The Pasadena Playhouseand Lythgoe Family Productions, announced today that Curt Hansen (Broadway's Next to Normal and Hairspray) joins the cast as "Snow White's Prince" in A SNOW WHITE CHRISTMAS. The production also features the previously announced Ariana Grande (Nickelodeon's "Victorious") as "Snow White," an on-screen appearance by Neil Patrick Harris as "The Magic Mirror" and Charlene Tilton ("Dallas") as "The Wicked Queen."
Auditions for child performers to play the "Seven Dwarfs" will be held on October 5 – 6 at the Westfield Santa Anita mall.
This inaugural "Panto at The Playhouse" production of A SNOW WHITE CHRISTMAS will be directed by Bonnie Lythgoe ("So You Think You Can Dance") with choreography by Spencer Liff (Emmy nominee "So You Think You Can Dance") and musical direction by Michael Orland ("American Idol"). Performances will begin December 13 through December 23, with a gala press opening night on Wednesday, December 12, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. at The Pasadena Playhouse. Single tickets are also now on sale.
Lythgoe Family Productions produces fun, musical theatre 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 theatre to families across America. Based on the Grimm fairytales, 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.
An updated version of the classic tale, in the style of a traditional British family Panto, 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. A Panto is known for its interactive style and humor that appeals to everyone from ages 2 – 102! Before every performance, guests and their families are invited to enjoy a "Winter Wonderland" event in The Playhouse's Engemann Family Courtyard, complete with holiday music, crafts, activities, games and photo opportunities.
The cast for A SNOW WHITE CHRISTMAS features:
Ariana Grande as "Snow White" (Nickelodeon's "Victorious")
Neil Patrick Harris as "The Magic Mirror" ("How I Met Your Mother")
Charlene Tilton as "The Wicked Queen" ("Dallas")
Curt Hansen as "Snow White's Prince" (Next to Normal, Hairspray)
JoNathan Scott Meza as "Muddles" ( "The Jumpitz")
David Figoli as "Herman the Huntsman"
Auditions for child performers (ages 5 – 13) to play the "Seven Dwarfs" will be held October 5 – 6 at the Westfield Santa Anita mall (400 S. Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia, CA). Celebrity judges, including Lindsay Arnold and Witney Carson from this season's "So You Think You Can Dance" will be monitoring auditions along with director Bonnie Lythgoe. Past judges have included Neil Patrick Harris, Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy ("So You Think You Can Dance"), Kara DioGuardi ("American Idol") and Mark Ballas ("Dancing with the Stars"). Kids can also take photos with "Snow White." For more information visit www.mpient.com.