If you are the parent of a young girl, then chances are you’ve read the book “Pinkalicious,” and probably more than once.
“Pinkalicious the Musical” comes to the South Orange Performing Arts Center for two performances on Jan. 26.
Victoria and Elizabeth Kann’s story of a girl who develops “Pinkatitus” after eating too many pink cupcakes has become beloved since it was published in 2006, even spawning numerous sequels.
Presented by the Vital Theatre Company, “Pinkalicious the Musical” will be performed at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tickets cost $16 for the public and $11 for members, but interested parties should act now. The first show has already sold out and the second only has a limited number of seats available.
Amber Dickerson, who plays the title character, said she is happy that the musical is a success.
“It’s awesome,” Dickerson said. “Doing the tours really gives us an opportunity to perform for larger audiences and it’s always such a blast when they’re sold out. We feed off that energy from a large audience.”
Dickerson, who said she has been acting for as long as she can remember, relishes the opportunity to play Pinkalicious. “I get to play an 8-year-old, so that’s a lot of fun,” she said. “For a children’s show, it has so much heart. All the cast members are really fun to work with, and it’s a work-out because everybody has so much energy… Getting to eat cupcakes is a fun part of it, too.”
The play also has a lot to teach children. According to Dickerson, “Pinkalicious” shows kids that they should always listen to their parents, practice self-discipline and stay true to themselves.
“In the end we all learn that it’s OK that everyone can like whatever they want to like and be whoever they want to be,” she said.
Fans of the book shouldn’t be disappointed by its adaptation because the script and song lyrics were also written by the Kanns. While obviously geared toward young girls, Dickerson said that the musical appeals to people of all ages.
“It’s just a good time,” she said. “The parents actually end up enjoying it just as much or more than the kids do.”
To purchase tickets, call 973-313-2787 or visit http://www.sopacnow.org/458/pinkalicious-the-musical. For more information about “Pinkalicious the Musical” go to http://pinkaliciousthemusical.com/.
The reporter is participating in a hyperlocal journalism partnership between The Alternative Press and Seton Hall University's Department of Communication & The Arts.