Opening Gala at the New Moonlight Amphitheatre.
The Moonlight Amphitheatre’s construction project is a significant milestone in the facility’s 30+ year history. The aging stage and temporary backstage facilities will be replaced with a stage house and permanent support facilities. Key features of the project include a fly loft with an electronic rigging system for scenery and equipment, backstage restrooms and dressing rooms, a rehearsal room, work shop, costume room, orchestra pit, permanent theatrical equipment infrastructure, and lighting and audio/visual equipment packages. The project also includes associated site development and site work, disabled access upgrades, and new restrooms near the South entrance of the theatre.
For more information on the Moonlight Amphitheatre Project, please contact Marie Ertel at 760.726.1340 ext 1141.
The construction phase of the Stage House Project began in September 2008 and has been completed.
The Moonlight Amphitheatre located in Vista’s Brengle Terrace Park was originally constructed in 1975 by the Vista Foundation (now the Moonlight Cultural Foundation) as part of a bicentennial project. Original construction included a small concrete stage and a terraced seating area. Summer theatre productions began in 1981 and continue today with the Summer Season of Broadway-style musicals. The Moonlight Amphitheatre is also used for community events and rentals such as the City’s Fourth of July celebration, Youth Theatre productions, concerts, fundraisers, and church services. Over a million people have enjoyed the Moonlight and its various programs since the early 1980’s.
The Moonlight Amphitheatre stage and temporary backstage facilities are in need of upgrading in order to continue serving the City’s cultural and performing arts programs and to meet the accessibility needs of the community. Constructing a covered stage as well as backstage support facilities will have several other benefits such as improving overall safety conditions and security and providing protection from the elements for personnel and equipment.
A master plan has been in place since 1991 to complete the necessary upgrades including a new stage house. In 1992, the City hired an architectural firm to design a new stage house and permanent backstage facilities. In 2003, the initial phase of the project was complete, including the installation of underground utilities and a backstage fire access road. In November 2007, the City started the Design/Build process for the current project in preparation for the construction that began in September 2008.