Limited Engagement! December 13 - 22, 2019
Published : Wednesday, September 11, 2019 | 12:34 PM
Lythgoe Family Panto (LFP) in association with the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, announces Jared Gertner (Broadway’s The Book of Mormon) as Muddles, Garrett Clayton (Teen Beach Movie, Teen Beach 2, Hairspray Live!) as The Huntsman, and Tony Award Winner Neil Patrick Harris as The On Screen Magic Mirror in their ten- year anniversary production featuring new songs and script of A Snow White Christmas playing a strictly limited engagement from December 13 through December 22.
The production will be directed by Bonnie Lythgoe and choreographed by Napoleon and Tabitha D’umo (NappyTabs), with book by Kris Lythgoe. Casting is by executive producer Becky Lythgoe. Additional casting will be announced at a later date.
In addition, Adult Open Call auditions for A Snow White Christmas will be held September 17 and Kids Open Call auditions will be held September 22 at Pasadena Civic Auditorium. For further info visit www.americanpanto.com.
An updated version of the classic fairy tale, Princess Snow White joins forces with the Seven Dwarves to defeat her wicked aunt, the Queen. In the style of British Panto, audiences are encouraged to interact, booing the baddies and cheering for the hero. A Snow White Christmas features family-friendly magic, with a comedic twist, dancing (with “So You Think You Can Dance” alumni), contemporary music and more.
Napoleon and Tabitha D’umo return to choreograph the Panto in Pasadena this Christmas. They are currently working on NBC’s World of Dance and the Jennifer Lopez Tour. Expect to see more amazing dance routines and high energy moves!
“To celebrate our ten year anniversary we are rewriting and retelling our original Panto that started it all, and we know Pasadena is in for another great family show. It’s the Fun Family Musical!” said Kris Lythgoe.
There will also be a special student matinee on Friday December 13, 2019 at 11:00am, servicing over 2,000 Title One school children who will be introduced to the magic of live theatre for the very first time.
Tickets start at $28 and can be purchased online at www.thepasadenacivic.com or by calling the box office at (626) 449-7360. Golden Tickets, which allow the ticket holder (children ages 4 – 12 only) a special on-stage experience during the production, are available for an additional $85.00 each. This will be the eighth holiday season of Lythgoe Family Panto in Pasadena, and the third at the Pasadena Civic.
Lythgoe Family Panto Across America
This season Lythgoe Family Panto will also present three additional productions across America:
Peter Pan and Tinker Bell – A Pirates Christmas will star John O’Hurley as Captain Hook and Ashley Argota as Tinker Bell and will mark the fifth year of the partnership between Lythgoe Family Panto and Laguna Playhouse, and plays December 4 – December 29. Tickets starting at $41 for children and $51 for adults are on sale at www.lagunaplayhouse.com
A Snow White Christmas will also be presented in partnership with North Carolina Theatre at the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium from November 30- December 8. Tickets starting at $25 are on sale at nctheatre.com.
Aladdin and His Winter Wish will be presented in partnership with Tennessee Performing Arts Center at the James K. Polk Theatre in Nashville from December 12 – December 22. Tickets starting at $40 are on sale at www.tpac.org
Previously Lythgoe Family Panto established their reputation with productions including The Wonderful Winter of Oz starring Kermit The Frog, Marissa Jaret Winokur and Mackenzie Ziegler, Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose starring Kellie Berglund, James Snyder and Gedde Watanabe, A Cinderella Christmas starring Lauren Taylor, Alex Newell and Morgan Fairchild, Peter Pan and Tinker Bell – A Pirates Christmas starring Sabrina Carpenter and John O’Hurley, Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight starring Olivia Holt and Lucy Lawless, Aladdin and His Winter Wish starring Ben Vereen, Jordan Fisher, and Ashley Argota – and A Snow White Christmas starring Ariana Grande and Neil Patrick Harris.
Lythgoe Family Panto 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 and others, 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. In 2018 over 6000 title 1 students were introduced by the Lythgoes to live theatre, through the medium of Panto.