Mama Mary is the host of the her own blog The Mama Mary Show, a freelance writer, author of Dead Dads Club, a mom to two spunky little girls and an a over-zealous GLEEk.

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Family Fun Under the Stars

One of my favorite childhood memories is of eating greasy Kentucky Fried Chicken on a picnic blanket in Balboa Park and then sitting mesmerized by a live production musical under the stars at San Diego’s gem, The Starlight Theatre. It is there that I first witnessed Annie’s Hard Knock Life and Tevya’s fiddling on a roof, and more importantly, it is there that my family and I shared many good times that have stayed with me all of these years.

This summer the Starlight Theatre is proud to present three shows that are all family friendly and sure to delight kids and adults of all ages.

SUDS: The Rocking 60’s Musical is a perfect way to introduce your kids to the classic do wop oldies of the 60’s, like Do Wah Diddy, Chapel of Love and Be My Baby. Parents will be taken back to their youth, while the kiddos boogie in their seats, smiling from ear to ear. Dine at Corvette Diner before the show to get into the mood.

Pajama Game, which was recently revived on Broadway starring Harry Connick Jr , will surely be a hit with the entire family (though, unfortunately for the moms I don’t think he’ll be making any surprise visits to SD). Both the original Broadway show and the revival won the Tony for Best Musical.  The storyline deals with labor issues in a Pajama Factory, which are very timely considering the country’s current economic climate, but more importantly, out of the PJ factory comes a charming, heart-warming love story. The characters are endearing and the music is fun and upbeat, plus how can you go wrong with a character named Poopsie? Dress the kids in their cutest, cuddliest PJs, bring pillows to the picnic and make it a Pajama Party family night out!

Hello Dolly!, the timeless classic, is a perfect way to round out the season. The brassy Dolly will capture the hearts of any and all audience members and will have everyone singing “Hello Dolly” all the way home.

Besides being an outdoor amphitheatre, the Starlight Theatre also happens to be located directly under the Lindbergh Field flight path. In order to compensate for the occasional loud engines blaring overhead, the theatre has set-up a special lighting system that only the actors can detect. When a plane is nearing, a red light will appear signaling the performers and the orchestra to pause, even in mid-sentence. Everyone on stage freezes for a few moments until the plane passes and the light turns green. As a kid, I got the biggest kick out of watching the performers freeze. I wasn’t aware of the lighting system so I was quite impressed by how they just somehow knew when to stop.

And thanks to our friends at Buy With Me, we have one COMPLIMENTARY TICKET to give-away to one of our readers. Just leave a comment with your favorite musical and a winner will be chosen on Friday, June 25. also is running a special right now for $20.00 tickets. CLICK HERE to get in on the deal.

I highly recommend this fun, family-friendly activity for a summer night outing. And don’t forget your blankets and picnic basket!

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Comments (6)

  1. Anonymous 11/13/2013 at 9:29 am

    Good info and right to the point. I don’t know if this is in fact the best place to ask but do you people have any thoughts on where to employ some professional writers? Thx 🙂

  2. Mama Mary 06/26/2010 at 4:48 pm

    Congratulations to Janet O for winning the Complimentary Ticket to one of the Summer Shows!

  3. Janet O 06/25/2010 at 2:18 am

    I'm torn between two favorite musicals…. Mary Poppins which we saw in London a couple of years ago and it was Supercalifragilisticexpalidocious!
    My other fave – Annie…Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love ya tomorrow….
    We are definitely going to try and get to the Starlight Theater – great idea!

  4. Christina 06/22/2010 at 5:43 pm

    GREAT idea! Perfect for kids (and parents- not worrying about the noise level of the kids 😉

  5. Stefanie 06/22/2010 at 3:23 pm

    That sounds like so much fun. Will definitely be going. Thanks for the intel.

  6. Mama Mary 06/22/2010 at 2:33 pm

    Unfortunately the discount on the tickets is now closed. But, we are still giving away one comp time. So leave a comment and win.