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Westport Country Playhouse Presents “Pinkalicious, the Musical”

Westport Country Playhouse will present “Pinkalicious, the Musical,” based on the bestselling book from Victoria and Elizabeth Kann, as part of its Family Festivities Series for three performances on Sunday, March 11, at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 4 p.m. Produced by Vital Theatre Company, the one-hour production is appropriate for ages 2 through 7.  Tickets are $20. Audience members are invited to dress as their favorite “Pinkalicious” character.

The musical tells the tale of Pinkalicious who 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.

Vital Theatre Company, founded in 1999, been recognized with the American Theatre Wing Award for Continued Commitment to Excellence in Theatre.

On Saturday, March 3, at 2:30 p.m., one week before the Playhouse presentation of “Pinkalicious, the Musical,” The Westport Library will offer a free-of-charge "Pinkalicious & Peterrific" Celebration.”  Victoria Kann, author of the “Pinkalicious” series, will read from her book “Peterrific” and celebrate the new PBS Kids series “Pinkalicious & Peterrific.”  Local actor/singer Jaden Waldman, who is the voice of Pinkalicious's brother Peter in the PBS series, will perform one of the series’ songs.  Attendees are welcome to come dressed up as a character from “Pinkalicious & Peterrific.” Books will be available for purchase and signing after the event.  In addition, the “Story Explorers” collaboration between the Library and Playhouse continues with an interactive activity to highlight the Playhouse’s theatrical presentation of “Pinkalicious,” led by teaching artists from Broadway Method Academy, the Playhouse’s resident conservatory.  Registration is required for the one-hour program by contacting the Westport Library at 203-291-4800.  Presenting partners for “Story Explorers” are Westport Country Playhouse, The Westport Library, and Westport Young Woman’s League. “Story Explorers” Corporate Sponsor is KPMG.

The Playhouse’s six-show Family Festivities Series is presented on selected Sundays from December   through May, featuring musical productions based on classic and contemporary children’s stories.  Upcoming Family Festivities musicals include “How I Became a Pirate,” on Sunday, April 15, Dallas Children’s Theatre’s rollicking musical adventure about young Jeremy Jacob who joins Captain Braid Beard’s band of comical pirates, based on the bestselling book by Melinda Long, recommended for grades K through 5; and “Harry and the Dirty Dog,” on Sunday May 6, ArtsPower’s charming musical about a dog named Harry, who hates taking baths, based on the book by Gene Zion, illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham, appropriate for grades K through 2.

In conjunction with the Family Festivities Series, the Playhouse will once again host a book collection for Read to Grow, Inc., a statewide nonprofit organization that provides free children's books to families with limited access and to community resources that serve them.  At each Family Festivities performance, bins will be located in the Playhouse lobby for donations of gently used and new children’s books which will be given to families and programs in the greater Fairfield County area through Read to Grow.  During last season’s Family Festivities series, the Playhouse collected nearly 300 books.

Family Festivities Series Corporate Sponsor is Pitney Bowes. The Family Festivities Series is also supported by the Westport Young Woman’s League. 

Everyone in the audience requires a ticket. For more information or tickets, call the box office at (203) 227-4177, or toll-free at 1-888-927-7529, or visit Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, Westport. Tickets are available online 24/7 at www.westportplayhouse.org. Stay connected to the Playhouse on Facebook (Westport Country Playhouse), follow on Twitter (@WCPlayhouse), or view Playhouse videos on YouTube (WestportPlayhouse).

About Westport Country Playhouse 

The mission of Westport Country Playhouse is to enrich, enlighten, and engage the community through the power of professionally produced theater worth talking about and the welcoming experience of the Playhouse campus.  The not-for-profit Playhouse provides this experience in multiple ways by offering: Live theater experiences of the highest quality, under the artistic direction of Mark Lamos; educational and community engagement events to further explore the work on stage; programs for students and teachers with extensive curriculum support material; Script in Hand play readings to deepen relationships with audiences and artists; the renowned Woodward Internship Program during the summer months for aspiring theater professionals; Family Festivities presentations to delight young and old alike and to promote reading through live theater; youth performance training and performance opportunities through Broadway Method Academy, WCP’s resident conservatory; and the beautiful and historic Playhouse campus open for enjoyment and community events year-round.

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