Here’s another chance to take a break from exhausting holiday gift buying or prime yourself for a day of shopping with the Pasadena Playhouse District Association‘s annual Merry Merry Movie event.
Jim Carrey’s A Christmas Carol will be shown this Saturday at Laemmle Playhouse 7 followed by St. Lucy’s Big Christmas Band playing in Vroman’s courtyard.
St. Lucy’s is a group of professional musicians, music teachers, and recording artists who come, play, and sing together every holiday season. Santa will also be on hand to greet moviegoers young and old.
Another option (through December 30th) is “A Snow White Christmas at the Pasadena Playhouse,” in the style of Panto, which is a peculiarly British tradition of winter musical comedy theater. This pantomine takes familiar fairy tales and “injects a bit of music hall (British Vaudeville) sensibility, contemporary references, and audience participation to create a raucous, noisy entertainment that’s fun for everyone in the family” (Ferne Arfin).
Featured actors include Ariana Grande from Nickelodeon’s “Victorious” as Snow White, Charlene Tilton from “Dallas” as the Wicked Queen, and an onscreen appearance by Neil Patrick Harris from “How I Met Your Mother” as The Magic Mirror. A white pony makes an appearance as Blitzen.
Each ticket also includes a winter wonderland of craft-making, games, and holiday music. Santa will be available for pictures. “Golden Tickets” are available, which allow children 12 and under to be brought up on stage to be a part of the show.
6th Annual Merry Merry Movie: A Christmas Carol with Jim Carrey
Saturday, Dec. 15th, 10 a.m.
Free to the public
Laemmle Playhouse 7 Theatres, 673 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena
For more info, visit playhousedistrict.org
A Snow White Christmas at the Pasadena Playhouse
Every day, Dec. 14th-30th, 7 p.m.
Tickets: gallery, $22-$62; orchestra, $24.75-$100
39 S. El Molino Ave.
For more info, pasadenaplayhouse.org