Panto is a centuries-old British tradition of winter musical comedy theater. Each village in England performs a Panto every year around the holidays. Familiar fairy tales and children's stories are injected with a bit of music hall sensibility, contemporary references, and audience participation to create a raucous, noisy entertainment that's fun for everyone in the family.
The third annual Panto begins at the Pasadena Playhouse next month with an updated version of Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight. The Los Angeles Times calls this production "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!"
Join us at Rotary on Wednesday when Kris and Becky Lythgoe, the creators and producers of Lythgoe Family Productions will talk about Pantos and their work at the Pasadena Playhouse. Joining them will be Charlene Tilton, who starred in the Playhouse Panto debut (2012) of A Snow White Christmas and Josh Adamson who starred in the second Panto production (2013), Aladdin and His Winter Wish.
Producer and casting director, BECKY BAELING-LYTHGOE holds a B.F.A. from the University of Michigan and studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She has assumed various roles in the entertainment industry including acting in numerous stage productions, producing for Universal Records and guest starring and hosting on numerous television shows.
CHARLENE TILTON, starred as Lucy Ewing in the television series Dallas for eleven years. She went on to act in, and produce, a number of other television productions, plays, and film. She teaches, serves as president on the board of Actors With Autism and is involved with Meet the Biz, an organization that brings actors with disabilities and non-disabled actors together to promote inclusion.
JOSH ADAMSON, born in Australia, he eventually moved to New York City for his stage career and then to Los Angeles for television and film. Josh recently starred as Hook in the the British theatre production of Peter Pan.