Lythgoe Family Panto are the exclusive producers of American Panto®. It is essentially Musical theatre which incorporates audience participation and pop songs. American Pantos® are based on fairytales that kids know and love but the humor within them is directed to the adults with topical jokes and local references. It’s a little like a pixar movie on stage! Panto is spreading accross America with 4 cities in 2017 and 6 planned for 2018.
American Panto® began in 2010 with Cinderella Christmas starring ‘The Beaver’ Jerry Mathers. Since then many more productions have been mounted including Snow White Christmas starring Arianna Grande and Neil Patrick Harris at the Pasadena Playhouse and a second version in Salt Lake City starring David Osmond and Amy Whitcomb. Aladdin and his Winter Wish starring Ben Vereen, Ashley Argota and Jordan Fisher premiered December 2013 and in 2014 Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight starring Lucy Lawless, Olivia Holt and Garrett Clayton was mounted at the Pasadena Playhouse. 2015 saw two productions in California, Peter Pan and a Pirates Christmas in Pasadena starring John O’Hurley, Sabrina Carpenter and Chrissie Fit and at the Laguna Playhouse, Snow White starring Lindsay Pearce and Marina Sirtis. In 2016 three productions were mounted in cluding Cinderella in Pasadena starring Morgan Fairchild, Alex Newell and Lauren Taylor.