Stage Right's latest production is in the pink
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.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Rossi: Liriano no ace, but he’s Bucs’ key
- UPMC McKeesport president reiterates hospital will remain open
- ‘Last of the downtown mansions’ demolished in McKeesport
- Latrobe’s Ci Medical Technologies transforms to medical device business
- Derry Township assault suspect arrested
- Squirrel Hill street that had been paved getting another pave job
- TSA fee increase this week arrives with load of complaints
- McKeesport man whose dog bit officer waives charges to court
- Dodgers rough up rusty starter Volquez, knock off Pirates at PNC Park
- Clemson’s Stoudt is one of the unheralded ACC QBs trying to break out
- Moody’s downgrades Pa. rating; Corbett ponders pension reform session