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Stage Right's latest production is in the pink

| Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Cast members (from left), Rebecca Trentin, 12, of Greensburg, Luc Bouille, 15, of Greensburg, Jessica Kotik, 16, of Irwin, Nicole Bruzda, 17, of Greensburg, Katy Stewart, 15, of Manor, Mari Boyle, 17, of Greensburg, Marcello Valletta, 15, of New Ken, Jenna Salvatore, 12, of Greensburg, Solomon Stevens, 18, of Greensburg, Katherine Harkins, 16, of Latrobe, Anthony Marino, 12, of Greensburg and Anna Stewart, 16, of Manor rehearse for the upcoming Stage Right production of 'Pinkalicious' on Thursday evening, January 16, 2013 at Stage Right in Greensburg, PA. Rebecca Emanuele | for the Tribune Review

Stage Right is getting ready to transform Greensburg Garden and Civic Center into a pretty shade of pink this weekend.

The professional theater company is staging a contemporary children's musical production, “Pinkalicious,” that tells the tale of a little girl's passion for all things pink — especially pink cupcakes. “Pinkalicious” is based on the award-winning picture book series by Elizabeth and Victoria Kann.

Of course, there's nothing that unusual about little girls and their admiration for the pastel shade. But when Pinkalicious eats so many pink cupcakes that she comes down with a case of Pinkititis, a condition that turns her pink from head to toe, there's a big problem for her and her parents.

Director Anthony Marino has triple-cast the leading characters in “Pinkalicious,” similar to his casting of the company's last production, “Annie.” Solomon Stevens, Luc Bouille and Marcello Valletta play Mr. Pinkerton, and Anna Stewart, Nicole Bruzda and Katy Stewart are Mrs. Pinkerton.

As a result, with additional single-cast roles and large boys' and girls' ensembles, the musical production gives 56 area students ages 7 to 18 an opportunity to get some valuable stage experience, he says.

Marino says the ambitious title role is shared by three teens “with incredible energy and spunk, who we've entrusted to keep barreling through the show while providing excellent mentorship to the younger kids.”

Portraying the precocious 5-year-old Pinkalicious are Katherine Harkins, 16, a sophomore at Greater Latrobe High School; Mari Boyle, 17, a senior at Greensburg Salem High School; and Jessica Kotik, 16, a sophomore at Penn Trafford High School, who played the character in Stage Right's “Books Come Alive” production of the musical at area schools and libraries.

Harkins says the role is challenging and fun. “We can all play quirky little girls who enjoy taunting our little brother and disobeying our parents,” she says.

The little brother, Peter, is portrayed by Anthony Marino, Jenna Salvatore and Rebecca Trentin. Cast as Pinkalicious's best friend, Allison, are Maya Bhatnagar, Charity Hipple and Grace Townsend. Dr. Wink is played by Claire Simpson, Abby Hazlett and Amanda Womack. Choreographer for the production is Renata Marino.

Stage Right is offering special “Pinkalicious” luncheons before the Saturday and Sunday matinees. The cost is an additional $8 for adults and $6 for kids and will feature lunch, photo opportunities with the cast and pink cupcakes from The Cupcake Shoppe.

Professional productions of “Pinkalicious” have played in New York City since opening in 2006 and have toured the U.S. and Canada for four years.

Candy Williams is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.

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