'Sleeping Beauty' getsBritishtwist

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The Laguna Playhouse returns its annual holiday “panto” production with a modern twist on “Sleeping Beauty” and a cast packed with Broadway, film and television stars.

Presented by Lythgoe Family Panto, a company run by the son and daughter-in-law of TV producer Nigel Lythgoe (“American Idol,” “So You Think You Can Dance”), the play “Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight” starts previews today, with regular performances beginning Friday for a three-week run.

The family-fun musical will be presented in the style of a traditional British pantomime, or panto, featuring a band, pop music, audience interaction and even local references to familiar places – the King of Laguna and Prince of Irvine are characters, for example.

Orange County resident and star of the feature films “Dolphin Tale” and “Dolphin Tale 2” Cozi Zuehlsdorff will lead…

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