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Musical features star of children's book

October 26, 2013

YellowBrix

Oct. 26--JOHNSTOWN -- Youngsters will be tickled pink as one of their favorite children's book characters comes to life.

The award-winning, New York-based Vital Theatre Company will bring "Pinkalicious the Musical" to the Richland Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. Nov. 7.

The one-hour musical extravaganza is based on the popular children's book "Pinkalicious" by sisters Elizabeth and Victoria Kann.

The theater, located at One Academic Ave. in Richland Township, will welcome a national touring company that has been delighting children with their singing and dancing.

"This show played in Pittsburgh last year and sold out 30 performances -- that's how popular this story is with kids," said Scott Miller, arts center executive director. "This show continues to play to sold-out audiences in New York."

The all-adult cast delivers a pink-of-perfection production.

"Two of the cast members in the touring company are part of the original cast in New York and return to the production when not on the road touring,"?Miller said.

Children will delight to see one of their favorite stories come to the stage.

Despite warnings from her parents, the whimsical Pinkalicious can't stop eating pink cupcakes until her pink indulgence lands her in the doctor's office.

The diagnosis: pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe.

It's a dream come true for this pink-loving enthusiast, but will her pinkness go too far?

"The characters also are part of a cartoon series on PBS, making it even more inviting to youngsters,"?Miller said. "While most preschoolers can't read, they recognize any graphic or photo connected with 'Pinkalicious,' " Miller said.

It doesn't take long to realize that kids don't think of pink as just a color; it's an attitude.

Miller said the show features male and female characters, so the show is appropriate for all children from the ages of 2 to 10.

The show will be offered in the early evening to allow parents enough time to get home from work, have dinner and come to the theater by 7.

"The production only lasts for an hour and people will be leaving the theater by 8, plenty of time to get home for bedtime," Miller said. "The show is designed to keep children attentive and encourages them to be active participants."

Vital Theatre Company, located on New York City's Upper West Side at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre, commissions three to five new musicals for children each season.

Now entering its 15th season, the company has presented more than

78 original productions for more

than 373,000 children and their families.

Since its founding in 1999, the company has been honored with the 2012 Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Family Musical and two Awards for Excellence by the Off-Off Broadway Review.

It has received acclaim from audiences and critics for being "a wonderful place for parents to introduce their kids to the glories of live theatre, done well and at modest prices."

"Tickets in New York sell for $53 and as high as $90 for this show," Miller said.

The cost of admission is $12 for adults, $11 for seniors, and $10 for children and gold card members. Tickets are available by calling 269-0300 or online at www.richlandpac.com.

Tom Lavis covers Features for the Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter.com/Tom LavisTD.

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