Panto Baby: A Snow White Christmas opens Nov. 30th

Parenting magazine will present a Lythgoe Family Production of the holiday Panto “A Snow White Christmas,” running November 30-December 18 at the El Portal Theatre, with opening night gala benefiting LA’s BEST after school enrichment program.

   The panto stars Lindsay Pearce (Glee) in the title role, with Marina Sirtis (Star Trek: The Next Generation) as The Wicked Queen and Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother) in the onscreen special guest role of “The Magic Mirror”. The production is directed by Bonnie Lythgoe from So You Think You Can Dance.

An updated version of the classic tale, in the style of the traditional British family Panto, “Snow White” features family-friendly magic, a comedic twist and modern music.  Plus plenty of the audience interaction and double-entendres that British expats will know and love from their childhood.

“Whether you are 2 years old or 102, ‘A Snow White Christmas’ is the perfect present for the family this holiday season,” said Magic Pictures International President Kris Lythgoe. “We are so excited to be back at the El Portal this holiday season.”

The Grand Opening Fundraiser Gala on November 29 will feature a VIP reception and meet-and-greet with cast members. All proceeds will benefit LA’s BEST After School Enrichment Program.

As part of Magic Pictures’ community involvement, buses will be donated to local schools that want to bring kids to the production, with the help of Madame Tussauds, Westfield Culver City, and Bank of America. In addition, the casts of Snow White will be participating in the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles tree lighting ceremony on December 6. The actors will perform and read stories; to help with this effort, Lythgoe Family Productions will be collecting children’s books in the El Portal lobby to be donated to the Hospital, throughout the run of both shows.

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 and creating a memorable experience a family can share together. Based on the GRIMM Fairytales, each story has been modernized with topical scripts for parents and well known pop songs for kids. LFP producers include Kris Lythgoe, Bonnie Lythgoe, Becky Baeling and Jason Haigh-Ellery.

For more information and for tickets to the Opening Night Gala or for the run of shows, please visit www.mpient.com and “like” Lythgoe Family Productions on Facebook. LA’s BEST is a nationally recognized after school education, enrichment and recreation program serving more than 28,000 children with the greatest needs and fewest resources throughout the City of Los Angeles. For more information on LA’s BEST, please visit http://www.lasbest.org/.