Lythgoe Family Panto: A Tradition Reawakened

Panto, a family-friendly British theater experience, comes to Pasadena for the holidays.

If you’ve sat through enough staged renditions of A Christmas Carol and you’re looking to change up the family tradition, then Lythgoe Family Panto has you covered with its holiday production at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, A Snow White Christmas.

Lythgoe productions bring the style of British panto (short for pantomime) to the States with hilarious, modern spins on classic fairy tales. In keeping with the panto style, there’s no need to shush the little ones. Here, the audience is encouraged to join in with the play by singing along, booing the villains, and cheering when the heroes triumph.

This year’s tale updates the story of Snow White giving victory to the titular heroine who, along with the seven dwarfs, fights to defeat the wicked queen. Jared Gertner from the Broadway smash hit The Book of Mormon and Disney alum Garrett Clayton are joined by Neil Patrick Harris (in a prerecorded role as the Magic Mirror). The dance and musical numbers have been given a similar update set to modern hits like Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” and Rihanna’s “Disturbia.”

Pasadena Civic Auditorium, 300 E. Green St., 626-795-9311,

Image: Courtesy Lythgoe Family Panto


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