,” a hysterical new musical comedy about a guitar-playing, hip-swiveling roustabout who rides into a sleepy town in 1955 determined to help everyone discover the magic and romance of rock and roll. Throw in some mixed-up love stories and whacky Shakesperean gender-bending hijinks and you have a musical that guarantees your entire family will be jumping out of their blue suede shoes! “All Shook Up” runs June 10 through June 27, 2015 under the stars at Moonlight Amphitheatre in Vista, Calif. All performances begin at 8 p.m. Single tickets are priced $24 to $52. To purchase tickets or for more information, call (760) 724-2110 or visit

The cast for “All Shook Up” includes:

Michael James Byrne (Chad) is making his Moonlight Stage Productions debut. His theatre credits include “Mary Poppins,” (West Virginia Public Theatre and Peach State Summer Theatre); “42nd Street” and “Smokey Joe’s Café” (Peach State Summer Theatre). He has also had principal roles as “Miss Saigon,”  “South Pacific,” “Cabaret,” “Hairspray,” and “Les Miserables.”

Katharine McDonough (Natalie Haller) recently performed in the world premiere production of “Pride and Prejudice” at La Mirada Theatre. Her theatre credits include: “Les Miserables,” “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” “The Wedding Singer,” “Oklahoma!” and “Sweeney Todd.” “All Shook Up” marks her debut at Moonlight Stage Productions.

Todd Nielsen (Jim Haller) returns to Moonlight Stage Productions, where he directed the production of “Phantom.” He also recently directed San Diego Musical Theatre’s hit production of “Singin’ in the Rain.” Nielsen’s other theatre credits include: “The Wizard of Oz,” “The Little Mermaid” and “Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat” (Tuacahn Center for the Arts); “Ruthless and Death Takes a Holiday” (Musical Theatre Guild); “Carnival” (Musical Theatre West); “She Loves Me” (Alpine Theatre Project & South Bay Civic Light Opera); “The Emperor’s New Clothes” (South Coast Repertory); “Annie,” “1776,” and “The Wizard of Oz” (Musical Theatre West); “Leading Ladies” (Norris Theatre); “Side Show,” “How to Succeed in Business,” “An Ideal Husband,” “Putting It Together,” and “City of Angels” (Colony Theatre); “Wonderful Town” (Reprise); and “Me and My Girl” (Grand Dinner Theatre). Nielsen can also be seen as the Narrator/Sultan in Disney’s “Aladdin” at California Adventure.

Vonetta Mixon (Sylvia) returns to Moonlight Stage Productions, where she also performed in “Seussical,” “Dreamgirls,” “Smokey Joe’s Café” and “Big River.”

Tracy Lore (Mayor Matilda Hyde) returns to Moonlight Stage Productions in “All Shook Up,” and performed in the company’s past productions of “Catch Me If You Can,” “Young Frankenstein,” “Anything Goes,” “Hairspray “Crazy for You,”  “Guys & Dolls,” and “Me & My Girl.” Additional local and regional theatre credits include “The Wedding Singer,” ”The Producers,” “All Shook Up,”  “The Full Monty,” “Me & My Girl,” “The Will Rogers Follies,” “The Drowsy Chaperone,” “Once Upon A Mattress,”  “42nd Street,” “Carousel,” “Betty Blue Eyes” (American Premiere),  “A Little Night Music,” “Cinderella,” “Boeing, Boeing,”  “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” “Proposals,” “Noises Off,” “Company,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “Into the Woods” and “Peter Pan.”

Christine Hewitt (Miss Sandra) returns to Moonlight Stage Productions, where she also performed in “Spamalot” and in “Bye Bye Birdie.” Her other theatre credits includes: Lucy “Eleanor: An American Love Story,” (Ford’s Theatre (D.C.)); “Nunsense,” (Actor’s Theatre of Louisville); “Singin’ in the Rain,” (North Carolina Theatre); “Grease,” (Sacramento Music Circus); “Follies,” (San Diego’s Starlight Theatre); and the first national tour of “Sunset Boulevard.”

Jake Saenz (Dennis) makes his Moonlight Stage Productions debut. Saenz has also appeared in productions of “Spring Awakening,” “Next to Normal”, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” “Dames at Sea,” “Brigadoon,” “Rent,” “Grease,” and “Bat Boy: The Musical.”

Yvonne (Lorraine) returns to Moonlight Stage Productions in “All Shook Up.” Yvonne has also appeared in productions of “Smokey Joe’s Café,” “Grease,” “Pal Joey,” “Welk Christmas,” “Hairspray,” “A Little Night Music,” and “Anything Goes.” She has also performed at SeaWorld San Diego, and San Diego State University.

Production and Design team includes: Charlie Williams, director and choreographer; Lyndon Pugeda, musical director and conductor; Jean-Yves Tessier, lighting designer; Carlotta Malone, costume coordinator; Stanley D. Cohen, stage manager.

“All Shook Up”
San Diego Professional Premiere
June 10-27, 2015
NOTE: June 10-21: Wednesday through Sunday nights; June 25-27: Thursday through Saturday nights
Curtain at 8 p.m.
Gates open for picnicking and dining at 6:30 p.m.
Ticket price range: $24-$52
Discounts for seniors, students and military available
Box Office Phone: (760) 724-2110


  • Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday night Family Night prices are $24 for adults and $10 for children.
  • Friday night Family Night prices are $31 for adults and $15 for children. Child tickets good for kids age 15 and under. Family Night tickets are good for the lawn section only. Chairs are provided free of charge upon entry. Tickets must be purchased at the door on the night of performance.
  • Student Rush Tickets are available for high school, college and university students with a valid ID and are $15 each. Student Rush Tickets are sold for every night except Saturday and must be purchased at the door, and are good for the lawn only. Chair provided at no extra charge. One ticket per ID.

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.

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 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.

The award-winning Moonlight Stage Productions is the cultural arts program of the City of Vista and is produced in partnership with the Moonlight Cultural Foundation, who is also the fundraising arm for the organization. Connect with Moonlight Stage Productions on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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. 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. Moonlight Cultural Foundation’s sponsors include: Muriel & Hans Schiff, Forte For Children, Datron World Communications, Issa Family Foundation, Modern Builders Supply, Mossy BMW of Vista, Vista Valley Country Club, Gardenology, Cox, Scripps, Pacific Marine Credit Union, and Atlantic & Pacific Management. For more information on supporting Moonlight Stage Productions and helping to preserve the joy of live theatre for future generations to come, please visit, Facebook or call (760) 630-7650.