Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Things to do besides shopping: SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT at the Pasadena Playhouse

It's December so now you've shifted into holiday season overdrive, running yourself ragged with shopping and family obligations. You might already be decorating like a crazy person. You've definitely cried at least once.

Here's a suggestion: Take a break and head out for an evening of live theater. Statistics* show that people who attend live theater during the holiday season are 95% more likely to refrain from drinking too much and fighting with family at the annual holiday party.

(*I made that statistic up. Nothing can keep you from drinking too much and fighting with your family.)

To start you off, I have FREE tickets to give away to Sleeping Beauty And Her Winter Knight at the Pasadena Playhouse. Great casting: Disney Recording Artist Olivia Holt, Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess) and – for the teens and tweens in the audience – Garret Clayton (Disney's Teen Beach Movie).

See how peaceful she looks? She's finished with all her holiday shopping.
Even better – before every performance, all Playhouse guests and their families are invited to enjoy a 'Winter Wonderland' event in The Playhouse’s Engemann Family Courtyard free of charge, complete with crafts, activities, games, Santa Claus (on select dates) and photo opps.

I went to last year's holiday show at the Pasadena Playhouse and my girls and I loved it. The production was first rate, and the activities in the courtyard got us out of our funk and into the holiday spirit. (And that was before they met Neil Patrick Harris in the lobby.)

From the production: An updated version of the classic Grimm fairytale, in the style of a traditional British family Panto, SLEEPING BEAUTY and Her Winter Knight is a singing and soaring winter adventure that features family- friendly magic, with a comedic twist, dancing (with 'So You Think You Can Dance' alumni), interaction with the audience and contemporary music from Jessie J's 'Domino' to John Legend's 'All Of Me,' Pharrell Williams 'Happy' to Survivor's 'Eye of The Tiger' and more. 

So get out and see some live theater this holiday season – the mall will still be there when you're done.

What: 'Family PacK' of 4 tickets to Sleeping Beauty And Her Winter Knight for Wednesday, December 10 at 7:30pm.

How: Leave a comment here no later than 11:30pm Sunday night (December 7) telling me your favorite live performance you've seen. I'll use random.org to draw a winner from the entries. One comment per person, but you can share on Facebook or Twitter for additional entries. Please don't forget to leave a valid email address.

The Pasadena Playhouse
39 South El Molino Street, Pasadena
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  1. I really enjoyed "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at Theatricum Botanicum and "Barefoot on the Park" at the Glendale Center Theater for their unique experiences (outdoors and in the round), but I think my favorite production was "Man of LaMancha" at the Pantages. I know I'm dating myself here... I thought Raul Julia was amazing. "The Producers" was hilarious, but I have a special place in my memories for Man of LaMancha. It's probably also because Hollywood High did a wonderful production of that show when I attended the school and I fell in love with the music. (Ciciandjosh@EarthLink.net)

  2. I saw Cats on Broadway when I was 8. One of the cats that goes out into the audience and interacts with them started talking to me. It was so cool! Plus, Memories of course!

  3. Michele Mulidor12/03/2014 9:57 PM

    Other than the performances of my own children (because how can those NOT be my favorite live performances?), I'd have to say that seeing "Wicked" at the Pantages a few years back (twice) and "Ragtime" at the Schubert Theater in 1998 would be my personal professional favorite productions. Such amazing, powerful shows! I cried from the joy of experiencing them.


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