Member Spotlight: Moonlight Cultural Foundation

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September 25, 2018

Tell us about your company.

The Moonlight Cultural Foundation serves the community of San Diego County through its support of Moonlight Stage Productions, the official Cultural Arts program of the City of Vista, and its mission to enhance and inspire community through cultural arts experiences, as well as Moonlight Youth Theatre and its mission to impact and improve the lives of students and families through transformative arts education.


What products or services does your business provide?

The Foundation was founded in 1974 to be the custodian of funds for the construction of an amphitheatre in Vista's Brengle Terrace park which is home to Moonlight Stage Productions. Today, the Foundation raises over $500,000 in support for Moonlight Stage Productions through memberships, grants, special events, and government support. In addition to fundraising for The Moonlight, the Foundation supports its own Moonlight Youth Theatre. Moonlight Youth Theatre is dedicated to providing high-quality, professional theatrical training for young people ages 7 to 18. Each year we help hundreds of aspiring young actors pursue their dreams by producing stage productions and theatrical workshops. We encourage family support and participation in the theatre as we instill standards of performance excellence among our youth. We are committed to providing an education in theatre arts that encourages teamwork and leadership skills. We aim to challenge young people to develop confidence, creativity, and consideration for others in the context of professional theatre.


What was the most memorable or successful moment in your business' history?

In 2009, the new state-of-the-art stage house and amphitheatre opened completing a successful capital fundraising effort from the Foundation to outfit the brand new space with high-quality sound equipment and theatrical lighting equipment.


Tell us an interesting fact about your business.

We have a group of volunteers called the Moonlight Angels Auxiliary that we adore! They're just a piece of what makes our jobs at The Foundation so exciting!


What tips/advice can you offer that is related to your business' industry?

We love when local businesses partner with arts organizations! There are a plethora of reasons businesses should partner with organizations like the Moonlight Cultural Foundation: the arts are good for local merchants, they drive tourism, they strengthen the economy, and they spark creativity and innovation in our community as well as amongst your employees!


Do you have any upcoming events or information you want your fellow Chamber Members and the community to know about?

The Foundation is currently supporting the Moonlight Youth Theatre's 2018 season with performances of Disney's Beauty and the Beast throughout October.  More information can be found at our website,!


For more information on Moonlight Cultural Foundation visit

Justin Vierela, (760) 630-7650