Panto at the Playhouse “PETER PAN AND TINKER BELL – A PIRATES CHRISTMAS” opening night on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 will be dedicated as a benefit event with proceeds supporting student matinee performances over the holiday season.
The benefit will is chaired by Julietta Perez. Benefit Committee members also include Kris Lythgoe, Rebecca Lythgoe, Kathryn Hamilton, Cherol Nellon, Amy LoCascio, Michelle Mendez, Melissa Tyson, Christine Franke, Emilie Lanstra, Christine Chorba, Lily Lee, Cristina Perez Gonzalez, Jennifer Rogers and Pam King.
The benefit includes a VIP pre-show reception in the Makineni Library, including delicious hors d’ oeuvres, tasty kid treats, desserts, beverages and cocktails, and a post-show celebration with the cast of “PETER PAN AND TINKER BELL – A PIRATES CHRISTMAS.”
Sheldon Epps, Artistic Director of The Pasadena Playhouse, says, “Our presentation of Panto at The Playhouse makes for one of the most festive and delightful times of our theatrical season. Not only do we have a magical show on our stage, but we also have the privilege of introducing masses of young people to the joy of going to the theatre. Many of them for the first time! The opening night benefit performance also provides much needed funding to make this kind of programming possible during the holidays and throughout the year. I am grateful to all who join in on this festive celebration.”
Perez adds, “”I look forward to opening night of this year’s Panto to support our local Pasadena Playhouse and student matinee performances! It’s always an amazing and fun evening for the entire family!”
Last year, thanks to the generosity of The Pasadena Playhouse donors and the strong mission of The Pasadena Playhouse and Lythgoe Family Productions, over 1,200 elementary school students were able to experience and share in the magic of live theatre, many for the very first time at special performances of the Panto at the Playhouse production of “SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT.”
This year’s Panto at the Playhouse benefit coincides with the opening night of “PETER PAN AND TINKER BELL – A PIRATES CHRISTMAS,” starring Sabrina Carpenter, Parvesh Cheena, Chrissie Fit, Corey Fogelmanis, August Maturo , John O’Hurley, Kevin Quinn, and Nikki SooHoo.
The pre-show reception begins at 6 p.m. in the Makineni Library at the Playhouse. Curtain is at 7 p.m. and the post-show party follows the show. Opening Benefit tickets range from $100-$320. Purchased Benefit tickets directly send elementary school students to one of the two Panto Student Matinees and gives the gift of theatre to a child.
For more information, or to become a Patron of the 2015 Panto at The Playhouse benefit, contact Mary Reitz, Events and Corporate Giving Manager, at (626) 204-7383 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“PETER PAN AND TINKER BELL – A PIRATES CHRISTMAS” opens December 9, 2015 and performs through January 3, 2016 at The Pasadena Playhouse which is located at is located at 39 South El Molino Avenue in Pasadena.