– The Bay Area Reporter
Panto in the Presidio returns with Sleeping Beauty this December. A wildly funny musical mashup of true love, talking dogs, singing chickens, dancing ghosts, and enough fairy magic for the entire family. Audiences can join in the Panto traditions of booing the villains, cheering the heroes, singing along to popular songs – with a few new lyrics – and helping the fairies cast magic spells. Will the evil witch Hernia be defeated? Will the princess Sonoma ever find her true love’s kiss? It’s up to you! This holiday delight will have audience members out of their seats to get in on the action.
Performances and Previews
Performances will be given December 1–30, 2022, including two discounted public preview performances on December 1 and 2. Opening night is December 3.
Cast and Creative Team
Executive Producer Peggy Haas has assembled an all-star creative team including director Liam Vincent. The show will feature magnificent costumes by Alina Bokovikova and production design by Sean Riley. International music legend Mason Williams and musical director Bill Keck will create a whimsical score for the show featuring pop and classic rock songs with re-written lyrics. Writers are Stephanie Brown and Richard Ciccarone along with production dramaturgs Christine Nicholson and Luther Hanson. Technical director Jeff Gregory, production manager Patty Ann Farrell, choreographer Stacey Printz, assistant director Phoebe Angeni, and casting director Annie Stuart complete the team.
The cast includes Rotimi Agbabiaka, Curt Branom, Renée Lubin, Danny Scheie, Sharon Shao, Matthew Kropschot, Andre Amarotico, Jaime Miller Bardacke, Daniel Benitez, Phaedra Tillery Boughton, Jen Brooks, Maggie Connard, Ruby Day, Jeffrey Mercury Van Sciver, Merrill Grant, M. Javi Harnly, Kaylee Miltersen, Sarah Toby Moore, Scott Reardon, Gary Stanford Jr., Ryan Patrick Welsh, and Eiko Yamamoto.
Families and friend groups of five or more will receive a Family Pack discount of 15%. (Discount automatically applied at checkout.) Learn about additional savings for artists, non-profits, groups, and park residents on our discount tickets page.
What is panto?
Panto is a traditional British holiday entertainment that combines slapstick humor, one-line zingers, outrageous characters and send-ups of current events. Read all about Panto for Beginners by our dramaturg Christine Nicholson.
Press for Sleeping Beauty
Bay Area Reporter – Nov 22, 2022: “Panto-monium: don’t snooze on this madcap Sleeping Beauty”
Sleeping Beauty on Social Media
We’ll be posting behind-the-scenes updates using the hashtags #pantointhepresidio and #sleepingbeautysf. Get in on the action by following @PresidioTheatre on Instagram and @PresidioTheatreSF on Facebook.