Experience A Snow White Christmas
November 28, 2012 | by —Alexandra Calamari
Photography by F.Scott Schafer | Pursuits
Ariana Grande, Neil Patrick Harris, and Charlene Tilton star in A Snow White Christmas.
Celebrate the season with a taste of British Panto theater at the Pasadena Playhouse’s production of A Snow White Christmas, opening December 13. The show is a retelling of the classic fairytale, set to an array of hit songs like Katy Perry’s “Firework,” and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” And—unlike traditional theater—Panto is an upbeat British style of performance that incorporates humor, dance, and audience participation into every show (think: vaudeville).
The show was brought to Pasadena by way of Lythgoe Family Productions, who were eager to share Britain’s unique theatrical style with Angelenos. Cast members include Nickelodeon star Ariana Grande as Snow White, Dallas' Charlene Tilton as the Wicked Queen, and Neil Patrick Harris as the on-screen magic mirror. Best known for their work on So You Think You Can Dance, director Bonnie Lythgoe and choreographer Spencer Liff have staged the production, while American Idol’s Michael Orland handled the music direction.
A Snow White Christmas debuts with a gala opening on December 12, then goes on to run December 13-30. Before each performance, the theater has arranged a winter wonderland event in the Engemann family courtyard, featuring holiday music, crafts, activities, and more. For tickets ($32-100) or more information, head to pasadenaplayhouse.org. 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena, 626-356-7529
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