“Matilda the Musical,” directed by Jamie Torcellini, has dynamic elements that we expect from Moonlight Stage Productions and a splendid cast that shines. Every scene screams with childlike imagination. In the tender song “Quiet,” Charity Rose as Matilda sings in a heartfelt whisper. As she walks closer to the stage edge, we are struck by her tiny frame and bravery…

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The world has enjoyed author Victor Hugo’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” since its original publication in 1831 — so much so that the story has commanded lots of attention amid technical advancement. Moonlight Stage Productions is giving the live show, based on Disney’s 1996 animation, a go — and the result is a cautionary tale about the theater’s errant place in matters that probably shouldn’t concern it.

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Assembling our year-end feature for SanDiegostory.com is rewarding. Our archives are filled with pages about amazing performances, dancers, choreographers, musicians, costumers, designers, and directors. Dozens of local and touring troupes filled stages and outdoor spaces…

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