Published : Friday, November 3, 2017 | 12:12 PM
James Snyder, Kelli Berglund, and Harrison White will complete the cast of the Lythgoe Family Panto production of “Beauty and the Beast – A Christmas Rose,” December 13 through 24, at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.
Snyder will play Gus, with Berglund as Belle and White as Dame Chanel. The will join Jonah Platt The Beast, Gedde Watanabe as Maurice, Jared Gertner as Pierre, and Tony nominee John Tartaglia as Bistro.
Sheldon Epps will direct the production, with choreography by La La Land’s Mandy Moore.
“I am thrilled to know that this impressive quartet of versatile actors will join the artists that are coming together to create yet another dazzling Panto in Pasadena,” Epps said in an earlier statement. “It’s fortunate that this year’s production will take place at the Civic, as I believe it will take this larger space to encompass the huge talents of such a wonderful cast. I very much look forward to this exciting collaboration.”
Writer and producer Kris Lythgoe is the president of Magic Pictures based in Los Angeles. His TV credits include “So You Think You Can Dance,” “Who are You?”, “My Beautiful Game,” and “A Snow White Christmas: Opening Night.”
Lythgoe has also produced several musicals including “Footloose,” “The Wedding Singer,” “Cinderella,” “Snow White,” “Aladdin,” and “Peter Pan.”
“Beauty and the Beast – A Christmas Rose” is the American Panto version based on the “Beauty and the the Beast” fairytale written by Madame de Villeneuve. The show includes singing, dancing, interactive fun and songs from Coldplay, Maroon 5, The BeeGees, and Imagine Dragons.
The ensemble comprises Jessica Richens, Jennifer Bermeo, Alyse Rockett, Annie Gratton, Wally Pham, Branson Hudson, Darnell Joseph, and Mason Trueblood. The Youth Ensemble features Emmanuel Martin Lewis, JD Bering, Caden Miller, Bryanna Fernandez, Madison Han, Yasmine Arya, Cameron Steen, Cody Copley, Joshua E. Guerrero, Layla Krugh, Brooklyn Bustamante, and Lexi Hernandez.
Snyder graduated from Christian Brothers High School in Sacramento and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the USC School of Dramatic Arts, where he was a member of the SoCal VoCals, USC’s premiere a cappella group.
Since 2002, Snyder has appeared on numerous television shows. He has had various movie roles and is best known for his role as Malcolm in “She’s the Man.” His other roles include Dave in “Pretty Persuasion,” Jeremy in “The Gingerbread Man,” Seth in “Shuttle,” David in “An American in China,” and Ben Carter in “Anderson’s Cross.” He has recently finished filming the movie “Meth Head.”
On the stage, Snyder’s credits include the Los Angeles and Vegas productions of “Rock of Ages,” “Happy Days,” “The Fantasticks,” “Hamlet,” Ray Bradbury’s “Let’s All Kill Constance,” “Sneaux,” “Plop,” and “Oklahoma!” He also played Luke Skywalker in “The Star Wars Trilogy in Thirty Minutes.”
In 2011, Snyder originated the role of Marco Venier in the premiere of “Dangerous Beauty” at the Pasadena Playhouse, which ran from February to March that year.
Tickets start at $28 and can be purchased online at www.americanpanto.com, at The Pasadena Civic Auditorium, or by calling (800) 982-2787.
Golden Tickets, which allows children aged 4 to 12 to have a special on-stage experience during the production, are available for an additional $60 each.
The Pasadena Civic Auditorium is at 300 E. Green Street in Pasadena.