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Moonlight Angels Holiday Luncheon

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Pat Murphy…

Pat Murphy

The 2016 Moonlight Angels Holiday Luncheon was held on December 10th at the El Camino Country Club in Oceanside. The Country Club is a beautiful venue but parking can be a challenge. Golf cart shuttles do assist those parking in the lower lots. I got lucky and as I made my third drive through the parking lot someone pulled out right in front of me. The vacant spot turned out to be at the foot of a staircase that led up to a higher lot and the main entrance was just 20 feet away.

The Moonlight Angels Auxiliary began in April of 1992. Donna Jaoudi hosted a luncheon in her home and 24 ladies became members that very day. They now have more than 400 members enjoying the opportunity to keep theater arts thriving in Vista. A lot of the attendees and Angel members were persons that I know from other organizations. Mayor Judy Ritter coming from two other events was greeted by many of the other guests.

The Holiday luncheon wasn’t just for fun and good food. It was also a business meeting with several important items on the agenda. Moonlight Angels Becky Kwock and Barbara Meech opened the meeting. The first order of business was to retire and thank the outgoing officers. Next the membership was asked to endorse a new slate of officers. Next, Carol Jungerheld came up to the podium to recap the 2015 year and the many achievements of the group. She talked about the events like Game Day and the Oceanside Civitan Bowl-a-thon. She also mentioned the Moonlight Youth Theater’s production of Thoroughly Modern Millie, the Spring and the Neverland Luncheons.

  • Angel Place Settings

Upon our arrival, we were warmly greeted and quickly asked if we would like to purchase raffle tickets. Everyone was decked out in Christmas Holiday colors and designs. Everyone, that is, except for one lady. She was wearing a beautiful blue sweater featuring snowflakes and illustrations of the Star of David. A Menorah pin was fastened to the sweater’s neckline and a small Star of David necklace hung from her neck. I introduced myself and learned that her name is Doris Teich. I didn’t have to ask her religious preference.

Our tables were festively decorated with holiday centerpieces and at each place setting were handmade angels enclosed in clear cellophane. Later on I found out that these artful angels had been created by Sonia Hollingsworth. They were great keepsakes and I doubt any were left behind. Along the wall were the raffle prizes sitting on long tables. White paper bags sat in front of each prize. A description of the prize was printed on each bag.


  • Thank You Gifts

Terri Omori came up next to introduce three of the young stars from the MYT Show Choir. 12 year old Connor Simon was asked what he liked about being in the MYT. He replied that he likes to meet new people, have fun, and he finds the MYT to be very organized.

10 year old Charlotte Larson was an intern over the past year working with the costumers. She likes creating and sewing. Her grandmother taught her how to sew. She told the luncheon attendees that she learned to appreciate costumes and how difficult it is to be a costumer. She said you need to be “prepared to be bombarded with questions”.

15 year old Mehel Dubois has been performing since she was 6 years old. She lives in Temecula and is new to the program. She likes performing at the Moonlight because of the atmosphere and the professional stage. She added that when she performed in Thoroughly Modern Millie, it was the first time she had performed with a real orchestra.

The luncheon main dish was some of the best Monterey Chicken I have ever tasted. The tender chicken breast was topped with a large tomato slice, a generous portion of avocado, and smothered in a creamy and delightful cheese sauce. The accompanying green beans were perfectly prepared. It was a very nice meal.

After the main course and before the decadent dessert was brought out, we got to see the MYT Show Choir in action. A Holiday Musical unfolded in front of us. Starting with songs from a 1933 Broadway show that is credited with creating Christmas songs and ending up with more well-known songs such as White Christmas, the young troopers put on a fantastic show. According to everyone in the room… The Moonlight Youth Theater Show Choir was marvelous, wonderful, talented, exhilarating, amazing, professional, beautiful, inspiring, brilliant, superb, breathtaking, awesome, perfect, astonishing, dazzling, delightful, and outstanding. I can only add one word… WOW!

Moonlight Youth Theatre is a program of the Moonlight Cultural Foundation. Moonlight Youth Theatre is dedicated to providing high-quality, professional theatrical training for young people ages 7 to 18. Each year the Moonlight Foundation and the Moonlight Angels help hundreds of aspiring young actors pursue their dreams by producing stage productions and theatrical workshops. Angels are most often associated with biblical stories. Some angels are Christmas tree toppers. These Moonlight Angels are heaven sent, hard-working, theater lovers.



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