"Moonlight Amphitheatre is arguably the leading cultural treasure of North County. Located in Vista’s Brengle Terrace Park, the venue provides an idyllic location for enjoying the outdoors while watching high quality performances...both the venue and the company provided the kind of experience a cultural treasure should provide."
San Diego Story
Producing Artistic Director
|Colleen Kollar Smith
Founder and Producing Artistic Director-Emeritus
Moonlight Stage Productions has been producing musical theatre for the enjoyment of audiences from throughout Southern California and beyond for 38 years. The cultural arts program of the City of Vista, Moonlight is an award-winning, professional company presenting a season of four Broadway musicals in the 2,000-person capacity Moonlight Amphitheatre every summer. Our productions are presented in partnership with our non-profit fund-raising partner, the Moonlight Cultural Foundation.
Our musicals are produced from the ground-up utilizing a combination of Broadway, professional regional, and exceptional local talent. Our creative staffs of directors and choreographers are the best on the musical theatre scene, some of whom have been associated with the Broadway or national touring productions of the work they are staging at Moonlight. One of the hallmarks of the Moonlight experience are our full pit orchestras performing the music LIVE. Our brand of musical theatre is as close as you'll get to Broadway quality without having to travel to New York. As StageScene LA remarked about our musicals: New York has met its match.
While Moonlight imports talent with professional credits including Broadway, we have also exported talent to the Great White Way. Moonlight Stage Productions is renowned for providing the foundation of performance experience that numerous actors working on Broadway and nationally today acquired during the early years of their career.
The caliber of production and stage craft is second-to-none. Moonlight often utilizes the Broadway sets and costumes for its productions.
We are committed to producing the highest quality of musical theatre for our audience. The critical acclaim from regional press and awards from the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle signifies our commitment for producing Broadway's Best Under the Stars.
Under Moonlight Presents, the City of Vista's performing arts program, the Moonlight Amphitheatre is now a year-round venue through the presentation of concerts, cabaret and other presentations.
Photography credits: Ken Jacques Photography, Adriana Zuniga Photography, John Howard, and Alan Crosthwaite.