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'Pinkalicious' a real sweet treat for kids and adults

Festival 56 opens 2019 season with a crowd-pleaser

If you're planning to see Festival 56's "Pinkalicious" this week, make sure to wear your best pink and save room for some delicious pink cupcakes, which are a limited-time-only specialty at the lobby bar.

Last Friday night's opening of the musical drew in a near full house. A lot of young theater-goers dressed in their best pink were in attendance along with their guardians. If you're thinking about bringing your daughter, niece, grandchildren, neighbor, etc., "Pinkalicious" is the perfect show for the younger crowd.

What's neat is that Festival 56 is offering a special $5 ticket price for children 10 years and younger. It's the perfect opportunity to bring the kids who may not yet have had the opportunity to experience a live performance at the Grace Performing Arts Center.

But don't be fooled by the draw of the younger crowd. Festival 56 has certainly chosen to kick off its summer season with a delectable treat all ages will enjoy.

The musical is based on the children's book, "Pinkalicious," which was written and illustrated by two sisters, Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann, who eventually teamed up with John Gregor, who wrote the music and lyrics for this piece.

If you're a fan of the book, you'll be excited to see the characters on stage very much resemble those in the book, as does the set design.

The sweet children's fable is about a young, high-spirited girl, Pinkalicious (Rose Blume), who loves everything and anything pink. When her mother, Mrs. Pinkerton (Mary Heyl), makes pink cupcakes, Pinkalicious is warned to not eat too many.

Of course, her sweet tooth gets the better of her, and her fondness for pink and sugar quickly turn into a crazed obsession as Pinkalicious belts out for "just one more."

When her parents do not fulfill her wishes, we find her tip-toeing into the kitchen at night where she gets a hold of just one more cupcake before she falls fast asleep. The next morning, Pinkalicious wakes up to find her entire body covered in pink. Her older brother, Peter (Cole Winston), pokes fun at her, but Pinkalicious is overwhelmed with excitement at this occurrence. It's like a dream come true to wake up your favorite color, right?

Unfortunately, her mother and father (Eric Shonk) are not as amused, and they promptly take her to see Dr. Wink (Stefanie Sambrano), who diagnoses her with a rare and acute case of Pinkititis. Dr. Wink provides a remedy to this pink issue, but it's not the tasty treatment a young girl could ever dream of.

Overcome with the thought of pink cupcakes, Pinkalicious struggles with taking the doctor's orders until her obsession and sweet tooth lead her into some unexpected trouble.

The hour-long musical is packed with a number of witty and melodic tunes, which allow the actors to shine in each of their own roles. You'll certainly be tapping your toes to Dr. Wink's "Pinkititis" number, and don't miss out on Peter's soulful "I Got the Pink Blues."

The musical brings in a theme not seen in the book that will give audience members a renewed feeling of confidence to not be afraid to show one's true colors, and have fun doing it.

The final showings of "Pinkalicious" run Tuesday, June 25, at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, June 27, at 7:30 p.m. and Friday, June 28, at 7:30 p.m. at the Grace Performing Arts Center, located at 316 S. Main St., Princeton. For tickets, call the box office at 815-879-5656, ext. 11 or stop by Monday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. or one hour before show times.

Goldie Rapp is senior staff writer at the Bureau County Republican. She can be reached at grapp@bcrnews.com or follow her on Twitter @bcr_grapp.

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