Many a parent has struggled with a child who only
wants to wear one color. Most of us also know about the
difficulties of picky eaters and children who turn up their noses
at green vegetables, so the themes of Emerald City's latest musical
are familiar. Based on the popular book series by Victoria Kann and
Elizabeth Kann, Pinkalicious, playing through Dec. 31,
tells the story of a little girl obsessed with the color pink,
specifically pink cupcakes.
As the show's name implies, this production is heaven for
little pink-loving girls. At a recent Sunday production, there were
groups of girls who got into the spirit of the show by arriving in
full pink costumes. It was clear they were fans of the book and
were ready to be swept away into Pinkalicious' world.
The cast of five actors playing 10 different roles does a
good job of keeping the energy high and the plot moving. Since most
of the show is sung, there's no time for the audience of young
children to get bored or distracted. Peppy songs had kids laughing
and clapping. Shea Coffman, who plays Pinkalicious' brother Peter,
is a comedic standout. With his big facial expressions, physical
comedy and overly dramatic portrayal of a boy not getting enough
attention, he was a highlight.
Emerald City Theatre consistently abides by its mission to
inspire early learners through play. Before the show, children are
encouraged to create their own green food pompons, which they use
later in the show. Even the programs, designed separately for
adults and children, inspire audience members to investigate the
healthy-eating theme. Using games, quizzes and coloring activities,
the programs allow audience members to keep the show alive at
The performance runs one hour without an intermission.
This production is best viewed and heard from Sections 2, 3 and 4,
so look to buy tickets there.
Alena Murguia lives in Berwyn, Illinois along with her husband and three growing sons.
See more of Alena's stories here.
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