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A Snow White Christmas is a Perfect “Holiday Night Out” for the whole family

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The Lythgoe Family Productions is thrilled to announce a SPECIAL HOLIDAY EVENT playing right here in our very own Laguna Beach, Laguna Playhouse!–“A Snow White Christmas”! With LIMITED ENGAGEMENT –NOW OPEN Thurs., Dec. 3rd – 27th. The Playhouse expects a SOLD OUT performance so call today before the seats are spoken for…(949)-497-2787!

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“A Snow White Christmas” stars Neil Patrick Harris as the on-Screen “Magic Mirror” and Glee’s Lindsay Pearce as “Snow White” and Star Trek: The Next Generation Marina Sirtis as the “Wicked Queen” and features many more talented actors !

Over Thanksgiving break, I was a guest at the rehearsal of “A Snow White Christmas” in the Laguna Playhouse Forum. As I walked through the theatre doors I could feel the energy of the performers!

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Laguna Playhouse is located right next to the Pageant of the Masters off of Laguna Canyon Road. My family and I are looking forward to attending and…of course….dressing up in our special Christmas outfits and “feeling” a part of this new, interactive Panto experience. I was exposed to Panto Plays in London years ago when I had the privilege of attending a musical at the Royal Opera House. For those of you who don’t know–A Panto is a traditional fairytale complete with songs, dances, jokes, exaggerated characters and lots of audience participation. I was delighted to discover that the Lythgoe Family is bringing this FUN experience to the states, with the goal that it becomes a family tradition here in the OC❤️!

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Laughter filled the air as the ACTORS encouraged playful banter among themselves and the audience. Exchanges like the Wicked Queen squawking, “Am I being too hard on Snow White?” The playhouse encourages ALL audience members to yell out a bellowing YES or NO!

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Everyone in the company was warm and open as I was given the chance to talk to some actors. Tony/Emmy Award winning choreographer (So You Think You Can Dance) Spencer Liff was grateful to answer questions for the OC Mom Blog. When asked what was his favorite Panto play, he said, “A Snow White Christmas!” He loves working with these particular equity dancers because their passion is so apparent. Liff mentioned they were a great, FUN team to work with.

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Producer Becky Baeling had this to say:
“We bring to ALL OC Families, Grandparents, Grandchildren, Uncles and Aunts, a VERY SPECIAL Panto experience!! This interactive style of outward humor will be great fun and appeal to everyone from ages 2- 102! We hope to begin a yearly tradition in the hearts of OC families of offering this different type of production. We understand the OC family as “family oriented”, PRO arts and aware of the need for art education. This is a special time to bring families together and add a new tradition for families in America to bring the classic tales in an updated version. The Nutcracker and Christmas Carol are wonderful productions for kids but sometimes kids walk away feeling as if they didn’t quite understand all the nuances and want added EXCITEMENT!” We’ll this is where the Lythgoe family has changed it up a bit and allow for a memorable “different” experience!

The Lythgoes are dedicated to bringing affordable theaters to families across America. Based on the Grimms fairytales and others, each story has been modernized with topical scripts for parents and well-known pop songs for kids. A Snow White Christmas features family friendly magic, with a comedic twist, dancing (with “So You Think You Can Dance” alumni), a live miniature pony and contemporary music from Katy Perry’s “Firework” to Huey Lewis and the News “Power of Love” to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and more. The Lythgoe’s pride themselves on creating a memorable experience the WHOLE family can share together.

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Performances will be Wednesday, Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 PM; Saturdays at 12 PM; 4 PM and 7:30 PM; Sundays at 12 PM and 4 PM. Tickets range from $41 – $66 by calling (949) 497-2787…DON’T forget to ask about the family discount – $99.00 for a family of four….oh and ask about the golden ticket if you’re willing to spend a little more!

Tickets can also be purchased online at www. Laguna Playhouse.com

Enjoy YOUR first Panto experience Laguna Beach style!

Colleen Shissler is a native of Southern California, a tenured 22 year primary educator, and a proud mom of two wonderful children. She’s married to a loving husband (a City Director of Laguna Beach). Colleen enjoys volleyball, expressing her inner artist, good wine with good friends, dog walks around the lake, and spending time with her large family in Monterey.
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2 Comments

  1. Thanks. Loved this. I had no idea what Panto was! Learn something everyday!

  2. Enjoyed hearing about your panto. Wish I were there to see the show. We didn’t have them when I lived in Southern California but I’ve enjoyed them in England and South Africa. Kids and adults have fun. Thanks for the article and enjoy the show.

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