Close your eyes and picture pink polka dots, soft pink lights and fluffy cotton candy clouds. That scrumptious scene is what you will see when walking into Adventure Theatre, MTC’s production of Pinkalicious, The Musical, directed by Carl Menniger and choreographed by Michael J. Bobbitt.
Pinkalicious, The Musical, is based on the book Pinkalicious by Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann. It is about a young girl named Pinkalicious, who loves the color pink and cupcakes. When these two favorite things come together, Pinkalicious insist on eating almost all of the cupcakes, even though her mother and father warn her of the dangers of eating too many sweets. When Pinkalicious wakes up the next morning, she is pink! She has pink hair, pink skin and pink clothes! The rest of the story is how Pinkalicious goes from loving being pink to wishing she would go back to her natural color.
The entire Adventure Theatre MTC production team works together well to bring this colorful, fun tale to life.
The musical follows the basic story line but adds sweet tunes like, “Sometimes A Wish Comes True,” a delightful lullaby sung to Pinkalicious by her mother, played by Ashleigh King. After Pinkalicious, played by an adorable Carolyn Agan, falls asleep, she dreams about cupcakes circling her bed, which is cleverly depicted with cupcake hand puppets operated by the other members of the cast. When she wakes the next morning to everything pink, she thinks turning pink is the coolest thing that has ever happened to her, but her parents are deeply concerned especially her father, Mr. Pinkerton, played by a very charming Jaysen Wright. When Pinkalicious’ little brother, Peter, played by the delightful John Sygar, states that he loves the color pink, Mr. Pinkerton sternly says that no son of his likes the color pink, launching Peter into the song, “I Got the Pink Blues.” Sygar is terrific in this solo.
Pinkalicious takes a hurried trip to visit Dr. Wink, a hilarious Sarah Frances Williams, who diagnoses Pinkalicious with Pinkititis. The doctor thendons a top hat and does a soft-shoe dance with Pinkalicious in the song “Case of Pinkititis..” Pinkalicious is horrified when she learns that the only cure is to eat nothing but green food. “Yuck!” she says and refuses to do so. On their way home, the Pinkertons stop by the park and Pinkalicious realizes she can fade in with the pretty pink flowers. When her best friend Alison, played also by Sarah Frances Williams, sees Pinkalicious at the park, Alison almost turns green with envy.
That evening Pinkalicious decides to eat one more pink cupcake, and the next morning she wakes up red. She is not happy being red, so she decides to try some green food, and of course she likes it!
Pinkalicious is a wonderful story to encourage young children to eat their vegetables, especially the least favorite ones like lima beans and broccoli. But there is also a twist in the story when it is reveled why Mr. Pinkerton is so adamant against the color pink.
The entire Adventure Theatre MTC production team works together well to bring this colorful, fun tale to life. The costumes by Katie Touart are bright confections straight out of Pinkalicious’ storybook pages, and the lighting designs by Andrew Cissna also adds to the magical world of everything pink.
Running Time: Approximately one hour with no intermission.
Pinkalicious, The Musical runs through August 31, 2014 at Adventure Theatre, MTC, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo, MD 20812. For tickets call the box office at 301.634.2270 or click here.