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Moonlight Amphitheatre Welcomes ‘A Very Electric Christmas’ to Brighten Up the Holiday Season

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 A Lightwire Theater production for the entire family captivates audiences nationwide with dazzling light show; Families encouraged to come early for ‘snow play’ before the show begins  

VISTA, CA – Nov. 2016 – Lightwire Theater’s “A Very Electric Christmas” charges its way onto the stage of the Moonlight Amphitheatre on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016 at 6 p.m. Audiences of all ages will treasure this magical and captivating tale of family, friendship, and hope that is performed in complete darkness, and set to timeless holiday hits, including songs by Nat King Cole, Mariah Carey, and Tchaikovsky. Lightwire Theater is known for its signature brand of dazzling visuals and storytelling incorporating a combination of dance, puppetry and technology.

In this wonderful story, Santa’s helpers are putting the final touches on presents as a young bird named Max and his family head south for the winter. When Max gets blown off course during a snowstorm, he ends up alone and lost at the North Pole. As he tries to make his way home, his adventure begins when he encounters friendly caroling worms, dancing poinsettias, Nutcracker soldiers, mischievous mice and an evil Rat King.

Critically praised by Where Y’At Magazine, this “fantastically executed show” brings to life fun creatures through dance and gadgetry, appealing to a wide audience of theatre-goers, and tech-lovers alike. As the fifth and final show of the first-ever Moonlight Presents series, “A Very Electric Christmas” launches Vista’s holiday season in style with its mesmerizing light displays and familiar Christmastime tunes.

In addition to the high-flying light show, there will also be a special snow area for kids to play in before the performance! The snow area will be open at 4:30 p.m. until 5:45 p.m. on the Great Lawn. Entrance to the area is included with admission price.

ABOUT LIGHTWIRE THEATER ….Ian and Eleanor Carney were both born and raised in New Orleans and met at the age of 13, through ballet class. Their successful dancing careers took them to New York, and it was on Broadway when Ian met co-creator, Corbin Popp, while dancing in Twyla Tharp’s “Movin’ Out.” An immediate connection was made between the kindred spirits as they discovered their mutual love of art, theater and technology. After coming across a product called, “EL wire,” the lights turned on and the possibilities seemed endless. Together, with their wives Eleanor and Whitney, they began to experiment with shapes and designs to develop puppetry-based neon creatures that quickly came to life.

After years of engineering and development, they initially founded CORBiAN Visual Arts and Dance. Although New York offered many opportunities, Ian and Eleanor wanted to return to New Orleans shortly after Hurricane Katrina hit their hometown. With the hopes of helping to rebuild their city, they were joined by Corbin and Whitney Popp and eventually founded Lightwire Theater.

Since then, they have become internationally recognized for their signature brand of electroluminescent artistry, poignant storytelling and music scores designed to evoke imagery. Lightwire Theater continues to create and deliver innovative theatrical experiences to audiences worldwide based out of New Orleans, LA.

ABOUT “MOONLIGHT PRESENTS” ….Moonlight Presents is a cultural arts program of the City of Vista offering concerts and performances. Tickets are on sale now in person at the VisTix box office, by phone at 760-724-2110 and online at moonlightstage.com. For these events, no outside food or drinks are permitted. The Artisan Café will be open, offering a full-range of food and beverages before the show and during intermission. “Moonlight Presents” is produced through the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Vista and is presented in partnership with the Moonlight Cultural Foundation.

“Moonlight Presents,” gates open 90-minutes prior to curtain. Three new discounted seating areas are offered: 

  • Fringe Seats: These are reserved seats on the outer edges of the reserved seat section.
  • Reserved Lawn: This option provides patrons the convenience of not having to line-up early at the gate hours before performances to get the best lawn seats. Just like a reserved seat, patrons can now reserve a spot on the lawn. Lawn chairs will be provided as part of the ticket price.
  • General Admission Lawn: This seating area is located on the “Great Lawn” located on the hillside at the back of the amphitheatre. This area is steeply discounted and perfect for families looking for an affordable way to experience a night out at the theatre. Lawn chairs are provided as part of the ticket price. (NOTE: FOR ALL LAWN AREAS, NO OUTSIDE CHAIRS ARE PERMITTED).


Lightwire Theater presents “A Very Electric Christmas” on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016 at 6 p.m presented by “Moonlight Presents”

Box Office Open at 4 p.m. -Gates Open at 4:30 p.m. -Snow Area Open at 4:30 p.m. –

Moonlight Amphitheatre 1200 Vale Terrace Dr., Vista, CA 92084

Orchestra: $25-Reserved: $20 – Fringe: $18 -Reserved Lawn: $15- General Admission Lawn: $10

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,  or call 760-630-7650.

IMPORTANT CONTACT INFO FOR THE PUBLIC: VisTix Box Office phone: 760-724-2110 -Online ordering: vistixonline.com






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