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UKARES WINS AT GLITZY ‘SLEEPING BEAUTY’ PREVIEW – British-Weekly.com

The UKares Foundation was honored to be the beneficiary of a special event held on December 10th as Lythgoe Family Productions kindly donated tickets to the preview evening of the fantastic pantomime Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Night at the Pasadena Playhouse.  VIPs enjoyed the best of British Cadbury’s chocolate nibbles while enjoying this fast-paced, highly entertaining best of British traditions, Panto!

Lucy Lawless and UKares' Fiona Harden (©Devin Hamilton)
Lucy Lawless and UKares’ Fiona Harden (©Devin Hamilton)

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REVIEW: ‘SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT’ AT THE PASADENA PLAYHOUSE – PasadenaIndependent.com

 (L – R) David Engel, Ben Giroux, Garrett Clayton, Olivia Holt, Lucy Lawless and Patrick Cassidy in Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight at The Pasadena Playhouse – Photo by Philicia Endelman

A Fun and Engaging Spectacle for All Ages With Highly Talented Cast from Disney, American Idol, and So You Think You Can Dance

By Jennifer Schlueter

If you want to know how adult jokes about Victoria’s Secret models, Tinder, Friday-afternoon-405-traffic, Amazon Prime, waitresses/actresses, and Facebook can vamp up an antiquated Grimm fairytale, you should see Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight (Sleeping Beauty hereafter) at The Pasadena Playhouse. If you want to take your kids, they surely will enjoy this modernized version just as much due to highly engaging audience participation…

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REVIEW: ‘SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT’ – LucyLawless.net

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Marilyn just sent me her review for the show! Check it out below. If you want to add your review of Lucy in Sleeping Beauty and her Winter Knight, email me to include it on the site

To find out more about Lucy’s role as Carabosse go to the AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight subsite

Lucy in Sleeping Beauty and her Winter Knight Review

by Marilyn Edwards

Anyone in Southern California who has not seen Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight has done themselves a disservice during the holidays. From beginning to end, it is a wonderful romp. Lucy, Ben Giroux (who plays Silly Billy) and David Engel (who plays Nanny Tickle) keep you in switches. The one-liners are marvelous, with Lucy getting one in about Gabrielle and the audience participation makes for a grand time…

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‘SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT’ (PASADENA PLAYHOUSE): 100% – SWEET – LosAngeles.Bitter-Lemons.com

REVIEW: ‘SLEEPING BEAUTY’ PANTO AT THE PLAYHOUSE IS FAB FUN FOR ALL AGES – Examiner.com

December 14, 2014 7:14 PM MST

Olivia Holt, Patrick Cassidy and Company.

Olivia Holt, Patrick Cassidy and Company.
Philicia Endelman

 

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“Sleeping Beauty” told panto-style is fabulous fun for the whole family. Third in what has become a tradition of Panto at The Pasadena Playhouse in collaboration with Lythgoe Family Productions, “Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight” opened Thursday, December 11, 2014 featuring a stellar cast of singers, dancers and actors with great comic sensibilities. While targeted to youngsters and teens, there are plenty of jokes to keep the adults entertained.

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REVIEW: ‘SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT’ – EdgeMediaNetwork.com

by Michelle  Sandoval
Contributor
Tuesday Dec 16, 2014
Sleeping Beauty gets her Knight

Sleeping Beauty gets her Knight  (Source:Michael Rozman)

Christmas is right around the corner and there are so many great family friendly holiday shows playing locally for everyone to enjoy. The Pasadena Playhouse continues their seasonal tradition by presenting their holiday offering of Panto at the Playhouse with “Sleeping Beauty and her Winter Knight.”

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REVIEW: ‘SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT’ EVERYBODY PANTO NOW – SweatpantsMom.Blogspot.com

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Sleeping Beauty And Her Winter Knight: Everybody panto now

…if you’re looking for an invigorating, unpredictable production that is a real kick-in-the-pants with catchy top-40 tunes, big doses of humor and some names your teens will swoon over – I suggest you definitely check out SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT at the Pasadena Playhouse. Don’t worry – the princess still gets the prince in the end of this production, too. She just gets to sing a John Legend song while it’s happening.

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REVIEW: THE PANTO IN PASADENA STARS LUCY LAWLESS AND HAS ‘GAME OF THRONES’ AND TINDER JOKES (GO!) – LAWeekly.com

Lucy Lawless, formerly of Xena: Warrior Princess is bad to the bone in Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight at the Pasadena Playhouse.

Philicia EndelmanLucy Lawless, formerly of Xena: Warrior Princess is bad to the bone in Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight at the Pasadena Playhouse.

Three years in, audiences at the Pasadena Playhouse still haven’t quite gotten the hang of the panto (as in “pantomime”), the interactive, 100 year-old theatrical tradition that sweeps the United Kingdom during the holidays. Pitched as an alternative to the perennial Christmas Carols and Nutcrackers, at least on this side of the pond, the contemporary panto features classic fairy tales mashed up with topical jokes, Billboard pop songs and a cast of recognizable faces. The Playhouse’s third outing, Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight, directed by Bonnie Lythgoe and written by her son Kris Lythgoe, follows previous adaptations of Aladdin and Snow White and features Olivia Holt of the Disney Channel’s I Didn’t Do It as Aurora and Lucy Lawless, former badass warrior princess Xena, as the evil fairy.

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REVIEW: PASADENA PLAYHOUSE’S ‘SLEEPING BEAUTY’ PANTO IS LIGHT, KID-FRIENDLY FUN – SGVTribune.com

Garrett Clayton and Olivia Holt in “Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight” at The Pasadena Playhouse. Photo: Philicia Endelman.
Garrett Clayton, Lucy Lawless and Company in “Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight” at The Pasadena Playhouse. Photo: Philicia Endelman.

Sleeping Beauty and her Winter Knight

In Britain, the “panto” has been a beloved theatrical style since the early 18th century.

Always a comedy, somewhere between burlesque and “Saturday Night Live,” it contains specific characters, silly comic stylings and a few hard-and-fast traditions. The most prominent of these is a character classified as “The Dame,” an over-the-top, overtly commanding woman always played by a man. Though the jokes change with the era, and the popular songs injected into the piece shift with the times as well, the panto continues to be an integral form of entertainment in the British world.

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CHRISTMAS SHOPPING TIPS, FESTIVE THEATRE AND TOSCAR TIME… – British-Weekly.com

GREETINGS BREEPS!

Don't miss our Christmas Breakfast, this Tuesday!

 

And just to prove that when it rains, it pours – at least when it comes to fun theatre – it’s panto season back home but you can get your fix locally with a new production of Sleeping Beauty at the Pasadena Playhouse starring Lucy Lawless.. So for plenty of ‘he’s behind you”, and a bit of “Oh, no he didn’t” get your tickets now. Check out the link at the top of the British Weekly homepage (www.british-weekly.com)…

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