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Review

Pinkalicious: The Musical
by San Diego Junior Theatre
 
The Show:

Can there ever be too much pink? Pinkalicious doesn’t think so. It’s her favorite color. And in this musical adaptation of Elizabeth Kann and Victoria Kann’s popular children’s book (featuring music and additional lyrics by John Gregor), our pinkophile protagonist is determined to surround herself with as much pink as possible. But when this predilection drives her to get greedy over some pink cupcakes, Pinkalicious becomes “Pinkerbelle” with a severe case of Pinkititis – just the second case ever – that could find Pinkalicious forever lost in a sea of pinkishness.

The Production:

San Diego Junior Theatre staged a charming production of this little musical that is packing in audiences of pink-clad kids. Hanna Samson stars in the title role, turning in a nice performance as she sings and dances and walks upside down on her hands along her colorful journey from selfishness to exuberance to remorse and redemption.

Joining her on that journey are her concerned and understanding parents (Spencer Williams and Jenna Dern), her brother Peter (Connor Cruz), Grandma (Hannah Orr), Dr. Wink (Ellie Barrett) who serves the frightening but fun diagnosis song-and-dance), and her amusing friend Alison (Brenna Fineman) who speaks to Pink in fast forward and with plenty of personality.

The dynamic ensemble keeps this short-but-sweet musical humming along with a variety of musical numbers and styles, from gangsters singing the Pink Blues to flapper bees to holy rolling greens. Director Richard May’s production runs smoothly with energy and good visuals, including Mallory Devlin’s costumes, Cynthia Bloodgood’s lighting, and Tony Cucuzzella’s set which, naturally, features its fair share of pink.

Performed September 10 - 26 & October 16, 2010

Rob Hopper
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~ Cast ~ 

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Pinkalicious: Hanna Samson
Mr. Pinkerton: Spencer Williams
Mrs. Pinkerton: Jenna Dern
Peter: Connor Cruz
Nana Pinkerton: Hannah Orr
Alison: Brenna Fineman
Dr. Wink: Ellie Barrett
Ensemble:
Fiona Beyerle
Hallie Bodenstab
Emma Rose Clegg
Sofia Garcia
Kaleolani Laymon
Hannah Mason
Sierra Ottilie-Kovelman
Casey Purlia Johnson
Kiki Pyle
Madison Pyle
Clare Steitz
Paul Steitz
Mirandna Vega
Rachel Wayne
Megan Wayne
Madeleine Williams

Stage Manager: Haley Rose Cox
Director/Hair & Make-up Design: Richard May
Artistic Director/Music Director: Desha Crownover
Production Manager/Set Design: Tony Cucuzzella
Costume Design: Mallory Devlin
Technical Director/Lighting Design: Cynthia Bloodgood

   

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