The Pasadena Playhouse announced cast members for this year’s Panto at the Playhouse SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT. The cast will feature Disney Recording Artist Olivia Holt as “Aurora” (Disney’s “I Didn’t Do It”), Lucy Lawless as “Carabosse” (“Xena: Warrior Princess,” “Spartacus”), David Engel as “Nanny Tickle” (Broadway’s “La Cage aux Folles,” “Seussical”), Tamyra Gray as “The Good Fairy” (“American Idol,” Broadway’s “Bombay Dreams” and “Rent”) and returning from last year’s Panto at the Playhouse production of Aladdin and His Winter Wish, Ben Giroux as “Silly Billy” (CW’s “Hart of Dixie).
SLEEPING BEAUTY and Her Winter Knight opens December 10, 2014 and plays through January 4, 2015 at The Pasadena Playhouse.
Also returning from last year’s hugely successful Panto at The Playhouse production of Aladdin and His Winter Wish, will be director Bonnie Lythgoe (“So You Think You Can Dance”), choreographer Spencer Liff (Emmy nominee “So You Think You Can Dance”) and musical director Michael Orland (“American Idol”). The book is by Kris Lythgoe, scenic and costume design by Lythgoe Family Productions, and the LFP producers include Kris Lythgoe, Bonnie Lythgoe, Becky Lythgoe and Jason Haigh Ellery.
Lythgoe Family Productions produces fun, musical theatre the whole family can enjoy. Known for their creativity and involvement in television hits “American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance,” the Lythgoes are dedicated to bringing affordable theatre to families across America. Based on the Grimm fairytales, each story has been modernized with topical scripts for parents and well known pop songs for kids. The Lythgoes pride themselves on creating a memorable experience a family can share together. Past Panto at The Playhouse productions include: A Snow White Christmas starring Ariana Grande and Neil Patrick Harris and Aladdin and His Winter Wish starring Ben Vereen, Bruce Vilanch, and Ashley Argota.
Playhouse Artistic Director Sheldon Epps says “I am very pleased to continue our much cherished collaboration with Lythgoe Family Productions with this year’s exciting panto version of SLEEPING BEAUTY. I know that we will once more have holiday magic, music, and enchantment on our stage with this production. We are beginning to put together a wonderful cast and creative team that I know will deliver this material with great style, wit, and theatricality.”
“We are so excited to be back for our third installment of Panto at The Playhouse! We continue our drive and passion, along with Sheldon Epps and Elizabeth Doran, to introduce new and young audiences to the theatre through Panto. With such a great cast, SLEEPING BEAUTY and Her Winter Knight is set to become the most successful Panto yet. The must see magical event for families this holiday season,” adds LFP producers Kris and Becky Lythgoe.
An updated version of the classic Grimm fairytale, in the style of a traditional British family Panto, SLEEPING BEAUTY and Her Winter Knight is a singing and soaring winter adventure that features family-friendly magic, with a comedic twist, dancing (with “So You Think You Can Dance” alumni), a live pony, interaction with the audience and contemporary music from Jessie J’s “Domino” to John Legend’s “All Of Me,” Pharrell Williams “Happy” to Survivor’s “Eye of The Tiger” and more. A Panto is known for its interactive style and humor that appeals to everyone from ages 2 – 102! “Those who have never been to a panto will have a glorious introduction to the forum.” – Los Angeles Times.
Before every performance, guests and their families are invited to enjoy a “Winter Wonderland” event in The Playhouse’s Engemann Family Courtyard, complete with holiday carolers, crafts, activities, games, Santa Claus and photo opportunities.
SLEEPING BEAUTY and Her Winter Knight will play from December 10, 2014 – January 4, 2015. The Pasadena Playhouse is located at 39 South El Molino Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101. The performance schedule is Monday at 7:30 p.m. (Dec. 29 only); Tuesdays – Fridays at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays at 12:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Sundays at 12:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.; Special matinees — Wednesday, December 24 at 4:00 pm; Friday, December 26 at 4:00 pm; Tuesday, December 30 at 4:00 pm.
Tickets are available by calling The Pasadena Playhouse at 626-356-7529, online 24 hours a day at http://www.PasadenaPlayhouse.org, or by visiting The Pasadena Playhouse Box Office, Tuesday – Sunday from 12:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. during non-performance dates. On performance dates the Box Office is open Tuesday – Saturday from 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Sunday.
Tickets for SLEEPING BEAUTY and Her Winter Knight range from $34.00 – $74.00, with Premium Seating available for $125.00. Child single tickets are available for Rear Orchestra and Rear Mezzanine seating ranging from $24.00 – $64.00.
Golden Tickets are available for an additional $50.00 each and are limited to 10 Golden Tickets per performance. A Golden Ticket allows the ticketholder (children only) a special on-stage experience during the production.
Service and theatre restoration fees apply to all purchases. Group Sales (8 or more) are available by calling 626-921-1161.