Stars from Disney, "Idol," Broadway and TV Lineup for Panto Sleeping Beauty, With Songs by Jessie J and More

News   Stars from Disney, "Idol," Broadway and TV Lineup for Panto Sleeping Beauty, With Songs by Jessie J and More The Pasadena Playhouse and Lythgoe Family Productions will present the Panto at the Playhouse production of Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight beginning Dec. 10.

Tamyra Gray
Tamyra Gray

The cast will feature Disney recording artist Olivia Holt (Disney's "I Didn't Do It") as Aurora, Lucy Lawless ("Xena: Warrior Princess," "Spartacus") as Carabosse, David Engel (La Cage aux Folles, Seussical) as Nanny Tickle, Tamyra Gray ("American Idol," Bombay Dreams, Rent) as The Good Fairy and Ben Giroux (CW's "Hart of Dixie," Panto at the Playhouse's Aladdin and His Winter Wish) as Silly Billy.

Performances will continue through Jan. 4, 2015, at The Pasadena Playhouse.

The show will be helmed by the creative team behind last year's Panto at The Playhouse production of Aladdin and His Winter Wish — director Bonnie Lythgoe ("So You Think You Can Dance"), choreographer Spencer Liff (Emmy nominee for "So You Think You Can Dance") and musical director Michael Orland ("American Idol").

Playhouse artistic director Sheldon Epps said in a statement, "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 continue our drive and passion, along with Sheldon Epps and Elizabeth Doran, to introduce new and young audiences to the theatre through Panto," added LFP producers Kris and Becky Lythgoe. "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." Here's how it's billed: "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!"

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.

The Pasadena Playhouse is located at 39 South El Molino Avenue in Pasadena, CA. For more information and tickets, call (626) 356-7529 or visit PasadenaPlayhouse.org.

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