We were honored to be guests at opening night of Lythgoe Family Panto’s production of “Sleeping Beauty And Her Winter Knight” at Theatre Under The Stars! Here’s what to expect and why you should make a holiday panto your new family tradition!
Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight at TUTS
This week my husband, oldest daughter, and I were invited to attend the opening night of Lythgoe Family Panto’s production of “Sleeping Beauty And Her Winter Knight” at Theatre Under The Stars.
What to Expect at “Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight”
You probably know the story of Sleeping Beauty, but you’ve never seen it like this!
Set to catchy pop music and against an absolutely breathtaking array of backdrops, this performance is an event for all your senses. There was even “snow” falling at the end!
It’s on the longer side at about 2 hours run time (I didn’t check my watch too often, but that’s my best guest); however, my 9-year old daughter was thoroughly entertained the entire time. I loved how her face lit up as she cheered and jeered with the rest of the crowd and how she danced in her seat to some of her favorite songs.
Another fun surprise: the show revolves around Houston, with lots of funny jokes and references that only Houstonians will appreciate. The cast and crew really went all out to make this special!
I really hope that they do another show next year, whether this one or another classic story. I can see this being a new family holiday tradition!
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What is a Panto?
This was my first time attending a panto (aka a pantomime), so I didn’t quite know what to expect.
A type of theater performance originating in Great Britain, a pantomime is usually based on a fairy tale and includes a healthy dose of singing and dancing, slapstick comedy, and audience participation is highly encouraged. (Source)
The high energy performance and audience interaction was an awesome surprise! If you have an opportunity to see this show, or another panto, I encourage you to go!
Should I Bring My Kids?
I figured that my daughter would enjoy seeing a play, but little did I know that this type of performance is tailor-made for families! The audience was packed with kids of all ages, who delighted in joining the show with cheers, clapping, singing, and booing (for the baddies of course!)
Who’s in the Show?
This is a star-studded cast, and it was fun to see actors and singers I’ve followed on televisions for years.
Notable cast members:
- John O’Hurley – one of the most recognizable faces and voices in Hollywood, best known for his work on Seinfeld, Dancing with the Stars, and Family Feud
- Lauren Taylor – star of Disney’s “Best Friends Whenever”
- Garrett Clayton – you might recognize him from Disney’s “Teen Beach Movie” and NBC’s “Hairspray Live”
- Vonzell Solomon – I remember rooting for her on one of the early seasons of American Idol!
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Disclosure: We were provided with complimentary tickets in exchange for an honest review.