Concerned about taking your kids to the theater? Worried they will be noisy, won’t be able to stay still, and will get bored? Well, then, take them to theater that is created with your children in mind! Here’s a perfect option: SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT at the Pasadena Playhouse, which will be performing through Jan. 4.
The play is presented in “Panto” style, which is a traditional British family production that turns out to be the rowdiest theater play you will ever attend. That is because your children will not only be allowed to make noise, but they will be encouraged! “Booooooooooo!” they will scorn the wicked fairy, and “Billy, Billy, Billy!” they will call at the top of their lungs because their new friend Billy will ask them to do so.
This is not only a fairy tale that your children are already familiar with, but it is modernized and localized so that they will hear the King of Pasadena talk about the King of Alhambra, and of the people of Baldwin Park, Glendale, and Burbank, and so forth. It is also full of songs both your kids and you will know, like Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” and John Legend’s “All Of Me.”
Chances are your family will recognize the actors/singers on stage. They include Disney Recording Artist Olivia Holt as “Aurora,” Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess) as “Carabosse,” Disney’s “Teen Beach Movie” Garret Clayton as “The Prince of Alhambra,” and “American Idol” Tamyra Gray as the “Good Fairy.” (Ms. Gray sings a couple of songs that leave you with your mouth open!) Plus there is a team of dancers, including some adorable little ones, that really rock!
If you want an outing with your family that feels really special for the holidays, seriously consider this event. It is colorful, musical, clever, and fun on stage, and before and after it your family will be invited to a “Winter Wonderland” in the Playhouse’s courtyard, complete with crafts, face painting, photo opportunities, and snow.
Tickets range $34 to $74. A Golden Ticket is available for $50 (for children only and optional) that would give them a special on-stage experience as part of the production.
The Pasadena Playhouse is located at 39 South El Molino Avenue. Check out dates and times and purchase tickets at http://www.PasadenaPlayhouse.org
Photo: Olivia Holt and Garrett Clayton in “Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight” at The Pasadena Playhouse. Credit: Philicia Endelman.