2017 Summer Drama Camp Staff
Meet the Staff By the end of 2016 we staged 31 events and productions and we did it with a handful of staff. How? Over the years we have learned the importance of streamlining and consolidation. We've been able to keep our shows high quality and affordable by doing one simple thing: We hire talented people who are multi-taskers. Below you will meet those people along with the owners and theater managers.
Randall Hickman and Douglas Davis Owners of
Vista’s Broadway Theater; Premiere for Kids and Premiere Productions
Randall and Doug have been San Diego residents for 25 years and have starred on most of the county’s stages including the Lawrence Welk Resort and Moonlight Amphitheatre. Their acting awards and nominations include, Dramalogue, Patte, Aubrey, San Diego Critics, Stage Scene L.A., C.A.S.T. and Robbi awards. In 2012 the duo was nominated for the prestigious San Diego Critics Award for their performances in Moonlight Amphitheater’s 2011 production of HAIRSPRAY with Randall winning the award for Best Featured Actor in a musical. Randall was nominated again in 2014 for 'Director of a Musical'—Spamalot at the Welk Resort Theater. In 1992 the duo created their youth company, PREMIERE FOR KIDS and in 1993 they added the adult company; PREMIERE PRODUCTIONS. Twenty-three years later they are thrilled to see so many of their former students performing all over the world, and being featured regularly in TV and film roles. With two successful companies up and running, Hickman and Davis decided it was time to have a ‘home base’ that their adult company could call home. So, in June of 2004, the duo opened their first theater, THE BROADWAY THEATER on East Broadway in downtown Vista. In the short time the BROADWAY has been in operation, critics have embraced the stages with awards and accolades, including the KGTV A-LIST AWARD for BEST THEATER IN SAN DIEGO for 2007, 2008, and 2012. While awards are nice, it’s the support of the theater-going-public that the duo owe their biggest thanks. At a time when theaters are closing all over the country THE BROADWAY is still going strong! Never one to sit on their laurels, in March of 2012, the duo embarked on a new theatrical journey: Producing a mini-season of shows at the LAWRENCE WELK RESORT THEATER in Escondido, California.
Katie Silva - Manager, The Broadway Theater
Katie has been managing the Broadway Theater for 11 years. She started as a student with Premiere for Kids and made her BROADWAY THEATER acting debut on the Broadway stage in our 2007 production of Blithe Spirit and then again as the ‘no nonsense secretary’ in Moonlight and Magnolia’s. Katie’s youth theater directing credits include; 101 Dalmatians, Cinderella; If the shoe fits and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Off-Broadway Theater.
Tommy Eyler - Youth Theater Manager
Tommy likes to consider himself 'late to the party, but the life of it', starting children's theater on his 17th Birthday and then nearly obsessively learning what he could about the trade. In two years, he appeared in 17 plays, including The Cowardly Lion in ‘The Wizard of Oz’; Captain Hook in Premiere's adaptation of ‘Peter Pan’, and Chef Louis in Disney's ‘The Little Mermaid’ on the Moonlight stage. His largest accomplishment to date is writing, directing, acting in, and being light & sound board operator for his own play, ‘The Adventures of Pecos Bill’, at the Off Broadway Theater in May 2013.
Kathy Brombacher - Director: Come Back to the 5 and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean
Kathy has helmed the artistic vision and growth of Moonlight Stage Productions in Vista beginning in 1981 when she was a Vista High School theatre educator with an MFA in Acting, holding a passionately ambitious dream to produce large-scale musicals in the City of Vista’s outdoor amphitheatre. Over the 32 years of her artistic leadership , major milestones in the theatre’s development occurred. In 1995, the City of Vista put Moonlight’s staff in charge of renovating the AVO Playhouse, transforming it from a the remnants of a 1948 movie theatre to a beautiful legitimate theatre where Moonlight produces its indoor Winter Season. In 2009, the miraculous completion of the new state-of-the art Amphitheatre stage house in Brengle Terrace Park was a 20-year dream come to fruition. Kathy has produced or directed almost 200 musical and non-musical productions, concerts, and fund-raisers, while advocating for strong youth theatre programs in the community. She has been called a leader and catalyst for the growth of theatrical arts in North County. Over the years, Kathy has been the recipient of prestigious awards: The Craig Noel Award for “Theatrical Trailblazer” from the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle; the Shiley Lifetime Achievement Award from the Patte Awards for Theatrical Excellence; Woman of the Year from California Women in Government; Woman of Distinction by Soroptimist International; and induction into the Vista Historical Society’s Hall of Fame. She is proud to have been part of the grant-writing team to have received three grants from the National Endowment for the Arts to help fund Moonlight’s artistic work in the winter season. One of Kathy’s proudest achievements is seeing the young artists and technicians who began their theatrical career at Moonlight move forward into their Broadway or regional theatre careers as actors or as professional designers, stage managers and technicians.
Ray Limon - Director / Choreographer: The Drowsy Chapperone
Ray is pleased to be back with Premiere Productions at the Welk Theatre. Ray has directed and choreographed Welk productions for over twenty years and over three hundred shows across the country. Including the Welk's recent critically acclaimed productions of CABARET and CHICAGO (2013 Stage Scene LA Award Best Director / Choreographer, San Diego Bravo Award Best Choreographer, and San Diego Critics Circle nomination Best Director). Other productions include SOUTH PACIFIC starring John Raitt, Christmas with Carol Channing at the Aqua Caliente Casino in Palm Desert, and Liza Minelli's Man Alive concert at the Orange County Performing Arts Center.
Ray has staged countless shows and special events for Disneyland and Walt Disney World including Walt Disney World's Fourth of July Spectacular, The internationally televised Super Bowl XXI Half time show, and the opening to the Tournament of Roses Parade. Ray has been awarded six Stage Scene LA Awards, two Los Angeles Robby Awards, the Desert Theatre League Award, two London Arms Pub and Playhouse Awards, and two Inland Valley Theatre League Awards for Outstanding Director and Choreographer. As a performer Ray has appeared in film and television including COLUMBO, EXORCIST - II THE HERETIC, and STAYING ALIVE starring John Travolta.
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