Directed by Tony-nominated Sheldon Epps, and choreographed by “La La Land’s” Mandy Moore, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: A CHRISTMAS ROSE is sure to delight children of all ages! This modern version of the classic fairytale brings all the magic of the traditional British family Holiday Panto to American audiences. In this interactive experience, the audience is encouraged to CHEER for Belle, BOO for Gus and sing along with popular songs such as the Bee Gees’ “Staying Alive,” The Chainsmokers & Coldplay’s “Something Just Like This,” and Edith Piaf’s “La Vie En Rose.”

Laguna Playhouse Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham, Executive Director Ellen Richard and Lythgoe Family Panto (LFP) are thrilled to present Ashley Argota (“True Jackson VP,” “Lab Rats”), Thomas Hobson (Ain’t Misbehavin’, Recorded in Hollywood), Heath Calvert (Amelie, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), Riley Costello (“Hairspray Live,” Peter Pan and Tinker Bell: A Pirate’s Christmas), Andrews Barnicle (Twelve Angry Men, Fallen Angels), Roland Rusinek (The Phantom of the Opera) and David Engel (Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, La Cage Aux Folles) in Lythgoe Family Panto’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: A CHRISTMAS ROSE. Written by Kris Lythgoe, directed by Sheldon Epps, choreography by Mandy Moore, musical direction by Keith Harrison and musical supervisor Michael Orland, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: A CHRISTMAS ROSE will begin performances on Wednesday, December 5 and run through December 30, 2018 with a press opening on Friday, December 7 at 7:00 pm at the Laguna Playhouse.



Friday, December 7 – Sunday, December 30, 2018

Written by Kris Lythgoe
Directed by Sheldon Epps
Choreography by Mandy Moore
Musical Direction by Keith Harrison

606 Laguna Canyon Rd.
Laguna Beach, CA

(949) 497-2787

Tickets: $41.00 – $76.00

Previews are on Wednesday, December 5 and Thursday, December 6 at 7:00 pm. Opens: Friday, December 7 at 7:00 pm. Performances are Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays at 7:00 pm; Saturdays & Sundays at 12:00 pm & 4:00 pm. Performances on Thursday, December 20 & Friday, December 21 are at 3:00 pm & 7:00 pm; Wednesday, December 26 & Thursday, December 27 are at 3:00 pm and Friday, December 28 performances are at 3:00 pm & 7:00 pm.

About  Lythgoe Family Panto:

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: A CHRISTMAS ROSE marks Lythgoe Family Panto’s fourth production at the venerable Laguna Playhouse. Past Pantos at Laguna Playhouse include “Aladdin and His Winter Wish” starring Kira Kosarin and Barry Pearl, “A Snow White Christmas” starring Marina Sirtis and Lindsay Pearce’s “Sleeping Beauty and her Winter Knight” starring Cozi Zuehlsdorff and Joely Fisher. Lythgoe Family Panto 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. Based on the Grimm fairy tales and others, each story has been modernized with topical scripts for parents and well known pop songs for kids. The Lythgoes pride themselves on creating a memorable experience a family can share together. As part of the organization’s ongoing commitment to develop theatre for young audiences, Lythgoe Family Panto together with Laguna Playhouse will bring the magic of Panto to hundreds of underserved children who attend school in Orange County. Lythgoe Family Panto is grateful to their partners and friends at Golden State Foods for generously providing school buses for the student matinees.

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