By BRIAN BINGAMAN
Kids and their favorite grown-ups know about the Pinkalicious children’s book series, but how about the stage musical version?
Originally an off-Broadway show, “Pinkalicious, the Musical” gets the Walnut Street Theatre for Kids treatment, in a Philadelphia run set for now through April 27. Due to demand for tickets, more shows were added, extending the original performance schedule, according to Walnut Street Theatre public relations apprentice Lauren Dranoff.
The characters created by Victoria and Elizabeth Kann — Pinkalicious Pinkerton, her brother Peter, Mom and Dad — go from the page to the stage in an hour-long, live adaptation.
“The music is really fun, as with Pinkalicious, you imagine it would be. It has an emotional quality to it,” said Bucks County native and Pennsbury High School graduate Max Cove, who plays Peter.
Sarah Biddle, who plays Pinkalicious, is one of several WST apprentices involved with the production. The apprentice program has taken her to schools across the region for visits with students. “Pinkalicious is such a big deal to these kids,” she said of students K-5.
Biddle, a Delaware resident who has also acted on stage at WST in “Carousel” and “A Christmas Carol,” gets it that as Pinkalicious, she must be upbeat, fun-loving and energetic.
“She’s smart and she makes her own decisions. She will do anything and everything to have the color pink,” she said.
Pinkalicious eats, sleeps and, in the case of this show, sings pink. But when overindulgence in her pinkerrific cupcakes leads to pinkititis, Dr. Wink tells her she has to eat green foods to get better.
“The son also likes the color pink, and the dad’s not OK with it,” Cove said. “The show’s about accepting each other for what you enjoy.”
Biddle’s take on the show’s message is that “love is the thing that’s the greatest of all.”
In a press release from the Walnut Street Theatre, Victoria Kann said: “I want children to feel empowered to know they are beautiful on the inside, to feel the courage to express themselves even if it goes against their peers, to be creative and use their imaginations, and to know that sweetness comes from the inside.”
The WST for Kids series is intended to encourage parents and grandparents to read to their children and grandchildren. Considering organizing a school trip? Study guides are available for teachers on the Walnut’s website.
More family fun
◆ One of the spring highlights at Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown, will be the addition of zip lines with Treetop Adventure Park Philadelphia. “Birds of Paradise” is set to open April 19. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $7, $5 for seniors 65+, $6 for students, $5 for children 3-12. For more details, call (610) 277-3825 or visit www.elmwoodparkzoo.org.
◆ Family Stages presents live theater at the Ambler Theater with “Jack and the Beanstalk” at 11 a.m. April 26 and 10 a.m. April 28. Tickets are $12, $10 for seniors, free to children 3 and under.
◆ Montgomery County Community College in Whitpain has an observatory that hosts free Community Nights. The next one is 8 to 10 p.m. April 7. The observatory is on the third floor of the Advanced Technology Center at 1313 Morris Road. Call the sky conditions hotline at (215) 641-6460 before you go.
◆ Philadelphia Sports Club, Highpoint, 1 Highpoint Drive, New Britain, holds monthly “Kids Night Out!” events for ages 3-10 April 25, May 16, June 20, July 18, Aug. 15, Sept. 19, Oct. 24, Nov. 21 and Dec. 19. Activities include sports and relays, arts and crafts, inflatables, a pizza party, laser tag and more. Preregistration required 24 hours in advance by calling (215) 822-1951. Cost is $30, $25 for members.
◆ First Friday returns to the streets of downtown Lansdale 6 to 9 p.m. April 4. The Family Corner at Susquehanna Avenue is one of the monthly event’s highlights.
IF YOU GO
WHAT: “Pinkalicious, The Musical.”
WHEN: Through April 27.
WHERE: Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St., Philadelphia.
TICKETS: $10-$16, $10.50-$12.50 for groups.
INFO: Call (215) 574-3550 or (800) 982-2787, or visit www.walnutstreettheatre.org.
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