Panto’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Tickets on Sale

Photo courtesy Clarence Alford Jordan Fisher (from left), Ben Giroux, Bruce Vilanch and Ben Vereen in the 2013 production of Lythgoe Family Panto’s  “Aladdin’s Winter Wish” at the Pasadena Playhouse
Photo courtesy Clarence Alford
Jordan Fisher (from left), Ben Giroux, Bruce Vilanch and Ben Vereen in the 2013 production of Lythgoe Family Panto’s  “Aladdin’s Winter Wish” at the Pasadena Playhouse

Tickets are now on sale for “Beauty and the Beast — A Christmas Rose,” the newest production from Lythgoe Family Panto, in association with Pasadena Playhouse, which expands this winter to the Pasadena Civic Auditorium for 15 performances from Dec. 13-24.
The play will be directed by Sheldon Epps and choreographed by Mandy Moore (“La La Land”), with book by Kris Lythgoe and music direction and arrangements by Michael Orland (“American Idol”). Bonnie Lythgoe will serve as executive director and oversee the production. Casting is led by Producer Becky Lythgoe, and an all-star cast will be announced at a later date.
Tickets start at $28 and can be purchased online at, at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium or by calling (800) 982-2787. 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 $60 each.
An updated version of the classic tale, in the style of a traditional British family Panto, “Beauty and the Beast — A Christmas Rose” features family-friendly magic with a comedic twist, dancing (with “So You Think You Can Dance” alumni), contemporary music and more.
“We are thrilled to be expanding to the Pasadena Civic this season allowing even more families in Pasadena, Los Angeles and the surrounding communities to share in the magic of Panto!” says Becky Lythgoe, producer and co-founder of Lythgoe Family Panto. “Ages 3-103, children, parents and grandparents all coming together to sing, dance and share in the joy of live theatre. This, for us, encapsulates the spirit and beauty reflective of the holiday season!”
Director Sheldon Epps says, “I am very happy to continue my rewarding association with the Lythgoes and with Panto in Pasadena. Certainly introducing theater to young audiences is a great priority for me and for them. We now have the opportunity to showcase these joyous productions on a larger scale, providing even more holiday magic and fun for the entire family. I know that theatregoers in the greater Los Angeles community will make their way to Pasadena this year to enjoy Panto once again, or to experience it for the first time.”
This December, Lythgoe Family Panto will offer their largest season yet, with four different productions playing concurrently in Laguna, Pasadena, San Diego and Houston.
Lythgoe Family Panto established their reputation with productions including “A Cinderella Christmas,” “Peter Pan and Tinker Bell — A Pirates Christmas,” “Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight,” “Aladdin and His Winter Wish,” and “A Snow White Christmas.”
Lythgoe Family Panto produces fun, musical theater 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 theater to families across America. Based on the Grimm fairy tales 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.
“Beauty and the Beast — A Christmas Rose” marks Lythgoe Family Panto’s inaugural production at the venerable Pasadena Civic Auditorium and their sixth consecutive Panto presentation in Pasadena, five of which were presented at Pasadena Playhouse As part of the organization’s ongoing commitment to develop theater for young audiences, a portion of Lythgoe Family Panto’s proceeds from the play will be donated to Pasadena Playhouse’s outreach and education programs.

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