Our History

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This section of our website explores the Moonlight's history and includes Stories from the Moonlight, where we go in-depth about the past, present and future.


The inaugural production of the "Vista Summer Theatre Festival" in 1981, Oliver!

Looking Back

Thirty-five years ago, Kathy Brombacher stood on what was then a concrete stage with officials from the City of Vista and the Vista Unified School District. With no amenities such as electricity, running water, or bathrooms, Brombacher proclaimed that the small stage and grassy tiers could be home to musical theatre under the Vista sky. That meeting set in motion the development of musicals jointly produced by the city and the school district. In 1984, the "Vista Summer Theatre Festival" was brought under the umbrella of the city and the theatre was renamed the Moonlight Amphitheatre. For 33 years until her retirement on December 31, 2012, Brombacher led the development of what is now known as Moonlight Stage Productions as Producing Artistic Director.

The Present

Today, Moonlight Stage Productions is recognized as one of San Diego County's major theatres and is critically acclaimed for its Broadway-quality musicals. Led by Producing Artistic Director Steven Glaudini the Moonlight is experiencing an exciting period of audience growth and artistic vigor. Combined with Glaudini's artistic direction and buoyed by the re-construction of the Moonlight Amphitheatre in 2008/09 with a state-of-the-art stage house, the Moonlight Amphitheatre welcomes its audiences to experience Broadway's Best Under the Stars.

mary poppins

Moonlight Stage Productions presented the Southern California Professional Premiere of Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins as part of the 2014 season breaking attendance records.

Looking Ahead

In the fall of 2014, Moonlight Stage Productions announced the creation of a sister brand, Moonlight Presents. Moonlight Presents expands the entertainment offerings of The Moonlight year-round by offering exciting performing arts presentations. Concerts, family theatre and cabaret will be offered in the months before and after Moonlight Stage Productions Summer Season of Broadway Musicals.

Stories from the Moonlight

As Good as Broadway - by Marcia Manna
A Field of Dreams - by Marcia Manna
Simple Gifts: It All Started with a Stroll - by Fred Tracey