Moonlight Amphitheatre

Photos: Steve McClelland


Part traditional architect-led design, part design-build, the reconstruction of the Moonlight Amphitheatre brings this Vista organization to a new level. L&B worked with the city, theatre personnel, architects and contractors in the design of a new stagehouse and backstage spaces and assumed primary responsibility for the new performance lighting and motorized rigging systems.

In addition to a new stagehouse, scene shop, rehearsal space and performer support area, the project features a unique cantilevered canopy which supports two front-of-house catwalks and a passarelle around the orchestra pit which recreates a notable feature of the original amphitheatre.

The project design phase originally began in 2001 and will opened June 27, 2009 with a special performance by Broadway regular Brian Stokes-Mitchell. The original construction budget was approximately $6.8M in 2001 and after an expansion of the project, the final construction cost was $11.5M in 2008.


Design/Build Institute of America 2010 National Design-Build Excellence Award Winner, Public Sector Under $25 Million

DBIA Western Regional Award, 2010

California Parks and Recreation Society 2009 Award of Excellence Facility Design Cultural Facilities

Owner's Representative

Daniel Kays, Managing Director
Moonlight Stage Productions
600 Eucalyptus, Vista, CA 92084

General Contractor

John Messick, Sundt Construction,
1660 Hotel Circle N Suite 400
San Diego, CA  92108

Construction Data

12,781 occupied square feet.
Total project construction cost $11.5M.   
Completed June 2009