Lythgoe Christmas show to star Grande, Tilton, Harris

Lythgoe Family Prods. is prepping “A Snow White Christmas” at the Pasadena Playhouse, a holiday season musical starring Ariana Grande (Nickelodeon’s “Victorious”) as Snow White, Charlene Tilton (“Dallas”) as the Wicked Queen and Neil Patrick Harris as an onscreen Magic Mirror.

Under the umbrella “Panto at the Playhouse,” the production is based on a popular British stage tradition combining comedic takes on well-known fairy tales, sprinkled with magic, song and dance, and inviting interaction from the audience.

“A Snow White Christmas” will be directed by Bonnie Lythgoe, producer of “So You Think You Can Dance,” from a script by writer-producer Kris Lythgoe, with choreography by “Dance’s” Spencer Liff and musical direction by “American Idol’s ” Michael Orland.

The Seven Dwarfs will be cast from among local children, with auditions at a location to be announced. Performances run Dec. 13-23.

It’s Lythgoe Family Prods.’ third year presenting pantos. Its first, “Cinderella,” played at the El Portal Theater in North Hollywood in 2010.

“It brings me great delight to welcome Lythgoe Family Prods. and their wonderful panto productions into our Playhouse family,” said Sheldon Epps, Pasadena Playhouse artistic director. “Their family-friendly, interactive shows are a perfect fit to our season. We look forward to a very long partnership in bringing a new holiday tradition of live theater to our patrons.”

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