THE WONDERFUL WINTER OF OZ, coming to the Pasadena Civic Center on Dec. 15, is a holiday version of America’s favorite modern fairy tale, in the style of a traditional British Family Panto. This means is that the story is told using modern music and lyrics that fit the fairy tale that we all know. It’s entertaining, fun for the children and plenty clever for the parents.
On Christmas Eve, Dorothy gets swept away by a ‘freak’ Kansas blizzard and lands in a world of munchkins and witches. With songs from Journey to Wham!, THE WONDERFUL WINTER OF OZ is a perfect family experience at this holiday time. Additionally, one hour prior to the performance there’s a Winter Wonderland created outdoors, included in the ticket price, where audience members can enjoy a celebration featuring crafts, games, Santa Claus (on select days), photo opportunities, and more.
The production will be directed by Bonnie Lythgoe and choreographed by Napoleon and Tabitha D’umo (NappyTabs), with book by Kris Lythgoe and with Michael Orland (American Idol) serving as musical arranger and supervisor. Casting is by executive producer Becky Lythgoe, as follows:
Singer, actress and dancer Mackenzie Ziegler (Dancing with the Stars: Juniors, Dance Moms) is Dorothy, Phil LaMarr (Mad TV and Pulp Fiction) is The Tin Man, Jared Gertner (Broadway’s The Book of Mormon) is The Scarecrow, Juan Pablo Di Pace (Fernando on Fuller House) is The Cowardly Lion, and Hailee Payne and Valerie Rockey of So You Think You Can Dance join previously announced Kermit The Frog® as the Wizard of Oz and Tony-Award winner Marissa Jaret Winokur (Celebrity Big Brother Winner and Broadway’s Hairspray) is Glinda.
Tickets start at $40 and Family Four Packs are $99 and can be purchased at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, online at thepasadenacivic.com or by calling 626-449-7362. Golden Tickets, which allow the ticket holder (children ages 4 – 12 only) a special on-stage experience during the production, are available for an additional $75.00 each. This will be the seventh holiday season of Lythgoe Family Panto in Pasadena, and the second at the Pasadena Civic.
Performing dates are:
Saturday, December 15 at 1:00 PM and 6:00PM
Sunday, December 16 at 1:00 PM and 6:00 PM
Thursday, December 20 at 7:30 PM
Friday, December 21 at 2:30 PM and 7:30 PM
Saturday, December 22 at 1:00 PM and 6:00 PM
Sunday, December 23 at 1:00 PM and 6:00 PM
Thursday, December 27 at 7:30 PM
Friday, December 28 at 2:30 PM and 7:30 PM
Saturday, December 29 at 1:00 PM and 6:00 PM
Sunday, December 30 at 12:00 PM and 4:00 PM
The Pasadena Civic Auditorium is located at 300 East Green Street, Pasadena, CA 91101.
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