San Diego Theatres, in collaboration with San Diego Repertory Theatre, presents A Lythgoe Family Panto:


‘A Snow White Christmas’


With Neil Patrick Harris as the Onscreen ‘Magic Mirror’

Book by Kris Lythgoe

Choreography by Spencer Liff

Musical Supervisor Michael Orland

Directed by Chris Baldock

December 2-24, 2016


SAN DIEGO – September 13, 2016 – San Diego Theatres in collaboration with San Diego Repertory Theatre (San Diego REP) presents A Lythgoe Family Panto “A Snow White Christmas,” an American panto presentation featuring an onscreen appearance from Tony Award Winner Neil Patrick Harris as the “Magic Mirror.” Directed by Chris Baldock and featuring choreography by Emmy Nominee Spencer Liff (“So You Think You Can Dance”) and Musical Supervision by Michael Orland (“American Idol”), this family-friendly presentation begins on December 2nd and runs through the 24th in the Lyceum Stage Theatre at San Diego REP in Horton Plaza.


“We are proud to partner with the Lythgoe family and bring a fun and exciting new addition to our San Diego holiday scene,” says San Diego Theatres President and CEO, Elizabeth Doran, who produced American Panto with the Lythgoes for several years in Los Angeles prior to coming to San Diego last year. “’A Snow White Christmas’ is a big hit – it gets everyone singing, dancing, and laughing together. At San Diego Theatres we foster collaboration, and we are thrilled to co-present this show with our neighbor, the excellent San Diego Repertory Theatre in the newly renovated Lyceum Theatre.”    


“We are really excited to bring this traditional family entertainment to San Diego. Panto is multi generational theatre, introducing Kids to the arts while entertaining adults,” says Lythgoe, the show’s author and President of Lythgoe Family Panto. “San Diego is a huge supporter of the Arts and we are proud to expand panto productions with San Diego Theatres and San Diego Repertory to another wonderful city.”


An updated version of the classic tale, in the style of a traditional British family Panto, “A Snow White Christmas” features family-friendly magic, with a comedic twist, dancing (with “So You Think You Can Dance” alumni), a live miniature pony and contemporary music from Katy Perry’s “Firework” to Huey Lewis and the News’ “Power of Love” to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and more. A Panto is known for its interactive style and humor that appeals to everyone from ages 2 – 102!


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. Based on the Grimm fairytales 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. Past productions include: “Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight” starring Olivia Holt and Lucy Lawless, “A Snow White Christmas” starring Ariana Grande and Neil Patrick Harris and “Aladdin and His Winter Wish” starring Ben Vereen, Bruce Vilanch, and Ashley Argota.   


The creative team for “A Snow White Christmas” includes scenic and costume design by Lythgoe Family Productions creative department with additional costume design by designer Julia Clancy, Donna Maas and Kleev Guessford, additional scenic design by J.J. Wickham (LFP producers include Kris Lythgoe, Bonnie Lythgoe, Becky Baeling and Jason Haigh-Ellery).


“A Snow White Christmas”

With Neil Patrick Harris as the Onscreen ‘Magic Mirror’

Book By Kris Lythgoe

Choreography by Spencer Liff

Musical Supervisor Michael Orland

Directed by Chris Baldock


Opening Night: Friday, December 2, 2016

Closing Night: Saturday, December 24, 2016


Performance Schedule:

Opening Night:

·         Friday, December 2 at 7:00p


Regular Performances:

·         Saturday, December 3 at 12:00p

·         Saturday, December 3 at 4:00p

·         Saturday, December 3 at 7:00p

·         Sunday, December 4 at 12:00p

·         Sunday, December 4 at 4:00p

·         Wednesday, December 7 at 7:00p

·         Thursday, December 8 at 7:00p

·         Friday, December 9 at 7:00p

·         Saturday, December 10 at 12:00p

·         Saturday, December 10 at 4:00p

·         Saturday, December 10 at 7:00p

·         Sunday, December 11 at 12:00p

·         Sunday, December 11 at 4:00p

·         Wednesday, December 14 at 7:00p

·         Thursday, December 15 at 7:00p

·         Friday, December 16 at 7:00p

·         Saturday, December 17 at 12:00p

·         Saturday, December 17 at 4:00p

·         Saturday, December 17 at 7:00p

·         Sunday, December 18 at 12:00p

·         Sunday, December 18 at 4:00p

·         Wednesday, December 21 at 7:00p

·         Thursday, December 22 at 3:00p

·         Thursday, December 22 at 7:00p

·         Friday, December 23 at 12:00p

·         Friday, December 23 at 3:00p

·         Friday, December 23 at 7:00p

·         Saturday, December 24 at 12:00p


Closing Afternoon:

·         Saturday, December 24 at 3:00p


Ticket Information

Tickets range from $61.00 for Adults & $41.00 for Children 11 & under. Discounts are also available for Seniors 60 & over, Family 4 Packs & Groups of 15 or more and can be purchased in-person at San Diego Theatres Advance Sales Windows located at 1100 3rd Ave (corner of 3rd & B St) across from the Civic Theatre, via phone at (619/760/858) 570-1100 Mon-Fri 10a-6p, or anytime online at Prices subject to change.


Special Ticket Options

Golden Ticket Upsell (available to add to Child ticket only, 11 years & younger): Includes a special Gift Bag plus an opportunity to join cast On Stage for a song during the show! Must buy one Child Ticket ($41) plus one Golden Ticket Upsell option ($50) per Child. Golden Ticket Upsell limited to 10 per performance. For additional information, please call 570-1100 (M-F 10a-6p)


VIP Experience ($81.00 each, no discounts): Includes Prime Seat location plus VIP Gift Bag, distributed at event – Limited availability.



Lyceum Stage

San Diego Repertory Theatre

79 Horton Plaza

San Diego, CA 92101-6144


San Diego Repertory Theatre is pleased to announce that work is in progress on a $3 million renovation of The Lyceum Theatres, including the lobby, concession, restrooms and Lyceum Stage Theatre. The remodel work is occurring in phases. Estimated completion is January 2017.


During construction, San Diego REP patrons will be able to access all normal amenities of The Lyceum Theatre complex. Ample parking will still be available in the Horton Plaza parking garage and the Box Office, elevators, restrooms and concession areas will be easily accessible unless otherwise noted. San Diego REP’s House Management staff will keep patrons updated on renovation activities with signage posted in and around the facility as well as send e-mail communications to maintain the venue experience. For additional information, please contact the Box Office at 619-544-1000 or visit


About San Diego Theatres

San Diego Theatres (SDT) is a 501C-3 non-profit arts organization that successfully operates the Civic and Balboa Theatres in downtown San Diego. With an annual budget of approximately $8.1M, it serves over 415,000 patrons annually through arts and entertainment presentations. SDT‘s revenues come primarily from ticket sales, rental fees, ticketing and professional services fees, and donations. The mission of San Diego Theatres is to enrich the region through exceptional performing arts and education experiences, to foster collaboration in the arts community, and to be a catalyst for economic development downtown in the arts district. San Diego Theatres envisions San Diego as an entertainment destination providing world-class performing arts in venues with vitality and energy valued throughout the region.


About San Diego Repertory Theatre

San Diego Repertory Theatre (San Diego REP) produces intimate, exotic, provocative theatre. Founded in 1976, San Diego Repertory Theatre is downtown San Diego’s resident theatre, promoting a more inclusive community through work that nourishes progressive political and social values and celebrates the multiple voices of our region. The company produces and hosts over 550 events and performances year-round on its three stages at the Lyceum Theatre. Since moving to the Lyceum, The REP has produced 45 main stage productions by Latino playwrights, and more than 40 world premieres. The company has received more than 200 awards for artistic excellence from the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle, Patté Theatre Awards, NAACP, Backstage West, Dramalogue and StageSceneLA. In 2005, the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle presented The REP with the Craig Noel Award “For 30 Years of Artistic Dedication to Downtown and Diversity.” San Diego Repertory Theatre feeds the curious soul. To learn more about San Diego Repertory Theatre, to purchase tickets, or make a donation, visit Join us on Facebook ( and follow us on Twitter (@SanDiegoREP). 


About Lythgoe Family Panto

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! 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. In 2015 a further 3 theatres will be adding the American Panto™ brand to their season. If it’s not produced by Lythgoe Family Productions, it’s not American Panto™.



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