* (PASADENA, CA) Happy Holidays! The Pasadena Playhouse (Sheldon Epps, Artistic Director and Danny Feldman, Producing Artistic Director)) announced on Thursday that the opening night celebration of this year’s Panto at the Playhouse, A CINDERELLA CHRISTMAS, on Thursday, December 8, 2016 will be dedicated as a benefit event with proceeds supporting The Pasadena Playhouse Education Programs and a student matinee performance over the holiday season.
The benefit will be co-chaired by Anita Lawler and Julietta Perez. Benefit Committee members also include Darrell Brooke, Renee Chang, Amber Gerhardt, Kathryn Hamilton, Emilie Lanstra, Elsa Luna, Rebecca Lythgoe, Kris Lythgoe, Pam King, Cherol Nellon, Jennifer Rogers, and Melissa Tyson.
The benefit includes a VIP pre-show reception in the Carrie Hamilton Theatre of The Pasadena Playhouse, including delicious hors d’ oeuvres, desserts, beverages, and a post-show celebration with the cast of A CINDERELLA CHRISTMAS.
Julietta Perez, Panto Benefit Co-Chair, says, “I look forward to Panto at the Playhouse every year because it always such a sensational show! It’s an honor to attend Opening Night, filled with holiday cheer, and know we are helping children attend the theatre and have their first introduction to this magical art form, who otherwise would not have the opportunity.”
Last year, thanks to the generosity of The Pasadena Playhouse donors and the strong mission of The Pasadena Playhouse and Lythgoe Family Panto, over 1,200 elementary school students were able to experience and share in the magic of live theatre, many for the very first time at special performances of the Panto at the Playhouse production of PETER PAN AND TINKER BELL – A PIRATES CHRISTMAS, starring Sabrina Carpenter, Parvesh Cheena, Chrissie Fit, Corey Fogelmanis, August Maturo, John O’Hurley, Kevin Quinn, and Nikki SooHoo, presented by Lythgoe Family Panto and The Pasadena Playhouse.
This year’s Panto at the Playhouse benefit will coincide with the opening night of the Panto at the Playhouse production of A CINDERELLA CHRISTMAS, starring Lauren Taylor, Alex Newell, Morgan Fairchild, Kenton Duty, Davi Santos , Matthew Patrick Davis, Josh Adamson, and Ben Giroux.
A CINDERELLA CHRISTMAS opens December 8, 2016 and plays through January 8, 2017 at The Pasadena Playhouse.
Returning from last year’s hugely successful Panto at The Playhouse production of Peter Pan and Tinker Bell – A Pirates Christmas 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, costume design by Lythgoe Family Panto, and casting by Becky Lythgoe.
Lythgoe Family Panto produces fun, musical theatre the whole family can enjoy and pride themselves on creating a memorable experience a family can share together. 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. A CINDERELLA CHRISTMAS will include such pop hits as,” Meghan Trainor’s “Me Too” and “No,” Kelly Clarkson’s “Breakaway,” Michael Buble’s “Just Haven’t Met You Yet” and Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud.”
Panto at The Playhouse is celebrating its fifth year at The Pasadena Playhouse. Past productions at The Pasadena Playhouse include: the world premiere of 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, A Snow White Christmas starring Ariana Grande and Neil Patrick Harris and Aladdin and His Winter Wish starring Ben Vereen, Jordan Fisher, and Ashley Argota.
- This year’s Panto at the Playhouse benefit will take place on Opening Night of A CINDERELLA CHRISTMAS, Thursday, December 8, 2016.
- Pre‐show reception begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Carrie Hamilton Theatre ofThe Pasadena Playhouse.
- Special pre-show guests Prince Charming and Santa Claus!
- Curtain is at 7:00 p.m.
- Post show party WITH CAST immediately following.
- Opening Benefit tickets range from $150-$350
- Purchased Benefit tickets directly send elementary school students to the PANTO Student Matinee and gives the gift of theatre to a child.
- For more information, or to become a Patron of the 2016 Panto at The Playhouse benefit, contact Emily Abbott at (626) 204-7381 or [email protected]
A Panto is interactive holiday fun for all ages, and A CINDERELLA CHRISTMAS will feature comedy, magic, dancers from “So You Think You Can Dance” and contemporary music from Meghan Trainor to Michael Buble. “Those who have never been to a panto will have a glorious introduction to the form.” – Los Angeles Times.
Before every performance, all Playhouse guests and their families are invited to enjoy a “Winter Wonderland” event in The Playhouse’s Engemann Family Courtyard free of charge, complete with crafts, activities, games, Santa Claus (on selected dates) photo opportunities and a Princess/Prince salon by Rock Your Hair – Get the latest Royal style before the show!
A CINDERELLA CHRISTMAS will play from December 8, 2016 – January 8, 2017 at The Pasadena Playhouse. The Pasadena Playhouse is located at 39 South El Molino Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101. The performance schedule is 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 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.; Special matinees — Friday, December 23 at 3:00 p.m.; Monday, December 26 at 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 28 at 3:00 p.m. and Friday, December 30 at 3:00 p.m.; Wednesday, January 4 at 3:00 p.m. and Thursday, January 5 at 3:00 p.m. (No performances December 25 and January 1.)
Tickets for A CINDERELLA CHRISTMAS range from $25.00 – $125.00. Tickets are required for admission to the production by everyone with the exception of children under the age of 2 who can attend the show without a ticket if they sit on a parent or guardian’s lap throughout the performance.
GOLDEN TICKETS are available as an add-on to any child’s ticket for an additional $75.00 each (limit of 10 Golden Tickets available per performance). A Golden Ticket provides the ticketholder (recommended for children aged 4 – 12) with a special onstage sing-a-long experience during the production and a surprise gift bag.
Tickets are available by calling The Pasadena Playhouse at 626-356-7529, and online 24 hours a day at www.PasadenaPlayhouse.org.
Full bios for the cast and creative team of A CINDERELLA CHRISTMAS are available upon request.
Venue: The Pasadena Playhouse, 39 South El Molino Avenue, Pasadena CA 91101Dates: Thursday, December 8, 2016 – Sunday, January 8, 2017
Playing Schedule: 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 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.; Special matinees — Friday, December 23 at 3:00 p.m.; Monday, December 26 at 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 28 at 3:00 p.m. and Friday, December 30 at 3:00 p.m.; Wednesday, January 4 at 3:00 p.m. and Thursday, January 5 at 3:00 p.m. (No performances December 25 and January 1.)
Tickets: Online sales and information: www.PasadenaPlayhouse.org
Phone — 626-356-7529
Prices — $25.00 – $125.00
Tickets are required for admission to the production by everyone with the exception of children under the age of 2 who can attend the show without a ticket if they sit on a parent or guardian’s lap throughout the performance.
GOLDEN TICKETS are available as an add-on to any child’s ticket for an additional $75.00 each (limit of 10 Golden Tickets available per performance). A Golden Ticket provides the ticket holder (recommended for children ages 4 – 12) with a special onstage sing-a-long experience during the production and a surprise gift bag.