Valley Youth Theatre celebrates Pinkalicious’ 10th birthday

Pink princesses of all ages filled the seats of Valley Youth Theatre donning tiaras and wands and dressed in their favorite color for the opening weekend of “Pinkalicious The Musical.”

Makenna Jacobs stars in Valley Youth Theatre’s “Pinkalicious: The Musical.” (Photo Credit: Moran Imaging)

Makenna Jacobs stars in Valley Youth Theatre’s “Pinkalicious: The Musical.” (Photo Credit: Moran Imaging)

“Pinkalicious” is currently on stage at Valley Youth Theatre and has been extended through May 8 due to popular demand.

Next month marks the 10th birthday of the first “Pinkalicious” book, published in May 2006. Written by New York Times bestselling authors Victoria and Elizabeth Kann, “Pinkalicious” was the first in a series of books that taught children meaningful life lessons using their favorite colors.

Pinkalicious is a girl who loves everything pink and she can’t stop eating pink cupcakes. She eats so many that she develops Pinkititis, a disease that turns her pink from head to toe – a girl’s dream come true.

At first, she’s thrilled, but she eventually realizes that a world without other colors isn’t that much fun.

The Pinkalicious character that came to life for children everywhere and even made pink cool for boys was inspired by Victoria Kann’s real life daughters – two girls with vibrant imaginations who loved cupcakes, dress up, playing princess and all things pink.

“Pinkalicious, The Musical” is based on the original book and was adapted for the stage by its authors.

“The musical, like the book, is clever, funny and teaches good lessons about temperance and family,” says Bobb Cooper, Valley Youth Theatre’s producing artistic director.

“It places children in a world where their pink dreams and imaginations collide. They can see and associate with the main characters of their favorite books,” continues Mr. Cooper.

From left, Carly McClain (Mrs. Pinkerton), Vincent Pugliese (Mr.Pinkerton), and Makenna Jacobs (Pinkalicious). (Photo Credit: Moran Imaging)

From left, Carly McClain (Mrs. Pinkerton), Vincent Pugliese (Mr.Pinkerton), and Makenna Jacobs (Pinkalicious). (Photo Credit: Moran Imaging)

“After each show, the children are invited to meet the cast. It is magical to see their faces as they take pictures with their favorite pink characters. And special, for this show, they love the have pink cupcakes we have available at concessions!”

“Pinkalicious” is directed by Bobb Cooper, choreographed by VYT alum Katie Casey and musically directed by Tristan Peterson-Steinert, also a VYT alum. The costumes are designed by Karol Cooper and the bright and colorful set design is by Dori Brown.

Makenna Jacobs returns to the VYT stage as the main character, Pinkalicious.
“She is the perfect Pinkalicious,” says Mr. Cooper, “her spunk and vest for life are perfect for her character. Contrary to Pink, Makenna is a very sweet, well-mannered young lady.”

Peter, the mischievous, attention-seeking little brother is played by 10-year-old Ian Gray. Carly McClainmplays the very organized Mrs. Pinkerton.

“Pinkalicious The Musical” opened April 8. Shows times vary according to the day and ticket prices are $18 not including fees.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call the box office 602-252-8188 or visit www.vyt.com.

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