Boston Children’s Theatre (BCT) is tickled pink to present the pinktastic production of PINKALICIOUS THE MUSICAL. The musical features 13-year old Alec Shiman of Brookline as ‘Peter’, Pinkalicious’ brother and 15-year old Kira Shannon of Brookline as ‘Dr. Wink’. Based on the wildly popular books by Elizabeth Kann and Victoria Kann, PINKALICIOUS THE MUSICAL will be performed January 18 – February 2, 2014 at the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts.
Alec is returning to BCT for his 7th production with the company. He has previously been seen in HONK!, James and the Giant Peach as ‘James’, Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse, Legally Blonde, Footloose and To Kill a Mockingbird, in which he received an Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) nomination for his role as ‘Dill’. Outside of BCT, Alec has performed with the Maine State Theatre with roles in Les Miserables, Mary Poppins and Gypsy, The Underground Railway Theater and the Fiddlehead Theatre Company in Ragtime. Alec is currently in eighth grade at the Edward Devotion School in Brookline.
No stranger to the stage, Kira has performed in numerous area productions. She was recently seen as ‘Lucy’ in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown with the Driscoll School Theatre Program, and with Artbarn Community Theatre she has performed in Pippin as ‘Fastrada,’ ‘Violet’ in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, ‘Katherine’ in Better Days, ‘Oberon’ in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, ‘Forester’ in The Fool of the World, and ‘Penelope Ann’ in Bye Bye Birdie. Kira studies voice and dance and is a freshman at Brookline High School.
In this family-friendly musical, Pinkalicious can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor’s office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe—a dream come true for this pink-loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this predicament.
“It is such a thrill to see children’s faces light up when they hear that one of their favorite book characters is coming to life on stage in this production,” revealed Burgess Clark, BCT Executive Artistic Director. “The popularity of Pinkalicious is astounding! Boys, girls and their families are all familiar with the characters and the stories and that’s a wonderful thing. It demonstrates that kids are excited about reading and that excitement translates beautifully into the theater. I advise everyone to grab a cupcake and enjoy the show!”
PINKALICIOUS THE MUSICAL is directed by visiting artist Mary Guaraldi, the Producing Artistic Director of Canyon Moon Theatre in Sedona, Arizona. A native of Chelmsford, MA, and a long-time colleague of Burgess Clark, Guaraldi brings a fresh perspective to production. “When I direct, I tell a story so that each person in the audience finds an echo of that story inside themselves and they can grow from that,” explained Guaraldi. “This musical is about being who you are- boy, girl, parent, grandparent, friend- and showing your many facets. This isn’t a show just for girls, it’s for anyone who has ever had a passion for something and it’s for anyone who wants to have fun!”
With choreography by Nicole Soriano and musical direction by Austin Davy, PINKALICIOUS THE MUSICAL features book and lyrics by Elizabeth Kann and Victoria Kann and music and lyrics by John Gregor. PINKALICIOUS THE MUSICAL will be performed at the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont Street, Boston, MA on Saturdays and Sundays, January 18, 19, 25, 26, and February 1 and 2 at 2 pm. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by visiting the BCT website at www.bostonchildrenstheatre.org or calling the BCT Box Office at 617-424-6634, x222. Grandparents Packages are also available that include 2 tickets to the show, a special souvenir and a photo with the class. Special morning weekday “Mommy and Me” performances and school matinee performances are also on sale through the BCT Box Office.
About Boston Children’s Theatre
For over 60 years, Boston Children's Theatre has served as one of the regions premier not-for-profit theaters. Named Best of Boston® 2013 and 2012 by Boston Magazine for Best Children’s Theatre, BCT’s mission is to provide access to exceptional theatrical experiences dedicated to fostering the artistic and personal development of diverse youth, with a focus on professional training and the development of new works. Programs at Boston Children’s Theatre provide a unique chance for self-discovery and individual expression in a supportive, and productive environment. At BCT, talented and motivated students gather from across traditional boundaries and nationalities to learn about themselves, each other and the world as they create some of the finest theatrical productions in New England.